Gilraen, Aragorn's mother, is one of those proud, but doomed female characters in Tolkien's Middle-earth who can't seem to get a "happily ever after" ending.
J.R.R. Tolkien subdivided some of the Free Peoples of Middle-earth into sub-races. Learn about the different kinds of Men, Elves and Hobbits.
Was Sauron really a big, disembodied flaming eye, as he's portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films? If not, how do we know?
While Tolkien is infamous for his scarcity of female characters (there are none in "The Hobbit"), there's actually a fair number of strong women in his Middle-earth writings.
J.R.R. Tolkien was a medieval languages scholar and a nitpicker. Nevertheless, there's a few charming anachronisms in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.