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Did Sauron worship Morgoth during the Third Age?

By the Third Age, Sauron was having his subjects worship him directly, not Morgoth Thus, as the Second Age draws on, we have a great Kingdom and evil theocracy (for Sauron is also the god of his ...
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How did Gandalf come to possess one of the Elf rings?

Of course, Tony Meyer's answer answers where Gandalf got the Ring. Why did Frodo never notice it? He didn't yet have the ability. In Fellowship of the Ring, in The Mirror of Galadriel: Frodo gazed at ...
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Who were the nine actors who played the nine kings?

My dad, Graham Johnson, is the third from the right. He is a local poet and was pulled off the street in Wellington by the casting director. I still pause on this moment to give dad his 15 minutes of ...
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Who or what is "Nampat" in the chant of the Orcs in the Rings of Power?

As mentioned above, the creators intended it to be "Death". In a later episode, they say "Nampat Uglursha", which is supposed to mean "He died with honor" according to ...
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Is the scale of Middle-earth in the Return of the King film different from the books?

The distance in Fonstad's Atlas from the Black Gate to Barad-dûr is approximately 120 miles, which is roughly 39–40 times further than the visible horizon on flat ground. In the films, you can see ...
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Is the scale of Middle-earth in the Return of the King film different from the books?

It's so interesting this question as I have thought about it many times. I agree with the assessment that at minimum, Osgiliath was about 20-30 miles from Minas Tirith from the different maps you can ...
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What two things did Bilbo say that Gandalf interpreted as asking for an adventure?

Gandalf was an old guy, so he used an old dictionary. It seams, pardon had a meaning, which was obsolete in 1913, and disappeared from the language and the dictionaries by now. https://www....
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How did Éowyn slay the Witch-king of Angmar if he wasn't alive?

She didn't. It was Merry who broke the spell keeping Witch-King in his physical form, but he himself just returned to Mordor as a spirit and Sam and Frodo noticed that in the chapter "Land of ...
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What two things did Bilbo say that Gandalf interpreted as asking for an adventure?

Bilbo did ask for something, at least by implication just before the quoted passage. Here's the whole paragraph with some words highlighted: "Gandalf, Gandalf! Good gracious me! Not the ...
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Is there any backstory for the "extraordinary luck of widow's sons"?

The poor boy in fairy tales can indeed be a widow's son and have, of course, extraordinary luck so as to end up married to the princess. A number are noted in British fairy tales: Jack and His ...
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Is there any backstory for the "extraordinary luck of widow's sons"?

Two widow's sons are resurrected in the Bible : one by Elijah and one by Jesus - a fact which Tolkien would have been well-aware. That might be the source of the idea of the lucky widow's son.
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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 are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

I was originally planning this answer to cover LotR/Silm as well in a similar scope, but it was looking like more effort than it was worth and so I stopped after The Hobbit. However since there's a ...
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Why did Teddy (Jeff Daniels' character) pick Glorfindel from the Council of Elrond

The question contains the answer. Any Tolkien FAN will have a lot to say about the absence of Glorfindel in the movies. As the rider who raced ahead of the Nazgul to reach Rivendell with Frodo dying, ...
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

Whether covered by your question or not, but Sam foresaw the damage that would happen (or was happening, the timeline isn't hugely clear) to The Shire, when he looked into the Mirror of Galadriel, and ...
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

Here is another prophecy made by Malbeth the Seer who was mentioned in Moriarty's answer. Arvedui was indeed the last king, as his name signifies. It is said that his name was given him at his birth ...
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

Here are some prophecies not yet mentioned. Predictor: Thorin Maybe it's more of a wish than a prophecy, but in The Hobbit, in A Warm Welcome: Status: fulfilled, basically But lock nor bar may hinder ...
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What does Galadriel mean by "All shall love me and despair"?

It’s a commentary on the lack of free will the population under Galadriel’s rule would experience. “All shall love me and despair”. The key word is “shall”! Thesaurus lists synonyms for shall as “be ...
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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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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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