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Lord of the Rings - Races

Name the race of these LOTR and Hobbit characters.
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Last updated: November 6, 2016
First submittedMay 7, 2014
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Character
Race
Frodo Baggins
Hobbit
Legolas Greenleaf
Elf
Gimli
Dwarf
Aragorn II
Men
Gandalf
Wizard
Ugluk
Uruk-Hai
Shagrat
Orc
Smaug
Dragon
Character
Race
Gwaihir the Windlord
Eagle
Shelob
Giant Spider
Durin's Bane
Balrog
The Witch-King of Angmar
Nazgûl
Shadowfax
Mearas
Treebeard
Ent
William, Bert, Tom
Troll
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level 73
May 27, 2014
ok, so my nerd is going to show here...sorta...Isn't Aragorn a Dunedain? Or is that a subclass of men? Same goes for the Nazgul. Aren't they men as well? Or was that their race before Sauron basically sucked out their soul?
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level 62
May 27, 2014
Aragorn is a Dunedain, but thats a subclass, I think, same that Legolas is a Silvan elf. And you'll have to ask Tolkein about the Nazgul :-)
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level 32
Nov 13, 2014
Aragorn being a Dunedain is like a human being German, its just more like species i guess including all races as humans. Nazgul are not men, because of what Sauron did to them they no longer are men because they are not living. Quote from the movie (I think) - {Frodo} "Who are they?" {Aragorn} "They are the Nazgul, Ringwraiths, neither living nor dead." This suggests a whole different race in my opinion. So in other words I am basing my statement off this quote from the movie.
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level 77
Jun 1, 2014
I wouldn't really classify the Nazgul as a "race" either, but I knew what the answer was so wasn't going to complain about it...
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level 25
May 9, 2015
Nazgul is as related to men as orcs are to elves. They came from the same, but are totally different.
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level 77
Aug 27, 2017
But they're not a race. There are only nine of them. They don't reproduce. They are just men who were magically turned into wraiths. It would be like... saying humans who have been mummified are a different race... or transgender people are a different race... they're still humans.
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level 37
Jun 1, 2014
saying that Aragorn is a Dunedain is like saying a man from Buffalo is a New Yorker, He is still of the race of Men. Nazgul aren't really a race as much as something neither living nor dead. They could be their own little race due to that fact, but that's a stretch.
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level 28
Jun 1, 2014
You cant really put them in the same league
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level 77
Jun 11, 2014
couldn't it also be like calling a man from China "Asian?" Most people consider that a race.
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level 62
Apr 7, 2016
But race pretty much means species in fantasy.
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level 52
Jun 1, 2014
Dunedain just means "men of the west."
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level 8
Jun 3, 2014
Nazgul are not a race, they are a dark leigon of mordor they should be classed as men or some sort of dark tainted men?
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level 54
Oct 31, 2014
If you're going to claim "dark and tainted" as not separate, then (going by Tolkien's posthumously-released 'canon', admittedly he never specified directly while alive) orcs wouldn't be separate from elves. Perhaps trolls wouldn't be considered different from ents (although that is more ambiguous than the orc/elf thing).
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level 77
Aug 27, 2017
Can you make orcs from other orcs or do they always have to come from elves? If you need elves in order to make orcs I think you'd be right.
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level 36
Nov 13, 2015
Er Ultra Nerd here. Smaug, William, Bert, Tom are from the hobbit not LOTR. SORRY (-:
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level 69
Sep 26, 2017
But the trolls appear in LOTR, and Smaug is mentioned. :)
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level 69
Feb 23, 2017
I think the Nazgul can be considered corrupted men, in a similar way that orcs are corrupted elves. It's not quite the same, since the Nazgul are obviously far more powerful, but yeah. I can see the argument for calling them "men" though, especially since the individual Nazgul were originally men, whereas orcs/trolls etc were created over generations.
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level 40
May 4, 2017
Being a Dunedain just means a long lived man being a descendant of Elendil
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level 66
Feb 16, 2018
Dunedain are not the same as normal men, they are taller and can live for centuries.
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level 64
May 28, 2014
No goblins?
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level 62
May 28, 2014
Do you know any examples beside the Great Goblin, which is kind of a giveaway?
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level 36
Jun 1, 2014
Goblins are the same as orcs. He just referred to them as goblins in the Hobbit and orcs in the rest of the Legendarium
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level 60
Jun 1, 2014
Azog http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Azog
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level 69
Jan 9, 2015
What Geoguy says. In Tolkien's world, orcs and goblins are two names for the same race.
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level 55
May 28, 2019
I would agree. I have seen the movies but read Hobbit and Fellowship first. In The Hobbit, Goblin is used exclusively with one or two mentions of "hobgoblins". In the Lord of the Rings series, the term goblin is rarely used and orc is used for creatures of a similar description. I am not well versed in lore in any way, but I hope that helps clear up some confusion
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level 77
Jun 1, 2014
I had to luck up Dunedain to make sure I was spelling it correctly. Then I realized you just wanted "man."
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level 36
Jun 1, 2014
Great quiz, although way too easy. If you want some VERY, and I do mean very hard LotR quizzes, click on my account.
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level 62
Jun 1, 2014
Interested in more LOTR quizzes? I've got a bunch of others including an entire 'Lord of the Rings by letter' series.
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level 49
Jun 1, 2014
I wish you'd be more charitable on the spelling of "Uruk-Hai".
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level 28
Jun 1, 2014
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level 58
Jun 3, 2014
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
No. Shouldn't.
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level 68
Jun 30, 2014
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level 62
Apr 7, 2016
It's pretty much phonetic.
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level 43
Jun 7, 2016
+1 again
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level 73
Jun 1, 2014
i got 1...no interest in this mass appeal series
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level 79
Jun 2, 2014
Your loss!
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level 80
Jun 3, 2014
You mean the mass appeal series based on books that have sold over 100 million copies, well before the movies ever saw the light of day?
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
WHAT?????
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level 62
Apr 7, 2016
A series that appeals to literature snobs, fantasy nerds and action movie fans alike? What the hell do you like?
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level 76
Sep 22, 2017
Apparently if the masses like it, it can't be good. I suggest you also stay away from C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, the bible, and Mother Goose.
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level 62
Jun 2, 2014
That was incredibly easy...
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level 14
Jun 3, 2014
I got 13/15 but still, I'm pretty sure a 'wizard' is not a race
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level 77
Jun 11, 2014
in LotR it's not a profession. Gandalf and Sauruman etc are not men. They are a distinct race. Though I guess the guy above who said they are Maia or whatever is probably correct.
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
They are indeed of the Maiar. Saruman was once called Curumo or Curunír, and he served with Aulë the Smith. Gandalf was called Olórin or Mithrandir, and he was under the tutelage of Nienna, the patron of mercy. Radagast was called Aiwendil, and there were two Blue Wizards mentioned in passing, but never appearing personally, called Alatar and Pallando. Gandalf also held the third of the Elven-rings, Narya, the Ring of Fire, given to him by Círdan the Shipwright. Sauron was also a Maia, being as well with Aulë before his corruption by Melkor, or Morgoth in the Sindarin tongue, as well as his demons of flame and shadow, the Balrogs, or Úmaiar in Quenya. Maiar is also from the Quenya tongue. Yes, I'm an LOTR geek. XD
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level 23
Jun 10, 2016
Using maiar wouldn't really work though as the Balrog were also Maiar for that matter.
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level 32
Nov 13, 2014
I got to say this quiz gets one important thing right. The balrog Gandalf fights in the Mines of Moria is a part of a race of balrogs. Most people think that that Balrog is a special being one-of-a-kind but truthfully that very balrog is one of the very few who survived from the early days of middle earth. No I'm not making this up, listen closely to Gandalf in the Mines of Moria scene, I think one of his sentences gives it all away.
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level 62
Apr 7, 2016
I thought that was pretty clear from the balrog being described as "a balrog".
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level 23
Jun 10, 2016
Well, if you ever read the books than you'd know that Balrogs are a made up race, just like Orcs, Uruks, Uruk-Hai and Trolls. Orcs and Uruks come from Elves. Uruk-Hai come from Orcs and Men. Trolls come from Ents. Last but not least, Balrogs come from Maia (Just like Gandalf, Saruman and even Sauron)
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level 66
Feb 16, 2018
Technically Gandalf and Balrogs are both Maiar.
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level 39
Aug 2, 2015
You should also accept Valaraukar for Balrog.
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level 15
Apr 18, 2016
I couldnt spell Uruk Hai. Allow Uruk Kai or Urukai
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level 62
Mar 2, 2017
My hairdresser's cousin is the actor who played Uruk-hai leader Lurtz. She looks a bit like him too!
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level 46
Jun 3, 2016
Good quiz :) You can also try this one (with #2 available): http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/134042/tolkien-mythology-chain-quiz
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level 82
Jul 10, 2016
For some reason I kept wondering what special race Tom Bombadil was but then who were William and Bert?
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level 28
Sep 22, 2017
They're the three trolls the group encounters in The Hobbit
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level 62
Mar 2, 2017
Cool quiz.
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level 39
Jul 24, 2017
Was stumped for a minute on Gandalf. I kept trying Maiar
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level 45
Sep 22, 2017
aren't uruk-hai just a class of orc?
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level 73
Sep 22, 2017
You might also like my "LOTR: Who's your daddy quiz": https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/102112/lotr-whos-your-daddy
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level 28
Sep 22, 2017
Numenorean is definitely a different race. They have different mental powers, live 2-3 times as long as regular men, and are generally described as being fundamentally different/superior (because of their elf blood)
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level 53
Oct 1, 2017
You're on the right track, but Numenoreans (whose descendants include the Dunedain) are still considered Men. When Earendil's two sons were given the choice of being Elves or Men, Elrond chose to be an Elf while Elros chose to be a Man. Elros then became the first King of Numenor. Yet while he was a mortal, he and his descendants were in fact granted longer lives than other Men.
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level 66
Feb 16, 2018
Some of them have elven blood, but I think they were mostly normal men changed by Eru as a reward for fighting Morgoth in the first age.
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level 43
Sep 24, 2017
Gandalf and Durin's Bane are Ainur by race and Maiar by culture.
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level 23
Jul 10, 2018
That is just not true
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level 52
Dec 19, 2017
Curious - what "race" is Tom Bombadil?
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level 76
Jan 20, 2018
I don't think anyone knows what Tom Bombadil is to be honest.
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level 67
Feb 16, 2018
If I recall right, Tolkien states that old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow; bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow.
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level 53
Mar 14, 2018
Way too much time, to be honest.
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level 71
Apr 4, 2018
Maybe also accept "Stone Troll" for "Troll" since not every troll turns to stone in daylight (which Wiliam Bert & Tom do)
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level 75
Apr 4, 2018
Harry Potter is much better ;)
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level 63
Jun 10, 2018
Elrond as a half-elf could be added in here
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level 23
Jul 10, 2018
Peredhil
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level 23
Jul 10, 2018
Legolas' surname is not Greenleaf, it is his names translation from Sindarin, and as such is only ever used once by Gandalf as an epithet, not a name or title.
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level 45
Apr 23, 2019
Great Quiz, but just to nitpick, Balrogs and wizards are not really races, but if they were, they would be the same race (Maiar or Ainur). Uruk hai are not a separate race from orcs, they are still orcs. As has been mentioned, Nazgul are not a race, they are wraiths (Just as zombies, skeletons, barrow wights, ghosts, etc. are not races).
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level 26
May 28, 2019
Great. A few nitpicks though... Gandalf is a human. Wizard is an occupation. Also, aren't Nazgul former men?