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Top new questions this week:

Why Does Gandalf Think Rohan Should "Stand and Fight"?

In the Two Towers film adaptation (it has been about a decade since I read the book, so if there are differences, I'd like to know about them), Gandalf derisively sneers: They flee to the …

lord-of-the-rings gandalf  
asked by Ian Mallett 58 votes
answered by cjm 94 votes

Did Eru trip Gollum?

The LOTR wiki lists four times Eru Il├║vatar intervened in the history of Arda: (1) creating Elves and Men, (2) removing Aman from the spherical Earth, (3) resurrecting Gandalf, and (4) making Gollum …

lord-of-the-rings tolkien gollum eru  
asked by Paul Draper 30 votes
answered by Shevliaskovic 32 votes

Was the garbage compactor deliberately triggered to crush Our Heroes?

When Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie exit stage left into the air vent on the floor of the detention level, they have a brief conversation: Han: Look, I had everything under control until you led us …

star-wars a-new-hope  
asked by Jon of All Trades 27 votes
answered by Kevin Rubin 25 votes

Why did Dumbledore contemplate discontinuing Divination at Hogwarts?

In Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore tells Harry 'I did,' said Dumbledore. 'On a cold, wet night sixteen years ago, in a room above the bar at the Hog's Head inn. I had gone there to see an …

harry-potter magic plot-explanation plot  
asked by user13267 26 votes
answered by DVK 39 votes

Why didn't the fellowship know that Gandalf was a maia and therefore immortal?

When he falls on the bridge of Khazad Dum, why didn't the fellowship know he was a maia and immortal and therefore return?

lord-of-the-rings gandalf  
asked by saber1897 24 votes
answered by DVK 46 votes

What happened to Radagast The Brown?

Radagast The Brown disappeared from Arda after the book The Fellowship of the Ring, I can't even answer myself what happened to him?

tolkien silmarillion wizards  
asked by FrancoAngel 20 votes
answered by Shevliaskovic 29 votes

Why was Sting able to kill the Mirkwood spiders with ease, but not Shelob?

Bilbo slew the Mirkwood spiders in large numbers. Sam had the same weapon, Sting, and by the time he battled her, he had more weapons training than Bilbo when he saved the dwarves in Mirkwood. Why …

lord-of-the-rings the-hobbit  
asked by Major Stackings 19 votes
answered by Joe L. 46 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why was Hermione not in Ravenclaw?

I seem to recall seeing a reason somewhere, but I've no clue and, as the question hasn't been asked before: why is Hermione not in Ravenclaw? She's clearly the smartest person in the year and, as …

harry-potter sorting-hat  
asked by N.Soong 67 votes
answered by alexwlchan 126 votes

what is the difference between Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man movies

I would like a bit of history here, meaning I would like to know the difference in terms of creator, producers (or publishers of the comic if needed to explain the differences) and some explanation …

spider-man the-amazing-spider-man  
asked by Maurizio In denmark 3 votes
answered by Roman A. Taycher 15 votes

Can you answer these?

British miniseries that explores universes inside a man's brain

I am trying to remember the name of a miniseries I watched as a child from the 1990s, probably produced by the BBC. It had plots within plots and episodes reveal that some of what is taking place is …

story-identification tv  
asked by LVP 3 votes

Are there any other mages (beyond Raistlin) known for being able to "cheat" on the Test of High Sorcery?

When Raistlin approaches his Test at the Tower of the High Sorcery He is almost about to fail, his life force shattered beyond saving. Then, the wizard-lich Fistandantilus offers him a deal: his …

asked by Deion 2 votes

Separatist stronghold on Mustafar?

In the novelization of Episode III, there is a scene that portrays Gen. Grievous explaining why the Separatists leader are being moved from Utapau to another Outher Ring planet, Mustafar, to viceroy …

asked by Andrew P. 6 votes
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