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Trivia:

The set for Sherlock Holmes’s home in this film was previously used as Sirius Black’s home in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.



bearyourcrocs asked: What race was Smeagol before he was corrupted by the ring?

Smeagol and Deagol were of the Stoorish Hobbits.  



Anthony Hopkins turned down a role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

My entire world just exploded.



bearyourcrocs asked: So I hear they're going to put Legolas and Aragorn are going to be in the Hobbit even though they weren't in the book

Well at the oldest, Aragorn would have been 15.  If my calculations are accurate, he was 13 at the time Bilbo departed, and 14 by the end of the tale.  Technically, he could be in the story.  It’s disappointing that they’re departing this much from the original tale, though. 

Well I hope you’re not tired yet.  We’ve only just begun.

The Road goes ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.
The Road goes ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.

The Road





bearyourcrocs asked: Two things: 1- Who in LotR is your favorite character? Or that you relate to the most
and 2- It's common knowledge that LotR is an allegory for scripture. Gandalf, Aragorn, and Frodo all symbolize Christ, Sam symbolizes Peter (or any sincere Christian) Gollum could be considered Judas, Lord Sauron of course is Satan, Elves represent Angels and so on, but what do the Ent represent?

Well this is not going to be an easy answer. 

1: Gollum is one of my favorite characters, actually.  Moreso Smeagol, I suppose.  It’s just so beautifully tragic, his struggle against his bondage of will to the ring versus his freedom of will found in the community offered by Frodo.  The fact that ultimately, his life was the most important in all of Eä is touching.  In the end, it’s not Aragorn or Legolas, Gimli or Gandalf, it’s not even Frodo the ring-bearer who saves Middle Earth.  It’s Gollum—A creature who is so bound to evil that he cannot see the good in himself.  And the irony that as evil as the ring was, and as much as it tried to use Gollum for that evil, Eru orchestrated that Gollum be used for so much more good.  It’s the most beautiful part of the story, in my opinion.  Redemption of even the most vile, in its own way.

2: While I’ll agree that LotR has many allegorical elements, even Tolkien maintained that it was not an allegory.  Much of the Trilogy is simply a beautiful work of literature.  The story is the product of a mind steeped in Norse mythology, British literature, World Wars I and II, the post War era, Christian theology, and much more.  To say that LotR is simply Christian allegory is to trivialize its immensity.

I’d doubt that Gollum would be considered Judas.  If anything, I’d say the Smeagol/Gollum dichotomy would be more symbolic of the Christian than Sam.  Smeagol, the redeemed, is constantly fighting against Gollum, the sin nature.  Frodo is fighting the same battle.  Frodo is successful, whereas Smeagol fails.  However, as I said, the allegorical nature of Lord of the Rings is all to often played up.  

As far as what the Ents represent, they’re a nod to Shakespeare.  In Macbeth, there is a prophecy that says that no man born of woman could kill Macbeth, and Macbeth would reign as king until the nearby forest, Birnam Wood, marched against him.  Shakespeare resolved this by having the opposing army cut branches to obscure their numbers—a type of camouflage.  Tolkien preferred to bring the actual forest to life, and in the framework that his already extensive legendarium presented, he did so in the Ents.  Shakespeare resolved the “no man born of a woman” bit by having Macbeth’s killer be born by Cesarean secton, Tolkien solved it by having a woman and a Hobbit kill the Witch King.

Two other points, quickly:  Sauron is not Satan.  Melkor, or, as the Elves call him, Morgoth, is the representative of Satan.  He sang against Eru in the first Singing of the Vallar, and prided his melodies above all else, creating discord.  It was Melkor who created the Balrogs and the Orcs, to name but a few.  Additionally, the Elves are not angels.  The Vallar are the angelic beings of Eä.  All of this is found in the Silmarillion, and various other writings of Tolkien.

So, in a roundabout and disjointed way, there are the answers to your questions.  If you haven’t read the Silmarillion yet, I suggest you do so.  It’s quite lovely, and it demonstrates the actual depths of the theological bits of LotR.  Tolkien was quite influenced by his Inklings tie to Lewis, and the Silmarillion demonstrates that wonderfully.



oni-baba asked: Where are the Entwives? :P

Ah, we meet again.

There are two theories as to the location of the Entwives.  One, raised by Tolkien himself, is that they met an unfortunate end, along with their gardens, in the War of the Last Alliance.  The Ents and the Entwives lived separately, due to the Ent’s desire to allow things to grow in their natural course, and the Entwives tendencies to garden, tend, and nurture.  The Entwives taught men much about agriculture.  During this period of separation, Sauron destroyed the Entwives gardens, and Tolkien thought that the Entwives were destroyed as well.

The second theory, and one that I personally favor out of sentiment, is built on two pieces of information.  The first is that in FotR, Sam relates how his cousin Hal had seen a giant who resembled an elm tree.  The second bit comes from the time that Merri and Pippin spend in Fangorn.  They describe the Shire to Treebeard, who says the Entwives would have liked that land.  There is hope, then, that the Entwives relocated to the lands immediately north of the Shire, and are still in existence.  

Unfortunately, after Aragorn is crowned king and promises the Ents free roam to resume their search for the Entwives, Treebeard says that they would slowly dwindle and become treeish, being too few in number to stray far from their trees.  ”Sheep get like shepherds and shepherds like sheep,” he said, “but it is nearer and quicker with trees and Ents.”



Nerdy tiem again!  More LoTR trivia!  



bearyourcrocs asked: ok so it's the hobbit instead of LOTR but where did Bilbo meat Gollum and take the ring?

According to The Hobbit, it is under the Misty Mountains.  Technically, Bilbo found the Ring after Gollum had dropped it,—or more technically, the Ring left Gollum, being known to have a will of it’s own, and being constantly drawn back to Sauron—but that’s splitting hairs.  

In The Hobbit, Gollum’s will was not as bound to the ring as in the Trilogy.  This may have been because Bilbo, who penned The Hobbit, did not perceive the extent to which Gollum was bound, or because his memory was foggy, or because he was untruthful, and made parts of the story up.  Tolkien favored the latter theory, saying the story as told by Bilbo was embellished to enhance his bravery in the eyes of the Dwarves and Gandalf.



oni-baba asked: Haha okay :') um, who was anborn?

A Ranger of Ithilien.  It was he who first spotted Gollum,—who was still experiencing the split between Gollum and Smeagol—when he reported that he had seen a large creature climb a tree and subsequently hiss at him.  Thinking it to be one of the large squirrels of Mirkwood, and therefore protected by the law that no creature of Ithilien be harmed, he did not attack it.  This original sighting took place on March 7th, Third Age 3019.  

Anborn also spotted Smeagol—Gollum had not resurfaced at this point, or at least not violently—again in the Forbidden Pool, and reported it to Faramir at once.  Frodo and Samwise were in captivity at this point, and Frodo called out for Smeagol not to be harmed.  Unfortunately, the men of Gondor were rough with Smeagol, and he came to distrust Frodo for it.  At this point, Gollum resurfaced and took complete control.  The evil nature of the creature overtook the good, leading to his eventual tragic demise.  Because of this struggle, Smeagol remains as one of my favorite characters.