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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 think the two main 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 of ...


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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: Tolkien Gateway). Sindarin is the ...


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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 ...


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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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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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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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Yes and no. No, there is not and never has been any romantic liaison between them. But it's fair enough to assume they are good friends who have fought against the same evil for many years. It was Galadriel who first summoned the White Council (one of the meetings of which we see in The Hobbit) and she would have wanted Gandalf to be the leader of 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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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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It was an old dwarvish song, presumably originating from a time not long after Smaug took over the Lonely Mountain. It describes a desire to return to reclaim their home under the mountain, primarily for the earthly treasure located there (the song describes in great detail the nature of the various treasures). Later verses in the song also briefly narrate ...


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From inside Radagast's house you see shadows of spider attack, you see the legs of a spider break into the house before Radagast's magic seems to scare them off. He emerges from the house and you clearly see giant spiders running away from the house. So, contrary to the previous answers, I would say "yes" but it is brief and you don't see them fully.


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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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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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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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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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Sting Sting was an ancient blade made by Elvish weapon-smiths in Gondolin. It was lost during the Fall of Gondolin, the same battle in which Turgon fell and Glamdring was taken. The blade was carried by Bilbo in The Hobbit after he found it in a Troll-hoard. http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Sting Engraved on the blade are Sindarin letters that read ...


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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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A lot of this is original dialog written for The Hobbit movie intended to link it with The Lord of the Rings, and to give them enough story to expand the short novel to three movies. The novel has no such scene in it, however information about The Necromancer who inhabits Dol Guldur can be found in TLOTR. At the time of The Hobbit, it is presumed 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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From a Tolkien FAQ: They are different names for the same race of creatures. Of the two, "Orc" is the correct one. This has been a matter of widespread debate and misunderstanding, mostly resulting from the usage in the The Hobbit (Tolkien had changed his mind about it by The Lord of the Rings but the confusion in the earlier book was made ...


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In chapter seven of the book — “Queer Lodgings” — Gandalf is about to leave the party, and explains the route the rest must take. When Bilbo inquires if there was some safer indirect way, Gandalf says “There are no safe paths in this part of the world”, and proceeds to enumerate the dangers, one of which being the Necromancer: Before you could get round ...


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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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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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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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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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I haven't seen the movie yet; only the trailer where they make an appearance. Having read the book many times, though, I do know they are present there as well. In the book, the stone giants aren't battling, but instead are throwing rocks for fun, and (as you point out) are oblivious to any other creatures around them that might be affected by their game. ...


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I asked this question on Facebook to a couple of friends of mine (Pablo Hidalgo, content manager and author for Lucasfilm, and Mark Newbold, writer for Star Wars Insider) and as far as they know, this rumor isn't true. Lucas certainly saw Tolkien's work as an influence, but he didn't actively seek to acquire the rights.


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