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Elves leaving for Aman by the Fourth Age, while bound to the world and its fate

There are two things called "the world" in the Legendarium: Arda - the realm of land and sea where much of the action takes place. This is the "world" from which Aman was removed, ...
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In Tolkien's own visual art, why is it that Bag End has no visible chimneys?

It could have been a simple error, but I suspect that this was a deliberate esthetic choice on Tolkien's part. He seems not to envisioned chimneys as a part of Shire architecture. In The Hobbit, ...
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Is there any evidence that Tolkien thought of Samwise Gamgee as being particularly fat?

As I recently noticed thanks to Height of the LoTR Races, Tolkien apparently did comment on this: These figures [of the Fellowship] are thus all too short. Gandalf even bent must have been at least 5 ...
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Why does Gandalf seem so fearless in the Siege of Minas Tirith?

I speak of Tolkien, not New Line. Yes to Royal Canadian Bandit's answer, and also Gandalf the White is not vulnerable to ordinary physical weapons. From The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter 5, "The ...
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Why wasn't Thorin aware about the state of Mirkwood and the Old Forest Road?

Thorin and Company are basically a pretty feckless bunch, at least initially. They don't have swords until they pick up some from the trolls' treasure. They have the idea of stealing back Smaug's ...
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Does LOTR have a shattered glass type alternate reality

The closest I can think of is The Last Ringbearer (1999) by Kirill Yeskov, which is essentially LOTR fan fiction even if it was published and is apparently well known in Russia (and has been ...
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Elves leaving for Aman by the Fourth Age, while bound to the world and its fate

While Aman was no longer attached to the (now-spherical) world of Arda, it remained physically present and accessible by traveling through space. There are several pieces of evidence for this. One, ...
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Elves leaving for Aman by the Fourth Age, while bound to the world and its fate

As you say, Aman was not properly part of the world anymore, but it was still possible for Elves to travel there by the Straight Road. Essentially, even though Aman was not part of the world, the ...
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In Lord of the Rings, did the Witch-King's sword actually emit flames?

A definitive answer is impossible, since all we have is what JRRT wrote and it's always possible to deny supernatural/magical effects as illusions or imaginative language -- as, indeed, in some cases ...
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Does Treebeard have any children?

The ents are not descended from a single ent-entwife pair. In fact, it appears none of Tolkien's free races seem to have been descended from a single patriarch-matriarch pair. There were many elves ...
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Height of the LoTR Races

In the case of elves: A tall people in general when compared to Men. By Eldarin tradition, at the time of the Great Journey, the Eldar (Future Vanyar, Sindar, Nandor, Teleri of Aman, Noldor) were ...
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Could Maedhros and Maglor have returned the Silmarils?

It is never revealed whether the Oath of Fëanor has magical power to compel those who took it to seek the Silmarils forever. At various times, the sons of Fëanor seem free to wait years, even ...
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Why is Bilbo's door and Hobbit house so incredibly oversized in Tolkien's own final illustration in The Hobbit?

Most likely, the door was so large and ceiling so high so that Bag End could accommodate much taller visitors, such as Gandalf. The Shire hobbits had dealings with Men—obviously not the extent of the ...
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