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Did Tolkien change the description of Hobbits in The Hobbit?

You are remembering correctly The textual history of this passage can be seen in The Annotated Hobbit and The History of the Hobbit. 1937 first edition and 1951 second edition The mother of our ...
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What two things did Bilbo say that Gandalf interpreted as asking for an adventure?

Bilbo asked for Gandalf's pardon. And he did so twice. At first, "I beg your pardon, but I had no idea you were still in business!" And then a second time, "I beg your pardon, but I ...
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What is this wrong inscription at the Doors of Durin, the gate of moria?

It says complete gibberish What you are looking at is someone who tried using a Tengwar computer font to type, but without knowing anything about how to use Tengwar and so operating under the false ...
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Why does Isildur claim to have defeated Sauron when Gil-galad and Elendil did it?

Isildur may not be the most reliable narrator over here. Gollum acquired the ring by murdering his relative Déagol and taking it from him. He would later claim that it was a birthday present. ‘The ...
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Were Bilbo, Frodo, or Samwise Tolkien's self-inserts?

There's nothing that would suggest Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam, but there are other characters who are to some degree self-inserts Faramir Tolkien has said that "as far as any character is like me it ...
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What does it mean when Faramir says "I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood"?

It simply means "I would not do evil so that good could come of it", it's a Catholic/Thomistic principle that Tolkien, any Catholic reader would be well aware of being a principle that a ...
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What's so special about Frodo?

It was a team effort, and not the only one in Tolkien's heroic romance. Frodo spent all of himself just getting the Ring to the Cracks of Doom, and never would have made it without the help of Sam; ...
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How are Gimli's athletic abilities in the books?

None of those three scenes are in the book Gimli doesn't fall behind the other runners, he never gets tossed, and he never is shown falling of his horse. Those movie scenes simply aren't in the book ...
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Did Gimli marry and have children?

Gimli did not get married, nor did he have any children. We get a potted history of the remainder of his life in Appendix III of Return of the King ('Durin's Folk'), along with a family tree which, as ...
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What does the inscription on the pot of gold in "A Conversation with Smaug" say?

The side facing us reads "... gold [of] Thror [and] Thrain ... accursed be the thief", and is then signed with initials for Thror and Thrain. The Annotated Hobbit Douglas A. Anderson glosses ...
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What's so special about Frodo?

I reject your premise. Frodo wasn't any more resilient than any other Hobbit. Sam, for examples, was tempted - but he overcame his temptation, thanks to his "plain hobbit-sense" - "he ...
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What livestock did hobbits raise?

Cows There is one specific mention of owning cows, which is the fictional innkeeper in the song Frodo sings at Bree, which is a song that it's implied Bilbo would frequently sing in the Shire, ...
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How smart are Tolkien orcs?

It seems to me that orcs are no more smarter, or dumber, than any other people. Gorbag seems to be a pretty smart orc, as seen in The Two Towers, Chapter 10, The Choices of Master Samwise: 'Who cut ...
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Who was Bilbo's / Frodo's mithril chain mail made for?

We have no idea, but in some earlier drafts and notes it was said to be for "an elf-king’s son" or for the sons of "Girion king/Lord of Dale". Tolkien never gives any indication as ...
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Why didn't Sauron make his hand whole?

He was not able to do so. In the "Akallabêth," it is clear that Sauron (at least after the destruction of the fair body that he wore as Annatar and in Númenor) does not have the power to ...
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How did Samwise/Gimli/Bilbo/Frodo/Galadriel know they were allowed into Valinor?

A wizard did it Tolkien's conception is illuminated a little in his Letter 246 (September 1963), where he has an aside to talk about Frodo taking Arwen's place. With my emphasis: It is not made ...
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Why did Elrond choose Legolas as representative of the Elves and Gimli as representative of the dwarves?

Because they were headed that way anyways The answer is in the line immediately following the one you had bolded. Legolas shall be for the Elves; and Gimli son of Glóin for the Dwarves. They are ...
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Is the term "Hobbit Village" ever used canonically by Tolkien?

Tolkien frequently refers to Hobbit settlements as "villages", but the phrase "Hobbit Village" has never been used by Tolkien The first usage would be The Hobbit, referring to ...
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Did Sauron put his soul/spirit into all of the Rings of Power?

Tolkien explicitly compares Sauron creating the Rings to Morgoth marring Arda In an essay titled "Notes on motives in the Silmarillion", Tolkien discusses the nature of evil in his work, and ...
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What was the final fate of Khazad-dûm (after Durin the 7th)?

Durin the Last first emerges in the second surviving draft of the dwarf section of Appendix A, which originally ended with this line about Moria, right after talking about Dain and Erebor. And the ...
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What does it mean when Faramir says "I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood"?

Just as a point of English usage, a falsehood specifically means a lie — it doesn’t usually include other kinds of trickery or deception such as ambushes or camouflage. (Wiktionary confirms this.) So ...
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What real-life plant stood in for Simbelmynë in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"?

According to JRR Tolkien, (per Nomenclature of middle-Earth), the flower was inspired by the wood anemone. Evermind: A flower-name, translation of Rohan simbelmynë. The element -mind has the sense &...
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Why does Isildur claim to have defeated Sauron when Gil-galad and Elendil did it?

From The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age": Then Gil-galad and Elendil passed into Mordor and encompassed the stronghold of Sauron; and they laid siege to it for seven ...
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Can dwarves forge magical weapons as well as Elves can?

Dwarves have forged weapons of the same renown I'm sure Tolkien would have probably rejected such a classification system, but if you consider the weapons named in your question to be "magical&...
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In The Lord of the Rings, did anyone ever say "The fellowship is now complete."?

In the book, the words are a little different. 'Let it be so, then. You shall go,' said Elrond, and he sighed. 'Now the tale of Nine is filled. In seven days the Company must depart.'
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

I'm going to have a stab, although I make no promises about completeness. All the below prophecies were made at times of stress and all came true. Hobbit: none that I can recall LOTR: Boromir's dream, ...
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What does it mean when Faramir says "I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood"?

It seems to me Faramir is simply denying that he would ever use the specific trick that Frodo is suggesting he might be using: that interrogators can lie to trap the person being questioned. It's a ...
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Why didn't Gandalf identify the troll's swords?

Gandalf was unable to read the runes because the swords were covered with dried goblin-blood As first written and published in The Hobbit, Gandalf was a lot less developed, and he was indeed unable to ...
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What is the palace on the floor of the great sea Haloisi Velike in Tolkien's early drawing "I vene kemen"

This is the dwelling of Ossë beneath the Great Sea Ossë's dwelling is described as being beneath the Great Sea, just like this one appears on the map Haloisi Velike, which this palace appears under, ...
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

How about Gandalf talking to Frodo about Gollum: Frodo: "It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill Gollum when he had the chance." Gandalf: "Pity? It's a pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that ...
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