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Why does Sauron think Pippin has the ring when Pippin holds the Palantír?

Sauron is aware that Gollum owned the ring for many years and lost it to "Bagginses" from "The Shire". He sends the nine Ring Wraiths to look for it. They will have learned that the ring is being ...
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Why does Sauron think Pippin has the ring when Pippin holds the Palantír?

Sauron knew that a hobbit had the ring, and knew that Saruman had been searching for it as well. The book makes it clear (if we trust that Gandalf's guesses about Sauron's state of mind are correct) ...
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Does the sun rise from the West in Middle Earth?

This might have been taken from the books without the explanation from the books included in the movie. In the books, Orodruin/Mount Doom is spewing out ash and smoke as Sauron starts the War of the ...
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Why didn't the Lord of the Rings Trilogy just release the Extended Versions in the theater?

Quite simply...they would have been too long. Recall, theatres need to show these multiple times per day...the longer the movie is...the less times they can show it. These movies clock in at: Pt1: ...
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Meaning of Gandalf's quote "There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope"?

But it's only a fool's errand. This is it....something so impossible that only a fool would think it even worth doing, only a bigger fool would attempt it....and only a fool would hope it could work. ...
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Would Lord of The Rings: Return of The King have met 2024 Oscar diversity standards?

Standard A - 0/3 - FAIL A1 - Lead or significant supporting actors are all white - FAIL A2 - General ensebmle cast still mostly white males - FAIL A3 - Main storyline/subject matter (I think hobbits ...
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Why did Saruman not use fire magic against Treebeard's army?

Perhaps the fireball only works at close range, and he wanted/needed to stay at the top of the tower (for a better strategic overview, to keep some defense systems running, to inspire his troops)? ...
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Why didn't the Lord of the Rings Trilogy just release the Extended Versions in the theater?

Much of the marketing for movies and the eventual income from them has to do with the ability to capture the most dollars from the audience as possible. With the LotR franchise, there was already a ...
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Meaning of Gandalf's quote "There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope"?

Just to add to the answer from @Paulie_D - the 'fool' Gandalf is talking about here is himself. He is the one who dreamed up the scheme and hoped it would work.
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Does the sun rise from the West in Middle Earth?

No, Middle Earth is Analgmous to real Earth. Sun rises in the East and Sets in the west. Before the Battle of Helms Deep, Gandalf leaves instructions behind to Aragorn. Look to my coming on the first ...
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Why is the Witch King of the Nazgul able to be killed by a woman?

The Witch-king actually says, 'No living man may hinder me!' to which Éowyn laughs, revealing and stating that she is a woman. There is a battle in which Éowyn cuts off the head of the WK's flying ...
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Why did Gandalf take Pippin when saving Faramir and company?

A plausible reason we could invent, after the fact, is that Gandalf used Pippin as a decoy ring-bearer, similar to how in the book Aragorn revealed himself to Sauron, unfurled the king's flag in ...
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Why didn't the Lord of the Rings Trilogy just release the Extended Versions in the theater?

They did. I have seen the extended versions of "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" in theater in Paris. This was a national release in France (I don't know for other countries) that was ...
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Why didn't Aragorn tell Theoden where they're going?

He did ...at least in the books. Aragorn was silent for a moment. ‘Three days,’ he murmured, ‘and the muster of Rohan will only be begun. But I see that it cannot now be hastened.’ He looked up, and ...
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