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Lord of The Rings Trivia #1
Note: this is based on the books. The Hobbit is included in this quiz; the Silmarillion is not.
Please use the British spelling of words. The American spellings of words such as color will yield incorrect answers.
Last updated: March 7, 2013
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May 1, 2012
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What was the answer to Bilbo's final 'riddle'?
The One Ring
During the time in which The Hobbit is set, Sauron resides here
Bilbo greets Gandalf with this simple phrase, yet Gandalf questions its exact meaning
How many rings of power were given to the dwarves?
How many rings of power were given to the elves?
How many rings of power were given to men?
Treebeard is known by two names. What is the other?
Originally called Saruman the White
Saruman of Many Colours
The Hobbits find their first swords here
The Barrow-downs (or Tyrn Gorthad)
It is a Bywater joke to refer to Bag End/Bagshot Row as this
This began in TA 2911
Glamdring (or Beater)
Tom Bombadil saves the hobbits from this tree
Old Man Willow
The full inscription on the ring
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
The Two Towers
Jun 11, 2012
Damn, I thought people would do better on this quiz. I guess people were expecting stuff from the movies...
Jul 6, 2014
No, it was just a really hard quiz. I've read both the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit multiple times, and didn't remember several of the specific details included in this quiz.
Sep 30, 2012
I always loved that "good morning" bit.
Apr 22, 2013
From Wikipedia: In letters to Rayner Unwin Tolkien considered naming the two as Orthanc and Barad-dûr, Minas Tirith and Barad-dûr, or Orthanc and the Tower of Cirith Ungol. However, a month later he wrote a note published at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring and later drew a cover illustration which both identified the pair as Minas Morgul and Orthanc.
Jun 8, 2014
It's a grey area which two towers are the actual "two towers", as I'm fairly sure that Tolkein never explicitly said so. I remember Peter Jackson talking in the film appendices about it as well, at one point, saying that it was a grey area. I think many people assume it is Orthanc and Barad Dur, because in the films, Saruman talks about the "Union of the Two Towers" whilst the camera is panning up Barad-dur, and obviously Saruman is in Orthanc... The two towers could equally be any of the others that people have mentioned (Cirith Ungol, etc) so I'd accept multiple answers, or just remove the question altogether.
Feb 12, 2015
I'm not keen on that Saruman question. At one point he says "I am Saruman of Many Colours", and Gandalf remarks, "I prefer White". It's not like everybody refers to Saruman throughout the remainder of the book as "Saruman of Many Colours". If we're looking for a different name for Saruman, I would have hoped Sharkey would have worked, particularly when that's mentioned in another question which I also thought was unfair for different reasons.
Feb 28, 2015
I might edit that question slightly so the answer is either different or more obvious.
Jun 24, 2015
Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul - doesn't seem to work!
Dec 9, 2015
Oct 16, 2017
Yeah, that's what I typed too, and ran out of time.
Feb 13, 2018
"saruman of many colors" did not work...sorry for speaking American, I guess.
Dec 6, 2018
Yeah, me too.
Dec 4, 2018
The Elves crafted their own rings (see The Silmarillion): Sauron did not give them any.
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