Welcome to the Big List of the Best "Books" threads!
This list is an attempt to gather some of the best threads and posts which have been made to the Books forum over the past few years. They are all indexed by keyword to make it easier to find posts on any given subject.
The selection of threads is my own personal choice, although many have been suggested to me. I welcome new suggestions. To be included, threads should contain insightful discussion, and/or clearly answer complex questions on any of Tolkien's writing.
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General, non-specific threads of interest:
Journey Through LotR: Thread Links - Journey Through LotR: Thread Links
Hobbit-lore - Frodo's Kitchen: A Safe Haven for Devotees of the Books
Trivia game - ME Trivia
Trivia game - M-E & Tolkien Trivia (Continuation thread)
Trivia game - One-word Trivia!
Trivia game - ME Trivia for Idiots III
Trivia game - One-Liners Trivia Game (part 4)
Trivia game - "Silmarillion" Triva Reincarnated
Trivia game - Middle-earth trivia for morons
Trivia game - Trivia Game: Character Descriptions (Part 3)
Trivia game - The Phraseology Game
Trivia game - The Silmarillion One-Liners' Trivia Game!
Trivia game - Scramble
Trivia game - Spot the Inaccuracy! A New Trivia Game!
Keywords A to G
Accents, of characters - Speech and accents
Age of Cirdan - Cirdan - He is old.
Ageing, of Elves - Elves Aging?
Ageing, of Gollum and Bilbo due to the Ring - Gollum / Bilbo & Ring Ageing
Ages, length of - An ages of middle earth question.
Ages, of Men - how old do men age????
Aldarion, relationship with Erendis - Aldarion and Erendis
Allegory, does LOTR qualify? - If Tolkien were into allegory, would Saruman have represented Stalin/USSR
Allegory, LOTR as religious - Are J.R.R.Tolkien's works Religious Allegories?
Allegory, LOTR as religious - Can artists be wrong about their own creations?
Angmar, purpose of - What was the purpose of Angmar?
Animals, of Middle-earth, - Speciating the Fauna of Middle-earth
Aragorn, age of - How old IS Aragorn?!
Aragorn, choices in following Merry and Pippin - Did Aragorn have a real choice in going after Merry and Pippin?
Aragorn, foresightedness of - Aragorn's warning to Gandalf..
Aragorn, right to the throne - The Northern Kingdom of Arnor
Aragorn, right to the throne - Aragorn's right to the throne
Arda, ages of - Ages of Arda/Middle-earth
Arkenstone, same as a Silmaril? - Was the Arkenstone a Silmaril?
Army of the Dead, reason for remaining in M-E - What kept the Army of the Dead from dying?
Ar-Pharazon, entombing of - ArPharazon and co in the last battle
Arwen, death - Choosing a mortal life: life, death and who has the choice
Arwen, death - Should Arwen have remained longer in Gondor, after Aragorn's death?
Arwen, death and choices - Should Arwen have remained longer in Gondor, after Aragorn's death?
Arwen, elvish or not - Elvish and human unions
Arwen, exchange of places with Frodo - The extent of Arwen's Power
Atalante (Numenor), coincidence of similarity of name to Atlantis - Numenor is Atlantis?
Atlantis, equivalent to Numenor - Numenor is Atlantis?
Authors, of Tolkien's translations - "Real" authors of Tolkien's translations
Awakening of Elves - Cuivienen and the awakening of the Elves
Baldor, fate of (Paths of the Dead) - A hidden door
Balrog, drawn to the Fellowship - What drew the Balrog to the Fellowship and did anyone know it was there?
Balrogs, more deadly than dragons? - More deadly: Dragons or Balrogs?
Balrogs, nature and power of - What drew the Balrog to the Fellowship and did anyone know it was there?
Balrogs, nature and power of - Balrogs (not about the wings !)
Balrogs, nature and power of - Why didn't the balrog leave Moria?
Balrogs, number and origins of - questions about Balrog
Ban of the Noldor, effect on Galadriel - Galadriel
Barrow-wight, actions towards Frodo in the Barrow - Why did the Barrow-wights not take Frodo's clothes?
Barrow-wights, nature of - Barrowdowns and Barrow-wights? Please help!
Battle, last - The Last Battle
Beards, of Cirdan and other Elves - Círdan's beard
Beards, of dwarf-women - Dwarf women have beards?
Beleriand, downfall/drowning of - Questions on numenor, beleriand etc.
Beorn, later history of - What happened to Beorn?
Beorn, origin of - WHERE DID BEORN COME FROM?
Beruthiel, Queen, identity of - Who IS Queen Beruthiel?
Bibliography - I need help with finding all the books that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote
Bilbo, ageing due to the Ring - Gollum / Bilbo & Ring Ageing
Bilbo, fate of - What happens to Bilbo and Frodo in the West?
Black Gate, number of doors in - The Black Gate - two or three doors?
Black Riders, guilty of attack at Bree or not? - Who slashed the beds in Bree? Ferny or Nazy?
Blake, William, influences on Tolkien - Tolkien & William Blake
Blue Wizards - Blue Wizards
Blue Wizards, identity and mission of - The mystery of the Two Blue Wizards
Boats, Elven - Boromir's trip down the River Anduin
Boromir, effect of Ring on - An analysis of Boromir's end
Boromir, funeral boat - Boromir's trip down the River Anduin
Bree, enemies of - Enemies of Bree?
Brooch, discovered by Tom in the Barrow - Bombadil's brooch
C.S. Lewis, influences on Tolkien - C.S. Lewis
Canon, w.r.t Tokien's works - Tolkien canon
Canon, w.r.t Tokien's works - Is anything really canon aside from lotr and the hobbit?
Cat and the Fiddle, nursery rhyme, in LOTR - Echoes of Other Myth in LotR
Catholicism, Tolkien - Finding God in LOTR
Celeborn, fate of - Could someone refresh my memory?
Celebrian, torment inflicted by Orcs - What happened to Celebrian?
Celebrimbor, history of - Need help: information about Gil-Galad and Celebrimbor...
Changing shapes - Radagast: A master of shapes and changes of hue
Character, vs plot, in Tolkien's works - Pre-1977 fans: how did the Silmarillion change your ideas?
Chess, played by hobbits? - Do Hobbits play chess?
Children, LOTR a book for - Lord of the Rings a book for children?
Christmas Day/25th December, significance of in M.E. - Any significance to Christmas Day?
Christopher Tolkien, contribution to the Silmarillion - Christopher Tolkien and his contributions
Chronology, of First Age - Ages of Arda/Middle-earth
Cirdan, age of - Círdan's beard
Cirdan, age of - Cirdan - He is old.
Cirdan, beard of - Círdan's beard
Class structure in LOTR - Nobility in the Fellowship
Class, attitudes to, in LOTR - Condescending to the hobbits
Classical (Greek/Roman) myth, inspiration for Tolkien - Tolkien taking inspiration from the Odyssey and the Aeneid?
Cold-drakes, equivalent to Fell Beasts? - The Fell Beasts: the last of the ancient cold drakes?
Colour of Elves' hair - Elven haircolor
Colours, relating to wizards - From Grey to White: What power does White Status bestow?
Condescension, towards hobbits - Condescending to the hobbits
Copyright, expiry date of for LOTR - LOTR Copyright Date
Corruption, caused by the One Ring - The Ring desires..........?
Cuivienen, awakening of Elves - Cuivienen and the awakening of the Elves
Culture, of M-E, lack of development over time - Cultural development in Tolkien's works
Cultures, non-European, significance of LOTR to - Does Tolkien's mythos translate well to other cultures?
Curiosity, evil nature of - Curiosity a sign of an evil nature?
Cutting the Ring from Sauron's hand - Why did Isildur need to cut off Sauron's finger?
Daggers, used by the hobbits as swords, origin of - The Daggers Tom gave the Hobbits
Darkness, character and mood of LOTR - The Darkness - how deep?
Death, Arwen - Arwen's death
Death, Elves and rehousing - Glorfindel
Death, Gimli - Sailing over the sea: questions after a second reading…
Death, Numenorean kings - Voluntary death of the Numenorean kings
Death, of Maiar - Death of the Maiar: Melian, Sauron, Saruman and why Eru raised Gandalf the White
Denethor, character of - Denethor: Deranged or deluded?
Denethor, compared with Theoden - Men of Gondor vs Rohirrim
Denethor, rejection of Faramir - Denethor and Faramir: who rejected whom?
Denethor, role of palantir in death of - The Pyre and the Palantir
Difficult language - Difficult language
Dior, mortal or immortal? - Were the half-Elven immortal before they made their choice?
Dior, mortal or immortal? - Dior..Son of Luthien and Beren was also half elven!
Disobeying, of orders - The courage to think - Faramir and others disobeying orders in LOTR
Door, in the Paths of the Dead - A hidden door
Doors, importance of in LOTR - The importance of DOORS in LOTR
Doors, number of in the Black Gate - The Black Gate - two or three doors?
Dragons, facts about - Regarding Dragons
Dragons, location of - Did dragons breed after the manner of the children of Illuvatar?
Dragons, more deadly than Balrogs? - More deadly: Dragons or Balrogs?
Dragons, reproduction - Did dragons breed after the manner of the children of Illuvatar?
Dunlendings, evicted by Rohirrim - Were the Dunlendings justified in their hatred of Rohan?
Dwarves, bearded womenfolk - Dwarf women have beards?
Dwarves, evil / allied with Sauron - Dwarves of Sauron
Dwarves, kings of - Dwarves: some questions
Dwarves, names of (inner, outer) - Dwarf Outer Names (was ME Trivia)
Dwarves, names of Houses - Dwarves: some questions
Eagles - Eagles, Maiar of the Air?
Eagles, origin of - Eagles and Ents
Eagles, possibility of transporting the ring to Mt. Doom - Why not use the eagles to fly the ring to Mt Doom?
Earendil, Lay of - Eärendil was a mariner...
Ears, of Elves, pointy or not - Do Elves REALLY have pointy ears?!
Elendilmir - A star on his brow
Elf/Man unions, number of - Four Unions of Elves and Men?
Elladan and Elrohir, mortal or immortal? - Sons of Elrond
Elrond, control of the Bruinen River flood - Elronds control of the river.
Elros, nature of - Elros.....why is not much written about him?
Elured - What happened to Elwing's brothers?
Elven hair colour - Elven haircolor
Elven-rings, compared to the Silmarils - Annatar II
Elves, age at adulthood - Elvish Children
Elves, age at marriage - How old are elves at their marriage?
Elves, ageing and Lingering - Elves Aging?
Elves, aging and population growth - A question of elves...
Elves, awakening of - Cuivienen and the awakening of the Elves
Elves, breeding patterns - If elves are immortal, why did they not overpopulate the Earth?
Elves, effect of Rings on - Do elves become wraiths with rings of power?
Elves, Evil and/or dark - Elven justice system?
Elves, fading of - Fading of the Elves
Elves, laziness/slothfulness of - Lazy Elves?
Elves, life spans of - the life spans of elves
Elves, participation in the Second Music - Elves and the Second Music
Elves, pointy ears - Do Elves REALLY have pointy ears?!
Elves, rebirth of - Glorfindel
Elves, rebirth of - Elven rebirth
Elves, rebirth of - if you kill an elf...?
Elves, rulers of, in Middle-earth - Why didn't Cirdan or Elrond become High King after Gil-galad's death?
Elves, strength relative to Men - Are Elves really that much wiser/stronger than Men?
Elves, susceptibility to cold - Do Elves Get Cold?
Elves, weddings of - The weddings of Men, of Elves?
Elwing, brothers - What happened to Elwing's brothers?
England, myth for - A MYTH FOR ENGLAND
Entombing of Ar-Pharazon - ArPharazon and co in the last battle
Ents, eldest? - Who's Oldest of All?
Ents, origin of - Eagles and Ents
Entwives, fate of - Were there any Entwives left in ME during the War of the Ring and after it?
Eowyn, killing of Witch-king - Who did really kill the Lord of the Nazgûl?
Epilogue, return of Sam - Well, I'm back"
Erech, stone of - The stone of Erech
Erendis, relationship with Aldarion - Aldarion and Erendis
Errors, continuity type in LOTR - Gandalf lied to Frodo (and other continuity errors)
Errors, of the Valar - How did the Valar Err?
Eru, female or male - When Eru created Men she was only joking...
Eru, intervention of - Naked I was sent back
Eru, intervention of - Death of the Maiar: Melian, Sauron, Saruman and why Eru raised Gandalf the White
Eru, mention of - Why is Eru so rarely mentioned?
Eucatastrophe - Eucatastrophe
Eucharist, comparison of lembas with - 1st Post - Lembas as Eucharist
Evil, Elves - Elven justice system?
Evil, Orcs, inherently or not - Are Orcs really "evil"?
Evil, perception of - Lack of perception of evil by the Valar
Eye, of Sauron - The Eye of Sauron
Facts about dragons - Regarding Dragons
Fading, of Elves - Fading of the Elves
Failure, of Radagast's mission - Radagast ( a failure?) and The Blue Wizards
Faramir, character discussion - Faramir - character discussion
Faramir, character discussion - All About Faramir
Faramir, rejection by Denethor - Denethor and Faramir: who rejected whom?
Faramir, similarities to Frodo - Frodo and Faramir ~ An Elvish and Wizard's Air
Farmer Maggot - What are we to make of Farmer Maggot?
Fate of Entwives - Were there any Entwives left in ME during the War of the Ring and after it?
Fate, in M-E - Why Gandalf had to trust to Providence
Fate, of Elladan and Elrohir - Sons of Elrond
Fate, of men's souls after death - The fate of evil men
Fate, of men's souls after death - The Ultimate Fate of Man in Tolkeins World and Interaction with Other Races
Fate, role of in the life of mortals - Mortals, Fate, and Free Will?
Father-figures, in LOTR - Father-figures in LOTR
Fault, of Turin - Was Turin at Fault?
Favourite passages - Favorite quotes from Tolkien's works
Favourite passages - Lines and passages you love
Feanor, character of - Feanor, hero or ignorant fool?
Feanor, character of - Followers of Fëanor
Feanor, good or evil? - Feanor - not so bad.
Feanor, refused strand of hair by Galadriel - Galadriel refused Feanor a single hair yet gave Gimli three!!!
Fell Beasts, equivalent to cold-drakes? - The Fell Beasts: the last of the ancient cold drakes?
Fellowship, as heroes? - The Fellowship as heroes by Joseph Campbell's definition
Fellowship, final journey - Sailing over the sea: questions after a second reading…
Finarfin, character originally named Finrod - Gildor, descendant of Finrod Felagund?
Finrod, character becomes Finarfin - Gildor, descendant of Finrod Felagund?
Finrod, no wife yet had descendants? - Gildor, descendant of Finrod Felagund?
First Age, chronology of - Ages of Arda/Middle-earth
First Age, start of - Start of the First Age
Flame, Imperishable, nature of - 'The Flame Imperishable' : JRRT's own thoughts
Foresight, of Frodo - Foresight in LOTR
Fourth Age, politics outside of Gondor - Southrons and Easterlings after the war
Frodo, failure and possible punishment of - Should Frodo have been hung for failing to destroy the Ring?
Frodo, failure of - Frodo failed
Frodo, fate of - Frodo ~ And he lived happily ever after...
Frodo, fate of - What happens to Bilbo and Frodo in the West?
Frodo, fate of - Questions on numenor, beleriand etc.
Frodo, foresight of - Foresight in LOTR
Frodo, lack of love interest - Why doesn't Frodo have a Love Interest?
Frodo, moral failure of - Is Frodo a moral failure?
Frodo, recurring illness of - Frodo's illness
Frodo, relationship with Sam - How did Sam and Frodo drift apart in the Shire?
Frodo, responsible for killing Gollum or not? - Did Frodo "kill" Gollum?
Frodo, similarities to Faramir - Frodo and Faramir ~ An Elvish and Wizard's Air
Frodo, strength and pride of - The Secret of Frodo's Inner Strength
Frodo, took Arwen's place to Aman - The extent of Arwen's Power
Frodo, willingness to undertake Quest - Would Frodo have gone on the Quest if he had known?
Galadriel, effectof Ban of the Noldor on - Galadriel
Galadriel, refusal to give strand of hair to Feanor - Galadriel refused Feanor a single hair yet gave Gimli three!!!
Galadriel, role of - Regarding Galadriel...
Games and pastimes - Do Hobbits play chess?
Gandalf, ability to kill the Witch-King - The Prophecy, Gandalf, and the Witch King
Gandalf, ability to sense Frodo's wearing of the Ring - Could Gandalf tell when and if Frodo had put on the Ring?
Gandalf, ability to use the palantir of Orthanc - Gandalf's ablity to use the Orthanc stone
Gandalf, associated with which Valar? - A question on Olorin
Gandalf, curing of Theoden - Did Gandalf cast a spell on Theoden???
Gandalf, death of - Gandalf vs. Balrog: Did Gandalf, in a sense, die?
Gandalf, fear of the Nine - Why did Gandalf(Olorin), a maia, fear the NIne?
Gandalf, foreknowledge of fate - Aragorn's warning to Gandalf..
Gandalf, form - Mithrandir/Gandalf/Olorin
Gandalf, knowledge of identity - Who knew what Gandalf really was?
Gandalf, method of communication with the Balrog - Who's Udûn?
Gandalf, method of receiving news in the Shire - What news had disturbed Gandalf in June?
Gandalf, names of - The Names of Gandalf
Gandalf, nature of - Gandalf's nature
Gandalf, plan for destruction of the Ring - How did Gandalf intend to destroy the Ring?
Gandalf, related to Manwe? - Was Olorin related to Manwe?
Gandalf, relationship with Gwaihir - The Gandalf - Gwaihir Relationship
Gandalf, reluctance to use power - Gandalf and his lack of magic...
Gandalf, resurrection of - Naked I was sent back
Gandalf, resurrection of - Death of the Maiar: Melian, Sauron, Saruman and why Eru raised Gandalf the White
Gandalf, resurrection of - Was Gandalf the first person to be returned from the dead in
Gandalf, significance of white robes - Question about White Wizard...
Gandalf, symbol of hope - Gandalf's nature
Gardens, in M-E - Gardens in Middle-earth
Giants, nature of - giants in the hobbit
Gildor, descended from Finrod? - Gildor, descendant of Finrod Felagund?
Gil-galad, history of - Need help: information about Gil-Galad and Celebrimbor...
Gimil, granted strands of hair by Galadriel - Galadriel refused Feanor a single hair yet gave Gimli three!!!
Gimli, character of - Tolkien's Gimli
Gimli, death - Sailing over the sea: questions after a second reading...
Glamdring (Gandalf's sword), origin of - How did Gandalf come by Glamdring?
Glorfindel, reason for exclusion from the Fellowship - Glorfindel, a better choice than Legolas?
Glorfindel, reason for return to Middle-earth - Why was Glorfindel sent back to Middle Earth from Mandos?
Glorfindel, two of? - Glorfindel
Glorfindel, why didn't Tolkien just rename him? - Glorfindel - what was the fuss?
Goblins, equivalent to Orcs - Are Goblins the same as Orcs?
Goblins, equivalent to Orcs - Another question concerning orcs
God, finding in LOTR - Finding God in LOTR
Gods, older than the Valar - Tolkien says there are "gods more old than Morgoth"
Gollum, actually killed by Frodo or not? - Did Frodo "kill" Gollum?
Gollum, ageing due to the Ring - Gollum / Bilbo & Ring Ageing
Gollum, chance for redemption ruined by Sam - Did Sam ruin Gollum's chance for redemption?
Gollum, character and nature of - Gollum/Smeagol Analysis and Theory
Gollum, escape from Moria after Bridge collapse - How did Gollum exit Moria after the Bridge collapses?
Gollum, extent controlled by Sauron - What control did Sauron have over Gollum?
Gollum, fate of, if he had not died at Mt. Doom - Alternative Aftermath
Gollum, saviour of Middle-earth - Gollum saves Middle Earth??? yes or no
Gondor, comparison of military strength with Lorien - Sauron's Attack on Dale
Gondor, comparison of siege with that of Constantinople - Siege of Gondor-Siege of Constantinople
Grey Havens, location of - What are the Grey Havens?
Grima, origin of - Who was Grima?
Gwaihir, King of the Eagles or not? - The Gandalf - Gwaihir Relationship
Gwaihir, relationship with Gandalf - The Gandalf - Gwaihir Relationship