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    How did the Men of the West keep from being defeated at the Battle of the Black Gate?

    Even with Sauron himself being defeated, it was pretty well stated that the armies of Mordor and its allies greatly outnumbered the armies of the West. While I can understand, if Sauron's armies of orcs and trolls might be weakened or killed if they were vulnerable to sunlight, surely the...
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    Could Elrond "fade"?

    Also, what about the children of Aragorn and Arwen? I understand that humans die, normally (I haven't read all of Tolkenology so I don't know if there were any that didn't die. I know that Beren was resurrected but later died again.) and Elves are immortal but will fade over time if they...
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    Fading, Death, Undead, and Immortal, how does that work in LOTR?

    I think that Men were clearly created to be mortal. It would seem that the Dwarves and Hobbits also ended up that way. However, supposedly the Orcs were Elves that Melkor had corrupted, so does that mean that they also were immortal and could only die the way Elves could? As for Mair...
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    Which side would Saruman pick?

    I know Saruman's intention was to get the Ring for himself, but let's assume that, for whatever reason, the orcs of Isengard hadn't gotten there first and that Merry and Pippin were captured and were en route to Mordor via a Nazgul and Gandalf somehow knew about it and Saruman soon encountered...
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    Could the One Ring connection have worked in reverse?

    Sauron's goal was to control the Nine Men, Seven Dwarves, and Three Elves with his Master Ring. However, was it possible that, if the others had known about it and had not been of a villainous sort, that, say, Nine Aragorns, some dwarves with the strength of Durin or even a Dwarf of the First...
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    Would Sauron have fallen at any point if the Ring was destroyed?

    We know for certain that he'd have fallen AFTER his defeat at the Battle of the Last Alliance (can't recall the name), as they said Isildur could have and should have destroyed the Ring right then. But would Sauron have fallen even back in the Second Age if, by some chance, the Numenoreans...
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    I'm having trouble logging in with Opera

    For the longest time, I was fine (so it's not likely the browser). For a while, I had thought that it was just my Privacy Badger plugin, but after disabling the plugin, the issue keeps persisting. I don't appear to be banned (so that's not it either.) I keep logging in but it acts like the...
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    Why would Sauron care if Aragorn had the Ring?

    He's just a mortal man. Would it even be possible for him to get enough power from it to topple Suaron? That part I never got as to why it seemed possible that Gondor could do anything with the Ring more than raise a big stink and have Suaron personally come over there and take it.
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    Middle Earth deteriorating?

    What was said in this video, I've often wondered. It seems that each age was getting worse. The Men were of a baser sort in each age (and also lived less long) than the Men of the previous ages. The Elves seemed to be less powerful in each age, as we can see Feanor and Galadriel having...
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    Does the power of Elves diminish over time and over generations?

    It seems that the house of Feanor and the Noldor like Galadriel had quite a bit of magical power and could, for some time, hold off those like Sauron. (One of them, whose name escapes me, though eventually killed, was able to hold his own for a while and injure the Dark Lord Vala Melkor.)...
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    Why did Elrond have to leave Middle Earth?

    Technically, he was granted immortality, choosing to be like the Elves, but as he wasn't full Elf (but also not full Man), was it possible he could have stayed in Middle Earth forever without either dying (like Men) or fading (like Elves)?
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    How did evil stay out of Valinor?

    I know that the Kin-slaying was done there and also that Melkor had quite a long time (I'm not sure of the timespan between the creation and the First Age around when Melkor came to Middle Earth.) that even the Undying Lands and the Blessed Realm weren't marred by his evil influence. I do...
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    Was Melkor ever good?

    Gandalf said that nobody started out as evil, not even Sauron. While Sauron may have been good before he became corrupted by Melkor, it seems that, even during the creation song, Melkor was, if not openly evil, at least openly trying to go his own way rather than follow Eru.
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    Why did Melkor never try a direct attack on Valinor after the theft of the Simaril?

    I know that he and Ungoliant did destroy the trees and run off with the Simarils, but, as far as I know, he never tried, even through minions, to attack it directly after that. Sauron, however, in the Second Age, did, by his attempt to have Numenor invade Valinor. Why did Melkor never bother...
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    What exactly turned Saruman to evil?

    Was it: 1.) Greed and envy 2.) Messing with that Palantir too much and going to deep into the arts of Sauron 3.) A desire for more wisdom so he could help Middle Earth, and he believed that the Ring was the best means to it (in this regard, Saruman wouldn't have been lying when he said to...
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    Was Smeagol truly evil to begin with?

    I know he killed his friend, but Gandalf says something about what happened to him being all too likely to have happened to quite a few Hobbits in the Shire had they been in his place. This seems odd, since the number of evil Hobbits that we know of in the Shire we can probably count on one...
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    What hypothetically would have happened to Gollum had he survived the Ring's destruction?

    The thought crossed my mind just now and it would be interesting to see what would have happened to his personality had the dangerous influences of his "precious" been removed. Obviously, if, for instance, he'd been somewhere else in Mordor when the Ring went down (maybe a fight between Frodo...
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    Did the Ring allow Bilbo to talk to the Mirkwood spiders?

    I don't think Shelob ever spoke in the book (though Gollum appeared to have some alliance with her, so maybe he at least figured out how to communicate with her), and I'm not sure if Ungoliant ever spoke to anyone but possibly Morgoth (who was a Valar and had near divine abilities, perhaps...
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    Do the Great Rings also corrupt?

    Obviously, the Nine Rings turned nine men into Nazgul, so they are bad. But less is known of the Seven Dwarven Rings. Do they corrupt? They don't appear to have ensnared the dwarven lords to Sauron's service. Also, the Three Rings of the Elves don't appear to be evil, yet Gandalf calls...
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    Where did the Nazgul go after Sauron fell at the end of the Second Age?

    I had been wondering to myself if it was possible someone could have gotten hold of the Nine Rings and thrown them into Mount Doom without falling to their lure. However, I'm wondering, what became of the Nazgul and the Nine Rings when Sauron fell (the first time, not the final time)? If...
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