Fun Time Open Thread: All LOTR, All the Time

So, here it is – Lord of the Rings trivia time. While not everybody loves the books, there is no denying that the trilogy changed the world of science fiction and fantasy literature forever.

  1. Which awesome magical character from the book was left completely out of the Fellowship of the Ring movie?
  2. How does Sam get involved in the epic quest to destroy the Ring?
  3. Who is the Lord of the Rings?
  4. What amazing fantasy author assisted Christopher Tolkien in assembling The Silmarillion for posthumous publication?
  5. What is the name of the river in which Deagol finds the One Ring?
  6. What is the name of the town where the Hobbits first meet Strider/Aragorn?
  7. What was Galadriel’s gift to Legolas?
  8. What is the name of the book that Sam eventually gives his daughter, which contains the tale of the adventures of Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin?
  9. How does Isildur get the One Ring from Sauron?
  10. Which character immolates himself?
  11. Could Frodo have completed his mission without Gollum?

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34 thoughts on “Fun Time Open Thread: All LOTR, All the Time”

  1. It’s been roughly 3 years since I read the series (for the third time) but I’m gonna attempt to do this quiz! This is gonna be fun!!

    1. Which awesome magical character from the book was left completely out of the Fellowship of the Ring movie? TOM BOMBADILO and his wife! (I can’t even spell it right – that’s what I called him in my head) WE WERE ROBBED OF TOM!
    2. How does Sam get involved in the epic quest to destroy the Ring? He overhears the conversation (eaves-drops)
    3. Who is the Lord of the Rings? Oh Christ (no, that’s not my answer!) I forget. It’s one of three guys in my head and I forget ALL their names.
    4. What amazing fantasy author assisted Christopher Tolkien in assembling The Silmarillion for posthumous publication? Bah! I haven’t read this one yet! Bad M! Bad M!
    5. What is the name of the river in which Deagol finds the One Ring? Nope, no clue. That’s too deep for me.
    6. What is the name of the town where the Hobbits first meet Strider/Aragorn? Haha, this is easy. Bree.
    7. What was Galadriel’s gift to Legolas? Bow! Though, I would have traded up for the cloaks…
    8. What is the name of the book that Sam eventually gives his daughter, which contains the tale of the adventures of Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin? I just know the kid’s name is Rose (or is that the wife? There are flowers in all their names)
    9. How does Isildur get the One Ring from Sauron? Oh! Slices off his finger!
    10. Which character immolates himself? I would have to look this word up… Gollum? He does toss himself into the pit but sprinkles himself with something? I’m not really sure about that.
    11. Could Frodo have completed his mission without Gollum? Well… essentially no. Gollum is the reason the ring is where it’s at (first Bilbo and then Frodo). Gollum does help Frodo and Sam through the mountains – reluctantly but F&S could have potentially gotten through alone? And Frodo could have tossed himself into the pit if necessary – but that’s hard to do. Frodo was weak – both physically and mentally. Gollum was just plain crazy. So, I think Crazy saved the day here.

    And that’s my furtive attempt to answer LOTR questions. I haven’t seen the movies in a LONG time either. But if we were to draw these scenes – my Ent Forest would ROCK. :)

  2. Does anyone have experience with dictation software that will work on a Mac? My wrists are crazy painful lately, and alternative text input methods are looking increasingly appealing, but everything I’ve seen has been on the pricey side, so I’m a little hesitant to shell out. If someone knows of something that is awesome though I will pay for quality.

    Also the Detroit Institute of Arts got it’s millage passed! Yay! Favorite idiot comments from the folks upset that they have to pay a tiny increase to property tax:

    “There is no way the taxpayers of SW MI should be mandated to support the DIA.” (Geography clearly not his strong suit. The tax is for residents of Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland counties, they are not in Michigan’s west)

    “Am I am not sure I would describe as the democratic process people exempt from a tax being allowed to vote to tax others to obtain some kind of benefit. I don’t think the voting locations were checking your ‘property owner verification form’ before you could vote.” (because the money renters give their landlords doesn’t go to paying property taxes. No sir.)

    And then there are the various and sundry folks complaining that the police are underfunded, which is true, but it’s not like this money is coming out of a “for the police fund” or the vote was “Fund the arts or fund the police, you may only pick one.”

    Anyway, I’m pleased, and I am enjoying the ignorance of those who are bitter about this.

    1. Yup. Kinda doing that now actually. But right now it’s got more to do with not being able to hold something for very long without it hurting rather a lot. Still I tend to marathon a bit in my interests then set them aside for a little and do something else for a while.

  3. Oh! Oh! Oh! I love Lord of the Rings! It’s my happy place.

     

    1. Tom Bombadil!
    2. “A little late to be trimming the verge, don’t you think?!”
    3. Sauron
    4. Guy something….I don’t remember D:
    5. Anduin
    6. Bree
    7. A bow made of a special type of wood (that’s all I got)
    8. The Red Book of Westmarch?
    9. He cuts it from his hand (though I can’t remember if it’s different in the book)
    10. Denethor (though I like to think it’s Walter from Fringe)
    11. Not in the slightest.

     

    Now, would someone mind telling me why The Hobbit is going to be a trilogy?

    1. Considering they are bringing in all the stuff from the Silmarillion, I think they’ll be alright content wise. Personally I’d break it up so that up to the mountains and meeting Gollum is the first movie, Mirkwood is the second, and Smaug the third.

    2. I gave my husband this quiz and that’s what he came up with for #10 too (‘uh, Walter?’).

      I’m divided on the trilogy; on the one hand, it’s one more cool movie, and I’m sure there’s plenty of content to keep it going. On the other, it always seems to be too long to wait between films as it is, so having to endure another whole year for it (or whatever timeline they put it on) will be agonizing!

  4. I love love love LOTR and honestly, most of my trivia I owe to the BF, who’s obsessed. In his bookcase, the Tolkein takes up an entire shelf, including the Chronicles of Middle-Earth, of which he has read the entirety.

    Hands up if you ate mint chocolate chip icecream today in honour of the Scream bracket victory! I ate mine out of a mug, because this apartment only came with 3 bowls and we had used them all by dinnertime.

    1. I have to say that is how my family is.  The top two shelves are LOTR.  We have the extended set of the movies, the BBC radio production for the Hobbit and LOTR, classic box set of books, modern set of books, and an old copy of the Simarillion.  We also play LOTR online.  My son falls asleep listening to LOTR on CD.

    1. Tom Bombadil!
    2. Listening in at the window when he’s supposed to be cutting grass.  Tut tut.
    3. Sauron
    4. I…don’t know, and now I feel bad about not knowing this.
    5. Isn’t it the Gladden river?  But then, maybe Gladden Fields was where the ring was lost and I’m just conflating it with the river?
    6. Bree.  At the Prancing Pony.
    7. In the movie it was a bow, and I think it was in the book?  I’ve seen the movie more recently, and sometimes I forget what’s different if I haven’t been over both in a short period.
    8. The…Red Chronicles of Westmarch?  I know it’s got red and Westmarch in it.
    9. Cut off his finger (or hand?)
    10. Denethor.  Crazy old man.
    11. Nope.  And seeing this and question nine near each other makes me realize in a way I had only vaguely thought about how much things tie together in these books, and how thematically coherent they are.
  5. Wow, so many I don’t know or can’t remember. Good list. Slightly related: I recently purchased the uncut movie version of the Fellowship and it has an extra hour of movie, which delighted me even as it bored my husband to tears. I plan on purchasing the other longer versions and watching them all before The Hobbit comes out.

      1. I haven’t been this excited for a movie in a long, Long, LONG time. Maybe ever. I’m so excited I’m willing to pay $200 for the movie ticket. I’m considering flying up to New York to see it with another friend who’s into fantasy, because none of my friends here care that much.

  6. Woo hoo so excited about this one!!!!!

    And, Oh my gosh, rotflol for Biblo Baggins song.

    1.  Tom Bombadil
    2. He eaves dropping, clipping the hedges. Gandolf pulls him through the window.
    3. Sauron
    4. Guy Kay  (I actually have this copyright 1977!!)
    5. Anduin
    6. Bree at the Prancing Pony
    7. Bow string
    8. The Red Book of Westmarch (I have it!!!)
    9. He chops off Sauron’s hand (unlike the movie which was the finger)
    10.  Denethor, steward of Gondor
    11.  No, the ring had started to move it’s will against him.  The hearts of mortals are week.
  7. Oooh awesome :) I saw this and I thought “piece of cake” but then…there were a few I couldn’t answer. One of my favorite lines in the book however was “I ain’t been droppin’ no eves sir” Sam to Gandalf’s accusation of eavesdropping. :) I love Sam and am neverendingly sad that he and Frodo put off such a couples vibe in the movie since in the book it is the deepest and truest friendship.

    1. The couple’s vibe they give off in the movie strikes me as a couple things: 1) They made Sam and Frodo’s ages seem more or less even, even though Frodo was supposed to be older than him. 2) The vibe struck me as a sort of All’s Quiet on the Western Front sort of war-buddy intimacy, where it isn’t romantic, but you are so deeply intimate with the other person in a way even past romantic relationships.

      Though it is true that the description of the war-buddy intimacy in All’s Quiet had homoerotic tones.

  8. 1.  Tom Bombadil

    2.  Gandalf caught him listening in on the conversation about getting rid of the Rings.

    3.  Sauron

    4.  Guy Gavriel Kay

    5.  Gladden River

    6.  Bree

    7.  bow and quiver of arrows

    9. Isildur takes it from Sauron’s cut-off finger

    10.  Denethor

    11.  No.

  9. Yay LOTR trivia!! Okay, here goes:

    1. Tom Bombadil (minor character, but still awesome)

    2. Eavesdropping on his master Frodo and Gandalf (which Merry and Pippin put him up to, btw)

    3. Sauron

    6. Bree

    7. A bow and quiver of arrows

    8.  The Red Book of Westmarch

    9. Chopped it off his finger in battle

    10. Denethor

    11. No.

     

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