What were all the species in Middle-earth?

They were the same as those of northwestern Europe a long time ago, with some oddball fantasy outliers such as Elves, Dwarves, dragons and Ents. But Middle-Earth uses fairy-tale genetics, in which practically anything can breed with anything else. Saruman bred orcs and

What is the middle place on Earth?

I have pointed this out several times. Middle Earth is a Norse reference to the world that man inhabits. It is the place between the Earth and the sky. We come from the sky and go to the earth. The symbol of the tree represents the span of the highest living thing, and Tolkien.s use of

What were all the species in Middle-earth?

They were the same as those of northwestern Europe a long time ago, with some oddball fantasy outliers such as Elves, Dwarves, dragons and Ents. But Middle-Earth uses fairy-tale genetics, in which practically anything can breed with anything else. Saruman bred orcs and

What is the middle place on Earth?

I have pointed this out several times. Middle Earth is a Norse reference to the world that man inhabits. It is the place between the Earth and the sky. We come from the sky and go to the earth. The symbol of the tree represents the span of the highest living thing, and Tolkien.s use of

What is The Lord of the Rings about?

This answer will address The Lord of the Rings in isolation as a separate work from The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and related Tolkien writings.As I see it what makes The Lord of the Rings "... a valuable piece of literature."

Did Tolkien ever seriously mess up?

All the time. Lots of stuff in Tolkien doesn't make any sense.He was obsessed with the problem of the moon in The Hobbit. You have to pay attention closely but the timing of Bilbo's journey and Frodo's don't reconcile, and the phases

Did Tolkien get any influences from films of his era?

The only thing I recall about Tolkien and movies was how much he and C. S. Lewis disliked the Walt Disney version of Snow White. There is an article in The Atlas Obscura about it:Why Tolkien Found Walt Disney ‘Vulgar'He was also pretty scathing in letter 210 where he talked

Avid J.R.R. Tolkien readers, what is your attitude to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series?

I'm not sure I have an attitude to Harry Potter as a Tolkien reader. I mean, I am in fact an avid Tolkien reader, and I have read Harry Potter with some interest, but I'm not sure it ever really occurred to me to connect the

In Tolkien's universe, which race do you think fell the shortest of its potential?

An interesting question, as always, Rebecca. Thanks for the A2A!It seems to me that Dwarves did exactly behat they were designed to do: dig underground, craft stuff, and be tough. Orcs were a scourge to, well, everybody, which is what Morgoth designed them to do. In my

Tolkien sold the movie rights to LOTR. Much of the appendices cover the events of the First Age. Is that enough for The Silmarillion to be produced?

Christopher Tolkien is the hero who saved The Silmarillion from oblivion out of his father's papers, lets point out that that is obvious. But the fan of Tolkien literature may well question whether the current course of Estate legal activity

What are the character traits of the Lord of the Ring?

Sauron is very powerful, being one of the Maiar and Melkor's chief servant in the first age.He is highly intelligent, manipulative, charming, and cunning. In the Silmarillion, Sauron is captured by the Numenoreans and imprisoned but he charms them into listening to him, setting him free, and creating

What's the biggest mistake that J.R.R. Tolkien made in the Lord Of The Rings series?

Let's look to Tolkien's letters and see his own answers to that question. Two mistakes come to mind, though one was not really a mistake.The one that was a mistake was using the name Glorfindel for the elf dwelling in the House of

How long were the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings?

TL; DR: Frodo and Sam's journey from The Shire to Mordor took 6 months, but three months were spent in Rivendell and Lorien. So their actual travel time was about three months.Frodo left Bag End on September 23, Third Age 3018. He met Tom Bombadil on the 26th. The Hobbits reached Bree on the 29th.

Why did Frodo carry the ring and not his friends in the book 'The Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R Tolkien?

We saw firsthand what would've happened if anyone but Frodo were carrying it in Boromir. The temptation of its power set in on him, making him believe he could use it effectively for good... the moment he put it on, however, he would be led down an extremely dark path. Gandalf knew what would become

What is the name for the set of runes used on the Doors of Durin (if it's got a name)?

What is the name for the set of runes used on the Doors of Durin (if it's got a name)?The letters used in the inscription are known as tengwar, and were devised by Feänor before the Noldorin Elves left the undying West and returned to Middle-Earth. In particular, they are in the so-called

The Silmarillion (1977 book): Are the sons of Feanor older than Fingolfin?

Their birth dates are not given. However, Tolkien essentially tells us that all the sons of Fëanor are younger than Fingolfin. When the eldest son Maedhros cedes the crown to his uncle, he does so with the words, "If there lay no grievance between us, lord, still the crown would rightly come to you,

How many characters have been mentioned in The Silmarillion?

Well this is a tough one , no one keeps a count. Specially Silmarillion being during the time line from the creation of Middle Earth to the beginning of  Third Age. There a re innumerable characters that come and go. I will try to list out only a "few".Eru (God)Ainur(Angels)Valar(Angels that come to Middle

Did J.R.R. Tolkien like Richard Wagner's music?

Thank you Victor for the A2A!If he didn't, he should have. Like magnificently beautiful flowers blooming from a dung heap, the unforgettable operas that sprang from Wagner's wretched mind can uplift and ennoble our spirits like few other things on

Where did Tolkien draw his inspiration from?

Existing mythology, but he also developed it in part to explain his invented languages. The Great War and his small part in it was also significant.Quite a lot of books about it.  My favorite is Tom Shippy's The Road to Middle Earth.  (It had a new edition and possibly

Are the halls of Thranduil ever given a name?

Thank you Wouter and John for the A2A!If the halls of the elven king Thranduil were ever given a Sindarin place name, I'm unaware of it.It is described in Bilbo Baggins' There and Back Again:  A Hobbit's Holiday (which we know as The Hobbit) as:  "...

If you could alter one event in the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings and/or Silmarillion what would it be?

OK. Prepare for an answer of... well... Tolkienesque porportions.When I get into stories, especially long epic series, I tend to rewrite them - somewhat excessively, sometimes - in my head. The Lord of the Rings was one of the first

Why was The Silmarillion named as it was?

Really, the book is a collection of writings. The longest by far is the Quenta Silmarillion, the "Story of the Silmarils". ("-ion" being the genitive suffix in Quenya). The Quenta Silmarillion really is dominated by the story of the Silmarils, and it comes to an end with the final resting places of the Silmarils. (Even though they don't make

Who was the most badass character in J. R. R. Tolkien's LOTR and The Silmarillion? Why?

Húrin Thalion, son of Galdor the Tall. It's the first that came to my mind as soon as I read the question, but the more I think about it the more certain I become. The man was made of pure steel, there's no doubt.To begin with, Húrin

What would have been the effect on "The Lord of the Rings" if Boromir had lived?

From the standpoint of the novel, it would be absurd and counterproductive for Boromir to live. From a logic standpoint, it would have led to a split between Denethor and Boromir. For Boromir to survive he would have had to repudiate the ring. He would have had to surrender

What character created by J.R.R. Tolkien would you name your child after?

Perhaps I wouldn't name a child with a LOTR first name, but as a last name, I would choose a name I loved, with reference to characters.SON (middle name):ELBORON the only son of Faramir and Eowyn, second prince of Ithilien and steward of Gondor. I like the sound of the name, as well as the fact

What is a good summary of the mythos Tolkien created, covering The Silmarillion to the final chapter of Lord of the Rings?

Ok, I'll try it. Oh boy...Eru created the world and, with it, created the Valar to build the physical world. This world was built as a linear history in the form of a symphony. One of his sons was an evil rebel, and his job was to create dissonance and tension within the symphony.

How much of an impact did WW1 have on J.R.R. Tolkien's writing of the Lord of The Rings?

Regarding the idea of it:A large impact- not on Lord of the Rings specifically, but it was in the trenches of World War 1 that J.R.R. Tolkien began constructing his mythological world. He wrote his first drafts of the Silmarillion at that time. Tolkien never even planned to write LotR until his publishers convinced him. But it was during

Why didn't J.R.R. Tolkien publish The Silmarillion in his lifetime?

After reading Letters, it seems more surprising that he finished LotR in his lifetime. No one in fantasy literature has ever approached Tolkien in the realms of world-building and procrastination. LotR took twelve years, but a quick glance through Letters...His work on the

What is the best poem by J.R.R. Tolkien from one of his books?

All the different versions of the The Walking Songs,Especially the following one made be a bit emotional, considering where it appears in the Book, after Frodo's long and weary quest and how much he craves for 'rest'. The Road goes ever on and on

Why do people like the Lord of the Rings movies?

I could quibble about many things I didn't care for in the LotR series: the way the Ents were somewhat buffoonish (completely unlike what they were in the books, where from the minute Merry and Pippin meet Treebeard you gain the sense of immense power and wisdom); the way Gimli and to

Were J.R.R. Tolkien's written works -- regardless of his protests to the contrary -- allegorical?

A lot comes down to where you put allegory along the spectrum of literary devices. There's a rather large distinction to be made between allegory, a strong reference to an abstract concept beyond the text itself, and symbolism. Allegory is a rhetorical tactic to narrow down the interpretation of character

What is The New Shadow by Tolkien and when will it be released?

It was an abortive novel set in Gondor a considerable time after the events of The Lord of the Rings (after the death of King Elessar, i.e. Aragorn). Tolkien only wrote one chapter before deciding that it wasn't worthwhile. What little we have suggests that there was a dark cult or conspiracy among the

Was Tolkien rich during his lifetime?

Define ‘rich'. As a university professor, he could be considered upper middle class, but he also had a large family (four children) to support.His first royalty cheque for Lord of the Rings came in 1956 - when he was already in his sixties - and it was for about £3500 (for one year), which was

Which book by J.R.R Tolkien shall I read first: The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales?

I can't in any way recommend reading either of those before reading Lord of the Rings.You may be tempted by the idea that The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales will provide illuminating background for LotR. Actually the reverse is true, particularly for UT which might as well be subtitled The Rest of the Appendices (and an intro

Is there a character in Tolkien's works who you wished had lived longer?

My vote goes to Finrod Felagund, wisest of the Noldor, King of Nargothrond and brother of Galadriel. He was not only a wise king and a powerful warrior, but he was a truly great person. This elven king was mostly known for his friendliness with men, learning their languages as well

What is the last thing we know about the Lord of the Rings world? Does it end? How?

The last note in the chronicles of Middle-earth says that Legolas finally followed his heart and sailed to the west when Aragorn died. It is said that the elf took Gimli with him out of friendship and because the dwarf wanted to see again the beauty

What did the werewolves in J.R.R. Tolkien's books look like or how were they described?

Unlike the werewolves we're familiar with, a werewolf of Middle-earth didn't transform from a man to a wolf. They said to be bred from wolves and inhabited by

How does the Silmarillion fit in Middle-earth lore?

Some have taken to claiming it to be the Elvish bible. But it is a history of the Ages from the beginning of the universe called Ëa and then the creation of everything through the music if angelic beings called the Ainur and their music, the Ainulindalë. From there on, it explains the beginning of time,

Does Glorfindel make an appearance in the movie version of any Tolkien works?

Glorfindel does not appear in either the Ralph Bakshi or the Peter Jackson adaptation. Neither does he appear in any of The Hobbit adaptations. In the Ralph Bakshi version it's Legolas who meets the Hobbits outside Rivendell, while in the Jackson version it's Arwen.You can check appearances

What does the Tolkien family think of the films?

"Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time," Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. "The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one

Will there be a Silmarillion movie series made?

I've thought about this before. I think the answer is a resounding no.But wait! There is hope.The Silmarillion is, in my mind, completely impossible to make into a movie or several movies due to the amount of extension of the lore would be required. It's a history book, basically, blended with creation myth and mythology in general.

What is your favorite part of the The Book of Lost Tales or The Silmarillion?

I personally haven't read the Book of Lost Tales yet, so I can't say anything about that. As for the Silmarillion, my favourite part would be Fingolfin challenging Morgoth to single combat. Even though Morgoth was the only Vala to know fear, he had to accept the

What book would you rank as the ' best Book to Make a Movie' ahead of J.R.R Tolkien's ,'Silmarillion '?

Almost every book.Look, I love The Silmarillion as much as the next nerd who's answered 64 questions specifically about the book, online roleplays as characters from the House of Finwe, and occasionally sends shrieking messages to my friends about Gondolin-Centric Narrative Bias and Why Do None of the Nolofinweans Have Mother-Names, Professor,

How many times have you read The Silmarillion?

Only three or four times, which is a great disservice to the work.What happened to me was that I first read LOTR in 1963 when I was eleven. I fell in love with the book right away, and scoured the appendices for more information. If the Silmarillion had existed at

Why is there so vanishingly little written poetry in The Silmarillion compared to The Lord of the Rings, or even The Hobbit?

At a guess?In-universe, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are written as first-person accounts by the people who actually experienced the events described. When someone is described as singing, the hobbit authors can rely on their own memories to know what the song in