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

How long would it take to simply drive to Mordor from the Shire?

Okay, so I'm going to assume an average speed of 40mph (some parts will be a lot slower), and that you'd want to stick to the old roads, as they at least have something approximating a usable surface. Also that you're carrying enough petrol/diesel for the

Who would win in a battle between Sauron and Spawn?

Spawn would easily win. For several reasons.First, lets give Sauron the ring of power and his strongest lieutenants at his disposal, as Sauron is a trickster and deceiver more than a wielder of brute force.Spawn has wielded enough brute force and power to essentially bitch slap

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 are the origins of Hobbits?

It's clear that hobbits have traits of humans (shorter lifespan, similar basic culture), dwarves (small size, preference to live underground), and elves (pointy ears). Elves and Men were created by Ilúvatar directly, but several of the Valar created sapient races, notably Aulë (dwarves), Yavanna

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."

Who was Sauron's master? And why isn't he in the LOTR/Hobbit stories?

Sauron's master was Morgoth, the Dark Enemy of the World. He started out as Melkor, the most powerful of the Valar and second in power to only Eru Iluvatar (aka God) himself. He was a clear Satan-figure in the Tolkien mythology. He was

What are some key differences between Gandalf's character in the Hobbit and in the Lord of the Rings?

Apart from a few signs of age (a few decades will do that to you) and a greater burden of cares, it doesn't seem that there's any change in Gandalf.  The change is in perspective.  The Hobbit is a translation of the part of the Red Book of Westmarch that was written

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

Is J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings universe an allegory for Christianity?

A2AHmm, I suppose an argument could be made in that direction.But I've always considered the universe of Eä, in which the real action takes place in the world of Arda (primarily Valinor & Middle-earth), as less of an allegory than J.R.R. Tolkien's attempt to distill

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

What would be the best storyline for Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series?

The rise of Angmar and the fall of the Northern Kingdom.It's not the story I would most like to see, but it makes thr most sense for what Amazon is aiming for.They want to be the next Game of Thrones, now that it is ending.The breakup and fall of Arnor and

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 were some of the problems that 'The Lord of the Rings' had to face before its publication?

It was a sequel to a popular children's book, but it wasn't a children's book.It was extremely long, and therefore expensive to publish. That's why it was published in three volumes: Tolkien had never intended it as a

What is the meaning of each of the Lord of the Rings 'rings of power'?

While Tolkien did not give details to the rings that went to the men and dwarves, there are answers for the rings that went to the elves. The three were Nenya, Vilya, and Narya. These three, unlike the ones that went to

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

What is it like for Morgoth in the Void?

Melkor is an Eala, that is, a Fea that does not need a Hroa or body to be ‘complete'. The reason being not only the fact that they pre-date the creation of Ea, but also because they as demiurgic entities have the freedom, knowledge and capacity to take in matter in their mind's power and

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

What are some good Lord of the Rings translators?

Maria Skibniewska, who is responsible for the most popular translations of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings (The third translation into a foreign language), The Silmarillion, and many of his lesser-known works into Polish. Her translations are considered the best especially since she corresponded with Tolkien

Who are the characters in 'Lord of the Rings'?

Frodo, Bilbo, Merry, Pippin, Sam, Gandalf.  The rest are minor characters.

What does the ring symbolize in the book The Lord of the Rings?

This is one point that even the films got right... especially in the introduction to Fellowship of the Ring when the narrator (Galadriel) says that the Dark Lord Sauron put into the One Ring

Why is The Lord of the Rings so popular?

Imagine writing an epic fantasy series of about 1170 odd pages. You may ask me what is so extraordinary in that? Anyone can write them in today's world. But do you know how JRR Tolkien wrote the entire saga? He first wrote the entire series in the form of a manuscript in pencil! Yes in pencil! This

Why wasn't the poem of Fingolfin's duel with Morgoth included in The Silmarillion?

I assume you mean the section of the Lay of Leithian dealing with Fingolfin? It's the only poem I'm aware of about the subject.Then Morgoth came. For the last timein those great wars he dared to climbfrom subterranean throne profound,the rumour of his feet a soundof rumbling earthquake underground.Black-armoured, towering, iron-crownedhe

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

What are all the good deeds that Bilbo did to the dwarves in The Hobbit?

I think that Bilbo did a number of deeds. I'll try to number them. Also I'll ignore actions were he took part but either he wasn't the main hero like distracting the trolls or charming Beorn both actions of Gandalf's part or had little or no

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

Why was Peter Jackson entrusted to make the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy?

Why was Peter Jackson entrusted to make the Lord of the Rings trilogy? It doesn't work precisely that way in Hollywood, or the rest of the entertainment industry... or rather, it doesn't work precisely that way.Anyone can make a movie from any franchise, provided that:They have the financial backing to make the movie (which means being approved of by

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