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For the early 2000s trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson. Questions about the 1978 animated version, use the tag with that date. If questions are about a specific film in the trilogy, also use that film's sub-title (e.g. the-two-towers) as a tag.

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Why is Sméagol from Lord of the Rings talking to himself alone?

When I watched one of the Lord of the Rings films (don't remember which one), I saw Sméagol talking to himself and it made me feel uncomfortable. Why does Sméagol talk to himself?
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Did Saruman send humans (men) to attack Rohan?

I was rewatching The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. There is a scene where Saruman instigates 'humans' (men) saying the people of Rohan pushed them to the rocks or something of that manner. And ...
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LotR and Hobbit - one series or two?

In Wikipedia, it is stated that The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are two different film series. However, the film series itself is described as "a collection of related films in succession that ...
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Smeagol's past story

I was wondering which part this scene in LOTR where Smeagols past was revealed. I remember it was very beginning of The Two Towers but I haven't seen it while I was watching it today after so many ...
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Where do character images (appearance) of Nazguls from LOTR originate from?

In Lord of the Rings movie by Peter Jackson Nazgûls are depicted as phantoms in black cloaks with swords often riding on horses: What did Peter Jackson take as a base (prototype) to build the ...
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Meaning of Gandalf's quote “There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope”?

Ever since i saw the movie back in 2003 (i was very young) i couldn't understand what Gandalf meant. Later i also read all Tolkien's books about Middle Earth, Arda etc.. Tolkien did write this exact ...
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How is that Gandalf and the army survived the land collapse in the final fight?

With the defeat of Sauron, how is it that Gandalf and the combined armies were rescued when the land that they were standing on remained intact while most of the Orcs buried with the collapse of the ...
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Why didn't Gollum take the ring back from Bilbo between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings?

Gollum is a capable murderer who is able to sneak into Mordor. How hard can it be to find The Shire when he is aware of the two words "Shire" and "Baggins"? Why didn't Gollum take the ring back from ...
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Why didn't the Lord of the Rings Trilogy just release the Extended Versions in the theater?

Some things would have made a lot more sense (i.e. Boromir's concern for the hobbits, Elven Cloak giving, Speech at Osgiliath, The Death of Saruman, The Witch King breaking Gandalf's staff, The Mouth ...
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Why does the narrator say 'The ring came to the creature Gollum'?

About 5 minutes into 'The Fellowship of the Ring', we see Déagol picking up the Ring from the bottom of the swamp where Isildur died, and the narrator says The ring came to the creature Gollum. ...
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Why didn't Aragorn tell Theoden where they're going?

When Elrond gives Aragorn Anduril, he advises Aragorn to summon the Army of the Dead. As Elrond convinces Aragorn: Aragorn agrees with Elrond. When Aragorn came out to the camp with his horse, Brego, ...
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How did Peter Jackson get the rights of the Lord of the Rings?

Peter Jackson is a talented director but no offense intended his films before Lord of the Rings are not that famous. How did Peter Jackson get the rights to this series? Since his films before LOTR ...
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Morgul Blades Disintegrating?

I was watching The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring the other day, and was wondering why the Morgul blade that Aragorn picks up (after it stabbed Frodo) disintegrated when he touched it? ...
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Why does Aragorn follow the same path to Rivendell which Gandalf took 60 years ago?

In LOTR "The Fellowship of the Ring", Aragorn tries to take Frodo and his companions through a forest to Rivendell to tend to Frodo's wound from the Morgul blade. This was exactly the same place ...
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Is it because the time gap that Legolas's eyes are different in Hobbit and LOTR?

In both Lord of the Rings (all parts) and The Hobbit (all parts), we find Lord Legolas's eyes take two different appearances. Hence my question here is: Is this due to the time gap between The ...
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Why doesn't Elrond stop Islidur in Mount Doom?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Elrond tells Isildur to throw the ring into Mount Doom, but when he doesn't do so, he doesn't try and stop him by force or any other means. Why is ...
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Clearing the Shire of Orcs and Goblins

In the Lord of the Rings books, after Sauron was defeated, the hobbits return to the Shire to discover orcs and goblins terrorizing their homeland. Peregrin and Merry play an important role having ...
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Why does Gimli ask for Galadriel's hair?

While leaving Lothlórien in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, everyone was given some gift by Galadriel, like Sam got elvish rope. Everyone has taken something which is useful for ...
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How did Pippin know that Saruman was cutting the forest

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Ents had decided that they are not going to take part in the war. Treebeard was taking Merry and Pippin to leave the western border of the forest. However,...
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Why was Arwen's fate tied to the ring?

I understand how Arwen gave up an immortal life for Aragorn but I don't understand why she was dying because of the evil from Mordor. Can anyone explain?
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Does Gollum have another split personality other than the Ring?

In the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I always believed that Gollum talks to the Ring 'precious' as a person. I was rewatching The Two Towers and I noticed during Frodo and Sam's first encounter with ...
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Why are the railings in Rivendell so low?

Rivendell is an Elven city. Frodo is a Hobbit, and much shorter than the Elves. The railing should appear much higher than it is. Was this simply a production gaffe, or is there an in-universe reason ...
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Who was Balin? Was he part of the company of Thorin Oakenshield?

Who was Balin from The Lord of the Rings? Is he part of the company of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit? If he was, then there is a person named Gloin in the company of Thorin Oakenshield whose son's ...
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Why did the dwarves have to flee for the first time from Moria?

Why did the dwarves have to flee for the first time from Moria? Moria was made by dwarven kings, but for some reason the dwarves had to flee, they were forced out from Moria. After the dwarves moved ...
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Why does Gandalf say that he is Saruman?

In The Lord of the Rings when Gandalf returns after killing the Balrog he says that "I am Saruman." . Why did he say that? Are the names' meanings defined like below? Saruman means White Wizard ...
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What does “Gollum” mean?

In Lord of the rings, Smeagol most of the time repeated the word "Gollum". He said it twice: Gollum! Gollum! If I am right, it is the name of Smeagol's split personality, but what is the meaning ...
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Ring's different behaviour [duplicate]

In The Lord of the Rings we can see that when Frodo wears the ring he becomes invisible. Same is the case for Bilbo. Also in entire Hobbit movie Bilbo became invisible whenever he wore the ring. But ...
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Why was Tom Bombadil left out of the LOTR movies?

Tom Bombadil among others played a significant part in the books but were left out in the movies. Was this just to save time?
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Why did Peter Jackson direct the Lord of the Rings first and then The Hobbit?

The Lord of the Ring seems like it could profit more from advanced technologies like 3D when compared to the Hobbit series, especially the vast battle sequences. In addition to that, the story of The ...
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Does The Battle of Five Armies deliberately quote The Two Towers?

My wife and I are well versed in the dialogue from the Lord of the Rings movies. We are not quite so enthusiastic about The Hobbit movies, but recently we noticed something odd while watching the ...
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Are the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies connected someway? [duplicate]

Are those two movies connected, if yes, what should be the order in which I shall watch these movies?
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What LotR scene shows a closeup of Gollum eating a fish?

I remember a scene from one of the LotR movies that shows an extreme closeup of Gollum biting into a fish. It's so zoomed in that his mouth takes up the entire frame. The scene is just a few seconds ...
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Does the sun rise from the West in Middle Earth?

In Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), there is a scene (starting around 02:17:52 in the Extended edition) showing the Rohan coalition leaving camp to head towards Minas Tirith. Then, ...
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Is Lady Galadriel really stronger than the Ring?

In Lord Of The Rings: when Frodo met Lady Galadriel alone and showed her the Ring, did she really win over the temptation of the Ring? Is her power stronger than the Ring? Later in The Hobbit series,...
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Why did Gandalf take Pippin when saving Faramir and company?

This scene has always bothered me, but I've never seen an attempt to explain it. In The Return of the King, when Gandalf rides out of Minas Tirith to save Faramir and his company from the Nazgul, he ...
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Where did the Elves go after the Helm's deep battle in LOTR?

In the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Part 2: The Two Towers), where do the Elves go after the battle in the Helm's deep? The next morning when they (Aragorn and the others) open the gates and charge ...
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How did Gandalf survive the fall in the cavern in “Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring” and reincarnated as “Gandalf the White”? [duplicate]

In the "Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring", while Gandalf the Grey was fighting inflaming demon Balrog, he fell into cavern. So, did he survived the fall or died and reincarnated as "...
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Why didn't Aragorn go to Gondor for getting help for Rohan?

As we know in the second Lord of the Rings movie, The Two Towers, Aragorn suggested to Theoden to ask Gondor for help. However Theoden was skeptical that Gondor will not come and didn't ask for help ...
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Why didn't Aragorn Let Theoden kill Grima?

After Gandalf released Theoden from Saruman's spell in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Theoden wants to kill Grima for making him "crawl on all fours like a beast". But Aragorn stops him ...
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What was Saruman's motivation in the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

I have seen all three Hobbit movies and Saruman was a good friend of Gandalf and he even helped him when the Orcs had caught him. I have just seen The Lord of the Rings Part one few days back (...
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Who are the statues at the Gates of Argonath?

In Lord Of the Rings, when paddling down the river Anduin the fellowship pass by two statues, one on each side of the river, both holding their left hand forward. One is in armour and is bearded and ...
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What happens when the Nazgul breaks the stick of Gandalf?

During the Rohan war in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, there is an encounter between Gandalf and a Nazgul. As far as I remember the Nazgul breaks the stick of Gandalf. I need to know ...
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Was Elrond Elros' brother?

In LOTR we hear a tale of two brothers, Elros and Elrond, who are given the choice of long life or eternal life. Elros chooses long life and from him descended the Numenourians. And Elrond chose ...
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Why did Galadriel say “I will diminish”?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, after Galadriel is tempted by the ring, she says, "I passed the test. I will diminish...and go into the West...and remain Galadriel." What does she mean by saying that ...
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Gollum and the ring

We know that the ring kept Gollum/Smeagol alive for about 500 years, and in The Lord of the Rings we see Bilbo aging really fast after he gave the ring to Frodo, so what happens to Gollum? He remains ...
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When is it safe to watch The Hobbit while reading the book? [closed]

So, I've read that the first movie covers the six first chapters of the book, and it features some parts from LOTR (either book or movie, I'm not sure). But since I'm still reading The Hobbit (book), ...
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How much influence did the animated Lord of the Rings movie from 1978 have on Peter Jackson's trilogy?

I wonder how much the previous movie treatment of The Lord of the Rings -- in the form of Ralph Bakshi's great (albeit unfinished) animated version from 1978 -- had any kind of influence on Peter ...
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Was the Council of Elrond aware that destroying the ring would vanquish Sauron?

In Fellowship of the Ring, were those at the Council of Elrond aware that destroying the One Ring would defeat Sauron? I'm guessing that they must have known this because nobody seemed surprised that ...
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Why didn't Bilbo become a creature like Gollum?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, it is shown that Bilbo keeps the ring for almost 60 years, not as much as Gollum (who kept it for centuries). But still Bilbo remains totally ...
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Thranduil mentioning Strider (Aragorn) at the end of the third Hobbit movie

At the end of the third Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Thranduil mentions to Legolas that he should go meet a wanderer called Strider. Now, the events in the Hobbit are around ...