The Lord of the Rings Quiz

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One quiz to rule them all... Are you a master of Middle-earth lore?

When Bilbo leaves the Shire, what is his destination?

In Tolkien’s books, Rivendell, the home of Elrond, is known also as Imladris and The Last Homely House East of the Sea. Bilbo first visited Rivendell during the events of "The Hobbit."

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How old is Bilbo at the beginning of "The Fellowship of the Ring"?

Bilbo is celebrating his “eleventy-first” birthday. In Tolkien’s novel, readers learn that Bilbo and Frodo share the same birthdate, September 22.

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What name does Aragorn use when traveling as a Ranger?

Aragorn travels as Strider. Sam, however, does call Aragorn “Longshanks.”

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What shattered relic of Isildur’s victory over Sauron eventually came to Rivendell?

The sword Narsil originally belonged to Isildur’s father, Elendil. In Rivendell, the elves forged Narsil’s swords into Andúril, the sword Aragon wields during the Battle of the Black Gate.

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With what opponent does Gandalf do battle on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm?

Gandalf battles, and apparently falls to, a Balrog (or a “demon of might”). As his comrades later learn, however, Gandalf actually defeats it.

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Why is Gandalf unable to meet the hobbits at the Prancing Pony?

Saruman imprisons Gandalf atop his tower, Orthanc. In both the book and Peter Jackson’s film adaption, a mighty eagle carries Gandalf away; in the book, however, Gandalf does not actively summon the eagle.

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Who declares, when Frodo offers her the Ring, “All shall love me and despair!”?

Galadriel is tempted by Frodo’s offer of the Ring, but resists. “I pass the test,” she says in the book. “I will diminish, and go into the West and remain Galadriel.”

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Why does Gollum call the Ring his birthday present?

How Gollum, when he was still called Smeagol, demanded the Ring from Deagol, and ultimately killed him for it, was depicted onscreen at the beginning of "The Return of the King."

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In Peter Jackson’s film of "The Fellowship of the Ring," who rescues Frodo at the ford?

Arwen, Elrond’s daughter and Aragorn’s beloved, defends and rescues Frodo at the ford in the film. In the book, Glorfindel, a male Elf-lord, leads Strider and the other hobbits in driving the Ringwraiths into the water. which Elrond and Gandalf make look like horses).

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The Fellowship sees the tomb of which dwarf or dwarves in Moria?

The company finds Balin’s tomb. They also find a written record of how goblins attacked and destroyed the dwarf colony in Moria.

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Why is Denethor convinced Gondor is doomed in the war against Sauron?

Having seen, through the palantir (or seeing stone), Sauron’s forces massing in Mordor, Denethor despairs of Gondor’s fate.

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Who breaks Wormtongue’s influence over King Théoden?

After he returns as Gandalf the White, the wizard breaks the apathy and despair in which Wormtongue, through his deceptive counsel, has snared Rohan’s king.

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What creature has Sam always longed to see, that he finally sees in battle?

Oliphaunts are larger than the beasts we know as elephants, "as big as a house, "according to Sam. Tolkien derived the name from an archaic word for the pachyderms we know.

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Which of these characters kills the Lord of the Nazgûl, whom prophecy says no man can kill?

Éowyn kills the Witch-king, declaring as she reveals herself, “I am no man!”

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To whom is Gandalf referring: “My heart tells me that ____ has some part to play yet, for good or ill..."?

Gandalf refers to Gollum. "It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand," he tells Frodo. "The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many."

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What is the most important part Gollum unwittingly plays in fulfilling the quest?

During his struggle with Frodo, Gollum bites off the hobbit’s finger. He then falls into the fiery Cracks of Doom, taking the finger, the Ring still on it, with him. It was important to Tolkien that readers understood Frodo failed in the quest, and that victory came in this unlikely way.

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Which actor provided the voice of Treebeard the Ent in the film of "The Two Towers"?

John Rhys-Davies' other famous roles include Sallah in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and Maximillian in the series "Sliders."

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At the Council of Elrond, what does Boromir suggest be done with the Ring?

Not appreciating the Ring’s corrupting influence, Boromir suggests using it to save Gondor and the West from Sauron, calling it “a gift to the foes of Mordor.”

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Whom does Boromir die defending?

Boromir dies trying to defend Merry and Pippin from the orcs who capture them. As Boromir dies, Aragorn tells him he has kept his honor.

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What oath does Gollum make to assure Frodo and Sam of his loyalty when they capture him?

When Gollum swears on the Ring, Frodo warns him the Ring is treacherous, and will hold him to his oath, thus foreshadowing the part Gollum will play in the achievement of the quest to destroy the Ring.

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What sight to the hobbits and Gollum see as they pass through the Dead Marshes?

They see the fallen dead from a long-ago battle and what Gollum, in Tolkien’s text, calls “candles of corpses.” Tolkien suggested the scene came from his memory of seeing army comrades in World War I dead where they lay after the Battle of the Somme.

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Where do the people of Rohan make a stand against the forces of evil in the film of "The Two Towers"?

The people defend Helm’s Deep against Saruman’s orcs. In the movie, but not in Tolkien’s text, elves join the men of Rohan in defending the fortress.

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Why does Elrond oppose Arwen’s relationship with Aragorn?

“Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time,” Elrond warns Arwen, “Aragorn will die. And there will be no comfort for you. No comfort to ease the pain of his passing.”

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How are Faramir and Boromir related?

Boromir and Faramir are the sons of Denethor, steward of Gondor. In the films, Faramir is very concerned to prove his worth to his father, who clearly favors Boromir.

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How does Faramir learn of Boromir’s death?

In Tolkien’s book, Faramir hears Boromir’s horn blow (when Boromir is fighting orcs); days later, Faramir says he “saw, or it seemed that [he] saw,” the boat in which his dead brother lay. Cut from the initial release of "The Two Towers" movie, a scene of Faramir and the boat was restored for the extended edition.

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From whom does Gandalf learn of Sauron’s plan to attack Minas Tirith?

Gandalf calls Pippin’s peek into the palantir “strangely fortunate. Pippin saw… a glimpse of the enemy's plan. Sauron moves to strike the city of Minas Tirith.”

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In the film of "The Return of the King," how does Gollum make Frodo think Sam is untrustworthy?

Gollum makes it appear as though Sam has eaten the remaining lembas bread. While not in Tolkien’s text, the incident effectively dramatizes the enmity between Gollum and Sam.

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Which of these plot elements was inspired by Tolkien’s fascination with "Macbeth"?

Tolkien always felt disappointed Shakespeare did not provide a literal fulfillment of the line in "Macbeth,""until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come," so he had great trees literally march on their enemy in his story.

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To whom does the title, "The Lord of the Rings," refer?

Sauron is the title character. In Tolkien’s text, Frodo entitles his account of events "The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King."

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In the book "The Fellowship of the Ring," Gandalf quotes a poem in reference to Aragorn. Which of these is that poem’s first line?

The poem begins, “All that is gold does not glitter.” In Peter Jackson’s films, it is not heard until "The Return of the King," when Arwen recites its second stanza. In Tolkien’s text, Bilbo tells Frodo he wrote the poem.

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Who claims, “A day may come when the courage of men fails, but it is not this day”?

Aragorn uses these words to rally his forces before battle outside the Black Gate of Mordor.

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Who is the “she” to whom Gollum refers at the end of the film of "The Two Towers"?

When Gollum says “she could do it” (that is, kill the hobbits), he is referring to the giant spider, Shelob. Tolkien said the name “Shelob” was simply derived from an archaic word for spider, “lob,” joined to the singular female pronoun.

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What are Gandalf’s final words to the Fellowship before he falls from the bridge in Moria?

“Fly, you fools!” Earlier in their confrontation on the bridge, Gandalf tells the Balrog, “You shall not pass!”

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J.R.R. Tolkien referred to himself and his wife as what legendary lovers from Middle-earth?

The headstone of the couple’s grave refers to the author as Beren and his wife, Edith, as Lúthien. In both the book and the extended version of "The Fellowship of the Rings" film, Aragorn sings a song about Beren and Lúthien. Their tale parallels his romance with Arwen, for Lúthien. Like Arwen, Lúthien gave up immortality to be with her mortal love.

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What word or phrase must one speak to enter the Doors of Durin?

One must speak "mellon," the Sindarin word meaning “friend,” as the Doors’ riddling inscription instructs: “Pedo mellon a minno” (“Speak friend and enter”).

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