Movies/television about the epic work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Usually refers to award-winning trilogy by Peter Jackson.

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What is the best order to watch LotR/Hobbit franchise?

I have not watched any of the entries in the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit franchise and as per my knowledge The Hobbit's story occurs before LotR but the release order is different. So for better ...
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Why were the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies released in reverse order to the books? [closed]

The one and only Hobbit book 'The Hobbit' was published on the 21st of September, 1937. The first Lord of the Rings book 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' was published the 29th of ...
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What are the powers of Sauron's ring?

He seems to be able to build armies enslave races just fine without it. Are there any mentions in the books?
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What is the difference between Minas Tirith and Gondor?

In Return of the King, after Pippin looks into the Palantir, he tells Gandalf that he saw a white tree, and Gandalf says what he saw was Minas Tirith. He then apparently takes Pippin on a horse to ...
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what is the difference between Erebor and Moria?

In the beginning of the first Hobbit movie it is said that Smaug attacked the kingdom of Erebor, but during the movie they frequently reference going into Moria which they call the home of the ...
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How Much Screen Time does Gollum have? [closed]

My Mom and I watched the Hobbit and it scared her because she thinks Gollum is demonic and I really want to continue watching the LOTR Series but without Gollum I was thinking of editing out parts of ...
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Did Pippin die in Lord Of The Rings?

At the part in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King after Pippin touches the Palantir when he is laying on the ground, is he dead then brought to life by Gandalf? I was under the impression ...
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Why did Bilbo want the ring back from Frodo?

I watched Lord of the Rings, and I saw a change in Bilbo when he had to give up the ring. He became mad and didn't want to part with it. When Bilbo was giving gifts to Frodo he gave him a shirt and ...
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How does Smaug know about the Ring?

I recently watched The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In the movie, there is one shot where Bilbo enters the Lonely Mountain to find the Arkenstone and accidentally awakens Smaug. There is a ...
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Was the Lord of the Rings trilogy the first film series to be shot concurrently?

I know that the three films in the Lord of the Rings film series were quite famously shot concurrently. The films were then edited and completed, before being released to the cinemas a year or so ...
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When does Gandalf realise that Bilbo's ring is the One Ring?

I don't have access to the books right now, but I believe in the books Gandalf didn't know in the beginning that Bilbo's ring was the one ring, so he did not immediately ask him to destroy it But in ...
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Is there any relation between the head-butting in LotR and the Hobbit?

Most of us Tolkien fans have seen the movies and may recall that in the first the Hobbit movie Balin and Dwalin head-butt each other when meeting at Bilbo's. Ofcourse, this does not seem too strange a ...
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How come the ground under Aragorn's army did not collapse after the ring is destroyed?

In Battle of the Morannon, when the ring is destroyed in Mount doom, the Dark Tower collapses. Then, The Eye of Sauron implodes and creates a shock wave which causes an earthquake that shatters the ...
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Geography error

In the The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, when Treebeard is carrying Pippin and Merry, Pippin asks to be taken south toward Saruman's fortress. But the maps of Middle Earth clearly show Mirkwood ...
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Why are Legolas' eyes blue in “The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug”? [closed]

Legolas eye colour is brown in the three Lord of the Rings movies and I believe Orlando Blooms eyes are brown. So why does he have blue eyes in the Hobbit?
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What is the average life expectancy of Middle-Earth inhabitants?

I realize that some of this can be pieced together through recurring characters of the movies, but I wonder if anyone knows how long the different races are supposed to live? What is the average life ...
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Who is speaking when Gandalf uses the Black Speech?

When Gandalf says the Black Speech from the ring during the secret meeting in Rivendell, someone else is also speaking. Who is that? Is it the ring, or Gandalf? There is distinctly another, deeper, ...
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How does Frodo write in English?

There's a scene at the ending of "Lord of the Rings - Return of the King", where Frodo appers finishing writing a book called "Lord of the Rings"... in plain English! This kind of broke down my ...
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Why didn't the fellowship use eagles to travel into Mordor?

Inspired by this parody, why didn't Frodo and the fellowship use eagles to travel (even part of the way) into Mordor?
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Who is our hero, Frodo or Sam?

The ring of power has a strange power to deceive people. There are many characters from "good" races who ring is successful to pollute their heart. Isildur, Sméagol and Boromir are among them. They ...
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Was Saruman already under the thrall of Sauron?

During the first film of The Hobbit we see a meeting of the White Council in which Saruman seems unconvinced and even argues against the likelihood that Sauron could be returning. In The Fellowship ...
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Can Galadriel see the future?

In The Fellowship of the Rings Galadriel gives each member of the fellowship a gift, many of these turn out to be critically useful in their quest: Frodo's light saves their life in Shelob's lair ...
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Why did Gandalf only take out his magic powers against the Balrog?Why not before?

Could he have used that kind of firepower earlier to the Fellowship's benefit?
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Why is the Witch King of the Nazgul able to be killed by a woman?

He says that he can't be killed by a man, and then Eowyn says "I am no man" right before killing him.
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Why did Frodo need to go it alone, leaving Aragorn and Legolas behind?

Why does Frodo have to fly solo without the others at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring? Especially Aragorn and Legolas both seem like incredible assassins/bodyguards and basically immune to the ...
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Who is the Lady of the Wood, and what's her relationship to the rest of the elves?

In The Fellowship of the Ring the group meets the Lady of the Woods during their trip. But who is she and what's her relationship with the rest of the elves. For example Legolas didn't look like he ...
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What is the history of Aragorn?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring why was Aragorn an exile at the beginning? Did a certain event cause him to become an exile?
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Where are Frodo, Gandalf and the others going at the end and why?

First of all, I haven't read the book (shame on me). I remember one of the last scenes of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King shows Frodo, Gandalf, Bilbo and some others leave by ship. Where ...
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What is east of RHUN?

If you look at the map of Middle Earth (ignoring the circles) You see that the world suddenly ends when the map reaches the right margin. What is east of RHUN?
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Why didn't Gollum ever go to the Shire to search for Bilbo?

Gollum finds out Bilbo's name and where he is from when they meet in the cave. Why doesn't he ever go to the Shire to search for Bilbo and his "precious"?
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What happened to Gandalf after his battle with the Balrog?

After Gandalf fights the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings, he is carried off by an eagle. There is a scene where he is lying down in a white room and only his head and shoulders are visible. The next ...
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When were the scenes with Frodo shot for The Hobbit?

When were the scenes with Frodo (Elijah Wood) and the older Bilbo (Ian Holm) shot for The Hobbit? Were they perhaps shot during the making of LotR?
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Why was Frodo so resistant to the ring?

I know, by the end, it had gotten the better of him, but the effect it had on Frodo compared to Boromir who was driven mad by it, doesn't seem fit at all. Also Sam was carrying it for a very short ...
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What is the age of Bilbo in the events of The Hobbit?

The Hobbit shows that the events of the Hobbit took place sixty years before Bilbo's grand birthday party which took place in the 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' as clearly the ...
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Why wasn't Sauron invisible when he wore the Ring?

When Sauron is shown killing Elendil and then being destroyed by Isildur he is clearly not invisible and he is wearing the Ring. But any time Bilbo or Frodo put on the Ring they went invisible ...
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Did George Lucas try to acquire the rights to 'The Lord Of The Rings' / 'The Hobbit'?

  [Source] This review of the movie Willow, which was produced by George Lucas, claims: George Lucas was desperately attempting to secure the rights to the Lord of the Rings series and its ...
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Why is Gandalf referred to as Mithrandir?

I've read that Mithrandir is one of Gandalf's aliases. Why do certain people call him by this name and not Gandalf? I've noticed in particular that Galadriel uses the name Mithrandir quite often.
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Alternate Fellowship of the Rings Opening

I went to see "Fellowship of the Ring" within its first week of showing at a cinema. I remember it having a scene at the beginning that has Frodo being asked to tell the story of how he lost his ...
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How did Gimli know Elvish?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, at Helm's Deep when Aragorn was commanding the Elves during the battle, he yells "Ladders" in the Elvish tongue (Sindarin). A moment later we hear Gimli ...
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Why did the ring affect Frodo so much and not Bilbo?

Every time Frodo put on the ring the Eye of Sauron could see where he was and almost see into his soul as well. Frodo appeared to suffer hugely when he put the ring on. Bilbo was able to turn ...
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Do Frodo and Bilbo live forever at the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Elrond mentions that going to The Undying Land which is west of Middle Earth allows Elves to be immortal. Does this apply to other creatures such as Hobbits? I know Frodo and Bilbo Baggins go there ...
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Where in Middle Earth is the Paths of the Dead?

The Paths of the Dead is where Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli go to recruit the undead army to fight for Gondor. The most detailed map of Middle Earth I could find is here. From reading on Wikipedia it ...
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Was Frodo Baggins in the original version of The Hobbit?

I see from the trailers for the new Hobbit film that Frodo Baggins is in it. It has been a while since I read the book but I don't remember Frodo being in it. Was his addition only for the movie ...
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How did Pippin know that Merry was part of the Rohirrim army at Minas Tirith?

After the battle of the Pellenor Fields in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Pippin searched for Merry on the battlefield. The last time they spoke, Merry was still in Rohan. How, aside ...
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Language of the Moria password in The Fellowship of the Ring

At the gates of Moria there is a riddle on the door. "Speak Friend and Enter". Frodo then asks Gandalf "What is the elven word for 'Friend'?" who replies and the door opens. Given Moria is a ...
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Fellowship of the Ring continuity error?

I've watched The Fellowship of the Ring several times and am convinced that this is a continuity error but have never seen it documented. Can someone clarify whether this is an error or my eyes ...