The Fellowship of the Ring Trivia Quiz
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Life of the party
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring begins with Bilbo’s “eleventy-first” birthday party. In what way does Gandalf contribute to the celebration?
B) By driving off a Black Rider seen snooping near Bilbo’s hobbit-hole
C) By putting on a spectacular fireworks display
D) By recounting Bilbo’s adventures to the amazed hobbits
Quite early in their quest, two of the hobbits are captured by a sinister tree, Old Man Willow. Fortunately, help from the magical Tom Bombadil arrives in the nick of time. We soon learn that Tom has remarkable powers. For instance:
B) He has the power of bringing sleep to friend or foe
C) He hears all that happens in the forest
D) He is immune to the power of the Ring
While stopping at the inn in the village of Bree, Frodo needs to avoid attracting attention to himself and the party, but things don’t go as planned. What happens that gets him noticed after all?
B) He is unexpectedly hailed by an old friend from Hobbiton
C) He jumps up onto his table and sings a comic song
D) He mistakenly introduces himself using his real name
A constant threat throughout The Fellowship of the Ring and beyond are the Nazgûl, or Black Riders, nine wraithlike beings on horseback who ride around Middle-earth doing Sauron’s bidding. The Nazgûl had once been mortal men. Who were they?
B) Humans who fell under Sauron’s sway after accepting Rings of Power
C) Metalsmiths whose bodies had been consumed forging the One Ring
D) Powerful orcs, reanimated by Saruman after dying in battle
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, after leaving the village of Bree the hobbits ascend a mountain called Weathertop, site of an ancient tower that is now in ruins. What happens to Frodo on the mountain?
B) He decides to go on alone to avoid further endangering his companions
C) He is grievously wounded in an attack by a party of Nazgûl
D) He is visited in a dream by Tom Bombadil, who tells him to be strong
Lady of Rivendell
After surviving the perils of the first part of their journey, the hobbits finally find a respite in Rivendell, the house of Elrond Half-Elven. Elrond’s wife, Celebrían, is not present, however. Where is she?
B) She has retired across the sea after being imprisoned and tortured by orcs
C) She is visiting Elrond’s mother-in-law in Lothlórien
D) She was slain many years earlier by her own brother in a hunting accident
Locked room puzzle
Gandalf rejoins the hobbits at Rivendell, and explains that he went to seek help from fellow-wizard Saruman, but was instead imprisoned by him in an impregnable tower called Orthanc. Luckily Gandalf found a way to escape the tower. How did he manage it?
B) By transforming himself into a bat
C) By trusting a human guard sickened by Saruman’s cruelty
D) By using his power of magical persuasion to talk his way out
Guardian of the gate
The nine companions need to get to the other side of the Misty Mountains. Going over proves impossible, so they are forced to use an even more dangerous route that leads through the mountains via dwarven passages. Before they can enter, however, there is another attack on Frodo. Who is the attacker?
B) An elemental creature called a balrog, from deep within the earth
C) Frost wolves — dog-like creatures whose attack freezes the blood
D) The Watcher in the Water, a tentacled lake monster
Digging for mithril
The Mines of Moria, beneath the underground city of Khazad-dûm, were operated for millennia by the Dwarves who dug the precious mithril there, which was prized for making the best armor and weapons. Now, the Dwarves are gone, yet no one has come in their place to exploit the mithril mines. Why not?
B) By mining too deep, Dwarves awoke an evil monster, which now lurks below
C) Mithril remains abundant, but ancient smelting techniques have been lost
D) The supply of mithril was finally exhausted by the over-greedy Dwarves
Something for Frodo
After the loss of Gandalf, the remaining members of the Fellowship visit Lothlórien, a magical Elven kingdom ruled over by Celeborn and Galadriel, who happen to be the parents of Elrond Half-Elven’s wife Celebrían. Galadriel gives a gift to each member of the Fellowship. What does she give to Frodo?
B) A candle whose shimmering glow is visible to Elven mages from far away
C) A container of liquid that glows with magical light
D) A magic cloak that makes the wearer invisible in the glow of the Sun
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