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?
5What city in Mordor is the setting in the firstfsilm where we see the Nazgul first run out on their horses through its gates?
This is a location in Mordor that is seen in the first film, when the Nazgul first run out on their horses through its gates. A fortified city that once belonged to Gondor, it was ultimately taken over by orcs. This place is revisited in the final film, The Return of the King, when Frodo and Sam have to climb up a mountain and it’s at the base. It also serves as the location where orcs come out who are going to invade Gondor. What city is this?
6Before Gollum was corrupted, what was the name he went by?
The creature Gollum is a trickster throughout the series. One of the noteworthy parts about him is his tragic backstory. He was once a simple river folk—just like a Hobbit—who happened upon the ring and ultimately was corrupted by it. As a result, his heart turned black and he only lived out his days seeking out the ring. Sadly, his end is just as tragic. Before Gollum was corrupted, what was the name he went by?
7What is the name of the fortress the Rohirrim defend at?
At the end of The Two Towers, the people of Rohan are forced to evacuate the capital of Edoras while a massive force of orcs invades. The 10,000 orcs coming from Isengard were made for the purpose of killing them. Therefore, they go to a fortified stronghold and fight off the massive force of orcs, in spite being greatly outnumbered. It is King Theoden’s decision to bring his people there. What is the name of the fortress the Rohirrim defend at?
8How many total number of Nazgul are there?
Also known as Ringwraiths, the Nazgul were once Kings of Men. However, due to being easily corrupted, they took the rings Sauron made for them and ultimately became servants of the Dark Lord. Ultimately, they play a huge role in these films of hunting down Frodo and whoever has the one ring. They start out on horseback and eventually upgrade to flying beasts. They are feared by all and even have a loud piercing scream. How many total number of Nazgul are there?
9What is the name of Bilbo’s home, which later ends up being Sam and Rosie’s place of residence?
Who doesn’t want to live in the Shire? The home of the Hobbits is like a utopia. In fact, a Hobbit’s life—as seen from the movies—is the perfect kind of lifestyle. Bilbo himself lived in his own special “hole in the ground.” Lots of other Hobbits were always disturbing him and trying to get at his things (as is evidenced at the end of The Hobbit trilogy as well). What is the name of Bilbo’s home, which later ends up being Sam and Rosie’s place of residence?
10What is the name of the feared leader of the Nazgul?
He is the leader of the Nazgul and considered the second-in-command of all Sauron’s forces. The first, of course, being Sauron himself. He was one of the original Kings of men that was given a Ring of Power and corrupted by it. In turn, he became a servant of Sauron. He’s also the Ringwraith who stabbed Frodo on Weathertop with a Morgul-blade, leading the heroes to rush Frodo to Rivendell for aid. What is the name of the feared leader of the Nazgul?
11Who is this character?
These movies don’t hold back when it comes to killing beloved characters. In The Fellowship of the Ring, this character—who acts as a leader to the Fellowship—meets an unfortunate end in Moria. He returns, however, in the second film The Two Towers after some of our heroes encounter him in Fangorn Forest. Aside from a wardrobe change and a few missing memories, he’s pretty much the same character when he comes back. Who is this character?
12What is the name of Sam’s love interest?
In the early scenes of The Fellowship of the Ring, Sam Gamgee always has a crush on a particular woman but never summons up the bravery to go ask her out. She also works at a local tavern in Hobbiton where Sam, Frodo, Merry and Pippin are often drinking. At the end of the The Return of the King, Sam finally musters up the courage to ask her out and they ultimately get married. What is the name of Sam’s love interest?
13What was the chainmail made out of?
In The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo is gifted with a special shirt of chainmail by his uncle Bilbo. Originally given to Bilbo by the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, it’s a hardy material that is said to be, “As light as a feather, and as hard as dragon scale.” While the Fellowship is in Moria battling orcs, Frodo is stabbed by a cave troll, and appears to have collapsed dead. However, once they pull Frodo up they see he’s perfectly fine because of the chainmail. What was it made out of?
14What is the name of the oldest leader of the Ents?
Early on in The Two Towers, Merry and Pippin encounter a great Ent in Fangorn Forest who takes them under his keeping. Voiced by John Rhys-Davis, the same actor who plays Gimli the dwarf, this character is considered the shepherd of the trees. He’s as tall as a great tree and is known for speaking very slowly. This becomes frustrating for Merry and Pippin who wish to help their friends, though the Ents take forever trying to make a decision. What is the name of the oldest leader of the Ents?
15What is the name Aragorn is known by that the Hobbits call him?
One of the first members of the Fellowship to join up with the four Hobbits, Aragorn helped them fend off the Nazgul when they attacked on Weathertop. When they first meet Aragorn, Butterbur, the owner of The Prancing Pony where they stay at for a night, tells them a name Aragorn is known by. Although they are greatly suspicious of this character in the beginning, they learn to trust Aragorn even before they know his actual name. What is the name Aragorn is known by that the Hobbits call him?
16What is the shape Gandalf makes with smoke, blowing it into the ring?
Before the party at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo and Gandalf are spending some time gazing out on the scene while smoking their pipes. At one point, Bilbo blows out a ring of smoke that starts out small and then drifts out becoming bigger. Then Gandalf one ups Bilbo by blowing out a shape and setting it adrift to fly into the center of Bilbo’s smoke ring. What is the shape Gandalf makes with smoke, blowing it into the ring?
17What is the name of Galadriel’s husband?
Shortly after their dreaded journey through Moria, the Fellowship venture forward into the forest of Lothlorien. This is where elves reside. When the Fellowship first arrives, they meet the Lady Galadriel, along with her husband, who rule over Lothlorien. Both of them are very powerful elves. Although we don’t see Galadriel’s husband too much in the series, he does provide some counsel to the Fellowship, especially after losing Gandalf. What is the name of Galadriel’s husband?
18What does Gollum call the Nazgul?
While Frodo, Sam and Gollum are traveling to Mordor, they come across many dreadful places along the way. One place they have to go through is the Dead Marshes. During their journey through the marshes, a Nazgul flies overhead on a beast. These Nazgul riders are a vast improvement over their horses from the first film, which were washed away in a river created by Arwen. Gollum is scared when he sees the Nazgul on a Fellbeast, calling it something in particular. What does Gollum call the Nazgul?
19What is the name of the dreaded spider that ultimately gets defeated by Frodo’s sword, Sting?
It seemed like the closer Frodo and Sam got to Mount Doom, the greater their obstacles were. One of the dreaded creatures they encounter was a giant spider. Gollum intentionally tricked Frodo into going through her lair after concocting a plan to get the ring back for himself. The plan backfires, however, when Frodo survives. The spider later shows up again though and Sam fights it off. What is the name of this dreaded spider that ultimately gets defeated by Frodo’s sword, Sting?
20What is the name of the tower that has the eye of Sauron at the top in Mordor?
Throughout the films, Sauron is a lesser form, representing an eye at the top of a tower. Until he can reunite with the one ring, he is bound to a limited form. The Dark Fortress he sits atop is located in Mordor, which is the chief tower of the dark land. It’s also to Mount Doom, which is where Frodo and Sam are trying to get to the entire series. What is the name of the tower that has the eye of Sauron at the top in Mordor?
21What is the name of the bridge Gandalf leads the Fellowship across?
During the Fellowship’s journey through Moria, they encounter goblins, trolls and other nasty creatures. After facing off with orcs in Balin’s tomb, the Fellowship attempts to escape Moria. In their escape, they are pursued by thousands of orcs climbing down from the ceiling and coming up out of the ground from different levels below. Eventually, Gandalf leads them to a bridge where he faces off with a fiery demon of the ancient world. What is the name of the bridge Gandalf leads the Fellowship across?
22What is this servant’s name?
Although Saruman started out as a good wizard, he was ultimately corrupted by Sauron. While he operates out of Isengard where he makes an army of orcs, he has a lackey who serves him in Rohan. This servant also happens to be an advisor to the King of Rohan, Théoden. When he’s kicked out of the King’s service after getting found out, he spits on Aragorn. Ultimately, this lackey ends up killing Saruman in The Return of the King. What is this servant’s name?
23Coming out of the South Farthing, what is the name of the leaf the Hobbits like best when they smoke their pipes?
One of the recreations some Hobbits have grown fond of doing is smoking pipes. In the movies, Bilbo and Gandalf are seen smoking pipes once before his birthday party, while Merry and Pippin do after the Ents take over Isengard. There’s one type of weed for smoking, however, that is held in the highest esteem by Hobbits. Coming out of the South Farthing, what is the name of this weed the Hobbits like best when they smoke their pipes?
24What is the name of Faramir’s older brother?
The second son of Denethor, Faramir was a ranger of Gondor. He never found favor in his father’s eyes, always being compared to his older brother. At first, in The Two Towers, he is an obstacle for Frodo and Sam who are captured by his company. He thinks they’re spies of Sauron and keeps them imprisoned. His brother, on the other hand, was part of the Fellowship and ultimately died protecting two hobbits. What is the name of Faramir’s older brother?
25What is the name of these wolf-like creatures the orcs ride when attacking the Rohirrim?
In The Two Towers, the orcs start riding feral creatures as mounts in the battle for Middle Earth. They come from Isengard and are sent by Saruman to hunt down the Rohirrim who are evacuating Edoras into the mountains. It really shows how evil Saruman is to send these creatures after he’s told there are “women and children” among the Rohirrim traveling. What is the name of these wolf-like creatures the orcs ride when attacking the Rohirrim?
26What is the name of this force of orcs?
Once Saruman becomes evil, he starts breeding an army of orcs in Isengard. This is an elite force of orcs that are sent to attack the Fellowship in the first film and then later as a larger force in the second film to kill off the Rohirrim. These orcs are larger than men and have been seen using bows, giant broad swords or long pikes used in The Two Towers. What is the name of this force of orcs?
27What army does Aragorn summon?
In a desperate move, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli venture into the haunted caverns of Dwimorberg in The Return of the King. They are hoping to summon an army that once served Gondor in the past and to fulfill their oaths. In turn, Aragorn promises to release them from a curse that has plagued them for years. Although the army is reluctant at first, they ultimately band alongside our heroes to fight off the orc forces at Minas Tirith. What army does Aragorn summon?
28What’s the elvish word for “friend?”
Before the Fellowship enters Moria, home of the dwarves, they are stuck for some time outside the Doors of Durin. After looking at the door for some time, Frodo figures out that there’s a riddle plastered on the front, “speak friend, and enter.” Frodo asks Gandalf what the elvish word for friend is. Gandalf speaks the word and the doors open, thus leading the Fellowship through the dwarf halls. What they don’t know is that Moria has been overrun by orcs. What’s the elvish word for “friend?”
29What character is this?
There aren’t a lot of female characters in The Lord of the Rings films, but the few in it are awesome. One of them is a Rohirrim, who is the niece of King Théoden. Called a shieldmaiden of Rohan, she wishes to fight in battles but is barred because she’s a woman. That doesn’t stop her, however, from getting involved in the battle of Minas Tirith. There, with the help of the Hobbit Merry, she manages to defeat the leader of the Nazgul. What character is this?
30Who was murdered by Gollum after he came to possess the one ring?
Before Gollum was evil, he was merely an ordinary river folk not much different from a Hobbit. As shown at the beginning of The Return of the King, Gollum wants the ring for himself—even though he wasn’t the one to find it—and ends up murdering someone for it. This victim was believed to be related to Gollum, though it wasn’t exactly specified in the film. Who was murdered by Gollum after he came to possess the one right?
31What is the name of this fiery creature?
At first, the Fellowship tries to travel through Caradhras, a high mountain range. They are stopped, however, by a blizzard created by Saruman to impede their journey. They decide to go under the mountain instead through Moria, where Gandalf fears to go. What Gandalf fears is ultimately what they come face-to-face with, “a demon of the ancient world.” Wielding a giant flaming sword and a whip, this creature faces off with Gandalf in an iconic scene. What is the name of this fiery creature?
32What is this elvish bread from Lothlorien called?
After Gandalf passes, the Fellowship ventures into the elvish realm of Lothlorien. There, they meet Galadriel who bestows them with gifts for the journey ahead. The company is also provided nourishment. For their long journey ahead, they’re given a practical food that is small-sized yet just one bite is enough to make one feel stuffed. It’s a type of elvish bread wrapped in leaves that Frodo and Sam eat throughout their adventure. What is this elvish bread from Lothlorien called?
33What is the name of this town where the Hobbits go to meet Gandalf?
Shortly after the four Hobbits set out on their journey from Hobbiton, they encounter the feared Nazgul on horses. When they’re able to barely escape, they take shelter in a town where they’re expected to meet Gandalf. However, Gandalf ends up being betrayed by Saruman and doesn’t make it in time to meet them. They stay at The Prancing Pony where they join up with Aragorn, the ranger. What is the name of this town where the Hobbits go to meet Gandalf?
34What is the name of this dark tower in Isengard where Saruman rules from, where he also betrayed Gandalf in the first film?
Saruman resides in Isengard atop a black tower. In the first film, after betraying Gandalf, he upends all the trees and creates a place to breed orcs and forge weapons. Ultimately, Isengard is invaded at the end of The Two Towers by the Ents with Merry and Pippin’s help. Saruman is then trapped on the tower with nowhere else to go. What is the name of this dark tower in Isengard where Saruman rules from, where he also betrayed Gandalf in the first film?
35Played by the actress Liv Tyler, what is the name of this elvish character?
In The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo is stabbed by one of the Nazgul and poisoned by the blade. As a result, the heroes need to get him to Rivendell where he can be healed by Elrond. In a moment of desperation, Elrond’s daughter shows up to help the Hobbits by taking Frodo on horseback to her father. She is an elf and also Aragorn’s love interest. Played by the actress Liv Tyler, what is the name of this elvish character?