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The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
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      the character Gimli from Lord of the Rings
Dominic Monaghan as Merry (left) and John Rhys-Davies as Gimli
   
Author and History

    British ruins
Grimspound ruins, Dartmoor National Park, England
 
   Jussi Juovinen
Finnish rune singer Jussi Juovinen
   
Language and Culture
    J.R.R. Tolkien
Author J.R.R. Tolkien
 
   door to Moria
The door to the Mines of Moria
   
Myths and Storytelling

    runes on a stone
Viking-era carvings on Sweden's Sigurd Rock
 
   Aragorn
Aragorn, played by Viggo Mortensen
   
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    Gandalf the wizard
Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen