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That gate to Moria was created in the "Second Age" of Middle Earth, and was used to trade mithril with the Noldorian Elves of Hithlum. Relations between the Elves and the Dwarves were more cordial in the Second Age. The inscription and password on the gate created by Celebrimbor, the leader of the Elves of Noldor, hence is in elvish. Celebrimbor also ...


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Gandalf is one of the Istari - practically immortal creatures put in middle earth to guide and help its inhabitants. He is therefore very long lived and has picked up a lot of different names or nick-names to different people at different times. Mithrandir is a Sindarin phrase meaning Grey Pilgrim or Wanderer (ref: Tolkein Gateway). Sindarin is the ...


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I think the two mains reasons behind this are: That Sauron is slowly increasing his powers over the whole timeline of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings - the stories of which take place over an 80 year period. That Bilbo never receives the attention of Sauron in quite the same way that Frodo does. Bilbo's 111th birthday party which starts the story ...


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Gandalf did not know then that it was the One Ring. He simply suspected it. He realised Smeagol had called it that in the past and understood then there was an even deeper magical power behind this than he realised. He suspected it could be the One Ring, but he needed proof and to know for sure. If you remember, he left the Shire immediately to learn more ...


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I am delivering here a relevant portion of a forum thread concerning the immortality of mortals who pass to the Undying Lands. It seems that Christopher Tolkien used many of his father's letters to accumulate a fair body of knowledge about Middle Earth and its rules in The Silmarillion, but that some letters specific to the life and death of Frodo and Bilbo ...


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This is not just particular to the movies, but also to the books. Tolkien intentionally chose to translate and transliterate Westron to English. From the Tolkien Gateway: According to Tolkien's fiction, Westron was the language spoken and understood by the protagonists of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Many names of characters and places, in the ...


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The Three Musketeers When Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya produced The Three Musketeers in 1973 they shot so much footage that they decided to split it into two movies: The Four Musketeers (1974). This had ramifications and resulted in the Salkind Clause: For their daring, the Salkinds have gone down in legal history: actors' agents and ...


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Because Sauron's Nazgul patrols would have spotted them and easily killed the eagles. Stealth was a major part of the plan to sneak into Mordor, hence the diversion of Gandalf riding with Pippin to Minas Tirith when Sauron believes Pippin is in posession of the ring. Also, the Eagles wouldnt have wanted to. Would you like to give someone a piggy back in ...


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Frodo saw the effect the ring had on Boromir (Sean Bean), and knew that eventually it would corrupt the rest of the Fellowship. No one is immune to the ring. Even, Gandalf and Galadriel refused to touch it. Frodo as a hobbit, is a bit resistant to the ring, but not completely impervious to it's influence. This is something that Lady Galadriel had foretold ...


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You are correct, Bilbo is 50 when he meets Gandalf in the Hobbit ... in Third Age 2941, 60 years before the party in TA 3001, at the start of the Lord of the Rings. He will turn 51 later that year in the story. Hobbits live longer then Humans, shown by the fact that Bilbo's age at the party of 111 is not that unusual, what is unusual is how young he looks ...


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The Fellowship of the Ring contains a description from Gandalf about his thoughts about what happens after Bilbo takes the ring. Gollum is afraid of the light after so many years living under the misty mountains so it takes some time before he leaves them to search for the ring. Gandalf then surmises that, because of his very long association with the ...


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Smeagol was a Stoor Hobbit before the ring corrupted him. This means he was from Gladden Fields just east of the Misty Mountains. According to the link below he did go searching for the ring but he waited until 2 years after Bilbo took the ring. He spent almost the next 60 years either searching or being captured. I reckon he never went to the Shire ...


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From a FAQ about the Rings: Was Sauron visible when wearing the Ring? Though Tolkien never answered this question directly, most opinion in r.a.b.t is that Sauron was visible even while wearing the Ring. The Rings of Power (except the Three) made their wearers invisible by shifting them mostly into the Unseen world. But Sauron already lived ...


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It looks like Frodo is being shoe-horned into The Hobbit to keep audiences happy (general audiences, mind you, not LotR fans who are not pleased with this news). According to a report from AICN: What’s Frodo doing in The Hobbit? I don’t want to spoil too much, but I can say that Frodo is part of the connecting tissue between The Hobbit and Fellowship of ...


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Question 1: Who is our hero in this film? Frodo or Sam? You are right in that Frodo could at the end not withstand the power of the ring and was corrupted like all the others. Only once the ring was destroyed was he free of his desire for it. This way Sam could indeed be seen as the true hero, always loyally holding to Frodo and not falling to the power ...


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Using only the movies as source material... Elves are immortal. Gandalf says just before he goes to find Eomer: "Three hundred lives of men I have walked this earth and now I have no time." Even if men live only 50 years or so, 300×50 is 15,000. Bilbo was Eleventy-One at his party, and he was considered "well-aged". And let's not forget Treebeard, ...


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Merry, Pippin and Treebeard were not in Mirkwood. They were in Fangorn Forest. If they were toward the north of Fangorn forest, going south would indeed bring them past Isengard. Your probably getting confused somewhere because Isengard is south-west of Mirkwood, not north.


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As you can see from this map of Middle Earth, Gondor is the name of the kingdom to the west of Mordor: And Minas Tirith is a castle city, and capital of the kingdom during the time period depicted in the series: As it says on the Wikipedia article for The White Tree of Gondor, it stands as a symbol for the realm of Gondor, but it also a symbol of the ...


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Frodo leaves Middle-earth for the Undying Lands with Gandalf, Bilbo, Elrond, Celeborn, and Galadriel. This is considered a mystical land, home to the Valar, a race of 'angelic' elves also known as the 'masters of spirits'. From the LotR wiki: In TA 3021 (Third Age), Círdan the Shipwright accompanied Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf, the Keepers of the ...


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There are indications that other prologue narrations were considered, and you might find what you are looking for on the Extended Edition DVD. From the DVD Journal review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition Under the menu for Visualizing the Story you'll find a featurette called Storyboards and Pre-Viz: Making Words ...


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The other answers are good. In addition, Bob the Angry Flower addresses your question here Though obviously satiric, Bob has a good point here. The fundamental problem is not getting the Ring to the fire undetected; the problem is choosing to throw it in the fire once you're there. Only four people in history have the opportunity to do so (Sauron, Isildur, ...


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Aragorn didn't shatter the blade. When Lurtz threw the blade at him Aragorn used his own sword to deflect it. I'll see if I can get a screencap and put it up. Okay, after several tries I cannot get a decent screen cap that clearly shows the blade. It just looks like a flashing blur.


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In the book of The Return of the King, an appendix relates that during the Third Age the elf Glorfindel prophesied that the Witch-king of Angmar (Lord of the Nazgûl) would eventually fall, but not by "the hand of man". By the time of the Battle of Pelennor Fields, word of the prophecy had apparently reached the Witch-king himself. Like so many seemingly ...


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The elves are immortal by nature and it isn't Valinor that makes them immortal (they would have lived forever in Middle Earth, too, they just go to a nicer place to live). Likewise does it not cause the mortal hobbits to live forever. It is called the Undying Lands because only immortals live there and not the other way around. But on the other hand, this ...


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In the book, they meet inside the gates of the City. Pippin says that Gandalf send him to look for Merry. From beginning of the chapter "The Houses of Healing": Slowly the lights of the torches in front of him flickered and went out, and he was walking in a darkness; and he thought: ‘This is a tunnel leading to a tomb; there we shall stay for ...


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This excerpt is from the LoTR wiki:Gandalf and the Balrog fell for a long time, and Gandalf was burned by the Balrog's fire...Then darkness took Gandalf, and he passed away. His body lay on the peak. The entire battle, from the confrontation on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm to the mutual demise of the Balrog and Gandalf, had taken eight days...Nineteen days later ...


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Part of it was hobbit nature. The Hobbits weren't included as a race that Sauron tried to convert to his power with rings. They were beneath his notice. There seemed to be something exceptional in the Hobbits nature that really only Gandalf seemed to notice. They had a single minded simplistic view of life. This can be seen in there constant desire to not ...



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