The world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is one of the most well constructed and in-depth fantasy worlds ever created. The British author even went as far as to develop his own language, Elvish, in order to make the world feel that much more real. While the casual viewer may only see the world from Peter Jackson’s movies, the world of Tolkien was certainly far deeper.
That being said, while the world of Tolkien is rich and full of well-crafted people, places, and mythology, this isn’t to say that there are no mysteries in the universe. While some of these mysteries are intentional, others may appear to be oversights by Tolkien or simply regarded as not important enough.
10 What Happened To The Entwives?
Both the Lord of the Rings movies and books explore the mystery of the Entwives. Explained by Treebeard, the Ents and the Entwives were said to take different approaches to growing the forests. The Ents preferred a more laid-back approach, whereas the Entwives had a more ‘hands-on’ approach.
Eventually, the Entwives left Fangorn Forest to work the land in the Brown Lands, but they would never be seen again. While some believe that, as Sauron razed the Brown Lands, the Entwives were killed, others aren’t as sure. After all, Treebeard says they’re lost rather than dead. There are fan theories that the Entwives are in the Shire.
9 Where Did The Hobbits Come From?
The Hobbits are essentially the main characters of the Lord of the Rings. While they’re one of the least powerful creatures in Middle Earth, they’re also the most important, with a Hobbit ultimately being responsible for the destruction of the One Ring.
That being said, despite Hobbits being the focus of much of Tolkien’s writing, little is given with regard to their backstory. In a letter, Tolkien said that the Hobbits appeared in the Third Age and eventually moved to the Shire, but how they came to be is never answered (Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 131).
8 What’s The Deal With The Blue Wizards?
The Blue Wizards are only mentioned briefly in the narrative of the Lord of the Rings, but the Blue Wizards had one of the most important roles in the War of the Last Alliance, with the Blue Wizards being responsible for sowing division among Sauron’s ranks.
That being said, what were they doing during the War of the Ring? Surely they were given a similar task, but little is mentioned of their work in this second war.
7 Who Or What Is Tom Bombadil?
Tom Bombadil is an interesting character as he manages to completely polarise the Lord of the Rings fandom. Some despise the character as he is essentially filler in the first book, simply singing and annoying readers. Others enjoy the character for his attitude and the mystery surrounding him.
Little is known of Tom Bombadil. He is one of the most powerful beings in Middle Earth, yet he is a complete mystery. Some believe that he is the embodiment of nature, others that he is Eru Ilúvatar incarnate. Interestingly enough, though, he was shown to take the ring from Frodo and was able to give it back without being drawn to its power.
6 What Happened To Radagast?
Radagast the Brown is one of the five Istari that were sent to Middle Earth to counsel the rulers in the fight against Sauron. While he appears in The Hobbit, he doesn’t really appear in the Lord of the Rings and little is known about what happened to him after.
While Gandalf travels to the Undying Lands after the War of the Ring, Radagast is unable to be located. This begs the question, what happened to him?
5 Where Did Orcs Come From?
The orcs form the central bulk of Sauron’s forces in both the War of the Last Alliance and the War of the Ring. Fans of the movies May believe that the orcs are simply corrupted Elves and, while J.R.R. Tolkien did state this at one point, it isn’t a belief he held for a long time.
Most notably in his essay On Dwarves And Men, Tolkien made it clear he wasn’t comfortable with the idea that orcs were corrupted, tortured elves. Over the years he changed his mind on their origins which, naturally, makes one wonder where they actually came from.
4 Who Are The Nazgul?
The Nazgul are Sauron’s lieutenants, with the Dark Lord using them to hunt for the ring in the early days of the War of the Ring. For those who don’t know, the Nazgul are the nine men that Sauron gave rings of power to during the Second Age. While the men received power and lengthy lives, they eventually became wraiths who are entirely bent to the will of Sauron.
While the Nazgul are some of the most important characters in the LOTR, but despite this very little is known of who they were in their previous lives. It’s known that three of the Nazgul were Numenorean and another was an Easterling, but the others are complete mysteries.
3 Legolas’ Mother
Legolas is one of the fan-favorite characters from the Lord of the Rings series. The character is a talented elf archer who formed an endearing friendship with Gimli and helping to defend Frodo and defeat Sauron in the War of the Ring.
While Legolas is known to be an elf from the Woodland realm and son of Thranduil, nothing is known of his mother. This is strange considering that Thranduil’s partner really should have some kind of footnote in the story.
2 What Happened To Shelob
Shelob isn’t really present in the story of the Lord of the Rings for long, the giant spider (or being that resembles a spider) attacked and paralyzed Frodo Baggins before then being fought off by Sam.
Shelob didn’t actually die after this encounter, but J.R.R. Tolkien gives little information as to what happened to Shelob after the War of the Ring.
1 Nameless Things In Moria
When fighting the Balrog in Moria, Gandalf makes mention of ‘nameless things’ that dwell deep beneath Moria. These nameless things are unknown even to Sauron and are said to be even older than the Dark Lord.
This begs the question, what could these creatures be that dwell beneath Moria? Further, how is Gandalf even aware of these nameless beings.
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