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The Black Speech certainly has a name. Sauron was the language inventor, and surely somewhere in his grammar notes he would have given it a name. Tolkien never reveals a "proper" name nor offers a hint as to what it could be. "B.S." is almost surely a sense-translation from the Westron name, and one would hazard the guess that its Elvish counterpart would ...


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According to the "Ainulindale," the Ainur were given a brief view of the future development of Arda, before they descended into the world. This glimpse told them much about what would happen, but it was too quick for them to study the world in detail. However, we know that what the Valar saw affected their subsequent work on the construction of Arda. ...


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In this case, it may be helpful to take a step back and remember what the implicit framing device of The Silmarillion is. In universe, the Quenta Silmarillion is a set of high elven tales, written down over a long period of time by multiple authors. Like the rest of J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, these stories presumably come down to us via the Red Book; ...


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Plot reasons is what stands out to me. I’m pretty sure Gandalf could’ve bodied the WK. He wasn’t “allowed” because of the plan to have Merry and Éowyn destroy the WK. Peter also used Gandalf’s staff being destroyed to emphasize the WK’s power. Thus it shows the great courage Merry and Éowyn had to face him. Before the battle Théoden had said both of them had ...


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