From Bilbo to Boromir: 'The Lord of the Rings' Characters Quiz


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Tolkien fans, step right up to test your knowledge of characters from "The Lord of the Rings" with this Balrog-bashing, Nazgul-slaying quiz. Film fans and novel readers alike will be delighted and amazed!

Which character acts as Sauron's spokesman and only appears in the extended cut of the film and the novels?

The Mouth of Sauron emerges from the Black Gate of Mordor to convince Aragorn and Gandalf to surrender to Sauron. They don’t surrender.


Which character never arrives late or early, but precisely when he means to?

Gandalf's well-known line about wizards is from the film but does not appear in the novel.


Which characters are the two youngest members of the Fellowship of the Ring?

Merry and Pippin are young hobbits — in fact, Pippin isn't really considered an adult at age 28.


Which member of the Fellowship tries to take the One Ring from Frodo at Parth Galen?

Boromir is tempted by the power of the Ring but immediately regrets it.


Which character has never appeared in any film or animated adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings"?

The hobbits' misadventure and meeting with Tom Bombadil seems tangential to the main story and therefore has been omitted from every adaptation made (though some Tolkien fans will argue he's more important than he seems).


Which character once owned the One Ring, obtaining it by murdering his cousin?

Gollum was once a hobbit named Smeagol. He killed his cousin, who found the ring in the Gladden River.


Which character helps Theoden and the riders of Rohan reach Minas Tirith in time for the Battle of the Pelennor Fields? (He doesn’t appear in the film version.)

Ghan-buri-Ghan is something of an unfortunate "noble savage" stereotype.


Galadriel is the ruler of what Elven realm?

Galadriel lived in Caras Galadhon within Lothlorien.


Who is Galadriel's husband?

Galadriel is married to Celeborn. Incidentally, it's pronounced "Keleborn."


What prominent Elf character is Galadriel and Celeborn's granddaughter?

Galadriel and Celeborn's daughter married Elrond, and Arwen is Elrond's daughter, making Galadriel and Celeborn Arwen's proud grandparents.


How old is Bilbo when he leaves the Shire?

Bilbo is long-lived for a hobbit, partly thanks to the One Ring. It's his eleventy-first (111th) birthday party when he leaves.


Who is the king of Rohan?

Theoden is the ruler of Rohan, although Eomer takes over the throne at the end of "The Return of the King" when Theoden is killed.


True or false: Denethor is the king of Gondor.

When the ruling line died out, Gondor was instead ruled by stewards. Although the stewardship was passed on hereditarily, they weren't true kings.


Who is Boromir's brother?

The people of Middle-earth have a thing for rhyming sibling names — Faramir is Boromir's brother.


Treebeard is what kind of creature?

Treebeard is an Ent.


What hobbit helped Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin by staying behind at Frodo's house in case Gandalf came and putting off nosy hobbits wondering why Frodo left?

Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger is almost completely cut from the films, but he is an important part of the "hobbit conspiracy" in the novels.


What is the leader of the Nazgul called?

Earlier in the Third Age, the Lord of the Nazgul fought against the northern kingdoms of Men as ruler of Angmar, where he got his name. His true name is never mentioned.


Who is the head of the White Council?

Saruman the White is the leader of the White Council, a group operating mostly behind the scenes to gather information on and defeat the rise of Sauron.


Who is nicknamed "Evenstar"?

Arwen is called "Evenstar."


Who kills the Witch-king of Angmar?

The Witch-king seems to have misinterpreted a prophecy that he couldn’t be killed by anyone of the race of Men. The prophecy apparently referenced gender, not race, so Eowyn took him down. Honestly, you can’t blame him for the mistake — it's all kind of confusing.


Sam Gamgee starts out as Frodo's …

Sam is gardening outside Frodo's window when he overhears a conversation with Gandalf about the ring and Sauron.


What character only appears in the films in flashbacks? (He's the one who sliced the One Ring off Sauron's hand.)

Isildur is Aragorn's ancestor. It's his sword that Aragorn has reforged at Rivendell.


Where does Legolas live?

Legolas is an Elf from northern Mirkwood.


Who is Legolas' father?

Thranduil is king of the Mirkwood Elf kingdom and Legolas' dad.


What is the name of the Elf who helps Frodo reach Rivendell when the Ringwraiths are chasing him?

Glorfindel has a long history. In fact, he's the one who uttered the prophecy about the Witch-king not being killed by a man.


Which member of the Fellowship wants to go through Moria to see if his cousins have re-established a kingdom there?

Gimli hoped that Balin's expedition into Moria had gone well. It had not.


Who is Old Man Willow?

The quest almost ends prematurely with the hobbits devoured by an evil tree.


What is the name of the giant spider that Sam and Frodo encounter in Mordor?

The area where they meet her is Torech Ungol, or Shelob's Lair.


In "The Return of the King," who is the king?

Aragorn returns to reignite the line of kings and unite the southern and northern kingdoms of Men (Gondor and Arnor).


What is the name of the hobbit Samwise longs to come home to when his quest with Frodo is finally over?

Rosie Cotton represents Sam holding onto the memories of, and anticipating a return to, the comforts of home even at the darkest moments of his journey.


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