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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Did Disney's Mulan (1998) invent the "You bow to no one" moment?

Towards the end of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), the Hobbits bow to newly-crowned king Aragorn. He tells them they "bow to no one," kneels for the Hobbits, and then ...
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What specifically is Gandalf afraid of when possessing the One Ring?

In The Lord of the Rings Gandalf said to Saruman: There is only one Lord of the Ring. And he does not share power. In the conversation between Frodo and Gandalf, when Frodo offered the ring to ...
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Why does Galadriel allow the 3 elven rings to be created?

In Rings of Power S01E08, after Galadriel finds out Sauron's true identity, why does she still allow for the 3 elven rings to be forged? She must surely be suspicious about Sauron's involvement in the ...
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Why did Galadriel suspect this character?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, S01E08, we see that Galadriel suddenly got suspicious of Halbrand. we clearly see this on the plot which Halbrand started offering Celebrimbor advice on ...
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How is this thing unbreakable, yet seems broken?

This hilt appears throughout The Rings of Power: If you look at it, it looks broken. At least, a large part of the sword is missing. However, in Episode 6, we found Arondir was not able to destroy ...
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Did Merry and Pippin meet the White Wizard? What happened immediately next?

In the Lord of Rings The Two Towers (Extended Edition), Merry and Pippin met Saruman or Gandalf the White. I am confused. If so, what happened next? Because what we see next is the following scene, ...
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Why was Arwen given the credit of saving Frodo in the movie?

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring portrays Arwen, daughter of Elrond, saving Frodo from the Riders and summoning the flood-waters. However the book says (which I am currently reading) ...
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Is Gandalf the White as old as Gandalf the Grey? Did he gain a new physical form or just wore different clothes?

After his fight with the Balrog, Gandalf died, or so it is told. Because he was one of the Istari, he came back. Did he have a new physical form or was it the old Gandalf we know and love? Did his age ...
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Did they have a de-Britification coach for Lord of the Rings? [closed]

I notice that the actors in the film series of Lord of the Rings are mostly British, Australian or New Zealanders, but they for the most part lack the British mannerisms, accent and modes of speech ...
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Did the One Ring actually have an influence on Gollum serving Frodo?

In The Two Towers when Gollum first starts leading Frodo and Sam, Gollum swears on the One Ring that he'll serve the master of the Precious, and Frodo responds by saying that the ring is treacherous ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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