Questions tagged [the-lord-of-the-rings]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Legolas's eyes take two different appearances. Hence my question here is: Is this due to the time gap between The Hobbit and ...
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How Does Gandalf Keep Getting his Staff Back?

In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf notably loses his staff to Saruman. But he has it back later (notably after The Fellowship leaves Rivendell & enters the Mines of Moria, where he uses it to light ...
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Why did the Elven army turn to face Legolas and Haldir when they greeted each other?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers just before the Battle of Helm's Deep when Haldir and the Elven army arrives, Haldir greets Aragorn and Legolas. When Aragorn greets Haldir the army doesn't ...
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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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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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Would Lord of The Rings: Return of The King have met 2024 Oscar diversity standards?

The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King has been one of the most successful films of all times at the Academy Awards. But would it have met the new diversity standards so it could hypothetically ...
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Are elves in Middle Earth mortal or immortal?

In Lord of the Rings, three thousand years before the story, Elrond is seen fighting in the war against Sauron. But after three thousand years he is still seen young. So I am guessing that elves are ...
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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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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 doesn't Elrond stop Isildur 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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Why does Sauron think Pippin has the ring when Pippin holds the Palantír?

In The Return of the King, Pippin holds Palantír in a scene. Then Gandalf takes him. And when Merry breaks up with Pippin, he says The enemy thinks you have the ring. Why does the enemy think so? ...
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Does Bilbo Baggins realize his ring was the One Ring?

In the infamous jumpscare scene, in the Fellowship of the Ring Bilbo says: "I'm sorry, that I brought this upon you, my boy... I'm sorry that you must carry this burden. I'm sorry for everything." ...
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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 the ring is successful in polluting their heart. Isildur, Sméagol, and Boromir are among them. ...
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How much of a gamble was The Lord of the Rings trilogy? [closed]

It still feels astounding to me that a studio would green-light a 3 film fantasy series to be shot back to back, especially with a then relatively unproven producer-director in Peter Jackson. Of ...
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Why didn't Sauron try to find the Ring first before preparing for the war on Middle Earth?

I never understood why Sauron was not looking for the Ring actively in the Lord of the Rings films. The Nazgul know that Frodo has the Ring and they should be knowing where Frodo is heading. Saruman ...
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Why did Gandalf only use his magic powers against the Balrog? Why not before?

Why did Gandalf only use his magic powers against the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring? Why not before? Could he have used that kind of firepower earlier to the Fellowship's ...
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Why did Grima shed a tear?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers there is a scene where Saruman and Grima stand on the balcony of Orthanc, the black, impenetrable tower of Isengard. Saruman shows his army to Grima for the ...
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Was Andy Serkis's portrayal of Gollum inspired by John Byner's portrayal of Gurgi?

The Internet abounds with speculation and unsourced claims that Andy Serkis based his performance of Gollum in the Peter Jackson films on John Byner's performance of Gurgi in The Black Cauldron:1,2 ...
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Why didn't Gimli know the password to enter Moria?

Since Gimli was very proud of the dwarves hospitality, how come he didn't know the password to enter the mines?
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What initially awakened the Balrog?

I suppose Gandalf was so worried even before entering the Mines in The Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring because he was alerted to the Balrog's awakening, but how was he so sure? In the ...
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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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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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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 Dwarves,...
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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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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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How does Gollum enter the mines of Moria

I was re-watching the fellowship recently and had this question. When the fellowship enters the mines of moria, the entrance is destroyed behind them, and Gandalf decides the only way forward is to ...
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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 Sam'...
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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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How could Isildur cut Sauron's finger?

In Fellowship of the Ring it is shown that Isildur cut the finger which holds the One Ring from Sauron's hand. But at that time, Sauron was very powerful because of his wearing the Ring. So how could ...
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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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Who closed the gates of the Lonely Mountain with stones while Smaug was inside?

In The Hobbit movie series the door of the Lonely Mountain was closed and protected by a stone wall. The dwarves break open the doors with a giant bell in the end but who built that wall and what was ...
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When Saruman began cutting lumber from Fangorn Forest was he aware of the Ents' existence?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, was Saruman aware of the Ents' existence when he was cutting them down and using them for fuel?
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Why did Elrond let Isildur take the One Ring?

In The Lord of the Rings movie in the first part of the movie Fellowship of the Ring we see Isildur cutting Sauron"s fingers and taking the One Ring for himself. They were fighting at the edge of ...
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Copyright of name in movies

There are many movies that take original Lord of the Rings characters. Such as human, orcs, and elves. One of these movies is Bright with Will Smith To make such movie, do they need copy right ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...