The final installment in the Middle-Earth saga, [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312), may have been released, but that's not all J.R.R. Tolkien had to offer!
Expand your Middle-Earth knowledge and take a look at these awesome Middle-Earth facts you may not have known:
1. Dwarves are mortal but awesome!
Though they are mortal, Dwarves have very long life spans, ranging from 150-250 years. In addition they are incredibly strong and resistant to diseases!
2. The Hobbit book had a distinct lack of women
In fact, there isn't a single female character in The Hobbit! The only woman mentioned by name is Bilbo's mother, Belladonna Took. Peter Jackson tried to even the score a little in The Hobbit film trilogy by introducing Evangeline Lilly's character, Tauriel, and bringing back Galadriel.
3. Arwen and Aragorn are related!?!
Don't panic though, yes Arwen and Aragorn are cousins...63 times removed. Aragorn is a descendant of Elros, who was Elrond's brother. Because Elros and Elrond had human ancestry they could choose if they wanted human or elven lives. Elros chose to be human, while Elrond obviously remained an elf.
4. There is a being more evil than Sauron
Yes, although Sauron was the Dark Lord, he was actually the second Dark Lord after Melkor. Melkor (later called Morgoth) originally started as an Ainur, an immortal spirit. However, he later claimed the world for himself, and is the being from which all evil in Middle-Earth ultimately stems.
5. The Balrog and the wizards of Middle-Earth are related
In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Gandalf and Durin's Bane, the huge Balrog, do battle in the depths of Moria. But the Balrog and Gandalf are actually related, having both been Maiar, spirits which came to help shape the world. However the Belrogs were corrupted by the first Dark Lord, Melkor, as was another Maia, Saruman.
6. Galadriel is old, like REALLY old
Aside from Maiar like Gandalf and Sauron, Galadriel is the oldest living creature in Middle-Earth at the end of the Third Age. She is the third generation of elves born on Middle-Earth. She is so old she predates the sun and moon which makes it hard to give her an age at all, seeing as the concept of years is meaningless without the sun!
7. After Samwise returned from the quest with Frodo he went into politics!
Sam was elected Mayor of the Shire an impressive seven consecutive times for 7-year terms! I guess he was a pretty popular politician, but then again, in his quest with Frodo he more than proved that he could be trusted!