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::'''Tropes from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (the book)'''

::TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes A-C}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes D-F}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes J-L}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes M-O}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes P-R}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes S-U}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes V-Z}}

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* GaiasLament: The Scouring of the Shire. Also the destruction of Fangorn and the trees within Isengard.
* GaiasVengeance: Fangorn and the Last March of the Ents.
* GateGuardian: The Watcher in the Water was a water monster with CombatTentacles that guarded the door into Moria.
* GeniusLoci: Probably many, but Caradhras is perhaps the most active.
* GenreSavvy: A lengthy conversation about characters in adventures occurs between Frodo and Sam on the steps of Cirith Ungol. They accept that they are at one of the darkest places in their story, but characters in a similar position in the old tales have overcome such difficulties, so there is still hope.
--> Sam: "That's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them... but I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."
* GentleGiant: Treebeard to Merry and Pippin, once he determines they are not orcs.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Bilbo, Frodo, Merry, and Pippin.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A possibly unintentional example; while discussing the drowning death of Frodo's parents, out on the river by moonlight, the Gaffer seemingly implies they might have been doing ''something'' that caused their boat to overturn:
--> Gaffer: "Boats are quite tricky enough for those that sit still without looking further for the cause of trouble."
* GhibliHills: Most of Middle-Earth fits, [[SceneryPorn especially in the films.]]
* GiantFlyer: The Ringwraiths' flying steeds, and the Eagles.
* GiantSpider: Shelob.
* GoBackToTheSource: Frodo returning the One Ring to Mordor, its place of creation, in order to destroy it.
* GoOutWithASmile: Boromir smiled... But Boromir did not speak again.
* GodInHumanForm: The group of so-called "wizards", while appearing as old human men, are actually five ''Maiar'', a kind of angelic spirit, who are themselves incorporeal but can usually clothe themselves in any form they like. The five have been sent on a mission to help the peoples of Middle-Earth against Sauron, during which they are bound in their physical form, unable to change it, and also limited in their powers and knowledge.
* GodsHandsAreTied: The Valar, mainly because the last time they tried to intervene directly, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero whole continents were destroyed.]]
* GondorCallsForAid: ...in the {{Backstory}}. The TropeNamer is film-only; Rohan and Gondor are long allies because of a straight play of the trope several hundred years ago (which results in Rohan and Gondor being treaty-bound to act as TheCavalry for each other in the present day) and Theoden answers right away. The only doubt for the Gondorians results from the question of whether Rohan will get there in enough time and force to break the siege; that, and the messenger who got Theoden's reply was killed before he could tell Denethor that the Rohirrim were coming (which adds to Denethor's defeatism).
* GoingToSeeTheElephant: Sam. [[spoiler:He gets to see one, and realizes the Hobbit rhyme is an appallingly realistic depiction of a Múmak.]]
* GoodHurtsEvil: Shout ''A Elbereth, Gilthoniel'' at a Nazgûl and watch them wince.
* GoodIsNotDumb: While they plot to enter Mordor, Frodo explains to Gollum that he is well aware Gollum has treachery in mind. Sam is surprised at this because he had assumed Frodo was far too good a person to be able to understand deception and treachery. Sam admits that he (and probably Gollum as well) "had confused kindness with blindness."
* GoodIsNotNice:
** Denethor. He's certainly fighting to save Gondor from Sauron, but he's also a racist against "lesser Men" who treats Gandalf, Pippin, and especially Faramir like crud. What he was like ''before'' [[spoiler:Sauron messed up his head via Palantír]], we never see.
** Frodo, the archetypal NiceGuy, shows signs of this as his responsibility to the world - and the burden of the Ring - grows on him. At one point Gollum begs Frodo to 'go away, go to nice places, and give it to little Smeagol.'
--> '''Frodo:''' Do not let that thought grow in you!... In the last need, Smeagol, I should ''put on'' the Precious; and the Precious mastered you long ago. If I, wearing it, were to command you, you ''would'' obey, [[CassandraTruth even if it were to leap a precipice or to cast yourself into the fire.]] And such ''would'' be my command.
** [[BigGood Gandalf]], who has a short temper and a caustic sense of humor.
* GrailInTheGarbage: How both Bilbo and Gollum acquired the One Ring.
* GrandFinale: This story marks the end of the Third Age of Middle-Earth and is chronologically the very last installment of Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium.
* GreenEyedMonster: Sméagol got these when Déagol found the Ring.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Aragorn happily reports at the Council of Elrond that he gave the Mirkwood elves custody of Gollum, figuring they would keep him quite safe. Legolas speaks up, having been sent specifically to report that Gollum escaped. The elves thought he was so pathetic that they gave him some parole outside in the extremely dark, dense forest full of nasty things, which he is good at communicating with, and actually let him climb trees with a guard posted on the ''ground''. (Not surprisingly, Gloin is rather irritated at this liberty, considering [[Literature/TheHobbit what his own stay was like]].)
* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: The humans and elves vs. the armies of Mordor.
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* HalfHumanHybrid: Elrond and his family are half-elven, Aragorn's ancestors had elven blood (his ancestor was Elrond's brother), and the Uruk-hai are rumoured to be part-human part-orc.
** Actually, if you trace the bloodlines of the Númenóreans back to Lúthien and then look at HER parents, you find that her father was an Elf Lord and her Mother was a ''Maia''. As such, Aragorn, Elrond and company are part spirit/angel as well as elf.
* HandicappedBadass: The Nazgûl have miserable eyesight during daylight and are blinded in bright sun.
* HannibalLecture: Saruman.
** Gríma Wormtongue is a student of Saruman's, and earlier uses similar Hannibal Lecture techniques on Théoden to render him helpless and hopeless against Saruman, and on Éowyn in order to break her resolve and drive her to desperation.
* HappyFunBall: The Ring.
** ''Warning: Prolonged use of the One Ring may cause one to become obsessive compulsive, immortal, or schizophrenic. Finger loss may occur in certain circumstances.''
* HatePlague: The Ring.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Most obvious is the abundant use of 'queer', which is rarely used to describe something strange any more. Likewise 'gay' is used on a couple occasions to mean 'happy'. Some material also falls into SeparatedByACommonLanguage, since in parts of the world the term 'faggots' isn't any longer used to represent bundles of wood. Also, though it doesn't come up in the book, Celeborn's alternate name is the hilarious ''Teleporno'' (in Tolkien's planned but unpublished retcon of Celeborn's origin, he was not a Sindar Elf but a Teleri Elf; Celeborn is Sindarin for "silver tree", Teleporno is Telerin for the same).
** The dwarf Groin, father of Oin and Gloin, though only if you pronounce it incorrectly. The orc Shagrat.
** The song that Sam sings near the stone trolls, about Tom and the Troll, includes a nonsense word Tolkien made up: "boner". "Boner" at that time was a word meaning "error", although in said poem it seems to be just random rhyme-filler.
** There are various subtler uses as well. Aside from writing seventy years ago, Tolkien was deliberately using a slightly archaic form of the language (at least when Men and Elves, rather than Hobbits, are talking.) For instance, when Aragorn says of the Nazgûl "they are terrible!", he doesn't mean ''they are of awful quality:'' he means ''they bring terror.''
* HealingHerb: ''Athelas'' is used by Aragorn, once in a failed attempt to cure Frodo of his Morgul wound and later successfully on those affected by the Black Breath of the Witch-King.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Saruman and Denethor, via the Palantír. Sauron looked back.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Sauron himself.
--> '''Gollum:''' There are only four fingers on the [[RedRightHand Black Hand]], but they are enough.
* HealingHands: Aragorn, as well as Elrond and other powerful Elves.
* HealingPotion: Most of the 'learned' or magical cultures have something. The elves of Rivendell brew ''miruvor'' (which seems largely to restore fatigue rather than mend wounds); the Ents brew Ent-draughts meant to act as food and aid regeneration (which have an unanticipated effect when used on hobbets); the Numenoreans brought the herb ''athelas'' to Middle-Earth, though only the Dunedain still seem to know of its physical and spiritual healing qualities now. Even the Orcs have an ointment that seals wounds and a potion to renew strength, although the ointment is painful and leaves scars, while the potion is repellent in the extreme.
* HellishPupils: The Eye of Sauron is yellow and has a slitted pupil.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Aragorn shows up to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields wearing a diadem (a royal heirloom of Arnor) instead of a helmet. Averted in an early draft, though, as originally he wore a proper helmet with a crown attached.
* {{Herald}}: Gandalf, of the HarbingerOfImpendingDoom variety.
* HereThereWereDragons: To us the War of the Ring takes place in such a world. To the characters, the earlier Ages were this.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Happens briefly to Éomer during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, when he learns that his sister Éowyn, who should have been safely home in Rohan, has died (or so he believes) in the battle. Followed by UnstoppableRage.
-->"Then suddenly he beheld his sister Éowyn as she lay, and he knew her. He stood a moment as a man who is pierced in the midst of a cry by an arrow through the heart; and then his face went deathly white, and a cold fury rose in him, so that all speech failed him for a while."
** Similarly, Sam shuts down for hours upon discovering that Frodo has seemingly been killed by [[GiantSpider Shelob.]]
* HeroicLineage: Elrond and Aragorn are descended from many of the Elven and Human heroes/protagonists from earlier Ages.
** To lesser extents, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, and even Merry and Pippin.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: There are hints of adventures that the other members of the fellowship had before meeting the hobbits at Rivendell, such as Aragorn's capture of Gollum, or Gandalf's escape from the Ringwraiths. At one point Sam wonders if Gollum thinks he's the hero of his own story.
** The Appendices mention entire other battles - notably one at the Lonely Mountain - that occur completely offstage in parallel with the events of the novels.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Frodo and Sam, Gimli and Legolas, Merry and Pippin.
* HiddenElfVillage: Rivendell and Lothlórien are elf villages, although they're not "hidden" or particularly isolationist.
** The Shire, rather than any elf haven, lies closer to following this trope. Along with being generally unknown to most of the world, they also generally don't bother themselves whatsoever with outside business.
* HighFantasy: One of the most notable examples of the genre.
* HissBeforeFleeing: Grí­ma does this, along with spitting before King Théoden's feet, before returning to Isengard.
* {{Hobbits}}: While ''Literature/TheHobbit'' was, obviously, the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer,]] ''The Lord of the Rings'' was the TropeCodifier - featuring four hobbits rather than one and providing much more information about their lives and customs.
* HonourBeforeReason: The Three Hunters, who are determined to reach Merry and Pippin after their capture even if it is simply to sit down and starve with them. The various people who spared Gollum's life also apply, since letting him loose was much more dangerous than outright killing him, but in the end this illogical act pays off, since Gollum is crucial in the saving of Middle-Earth.
* HopeIsScary: Éomer's reaction to learning that Éowyn was still alive.
* TheHorde: The Orcs (at least, the original model: Saruman's Uruk-Hai are more like EliteMooks.)
* HorsingAround: Rest in peace, King Leod.
* HumansAreSpecial: Interesting twist on this, because the whole thing usually revolves around either their negative qualities or their mortality.
** From the perspective of the Elves, humans ''are'' special in that they are permitted to die and depart from the world, while Elves are immortal and, when killed, continue on as spirits.
* HydePlaysJekyll
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* IAmNotShazam: [[invoked]]The "Lord of the Ring(s)" is Sauron. People get it wrong and are corrected in the book, as well as in real life.
* IAmXSonOfY: Modern-style family names are only used in the Shire and Bree-land. Everyone else works with patronymics.
* ICallItVera: In spades...which are probably also named. Justified in that the myths that the book is based on do this as well.
* ICanStillFight: Éowyn tries this.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Mt. Doom and Mordor, among other places.
* IHaveManyNames: Gandalf, Aragorn, the Witch-King, and Sauron all have many names.
** Gandalf, called Mithrandir by the Elves, Tharkûn by Dwarves, and Olórin in the West as an example.
* [[FountainOfExpies Iconic Characters]]: "Frodo Lives!"
** Also, Gandalf, who beat out [[KingArthur Merlin]] in a "most iconic characters" poll in Britain once. And that was ''before'' the ''[[Film/LordOfTheRings films]]''...
* IgnorantOfTheCall: Sam Gamgee refuses to accept the idea that he's any kind of hero. He only regards himself as 'here to help', even when he has to shoulder the burden of TheHero a couple of times.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]]: In the films, orcs will kill and eat one of their own if there's no other food. Averted in the novels - accusing somebody of cannibalism is fighting words! - but they rather enjoy eating humans.
** [[HesJustHiding They're Just Hiding]] is Treebeard's hopeful belief regarding the Entwives, which is possibly backed up by a very, very early foreshadowing: a hobbit mentioning a "walking tree" in the north of the Shire.
* ImmortalityInducer: The One Ring can produce a BlessedWithSuck kind of immortality, as experienced by Gollum. It is also implied that any of the greater Rings of Power would have this effect on mortals, such as the nine held by the Nazgûl.
* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: Elves in Creator/JRRTolkien's works are almost invariably described as being good looking. The three best-looking females in Middle-Earth are all Elves.
* InMysteriousWays: According to Tolkien's letters, the trilogy is partially about Ilúvatar's guidance. It's only explicitly mentioned a few times, and none of [[IHaveManyNames God's names]] are ever even spoken; nevertheless, one could make a long list of the many, ''many'' suspiciously fortunate "coincidences" in the story -- some very small, but '''all''' of which lead toward Sauron's downfall and the victory of the West.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Frodo is given the task of delivering the Ring to Mount Doom [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman specifically because of this trait,]] but he actually turns out to be a deconstruction. Not only is the constant process of resisting the Ring's influence an enormous psychological and even physical burden on him, [[spoiler:he eventually succumbs to its lure after lugging it all the way across Middle-earth to Mount Doom. No one, not even Frodo, is that pure]].
* IndustrializedEvil: Isengard in particular, although Mordor shows some tendencies (and has a 4000-year head start, particularly in the 'polluting the land' area).
* InertialImpalement: This is how Sam is able to seriously wound Shelob. The book explicitly states that he hadn't the strength to pierce her hide, but her attempt to crush him added her inertia to his strength.
* InsistentTerminology: Members of the Proudfoot family of Hobbits are quite insistent that the plural form of their surname is "Proudfeet".
* InvisibleJerkass: Gollum was this when he first found the Ring.
* IShallTauntYou: Aragorn does this to Sauron by using the Palantír of Orthanc. His audacity in showing and identifying himself - and his sheer will in tearing the palantir free of Sauron's control - convince Sauron that Aragorn is the 'new Ring-lord' he's been dreading ever since the One Ring resurfaced. Sauron immediately transfers the Nazgul from Ring-search to military duties, and sends his legions from their encampments in Gorgoroth toward the West, leaving Mount Doom virtually unguarded.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Here, take this phial... and this other stuff that will be important later. YouWillKnowWhatToDo.
* ItsForABook: Excuse used by Frodo for his traveling to Bree. The fact that he ended up writing about the whole quest in a book is kind of coincidental.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne - Like crazy for Frodo, though Aragorn and Gandalf both get a bit of this as well.
* ItWasAGift: Quite a few, including that small, [[SarcasmMode completely insignificant trinket]] Bilbo gave to Frodo...
** Gandalf emphasizes the fact that Bilbo giving away his "trinket" explicitly as a gift reduced the Ring's remaining grip on him. Compare what losing the same trinket did to ''Gollum''.
--> '''Gandalf:''' Bilbo alone in history, as far as I am aware, has gone beyond talking about [willingly giving up a Ring of Power] and actually ''done'' it.
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::'''Tropes from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (the book)'''

::TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes A-C}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes D-F}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes J-L}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes M-O}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes P-R}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes S-U}} -- TheLordOfTheRings/{{Tropes V-Z}}

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* GaiasLament: The Scouring of the Shire. Also the destruction of Fangorn and the trees within Isengard.
* GaiasVengeance: Fangorn and the Last March of the Ents.
* GateGuardian: The Watcher in the Water was a water monster with CombatTentacles that guarded the door into Moria.
* GeniusLoci: Probably many, but Caradhras is perhaps the most active.
* GenreSavvy: A lengthy conversation about characters in adventures occurs between Frodo and Sam on the steps of Cirith Ungol. They accept that they are at one of the darkest places in their story, but characters in a similar position in the old tales have overcome such difficulties, so there is still hope.
--> Sam: "That's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them... but I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."
* GentleGiant: Treebeard to Merry and Pippin, once he determines they are not orcs.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Bilbo, Frodo, Merry, and Pippin.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A possibly unintentional example; while discussing the drowning death of Frodo's parents, out on the river by moonlight, the Gaffer seemingly implies they might have been doing ''something'' that caused their boat to overturn:
--> Gaffer: "Boats are quite tricky enough for those that sit still without looking further for the cause of trouble."
* GhibliHills: Most of Middle-Earth fits, [[SceneryPorn especially in the films.]]
* GiantFlyer: The Ringwraiths' flying steeds, and the Eagles.
* GiantSpider: Shelob.
* GoBackToTheSource: Frodo returning the One Ring to Mordor, its place of creation, in order to destroy it.
* GoOutWithASmile: Boromir smiled... But Boromir did not speak again.
* GodInHumanForm: The group of so-called "wizards", while appearing as old human men, are actually five ''Maiar'', a kind of angelic spirit, who are themselves incorporeal but can usually clothe themselves in any form they like. The five have been sent on a mission to help the peoples of Middle-Earth against Sauron, during which they are bound in their physical form, unable to change it, and also limited in their powers and knowledge.
* GodsHandsAreTied: The Valar, mainly because the last time they tried to intervene directly, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero whole continents were destroyed.]]
* GondorCallsForAid: ...in the {{Backstory}}. The TropeNamer is film-only; Rohan and Gondor are long allies because of a straight play of the trope several hundred years ago (which results in Rohan and Gondor being treaty-bound to act as TheCavalry for each other in the present day) and Theoden answers right away. The only doubt for the Gondorians results from the question of whether Rohan will get there in enough time and force to break the siege; that, and the messenger who got Theoden's reply was killed before he could tell Denethor that the Rohirrim were coming (which adds to Denethor's defeatism).
* GoingToSeeTheElephant: Sam. [[spoiler:He gets to see one, and realizes the Hobbit rhyme is an appallingly realistic depiction of a Múmak.]]
* GoodHurtsEvil: Shout ''A Elbereth, Gilthoniel'' at a Nazgûl and watch them wince.
* GoodIsNotDumb: While they plot to enter Mordor, Frodo explains to Gollum that he is well aware Gollum has treachery in mind. Sam is surprised at this because he had assumed Frodo was far too good a person to be able to understand deception and treachery. Sam admits that he (and probably Gollum as well) "had confused kindness with blindness."
* GoodIsNotNice:
** Denethor. He's certainly fighting to save Gondor from Sauron, but he's also a racist against "lesser Men" who treats Gandalf, Pippin, and especially Faramir like crud. What he was like ''before'' [[spoiler:Sauron messed up his head via Palantír]], we never see.
** Frodo, the archetypal NiceGuy, shows signs of this as his responsibility to the world - and the burden of the Ring - grows on him. At one point Gollum begs Frodo to 'go away, go to nice places, and give it to little Smeagol.'
--> '''Frodo:''' Do not let that thought grow in you!... In the last need, Smeagol, I should ''put on'' the Precious; and the Precious mastered you long ago. If I, wearing it, were to command you, you ''would'' obey, [[CassandraTruth even if it were to leap a precipice or to cast yourself into the fire.]] And such ''would'' be my command.
** [[BigGood Gandalf]], who has a short temper and a caustic sense of humor.
* GrailInTheGarbage: How both Bilbo and Gollum acquired the One Ring.
* GrandFinale: This story marks the end of the Third Age of Middle-Earth and is chronologically the very last installment of Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium.
* GreenEyedMonster: Sméagol got these when Déagol found the Ring.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Aragorn happily reports at the Council of Elrond that he gave the Mirkwood elves custody of Gollum, figuring they would keep him quite safe. Legolas speaks up, having been sent specifically to report that Gollum escaped. The elves thought he was so pathetic that they gave him some parole outside in the extremely dark, dense forest full of nasty things, which he is good at communicating with, and actually let him climb trees with a guard posted on the ''ground''. (Not surprisingly, Gloin is rather irritated at this liberty, considering [[Literature/TheHobbit what his own stay was like]].)
* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: The humans and elves vs. the armies of Mordor.
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* HalfHumanHybrid: Elrond and his family are half-elven, Aragorn's ancestors had elven blood (his ancestor was Elrond's brother), and the Uruk-hai are rumoured to be part-human part-orc.
** Actually, if you trace the bloodlines of the Númenóreans back to Lúthien and then look at HER parents, you find that her father was an Elf Lord and her Mother was a ''Maia''. As such, Aragorn, Elrond and company are part spirit/angel as well as elf.
* HandicappedBadass: The Nazgûl have miserable eyesight during daylight and are blinded in bright sun.
* HannibalLecture: Saruman.
** Gríma Wormtongue is a student of Saruman's, and earlier uses similar Hannibal Lecture techniques on Théoden to render him helpless and hopeless against Saruman, and on Éowyn in order to break her resolve and drive her to desperation.
* HappyFunBall: The Ring.
** ''Warning: Prolonged use of the One Ring may cause one to become obsessive compulsive, immortal, or schizophrenic. Finger loss may occur in certain circumstances.''
* HatePlague: The Ring.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Most obvious is the abundant use of 'queer', which is rarely used to describe something strange any more. Likewise 'gay' is used on a couple occasions to mean 'happy'. Some material also falls into SeparatedByACommonLanguage, since in parts of the world the term 'faggots' isn't any longer used to represent bundles of wood. Also, though it doesn't come up in the book, Celeborn's alternate name is the hilarious ''Teleporno'' (in Tolkien's planned but unpublished retcon of Celeborn's origin, he was not a Sindar Elf but a Teleri Elf; Celeborn is Sindarin for "silver tree", Teleporno is Telerin for the same).
** The dwarf Groin, father of Oin and Gloin, though only if you pronounce it incorrectly. The orc Shagrat.
** The song that Sam sings near the stone trolls, about Tom and the Troll, includes a nonsense word Tolkien made up: "boner". "Boner" at that time was a word meaning "error", although in said poem it seems to be just random rhyme-filler.
** There are various subtler uses as well. Aside from writing seventy years ago, Tolkien was deliberately using a slightly archaic form of the language (at least when Men and Elves, rather than Hobbits, are talking.) For instance, when Aragorn says of the Nazgûl "they are terrible!", he doesn't mean ''they are of awful quality:'' he means ''they bring terror.''
* HealingHerb: ''Athelas'' is used by Aragorn, once in a failed attempt to cure Frodo of his Morgul wound and later successfully on those affected by the Black Breath of the Witch-King.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Saruman and Denethor, via the Palantír. Sauron looked back.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Sauron himself.
--> '''Gollum:''' There are only four fingers on the [[RedRightHand Black Hand]], but they are enough.
* HealingHands: Aragorn, as well as Elrond and other powerful Elves.
* HealingPotion: Most of the 'learned' or magical cultures have something. The elves of Rivendell brew ''miruvor'' (which seems largely to restore fatigue rather than mend wounds); the Ents brew Ent-draughts meant to act as food and aid regeneration (which have an unanticipated effect when used on hobbets); the Numenoreans brought the herb ''athelas'' to Middle-Earth, though only the Dunedain still seem to know of its physical and spiritual healing qualities now. Even the Orcs have an ointment that seals wounds and a potion to renew strength, although the ointment is painful and leaves scars, while the potion is repellent in the extreme.
* HellishPupils: The Eye of Sauron is yellow and has a slitted pupil.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Aragorn shows up to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields wearing a diadem (a royal heirloom of Arnor) instead of a helmet. Averted in an early draft, though, as originally he wore a proper helmet with a crown attached.
* {{Herald}}: Gandalf, of the HarbingerOfImpendingDoom variety.
* HereThereWereDragons: To us the War of the Ring takes place in such a world. To the characters, the earlier Ages were this.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Happens briefly to Éomer during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, when he learns that his sister Éowyn, who should have been safely home in Rohan, has died (or so he believes) in the battle. Followed by UnstoppableRage.
-->"Then suddenly he beheld his sister Éowyn as she lay, and he knew her. He stood a moment as a man who is pierced in the midst of a cry by an arrow through the heart; and then his face went deathly white, and a cold fury rose in him, so that all speech failed him for a while."
** Similarly, Sam shuts down for hours upon discovering that Frodo has seemingly been killed by [[GiantSpider Shelob.]]
* HeroicLineage: Elrond and Aragorn are descended from many of the Elven and Human heroes/protagonists from earlier Ages.
** To lesser extents, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, and even Merry and Pippin.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: There are hints of adventures that the other members of the fellowship had before meeting the hobbits at Rivendell, such as Aragorn's capture of Gollum, or Gandalf's escape from the Ringwraiths. At one point Sam wonders if Gollum thinks he's the hero of his own story.
** The Appendices mention entire other battles - notably one at the Lonely Mountain - that occur completely offstage in parallel with the events of the novels.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Frodo and Sam, Gimli and Legolas, Merry and Pippin.
* HiddenElfVillage: Rivendell and Lothlórien are elf villages, although they're not "hidden" or particularly isolationist.
** The Shire, rather than any elf haven, lies closer to following this trope. Along with being generally unknown to most of the world, they also generally don't bother themselves whatsoever with outside business.
* HighFantasy: One of the most notable examples of the genre.
* HissBeforeFleeing: Grí­ma does this, along with spitting before King Théoden's feet, before returning to Isengard.
* {{Hobbits}}: While ''Literature/TheHobbit'' was, obviously, the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer,]] ''The Lord of the Rings'' was the TropeCodifier - featuring four hobbits rather than one and providing much more information about their lives and customs.
* HonourBeforeReason: The Three Hunters, who are determined to reach Merry and Pippin after their capture even if it is simply to sit down and starve with them. The various people who spared Gollum's life also apply, since letting him loose was much more dangerous than outright killing him, but in the end this illogical act pays off, since Gollum is crucial in the saving of Middle-Earth.
* HopeIsScary: Éomer's reaction to learning that Éowyn was still alive.
* TheHorde: The Orcs (at least, the original model: Saruman's Uruk-Hai are more like EliteMooks.)
* HorsingAround: Rest in peace, King Leod.
* HumansAreSpecial: Interesting twist on this, because the whole thing usually revolves around either their negative qualities or their mortality.
** From the perspective of the Elves, humans ''are'' special in that they are permitted to die and depart from the world, while Elves are immortal and, when killed, continue on as spirits.
* HydePlaysJekyll
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* IAmNotShazam: [[invoked]]The "Lord of the Ring(s)" is Sauron. People get it wrong and are corrected in the book, as well as in real life.
* IAmXSonOfY: Modern-style family names are only used in the Shire and Bree-land. Everyone else works with patronymics.
* ICallItVera: In spades...which are probably also named. Justified in that the myths that the book is based on do this as well.
* ICanStillFight: Éowyn tries this.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Mt. Doom and Mordor, among other places.
* IHaveManyNames: Gandalf, Aragorn, the Witch-King, and Sauron all have many names.
** Gandalf, called Mithrandir by the Elves, Tharkûn by Dwarves, and Olórin in the West as an example.
* [[FountainOfExpies Iconic Characters]]: "Frodo Lives!"
** Also, Gandalf, who beat out [[KingArthur Merlin]] in a "most iconic characters" poll in Britain once. And that was ''before'' the ''[[Film/LordOfTheRings films]]''...
* IgnorantOfTheCall: Sam Gamgee refuses to accept the idea that he's any kind of hero. He only regards himself as 'here to help', even when he has to shoulder the burden of TheHero a couple of times.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]]: In the films, orcs will kill and eat one of their own if there's no other food. Averted in the novels - accusing somebody of cannibalism is fighting words! - but they rather enjoy eating humans.
** [[HesJustHiding They're Just Hiding]] is Treebeard's hopeful belief regarding the Entwives, which is possibly backed up by a very, very early foreshadowing: a hobbit mentioning a "walking tree" in the north of the Shire.
* ImmortalityInducer: The One Ring can produce a BlessedWithSuck kind of immortality, as experienced by Gollum. It is also implied that any of the greater Rings of Power would have this effect on mortals, such as the nine held by the Nazgûl.
* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: Elves in Creator/JRRTolkien's works are almost invariably described as being good looking. The three best-looking females in Middle-Earth are all Elves.
* InMysteriousWays: According to Tolkien's letters, the trilogy is partially about Ilúvatar's guidance. It's only explicitly mentioned a few times, and none of [[IHaveManyNames God's names]] are ever even spoken; nevertheless, one could make a long list of the many, ''many'' suspiciously fortunate "coincidences" in the story -- some very small, but '''all''' of which lead toward Sauron's downfall and the victory of the West.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Frodo is given the task of delivering the Ring to Mount Doom [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman specifically because of this trait,]] but he actually turns out to be a deconstruction. Not only is the constant process of resisting the Ring's influence an enormous psychological and even physical burden on him, [[spoiler:he eventually succumbs to its lure after lugging it all the way across Middle-earth to Mount Doom. No one, not even Frodo, is that pure]].
* IndustrializedEvil: Isengard in particular, although Mordor shows some tendencies (and has a 4000-year head start, particularly in the 'polluting the land' area).
* InertialImpalement: This is how Sam is able to seriously wound Shelob. The book explicitly states that he hadn't the strength to pierce her hide, but her attempt to crush him added her inertia to his strength.
* InsistentTerminology: Members of the Proudfoot family of Hobbits are quite insistent that the plural form of their surname is "Proudfeet".
* InvisibleJerkass: Gollum was this when he first found the Ring.
* IShallTauntYou: Aragorn does this to Sauron by using the Palantír of Orthanc. His audacity in showing and identifying himself - and his sheer will in tearing the palantir free of Sauron's control - convince Sauron that Aragorn is the 'new Ring-lord' he's been dreading ever since the One Ring resurfaced. Sauron immediately transfers the Nazgul from Ring-search to military duties, and sends his legions from their encampments in Gorgoroth toward the West, leaving Mount Doom virtually unguarded.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Here, take this phial... and this other stuff that will be important later. YouWillKnowWhatToDo.
* ItsForABook: Excuse used by Frodo for his traveling to Bree. The fact that he ended up writing about the whole quest in a book is kind of coincidental.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne - Like crazy for Frodo, though Aragorn and Gandalf both get a bit of this as well.
* ItWasAGift: Quite a few, including that small, [[SarcasmMode completely insignificant trinket]] Bilbo gave to Frodo...
** Gandalf emphasizes the fact that Bilbo giving away his "trinket" explicitly as a gift reduced the Ring's remaining grip on him. Compare what losing the same trinket did to ''Gollum''.
--> '''Gandalf:''' Bilbo alone in history, as far as I am aware, has gone beyond talking about [willingly giving up a Ring of Power] and actually ''done'' it.
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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Frodo is given the task of delivering the Ring to Mount Doom [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman specifically because of this trait,]] but he actually turns out to be a deconstruction. Not only is the constant process of resisting the Ring's influence an enormous psychological and even physical burden on him, [[spoiler:he eventually succumbs to its lure after lugging it all the way across Middle-earth to Mount Doom. No one, not even Frodo, is that pure]].
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* HeroicBSOD:
** Happens briefly to Éomer during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, when he learns that his sister Éowyn, who should have been safely home in Rohan, has died (or so he believes) in the battle. Followed by UnstoppableRage.
-->"Then suddenly he beheld his sister Éowyn as she lay, and he knew her. He stood a moment as a man who is pierced in the midst of a cry by an arrow through the heart; and then his face went deathly white, and a cold fury rose in him, so that all speech failed him for a while."
** Similarly, Sam shuts down for hours upon discovering that Frodo has seemingly been killed by [[GiantSpider Shelob.]]
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* IgnorantOfTheCall: Sam Gamgee refuses to accept the idea that he's any kind of hero. He sees himself as "just a gardener", even while he's in the middle of slaughtering orcs and beating Shelob into paste on his way to rescue Frodo.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]]: In the films, orcs will kill and eat one of their own if there's no other food. Averted in the novels where they express disgust at the thought of eating orc-flesh, but they rather enjoy eating humans.
** [[HesJustHiding They're Just Hiding]] is Treebeard's hopeful attitude, which is possibly backed up by a hobbit mentioning a "walking tree" in the north of the Shire.
* ImmortalityInducer: This is one of the powers of the One Ring, as experienced by Gollum. It is also implied that any of the greater Rings of Power would have this effect on mortals, such as the nine held by the Nazgûl.
* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: Elves in Creator/JRRTolkien's works are almost invariably described as being good looking. The three best looking females in Middle-Earth are all Elves.
* InMysteriousWays: According to Tolkien's letters, the trilogy is partially about Ilúvatar's guidance. It's only explicitly mentioned a few times, and none of [[IHaveManyNames God's names]] are ever even spoken; nevertheless, one could make a long list of the many, ''many'' suspiciously fortunate "coincidences" in the story -- some very small, but ''ALL'' of which lead toward Sauron's downfall and the victory of the West.
* IndustrializedEvil: Mordor and Isengard.
* InertialImpalement: This is how Sam is able to seriously wound Shelob. The book explicitly states that he hadn't the strength to pierce her hide, but her forcibly falling on him did.

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* IgnorantOfTheCall: Sam Gamgee refuses to accept the idea that he's any kind of hero. He sees only regards himself as "just a gardener", 'here to help', even while he's in when he has to shoulder the middle burden of slaughtering orcs and beating Shelob into paste on his way to rescue Frodo.
TheHero a couple of times.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]]: In the films, orcs will kill and eat one of their own if there's no other food. Averted in the novels where they express disgust at the thought - accusing somebody of eating orc-flesh, cannibalism is fighting words! - but they rather enjoy eating humans.
** [[HesJustHiding They're Just Hiding]] is Treebeard's hopeful attitude, belief regarding the Entwives, which is possibly backed up by a very, very early foreshadowing: a hobbit mentioning a "walking tree" in the north of the Shire.
* ImmortalityInducer: This is one of the powers of the The One Ring, Ring can produce a BlessedWithSuck kind of immortality, as experienced by Gollum. It is also implied that any of the greater Rings of Power would have this effect on mortals, such as the nine held by the Nazgûl.
* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: Elves in Creator/JRRTolkien's works are almost invariably described as being good looking. The three best looking best-looking females in Middle-Earth are all Elves.
* InMysteriousWays: According to Tolkien's letters, the trilogy is partially about Ilúvatar's guidance. It's only explicitly mentioned a few times, and none of [[IHaveManyNames God's names]] are ever even spoken; nevertheless, one could make a long list of the many, ''many'' suspiciously fortunate "coincidences" in the story -- some very small, but ''ALL'' '''all''' of which lead toward Sauron's downfall and the victory of the West.
* IndustrializedEvil: Isengard in particular, although Mordor and Isengard.
shows some tendencies (and has a 4000-year head start, particularly in the 'polluting the land' area).
* InertialImpalement: This is how Sam is able to seriously wound Shelob. The book explicitly states that he hadn't the strength to pierce her hide, but her forcibly falling on attempt to crush him did.added her inertia to his strength.



* IShallTauntYou: Aragorn does this to Sauron by using the Palantír of Orthanc to show him Andúril (the sword that cut the ring from Sauron's hand), hoping to provoke Sauron into mobilizing his forces before they're fully ready. [[spoiler: It works.]]

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* IShallTauntYou: Aragorn does this to Sauron by using the Palantír of Orthanc to show him Andúril (the sword that cut Orthanc. His audacity in showing and identifying himself - and his sheer will in tearing the ring from palantir free of Sauron's hand), hoping to provoke control - convince Sauron into mobilizing that Aragorn is the 'new Ring-lord' he's been dreading ever since the One Ring resurfaced. Sauron immediately transfers the Nazgul from Ring-search to military duties, and sends his forces before they're fully ready. [[spoiler: It works.]]legions from their encampments in Gorgoroth toward the West, leaving Mount Doom virtually unguarded.



* ItsForABook: Excuse used by Frodo for his traveling to Bree. Not to mention, of course, the fact that he ended up writing about the whole quest in a book.

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* ItsForABook: Excuse used by Frodo for his traveling to Bree. Not to mention, of course, the The fact that he ended up writing about the whole quest in a book.book is kind of coincidental.



** Of course, the fact that Bilbo gave away his "trinket" explicitly as a gift meant it kept very little hold on his mind after it left his possession. Compare what losing the same trinket did to ''Gollum''.

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** Of course, Gandalf emphasizes the fact that Bilbo gave giving away his "trinket" explicitly as a gift meant it kept very little hold reduced the Ring's remaining grip on his mind after it left his possession. him. Compare what losing the same trinket did to ''Gollum''.''Gollum''.
--> '''Gandalf:''' Bilbo alone in history, as far as I am aware, has gone beyond talking about [willingly giving up a Ring of Power] and actually ''done'' it.
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* HealingPotion: The Uruk-hai use this with Merry. It tastes awful, of course, but it gives him enough energy to keep up without being dragged.
** The steam of boiled ''athelas'' deserves a mention here as well. It's particularly powerful when used by Aragorn.
** There's also ''miruvor'' which is a cordial of Elven-brew that peps you up significantly.

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* HealingPotion: Most of the 'learned' or magical cultures have something. The Uruk-hai use this with Merry. It tastes awful, elves of course, but it gives him enough energy Rivendell brew ''miruvor'' (which seems largely to keep up without being dragged.
** The steam of boiled
restore fatigue rather than mend wounds); the Ents brew Ent-draughts meant to act as food and aid regeneration (which have an unanticipated effect when used on hobbets); the Numenoreans brought the herb ''athelas'' deserves a mention here as well. It's particularly powerful when used by Aragorn.
** There's also ''miruvor'' which is a cordial
to Middle-Earth, though only the Dunedain still seem to know of Elven-brew its physical and spiritual healing qualities now. Even the Orcs have an ointment that peps you up significantly.seals wounds and a potion to renew strength, although the ointment is painful and leaves scars, while the potion is repellent in the extreme.



** To lesser extents, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, and even Pippin.

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** To lesser extents, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, and even Merry and Pippin.



* HiddenElfVillage: Rivendell, Lothlórien.
** Though interestingly enough, the Shire rather than any elf haven is the closest to this example. Along with being generally unknown to most of the world, they also generally don't bother themselves whatsoever with outside business.

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* HiddenElfVillage: Rivendell, Lothlórien.
Rivendell and Lothlórien are elf villages, although they're not "hidden" or particularly isolationist.
** Though interestingly enough, the Shire The Shire, rather than any elf haven is the closest haven, lies closer to following this example.trope. Along with being generally unknown to most of the world, they also generally don't bother themselves whatsoever with outside business.



* {{Hobbits}}: [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] and TropeCodifier

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* {{Hobbits}}: While ''Literature/TheHobbit'' was, obviously, the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] Namer,]] ''The Lord of the Rings'' was the TropeCodifier - featuring four hobbits rather than one and TropeCodifierproviding much more information about their lives and customs.



* TheHorde: Orcs

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* TheHorde: OrcsThe Orcs (at least, the original model: Saruman's Uruk-Hai are more like EliteMooks.)
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* GoodHurtsEvil: Shout ''A Elbereth, Gilthoniel'' at a Nazgûl and watch them writhe in agony.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Frodo makes it very clear to Gollum that he is well aware that Gollum is trying to think of a way to betray the hobbits and take back the ring. Sam is surprised at this because he had assumed Frodo was far too good a person to be able to understand deception and treachery. Sam admits that he (and probably Gollum as well) "had confused kindness with blindness."

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* GoodHurtsEvil: Shout ''A Elbereth, Gilthoniel'' at a Nazgûl and watch them writhe in agony.
wince.
* GoodIsNotDumb: While they plot to enter Mordor, Frodo makes it very clear explains to Gollum that he is well aware that Gollum is trying to think of a way to betray the hobbits and take back the ring.has treachery in mind. Sam is surprised at this because he had assumed Frodo was far too good a person to be able to understand deception and treachery. Sam admits that he (and probably Gollum as well) "had confused kindness with blindness."
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** Also, Frodo threatening Gollum with death in the Fire if he ever betrays the Ringbearer.

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** Also, Frodo threatening Frodo, the archetypal NiceGuy, shows signs of this as his responsibility to the world - and the burden of the Ring - grows on him. At one point Gollum with death begs Frodo to 'go away, go to nice places, and give it to little Smeagol.'
--> '''Frodo:''' Do not let that thought grow
in you!... In the Fire if he ever betrays last need, Smeagol, I should ''put on'' the Ringbearer.Precious; and the Precious mastered you long ago. If I, wearing it, were to command you, you ''would'' obey, [[CassandraTruth even if it were to leap a precipice or to cast yourself into the fire.]] And such ''would'' be my command.
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* GoOutWithASmile: Boromir did.

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* GoOutWithASmile: Boromir did.smiled... But Boromir did not speak again.
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* GoBackToTheSource: Frodo returning the One Ring to Mordor, its place of creation, in order to destroy it,

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* GoBackToTheSource: Frodo returning the One Ring to Mordor, its place of creation, in order to destroy it,it.
* GoOutWithASmile: Boromir did.
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* GondorCallsForAid: ...in the {{Backstory}}. The TropeNamer is film-only; Rohan and Gondor are long allies because of a straight play of the trope several hundred years ago (which results in Rohan and Gondor being treaty-bound to act as TheCavalry for each other in the present day) and Theoden answers right away. The only doubt for the Gondorians results from the question of whether Rohan will get there in enough time and force to break the siege; that, and the messenger who got Theoden's reply was killed before he could tell Denethor that the Rohirrim were coming (which adds to Denethor's defeatism).
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