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He did eventually (after some years: remember that Gollum has a hatred and fear of the Sun, the Moon and other creatures, so it took some time) leave the Misty Mountains in pursuit of Bilbo Baggins, but was eventually drawn south, towards Mordor, because all evil was being drawn to Mordor, at the time. This is how he discovered the secret stair by Minas ...


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I would start with the Hobbit first. Some things that happen in the Hobbit franchise have no "stakes" if you watch the 3 LotR movies first. The Hobbit also gives back story for the main LotR story. There are risks that characters in the Hobbit take. If you watch the Lord of the Rings first, you'll know the outcome of the risks, and the tension in the Hobbit ...


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I saw the films in the order that they were released and I have read the Hobbit and halfway through the LotR tome. Here is a personal opinion: Suggested ordering: Read the Hobbit Watch LotR films (perhaps many times each!) Read the LotR book Watch the Hobbit films if the nostalgia is unbearable. (Switching (2) and (3) can also be recommended.) My Reasons: ...


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Yes, the Balin referred here is in fact the same Balin that was part of Thorin's company. And yes, in Moria, Gimli is referring to the same Balin, who was the Lord of Moria, by the time he was slain by goblins. So your question is how he could be a cousin of Gimli? To put it simply, Gimli was Balin's first cousin once removed. LOTR wiki states this as ...


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First of all: Yes, you probably should watch at least The Two Towers before reading much further: that movie is all about Saruman's plans and schemes. Having said that, there's a combination of things that have driven Saruman to act the way he does in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first thing you need to realize is just how long a gap there was between ...


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No. It's a technical issue (sort of) Original Source - Quora Wikipdia Due to technical mishaps involving Bloom's contact lenses, in the films Legolas' eye colour sometimes changes between brown, purple, and blue. (In the director's commentary of the Extended Edition, Peter Jackson admitted that they forgot to put Bloom's contacts in several times.) ...


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I have not seen the second or third Hobbit movies, but if they claimed that Smaug was "in" Moria and needed to be evicted, that would appear to be a mistake. Erebor and Moria are two completely different places. However, I suspect your confusion stems from the fact that the dwarves were evicted from both places, and want to retake both places, just for ...


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It had no name until Bilbo named it It was not a sword, merely a dagger, and unlikely to have been used for much worthy of recognition. I can think of only one dagger in Tolkien lore that was worthy of a name - Angrist - it is not Angrist. No-one remarks on it by name when it is found, or in any other situation, unlike Orchrist and Glamdring, swords that ...


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Ok, let's do this one by one: Balin was one of the 12 dwarves who were in Thorin II Oakenshield's company. Balin got a younger brother called Dwalin. Both of them are cousins of Glóin. Glóin is Gimli's father and the younger brother of Óin. Balin, Dwalin, Glóin and Óin teamed up with Thorin to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. Here you got an overview of ...


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It is a mistake From: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - the worst continuity errors Sting! The sword that is affectionately known as Sting has a magic property, it glows blue when enemies are near. We know that because in 'Lord of the Rings' Frodo has it, and it does indeed glow blue when enemies are near, like in the Mines of Moria. However,...


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Going back into the production history, as far back as 2006, MGM and Jackson wanted to make it a three part franchise in some way. According to Wikipedia: The project had been envisaged as two parts since 2006, but the proposed contents of the parts changed during development. MGM expressed interest in a second film in 2006, set between The Hobbit ...


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You should go back and rewatch the beginning of the Fellowship of the Ring. The exposition there shows the ring in Sauron's hand, then taken by Isildur when he cuts off Sauron's finger. But Isildur is then ambushed by orcs while riding north, and tries to swim away in the Great River Anduin when the ring slips off his finger, and is lost in the river. Later ...


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Yes - there are giant spiders in the film for a decent length of time. For a more detailed account (which contains some spoilers) see this IO9 article which sums up the first 20 minutes of the film. Despite your phobia, it would appear that these beasties are fantastic enough for you to brave them. After all, they don't really have any bearing on everyday ...


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Watch them in release order. It is true that The Hobbit series happens chronologically before the LotR series and that there are some characters that are in both, which can lead to some spoilers: However, if you do anything other than just open the boxes and watch them immediately without knowing any background on the series you are probably already know ...


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Most of this with appropriate additional source attribution can be found on the wikipedia pages of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. When Jackson first started on this (1995) he wanted to make 3 movies, one based on The Hobbit, two based on Lord of the Rings. However, it turned out at that point that the production rights and distribution rights on the ...


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What Smaug says in the movie: "Come now, don't be shy. Step into the light. Hmmm, there is something about you. Something you carry. Something made of gold, but far more preciousssss." In the book Smaug says nothing of the kind. Instead, he tries to get information out of Bilbo and sow him with suspicions about the honesty and intentions of the ...


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There is a nice summary of that on Wikipedia: The Ring's primary power was control of the other Rings of Power and domination of the wills of their users. The Ring also conferred power to dominate the wills of other beings whether they were wearing Rings or not — but only in proportion to the user's native capacity. In the same way, it amplified any ...


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The Istari, (better known as "Wizards" in the mortal world), are the Middle-earth counterparts of angels. They were sent by the greatest spirit, Manwë, to answer the threat of evil. In the line of succession, Olórin, (better known as Gandalf), was the third who was sent to deal with the resurgent threat of Sauron. Gandalf in particular was fearful of such a ...


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Due to his Númenórean decent, Aragorn is around the age of 87 during the events of The Lord of the Rings. When he is crowned king of the Reunited Kingdom, his reign lasts a whopping 122 years, until his death at the age of 210. As such, given the events of The Hobbit occur around 60 years before The Fellowship is formed, that would put Aragorn somewhere ...


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In Tolkien's mind, at least when he was writing The Lord of the Rings, "Orc" and "Goblin" were two different words that referred to the same thing (think "humans" and "people", or "young men" and "boys", or "dogs" and "pooches"). This was probably also true of his mindset when he wrote The Hobbit, since the name of the sword "Orcrist" is translated in The ...


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From an interview with Richard Armitage (he plays Thorin): ... I think knowing that his father and his grandfather have been touched by this dragon sickness which doesn’t necessarily affect all dwarves, but some dwarves are susceptible to it. It’s this attraction to gold which becomes their downfall, has always been at the back of his mind. ...


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My answer is a clear (and honestly pretty obvious) Yes, definitely! It is one continuous story (which would not have needed to be turned into three movies at all, but that is a different question) and The Desolation of Smaug is a direct continuation of An Unexpected Journey, relying on characters and events introduced in that (they were even filmed as a ...


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There are a few interesting orders in which you can watch the six movies The usual Hobbit trilogy first and then the LOTR trilogy. Following the story of the one ring (lets you keep track of the one ring) a. Watch just Galadriel’s opening “The Fellowship of the Ring” b. Then just the opening Smeagol and Deagol scene from “The Return of the King" c. ...


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According to the LOTR Wiki: The Battle of Five Armies was a battle waged between the Goblins and the Wargs against Men of Dale, Elves, Dwarves, Eagles and a Shape-shifter on and near the Lonely Mountain.[3] The combatants are listed as: Thorin and Company, Dwarves from Iron Hills, Elves from Mirkwood, Men from Lake-town, Great Eagles


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In Tolkien's texts, Sauron flees Dol Guldur just prior to the arrival of the White Council's force. Galadriel is the Lady of Lothlorien, granddaughter of Finwe the High King of the Noldor and one of the last elves (perhaps the last) in Middle Earth to have seen the light of the Two Trees. She survived through incredibly dangerous and destructive periods of ...


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Yes, Balin is part of Thorin's group in The Hobbit. So is Gloin, father of Gimli. And Gimli is a member of the Fellowship of the Ring. Please refer to this listing of the Thorin's company from Wikipedia. Balin and Gloin are first cousins (and so should be of similar age). That makes Gimli Balin's first cousin once removed (a kind of first cousin that is ...


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Either interpretation could be correct. But since you can watch either group of films without the other it wouldn't be really correct to call all 6 films one series....at least in my opinion. To my mind...there are two series of films LOTR & TH which happen to share a universe.


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Indeed yes. It supposed to be funny. For those who also read the book knows that movies, especially the second movie according to the first one, are quite different then the books. Making 3 movies from a book with ~350 pages is hard. Making each movie 3 hours long is harder. So the director Peter Jackson choose to fill each movie some action and many funny ...


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