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Tom Bombadil is an ancient god beyond Gandalf's understanding.

I just finished re-reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the third or fourth time. I'll probably read it a couple more times before I die, at least one of which I'd like to share with a kid. What I'd like is "trivia" (broadly defined) that makes one think, or enriches one's appreciation of the mythos--from a purely textual perspective. Specific examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 7, 2014 - 69 answers

Yet another Lord of the Rings question

Who's the boss in Lothlorien? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Nov 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Yes, they do need their legs

Maggoty Bread that even an Uruk-Hai would love? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Nov 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Help with Lord of the Rings Murder Mystery?

So I'm writing a LoTR murder mystery dinner game and I need your help. The murder victim of the night will be Frodo, and I could use ideas for (a) good, juicy reasons why each of my player-characters might want to kill Frodo as well as (b) other fun mini-plots between the other characters. [more inside]
posted by ninotchka on Nov 2, 2012 - 8 answers

LOTR epilogue available online?

Is the text of the unpublished epilogue to the Lord of the Rings available online? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Sep 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Hanging out with Dumbledore and Gandalf

I want to read all of the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings books. How do I go about this so I can maximize my experience? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jul 21, 2011 - 34 answers

Lord of the Rings Playing Card Game

We're trying to find the rules for a Lord of the Rings themed playing card game, and we can remember about 90% of the rules. [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Jul 20, 2009 - 2 answers

When did the word 'fire' first start being used as meaning 'discharge your weapon'

When did the word 'fire' first start being used as meaning 'discharge your weapon' [more inside]
posted by 0217174 on Dec 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Is it safe? Good...how about now?

Dramatically intoned, repeated uses of the phrase Is it safe? in movies...more inside. [more inside]
posted by cps on Dec 3, 2006 - 14 answers

Any Anglo-Saxon influences in Lord of the Rings?

Help me find a well-written article explaining the Anglo-Saxon roots/influences found in The Lord of the Rings. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on Nov 16, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me find books that are made as nicely as they're written.

BookBindingFilter: I greatly enjoyed reading this edition of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Some of the enjoyment was doubtless due to Tolkien's deathless prose, but I was surprised to find myself also enjoying handling, looking at, poring over a really beautifully crafted edition, with careful binding, stuck-together pages, a little built-in bookmark, etc.

Can anyone suggest other books I might like for these same reasons? Genre's not important; I'm a cheerful omnilege.
posted by ikkyu2 on Jan 23, 2005 - 24 answers

Motivational speeches by Sean Aston's characters

MovieFilter. In The Goonies, Rudy and Lord Of The Rings characters played by Sean Astin deliver impassioned inspirational speeches. In what other movies has he done this? Does Sean Astin give impassioned inspirational speeches in all of his films?
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jan 13, 2005 - 11 answers

Best (dinner) food for a LOTR Marathon?

LOTR Marathon and Dinner. Suggestions for food? [MI] [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Dec 14, 2004 - 24 answers

Lord of the Rings Questions

IDontHaveTimeToReadTheBookFilter - I have some questions about the LOTR movie trilogy that can only be answered by those who have actually read the books. (mi+) [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Dec 13, 2004 - 42 answers

I want to introduce the world of comics/graphic novels to my 12 year old daughter.

I want to introduce the world of comics/graphic novels to my 12 year old daughter (I used to read Creepy, Eerie and Heavy Metal when I was her age but I haven't touched a comic book since). I just ordered "The Complete Moonshadow" simply based on the cover art and some glowing reviews I found. My daughter's taste leans heavily toward LOTR style literature. Recommendations welcome.
posted by davebush on Aug 28, 2004 - 17 answers

What was the issue that Sean Austin was highlighting when LotR won at The Screen Actor's Guild?

Can anyone explain the issue that Sean Austin was highlighting when LotR won at The Screen Actor's Guild? I only caught the last half hour and missed what Tim Robbins said before.
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 23, 2004 - 5 answers

Gay Hobbits

Yes, this is a dumb question, but here goes:

Is there anything I can do to convince my son that the hobbits in LOTR are not gay? (Not meant to slam gay mefites, but I doubt gay hobbits would be true to the books. Besides, he's sure he's right and I like to prove him wrong occasionally.)
posted by konolia on Dec 29, 2003 - 67 answers

Do I need to see LOTR movies 1 and 2 before I see 3?

LOTR 3. Will it make any sense at all to the viewer who hasn't seen Episode 1 and 2?
posted by matteo on Dec 17, 2003 - 10 answers

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