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The '''Authorities''' are a group mentioned fleetingly in [[The Lord of the Rings Prologue]], regarding the [[Riddle-game]] between [[Bilbo Baggins]] and [[Gollum]].
 
The '''Authorities''' are a group mentioned fleetingly in [[The Lord of the Rings Prologue]], regarding the [[Riddle-game]] between [[Bilbo Baggins]] and [[Gollum]].
  
Considering that the rules of the Game were sacred, it's possible that the Authorities was another name for the [[Valar]].
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Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien News & Articles
 
Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien News & Articles
 
|author=[[Michael Martinez]]}}; note that the reference is wrong, as the Authorities aren't mentioned in ''[[Riddles in the Dark]]''.</ref><ref>{{HM|Guide}}, entry "Authorities", according to information from [[Dick Plotz]].</ref>
 
|author=[[Michael Martinez]]}}; note that the reference is wrong, as the Authorities aren't mentioned in ''[[Riddles in the Dark]]''.</ref><ref>{{HM|Guide}}, entry "Authorities", according to information from [[Dick Plotz]].</ref>

Latest revision as of 12:13, 14 April 2019

"The Authorities, it is true, differ whether this last question was a mere ‘question’ and not a ‘riddle’ according to the strict rules of the Game."
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The Authorities are a group mentioned fleetingly in The Lord of the Rings Prologue, regarding the Riddle-game between Bilbo Baggins and Gollum.

Considering that the rules of the Game were sacred, it's possible that the Authorities was another name for the Valar.[2][3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Of the Finding of the Ring"
  2. Michael Martinez, "Are There Any Christian Themes in The Hobbit?", Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien News & Articles (accessed 28 January 2020); note that the reference is wrong, as the Authorities aren't mentioned in Riddles in the Dark.
  3. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Authorities", according to information from Dick Plotz.