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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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First of all, the possession of the ring didn't stay entirely without effect even to Bilbo. Remember how everyone was surprised at Bilbo's apparently unaged looks compared to his actual age (and his pretty fast aging once he didn't have the ring anymore). And also remember his reluctance to give up the ring (into which he had to be seriously "persuaded" by ...


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There are a few possible reasons for this: The room was specially made for Bilbo, and therefore everything was proportioned for a Hobbit The room was a recovery room for Elves, and so the railings were lower so that they could see over them while laying in bed Elves are much more agile, and might prefer lower railings aesthetically. They wouldn't really ...


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For a character to be protected by copyright, it must be an original creation. Tolkien never had a copyright on elves or orcs, because both of those creatures existed in literature prior to The Lord of the Rings. On the other hand, Hobbits were an original creation, so the use of a Hobbit character would require a license from the Tolkien estate. That's why ...


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Sauron had no idea what Frodo was going to do with the Ring, or what the Ring was going to do with Frodo. The fact that it was travelling to its doom did not occur to him. Sauron assumed that the Ring would be used as a weapon of power, and was doing what he needed to do in order to counter that power. The fact that someone would seek to destroy it was ...


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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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You'll find a lot of explanations on our sister site Science Fiction & Fantasy, e.g. Why didn't Sauron guard Mount Doom?. Those focus on the books, and most texts there didn't make the movies, but it can be explained from the movies alone, I think. Basically, Sauron thinks everybody has the same intentions as he does, so the one wielding the Ring will ...


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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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Tom Bombadil as a creation precedes much of the LOTR mythology. He appears first in a 1934 poem "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil", where he is a "'merry fellow' living in a small valley close to the Withywindle river, where he wanders and explores nature at his leisure." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Bombadil). Bombadil does not really fit into the ...


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That gate to Moria was created in the "Second Age" of Middle Earth, and was used to trade mithril with the Noldorian Elves of Eregion. Relations between the Elves and the Dwarves were more cordial in the Second Age. The inscription and password on the gate created by Celebrimbor, the leader of the Noldor, hence is in elvish. Celebrimbor also forged the 3 ...


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The movies as a whole primarily tell the story of the destruction of the ring. So when the ring is destroyed, that is the climax of the movie, and movies almost always end shortly after the climax. I read the books for the first time shortly after the first movie came out, and when the ring was destroyed only halfway though book 6 (the second half of Return ...


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In the book it was explained that Grima's final plan in Rohan (or at least what Saruman had promised him) was to marry Éowyn and become the next King of Rohan (of course still at the orders of Saruman). Not only did he want the throne but he also wanted Éowyn herself. Saruman had just ordered his army to go to Helm's Deep and kill everyone there, which ...


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As explained on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange: The name "Gollum" goes back a long way, back to shortly after he found the Ring. See "The Shadow of the Past", the second chapter of the first book in The Fellowship of the Ring: They kicked him, and he bit their feet. He took to thieving, and going about muttering to himself, and ...


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This is a key plot point: Sauron never even thinks of the possibility that the Ringbearer will try to destroy the Ring. He cannot imagine somebody voluntarily giving up that much power. From the book: Gandalf: For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for ...


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This is not just particular to the movies, but also to the books. Tolkien intentionally chose to translate and transliterate Westron to English. From the Tolkien Gateway: According to Tolkien's fiction, Westron was the language spoken and understood by the protagonists of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Many names of characters and places, in 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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It is as Saruman said - the mining activity of the Dwarves who originally built the mines awakened the Balrog. They are so sure because this was a historic event which resulted in the downfall of the Dwarves of Khazad-dum (known as Moria thereafter), which Saruman also alludes to. The movie doesn't explain beyond those vague references, but according to ...


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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 am delivering here a relevant portion of a forum thread concerning the immortality of mortals who pass to the Undying Lands. It seems that Christopher Tolkien used many of his father's letters to accumulate a fair body of knowledge about Middle Earth and its rules in The Silmarillion, but that some letters specific to the life and death of Frodo and Bilbo ...


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They can't die by age, but they can die by the sword or grief. According to Tolkien, once an Elf becomes an adult, they stop getting older. They are also less vulnerable against physical damage, but they aren't immortal. The lives of Elves only endure as the world endures. Elves could be slain or die of grief (their spirit leaves their body), but were not ...


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While I think @SJuan76's answer is on the right track, it's too specific. There is no indication he sheds a tear for Eowyn specifically, as he can't even be sure she's at Helm's Deep. I think many events indicate he's shedding a tear for the end of Rohan. There are multiple indications in the movie he's deep down still a proud man of Rohan. After Isengard'...


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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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The Three Musketeers When Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya produced The Three Musketeers in 1973 they shot so much footage that they decided to split it into two movies: The Four Musketeers (1974). This had ramifications and resulted in the Salkind Clause: For their daring, the Salkinds have gone down in legal history: actors' agents and ...


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Frodo leaves Middle-earth for the Undying Lands with Gandalf, Bilbo, Elrond, Celeborn, and Galadriel. This is considered a mystical land, home to the Valar, 'angelic' beings, also known as the 'masters of spirits'. From the LotR wiki: In TA 3021 (Third Age), Círdan the Shipwright accompanied Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf, the Keepers of the Rings, on ...


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Wikipedia Historically, giving a lock of ones hair to someone has been considered a sign of love and devotion, especially before an impending separation. It is still a popular trope in fiction, particularly the romance genre. In this case, Gimli is quite enraptured with Galadriel's beauty....he's never seen anything or anyone quite so beautiful......


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There's a recurring theme in The Lord Of The Rings, both novels and movie, that showing mercy towards wrongdoers is an act of highest morality, and that killing should be done only for defense, not for revenge. The clearest example of this is Gollum. In the first movie there's this bit of dialogue, taken verbatim from the books: FRODO ...


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There have been two awakenings. According to the lore of the books, this Balrog (one of many), known as Durin's Bane, lay dormant for more than five thousand years at the roots of the mountain Barazinbar beneath the dwarf kingdom of Khazad-dûm [later known as Moria]. It remained undisturbed throughout the Second Age and most of the Third Age, until ...


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