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Why did Sauron react the way he did when Frodo put the Ring on inside Mount Doom?

The entire strategy of Gandalf, which he expounds at the Council of Elrond, is that by taking a decision to destroy the Ring, the Wise will thereby follow a path which Sauron would be incapable of ...
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Who made the ring of Barahir

As @suchiuomizu noted in the comments, the ring was not the work of men. In the same chapter of the Silmarillion in which Beren used the ring to establish his bona fides with Thingol (Ch. 19, Of ...
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Who are depicted in the statues at Númenor?

Wayne Yip, The Rings of Power season 1 episodes 3, 4, 5, and 8 director, described some of the statues in an interview on the Nerd of the Rings YouTube channel: The Kingstones (past Númenorean kings) ...
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Why did Nazgûl spare the other hobbits at Weathertop?

Though Tolkien doesn't say this, he never insults the reader's intelligence. I believe it could also be surmised that Sauron didn't want them actually holding the Ring. He didn't want anyone having ...
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Who are depicted in the statues at Númenor?

The statue with water coming out of his hand is Ulmo. In his left hand you can see his horn, which he blew when he appeared to Tuor, father of Earendil. “And thereupon Ulmo lifted up a mighty horn, ...
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Who were the two large hobbits?

Merry and Pippin. Both had benefited from Treebeard's Ent-draught, as described in "Flight to the Ford" (in The Fellowship of The Ring): You are thirsty I expect. Perhaps you are also tired....
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Who are depicted in the statues at Númenor?

The statue in the prison cell is most likely Uinen, which page incidentally tells us Two explanations exist for the name Uinen. In The Etymologies, the first element came from a root UY-. Several ...
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Why is there no evidence of any locations from Arda?

Tolkien admitted it was difficult to fit the fictional lands and cultures into real history, and he didn't really try. I could have fitted things in with greater versimilitude, if the story had not ...
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Dark-skinned elves in J. R. R. Tolkien's works

My impression from reading the Silmarillion is there is at least a general correlation between light and dark, and moral nature. The lighter a thing is the younger and more moral it is. The darker a ...
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Dark-skinned elves in J. R. R. Tolkien's works

So I have been asked to post an answer. Either Tolkien said they were white skinned, or he didn't. We have only the following quote: They were tall, fair of skin and grey-eyed, though their locks ...
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Dark-skinned elves in J. R. R. Tolkien's works

Are there any indications in any of Tolkien's works (stories, letters, notes, anything) that suggest there can be elves of dark skin? Not that I recall. The closest would be the Morquendi and Eöl ...
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Dark-skinned elves in J. R. R. Tolkien's works

Elves has been used to translate both Quendi, ‘the speakers', the High-elven name of all their kind, and Eldar, the name of the Three Kindreds that sought for the Undying Realm ... They were tall, ...
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Dark-skinned elves in J. R. R. Tolkien's works

I'm not 100% sure about this, but I think the answer is that Tolkien's published writings give no clear indication either way. It's important to note that the books focus almost exclusively on the ...
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How close is Amazon's 'The Rings of Power' to anything that existed in prior Tolkien works?

I will be answering this question by showing the correspondence between stories that the showrunners have said will be featured in the show to writings that Tolkien has written. To answer about ...
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Why would Galadriel "might have inadvertently kept alive the very evil she sought to defeat," were she allowed to continue her hunt for Sauron?

Without looking into anything magical, Gil-Galad starts to worry that Galadriel's obsession with finding Sauron might lead to a situation where she will start seeing evil everywhere. Everyone believes ...
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Did the Istari arrive in Middle Earth simultaneously?

Tolkien's original idea was they did not all come on ship but came nearly at the same time. Around TA 1000, when Sauron began to move again and the Valar realized the Free Peoples would need help ...
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Are there any actors besides Sean Bean who were in both Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings?

Royd Tolkien played credited characters in both an episode of Game of Thrones (GoT: Hardhome) and in the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 'Gondorian Ranger' 'Wildling'
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Why didn't Gandalf have spies just like Saruman?

Forgive this answer for only being semi-serious, but I can think of a few notable "spies" explicitly recruited for stealth missions by Gandalf through the years: Bilbo Baggins. Was actually ...
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Are there any actors besides Sean Bean who were in both Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings?

Yes, Robert Aramayo is credited as Elrond in The Rings of Power and as Young Ned in Game of Thrones.
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Where do Saruman's loyalties lie during the events of The Hobbit?

With himself By then Saruman wants the Ring for himself, and hopes that leaving Sauron alone for a bit might help the Ring re-surface. He is not in any way in league with Sauron yet, as he has not ...
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Why didn't Gandalf have spies just like Saruman?

It's hard to see where the eagles would have helped. Prior to the Fellowship's attempt to pass through Moria, the focus was on secrecy. Having giant eagles -- not native to the southern Misty ...
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In "The Silmarillion", why did not all the creatures living in total darkness become evil/deformed?

I believed it remains Middle-Earth due to the time of mingling light of the original two lamps and then later of the Two Trees when one waned and the other waxed and thus that point/region upon the ...
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What would happen if a Barrow-wight had taken the One Ring and why didn't they?

I believe Gandalf's words have another meaning. He didn't mean that losing the Ring to the Barrow-wights would have been worse than giving it away to the Nazgûl. The true danger Gandalf was speaking ...
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Why couldn't the Ring be taken to Gondor by sea?

Secrecy. The quest relies on secrecy; Elrond says precisely this in The Ring Goes South. In the Council of Elrond, it is noted that Sauron knows the Ring is in Rivendell, and that the road to Mithlond ...
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Why couldn't the Ring be taken to Gondor by sea?

Although they might not say so out loud, neither Elrond nor Gandalf would want the Ring to linger in Gondor for any length of time. Aragorn, at least, seems to be well aware that if he chooses to ...
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Why couldn't the Ring be taken to Gondor by sea?

They do discuss taking the Rings to the Havens, though not in the context of taking it to Gondor. And that we shall not find on the roads to the Sea,’ said Galdor. ‘If the return to Iarwain be ...
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