The Two Towers Trivia Quiz
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As The Two Towers begins, Aragorn is searching for an absent member of the quest. Who is it?
Drinking like an Ent
When a band of Men of Rohan attack the Orcs who have captured Merry and Pippin, the two hobbits escape into Fangorn Forest, where they meet the Ent leader Treebeard. He gives them food to eat and “Ent-draughts” to drink. What striking permanent effect do the Ent-draughts have on the hobbits?
B) They become remarkably resistant to hunger and thirst
C) They can now communicate in the Entish language
D) They grow considerably taller
Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn glimpse an old man clad in white, whom they take to be Saruman, on the outskirts of Fangorn Forest. However, it turns out to be Gandalf, resurrected as Gandalf the White following his battle with the balrog. What does Gandalf suggest as their next destination?
B) Isengard, stronghold of Saruman, where a great battle will soon take place
C) Lothlórien, domain of Galadriel, where unexpected help may be gained
D) Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, from which Mordor can be opposed
In the Golden Hall
When Gandalf arrives with Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas at the Golden Hall of King Théoden, he soon discovers the reason that the army of the Rohirrim has not risen against Saruman. What has been holding them back?
B) Saruman has threatened Théoden’s children with brutal tortures if opposed
C) Théoden has been bewitched by Saruman’s spy, and will not allow war
D) Théoden is paralyzed by a memory from his youth of leading soldiers into a trap
After winning the battle of Helm’s Deep, Gandalf and the other victors go to the great fortress of Isengard and find that it has been destroyed by Ents, except for the impregnable tower Orthanc, where Saruman remains secure. When Saruman won’t repent of his crimes, what action does Gandalf finally take?
B) He breaks Saruman’s staff and removes him from the Order of Wizards
C) He commands that Saruman be permanently watched and followed
D) He compels Saruman to live in poverty under the name Sharkey
While negotiating with Saruman, Gandalf and his companions learn that Gríma Wormtongue fled to Saruman for protection, and is with him in Orthanc. Wormtongue hurls an object from a high window at Gandalf, but misses. What does Wormtongue throw?
B) A palantír, or “seeing-stone”
C) The head of an orc
D) The heavy iron shoe of Saruman’s staff
Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam are lost among the pathless hills of Emyn Muil. They capture Gollum, who has been stealthily pursuing them, and force him to be their guide. He leads them out of the hills, and into what?
B) A hunting party of Men of Gondor
C) The Barrow Downs
D) The Dead Marshes
Making a plan
After their long trek, Frodo, Sam and Gollum arrive starved and exhausted at the Black Gate in the northwest corner of Mordor. This is the entrance to Sauron’s kingdom, and is heavily guarded and patrolled at all times. On Gollum’s recommendation, what does Frodo decide to do next?
B) Try entering Mordor by a different path further to the south
C) Use the Ring to sneak invisibly past the Gate
D) Wait for nightfall before trying to go any further
In Ithilien, Gollum goes hunting, and Frodo and Sam get the benefit in the form of rabbit stew. Unfortunately, Sam fails to douse his cooking fire properly, and the two hobbits are given away by the smoke and soon find themselves taken prisoner. Who has captured them?
B) A detachment of Men of Rohan riding to aid Gondor
C) A squad of Gondorian soldiers under Boromir’s brother Faramir
D) A trio of Nazgûl who were monitoring Ithilien from the air
Spider of unusual size
Gollum leads Frodo and Sam into the mountains by a path that takes them up a long staircase, leading in turn to a maze of tunnels. Here they are attacked by the spider-like monster Shelob. What helps them to escape Shelob’s clutches in this first encounter?
B) Frodo’s shout of “Elbereth! Gilthoniel!” causes Shelob to drop back
C) Sam distracts Shelob by tossing the last bit of stewed rabbit into her maw
D) The elven light of the Phial of Galadriel is damaging to Shelob’s eyes
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