THE Lord of the Rings Quiz!


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About This Quiz

You've read the books, you've seen the movies, but how much do you really know about "Lord of the Rings?" In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge about the most important and interesting facts about the movies and novels. By the end, feel free to call yourself Frodo. You'll deserve it.

How much film was used for the movie?

In total, the films combined equaled 6 million feet. That's a whole lot of film! But what do you expect from an epic?

When Frodo's sword glows, it glows _____?

Frodo's sword glows blue because it was made by the high elves. However, in the film, Gandalf's sword does not glow blue! Apparently, this was because of budgetary reasons.

What were the trees in Lothlorien made of?

The trees in Lothlorien were made of rubber. But they sure did look like real trees. :(

Arwen and Aragorn were _____?

Arwen and Aragorn were cousins. Okay, so they were in love. Sometimes this happens with cousins. Don't judge.

Arwen chooses what kind of life to stay in Middle Earth?

Arwen chooses to become mortal in order to say in Middle Earth. She does this to remain with her love, Aragorn.

In the books, Legolas had ____ hair.

Although Orlando Bloom rocked the blonde locks, Legolas' hair is never described in the books. Was that a creative choice?

What famous actor turned down the role of Gandalf?

Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf, because he said he didn't understand it. He even watched the movies later and still didn't understand it!

What was the most difficult role to cast in the movie?

Aragorn was by far the most difficult role to cast in the movie. Nicholas Cage turned it down, and then Peter Townsend was falsely cast.

How did Ian Holm get the role of Bilbo?

Ian Holm played Frodo in a radio play for the BBC in 1981. That's what convinced Jackson to cast him as Bilbo.

How were the films shot?

There was no break in filming, and sometimes different parts of different films were shot at the same time. There's one famous scene that was shot over the course of a year.

Who turned down the role of Aragorn?

Cage turned down the role because of family obligations. Daniel Day-Lewis also turned down the role.

Who is Shelob?

Shelob is a spider. Apparently, the creature of Shelob was so scary, that Peter Jackson would avoid her on the set. He didn't like spiders.

Which of these is one of the three elven rings?

These are all elven rings! They were forged by an elf-lord named Celebrimbor. Duh.

What is true about J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis?

Apparently, the two epic writers had a tumultuous friendship. It was an argument between them that sparked "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Chronicles of Narnia."

How did Tolkien write the books?

Apparently, Tolkien wrote all the books using two fingers. (The present writer is very impressed by that)

How many pages combined is "The Lord of the Rings?

"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is 1,200 pages long. Just a bit of weekend reading, eh?

Peter Jackson's ______ appears in the movies?

Peter Jackson's daughter appears several times in the movie. In one cameo, she plays a young Hobbit.

What is found on Tolkien's gravestone?

The name Beren is on his gravestone. His wife's is Luthien. This is in reference to the love between a mortal man and an immortal elf.

What is true of Tolkien's work?

Titan, Saturn's moon, has several mountains. These mountains are all named after Tolkien's work. His influence has stretched far!

Who almost made a movie adaptation of "Lord of the Rings?"

The Beatles tried to make a movie of "Lord of the Rings." They wanted Stanley Kubrick to direct, but Tolkien said no.

How many wizards are there in Middle Earth?

There are five wizards in Middle Earth, and each has their own color. Not all these wizards appear in the movies.

What language did Liv Tyler speak in the movie?

Liv Tyler spoke Elvish. This meant that she had to have an Elvish coach with her at all times.

Why did Tolkien write that Aragon falls from the cliff, presumably dead?

This was something that Peter Jackson added, which wasn't in the book. He says he did it to create a "darkest hour."

What is the Silmarillion?

The Silmarillion is Tolkien's posthumous work published by his son. It's VERY complicated.

What is the name for the wizards that are part of the race?

The wizards that are taking part in the race are called Maiar. They can change form whenever they like!

What is true about Viggo Mortensen?

Viggo was apparently an expert swordsman. He used a steel sword instead of an aluminum one.

Who were used as extras?

Apparently, women in beards were used as extras. Many of the Riders of Rohan were actually ladies with beards on. Time to watch the movie again​.

Originally, the movies were going to be ____?

Originally, the series was only going to be two films. When they were getting way over budget, it was even suggested that it be one film. The Weinstein brothers were trying to cut costs.

Who was a backup for Aragorn?

Russell Crowe was the backup if Viggo turned it down. He had just finished filming "Gladiator."

Who sustained the most injuries while filming?

Apparently, Viggo got beat up a lot. He broke a number of toes and even tried to glue a tooth back together.

How did Sean Bean get to the set?

Apparently, the helicopter that others used to get to the set was a no-go for Sean Bean. He chose to take a ski lift instead.

Where is there a dorm named after Middle Earth?

There's a freshman dorm on the UC Irvine campus that is dedicated to Middle Earth. The halls are named after various towns and regions.

Who did the illustrations for the Danish version of "Lord of the Rings?"

The Queen of Denmark actually did the illustrations! She did it under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer.

What is true about Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood?

Ian and Elijah actually never filmed a scene together. They probably hung at craft services, though.

When did Tolkien sell the film rights to "Lord of the Rings?"

Tolkien actually sold the film rights in 1969.

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