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Is there a passage in Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of an orc?
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The internal thoughts of orcs are never described in the LotR. However, several dialogues between orcs are "overheard" by hobbits (Pippin when he and Merry are being carried to Isengard, Sam in Cirith ...

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Why does Elrond call Mithrandir "Gandalf"?
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Not only Elrond uses 'Gandalf' rather than 'Mithrandir'. Galadriel too calls him 'Gandalf': "Gandalf the Grey set out with the Company, but he did not pass the borders of this land." (LotR II 7 - ...

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Has Rowling ever expressed her opinion on whether Snape is a good teacher or not?
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Setting aside Snape's treatment of Harry, I'd say he was generally a good teacher, yes. For starters, he was actually competent in the stuff he taught. In The Prisoner of Azkhaban, Lupin testifies to ...

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Why don't Star Trek ships have internal CCTV cameras?
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Actually, the evidence brought in the trial in TOS episode "Court Martial" is CCTV footage from the bridge. It would appear that CCTV cameras exist or don't exist in needed locations as the plot ...

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Why did Biff not pursue a relationship with Lorraine in the original timeline?
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In the original timeline, Lorraine fell in love with George well before the dance: when her father knocked him down with his car. Then, when Marty showed up, he saved his father from being hit by the ...

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Why did the people of Nargothrond heed the Sons of Feanor over Finrod Felagund?
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First, Celegorm and Curufin held political power in Nargothrond, though Finrod Felagund was the King: And now Celegorm and Curufin are dwelling in my halls; and though I, Finarfin's son, am King, ...

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What exactly were Laurelin and Telperion?
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At any rate, they are not Maiar. With the Valar came other spirits whose being also began before the World, of the same order as the Valar but of less degree. These are the Maiar (Silmarillion, ...

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In The Two Towers film, how did Faramir's group cross over to West Osgiliath?
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Faramir first meets Frodo and Sam in Ithilien. That's east of the Anduin. Then the film (not the book) has him drag both hobbits to Osgiliath. Coming from the east, they'd find themselves on the ...

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How does Gandalf know that the ring's destruction will imply Sauron's "death"?
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There is a story in the Unfinished Tales: The Faithful Stone, in the Drúadain chapter. In this story, a Drûg transfers some of his power into a stone watchman, to keep guard over a friend's house: '...

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Perfect Percy's transformation
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No person is entirely without a sense of humour. Different people laugh at different things, and are more or less adept at making jokes, but in the end everybody laughs. Let us examine what Percy ...

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Is my spelling of "A Túrin Turambar turún' ambartanen" correct?
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I'm not sure you're using the correct 'r' rune. In the inscription on Balin's tomb, Tolkien uses #12 rather than #29 (referring to the Angerthas table in Apendix E of the LotR). Same for your 'n': on ...

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How was Hagrid supposed to bring Harry from Godric's Hollow to the Dursleys?
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Hagrid had the Knight Bus available to him, or he could use muggle transportation. Portkeys are unlikely in this case - he'd need someone to make a portkey for him to get where he needed - that's too ...

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How long does a Polyjuice transformation last after death?
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We don't actually know Azkaban has a service for deceased inmates. I'm thinking of "Count of Monte Cristo" here, for example - dead prisoner put in a sack, then thrown into the sea. That was actually ...

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