The Lord of the Rings, released between 2001 and 2003, make up what is considered to be one of the greatest trilogies of films ever released. Directed by New Zealand’s Peter Jackson, the movies have become a cultural phenomenon similar—but not quite on the same level—as the Star Wars franchise. Based on the seminal books by J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings takes place in a world rich with so many different creatures, races and landmarks that it’s almost mind-boggling to wrap one’s head around all there is to know.
That is, unless you’re a Lord of the Rings fanatic. Only those who’ve seen the movies and been cast under its spell are truly able to recall every fact there is about Middle Earth. Trust us, there’s a lot to know about these films. We’ve gone ahead and assembled the ultimate quiz to test only the true wizards out there when it comes to knowing The Lord of the Rings movies. But like the uber popular meme’s famous line, one does not simply take this quiz unless they’re fully versed in the movies. Therefore, beware casual viewers of going forward unless you’re a wizard when it comes to your LOTR knowledge—this is the one quiz to rule them all.
1How many rings did Sauron give the dwarves?
The films open with a prologue of sorts that gives a rundown of history. Very important to the set-up of these films is the tale about the Rings of Power. These were forged by Sauron in the Second Age and intended to corrupt the hearts of men, elves and dwarves. Ultimately, the One ring that Sauron created could control these rings bestowed to the leaders. There were three given to Elves, nine to men, and a certain number to dwarves. How many rings did Sauron give the dwarves?
2What is the name of the Hobbit family who Bilbo and Frodo avoid at Bilbo’s birthday party?
Fair warning on this one—you’ll know it if you took the time to watch the arguably better extended versions of the films. Early on in extended version of The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo and Frodo hide from some unwanted guests. This is the greedy Hobbit family who begrudged Frodo for his inheritance and would like it for themselves instead. What is the name of the Hobbit family who Bilbo and Frodo avoid at Bilbo’s birthday party?
3Who is this character who destroyed Sauron, but became evil himself?
The High King of Gondor in the age of Sauron, is the man who defeated Sauron long ago, only to take the ring for himself. Aragon fears being the heir of this man since, “The same blood runs through my veins—the same weakness.” There is a flashback where it shows this character and Elrond in Mount Doom. When Elrond tells him to throw it in the fire, he disobeys. Who is this character who destroyed Sauron, but became evil himself?
4What are the words the orcs of Mordor interrogated out of Gollum?
In The Fellowship of the Ring, there’s a scene near the beginning where Gandalf leaves Frodo to investigate details about the ring. When he comes back, he shares with Frodo all he’s learned. Gandalf tells Frodo that the creature Gollum was taken and tortured so that he would reveal the location of the ring. There are two words that Gollum manages to divulge. What are the words the orcs of Mordor interrogated out of Gollum?