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What Are the Undying Lands in The Lord of the Rings?

While most of the Lord of the Rings action happens on Middle Earth, it is only one of the many lands of Arda, the “Earth” created by Tolkien. We hear of a few of the other continents throughout the story, but perhaps the most compelling is the Undying Lands. The Undying Lands is a realm …

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5 Most Powerful Dwarves in The Lord of the Rings (Ranked)

Created by the Valar Aule before the elves awoke, the dwarves are mentioned throughout Tolkien’s works. From The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, many great dwarves have played a huge part in the history of Middle Earth. Most people know about Gimli and Thorin but there are a few other notable …

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What Are the Two Trees of Valinor in The Lord of the Rings?

Trees feature prominently in The Lord of the Rings, from the White Tree of Gondor to the woods of Lothlorien, and the walking Ents of Mirkwood. The enduring symbolism of magical trees originates in two magical gold and silver trees of Valinor, created and destroyed long before Frodo Baggins and the One Ring. The Two …

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Why Did Gandalf Choose Bilbo in The Hobbit?

The story of the Hobbit was about the quest of the dwarves of Durin’s folk to reclaim their realm, Erebor. To accomplish this, Gandalf felt needed a stealthy member for the group (Thorin’s company) as an alternative to the rash and loud nature of dwarves. Naturally, a hobbit was the ideal candidate. But why did …

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Morgoth vs Sauron: Who Was More Powerful?

Sauron, as the titular Lord of the Rings, is Tolkien’s most famous Big-Bad. In the Legendarium’s main stories, Sauron is the Dark Lord conquering Middle Earth with his One Ring of power. However, long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, there was another Dark Lord – Morgoth. Originally Melkor, the most powerful …

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11 Most Powerful Elves in Middle Earth & Lord of the Rings (Ranked)

The elves of Middle Earth are an incredible race of leaders, warriors, and artists. They play a pivotal role in shaping the world in the First, Second, and Third ages. The elves fight against evil – Morgoth and then Sauron – throughout history, only leaving Middle Earth when the One Ring (and by extension Sauron) …

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13 Dwarves & Thorin’s Company from The Hobbit (History & Overview)

Unlike The Lord of the Rings, which focuses on characters of different races, The Hobbit centers on a group of dwarves, a wizard, and the titular hobbit. The plot focuses on Thorin Oakenshield and his company’s journey to reclaim his kingdom conquered by an evil dragon, Smaug. Who are the 13 dwarves and Thorin’s company? …

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Who are the Five Wizards in The Lord of the Rings?

When it comes to fantasy, nobody wrote Wizards like Tolkien. For millions, the very word ‘Wizard’ conjures up Gandalf the Grey, bent over his staff as he arrives at Bag End. Or Saruman the White, casting sinister spells atop Orthanc Tower in Isengard. Gandalf and Saruman feature prominently in The Lord of the Rings books, but …

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15 Facts & FAQs About Viggo Mortensen, Aragorn from Lord of the Rings

It’s hard to imagine anyone else but Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn. While relatively unknown when cast in The Lord of the Rings, Viggo went on to perfectly embody the ranger from the North. He captures both the gritty warrior mentality of ‘Strider’ and the romantic nobility of Aragorn, heir of Gondor. The actor is as …

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