What is this place called?
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Minas Tirith is the capital city of Gondor. It is the site of one of the climatic battles in The Return of the King, when the forces of Sauron lay siege to the walls.
Who says this line? "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard."
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Legolas utters this iconic line after Merry and Pippin are captured by a band of Uruk-Hai.
What is the name of the primary antagonist in The Lord of the Rings?
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Sauron is the most iconic villain of Lord of the Rings. He is the master of Mordor, and leads the armies or orcs who plague Middle Earth.
How many members of the Fellowship originally set-out from Rivendell?
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After the Council of the Ring, held at Rivendell, the Fellowship of the Ring sets out. It is made up of representatives for each of the free peoples of Middle Earth: 4 hobbits, an elf, a dwarf, 2 men, and a wizard. That makes a total of 9.
Which of these is NOT an Inn visited by character's in the series?
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The Green Dragon, Old Guesthouse, and Prancing Pony all make an appearance in the Lord of the Rings story. Only the Bouncing Bombadil is made up.
Who says this quote? “Nine companions. So be it. You shall be the fellowship of the ring.”
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Elrond is the Lord of Rivendell, and it is he who calls the Council of the Ring, in order to determine who should carry the burden of destroying the Ring.
Who is the Steward of Gondor (also the father of Boromir and Faramir)?
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At the outset of the series, Denethor II, son of Ecthelion II, is serving as the 26th Steward of Gondor.
What is this object called?
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A Palantir is almost like a crystal ball crossed with a telephone. They can be used to communicate across vast distances, and to see (vaguely) into the future or past.
Who directed the most famous film adaption of the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy was directed by the Peter Jackson. Before filming, Jackson was a relatively unknown director in Hollywood, having helped make only a few small films. After the trilogy's incredible box-office success, though... Well let's just say his life has probably changed somewhat...
Which of these options does NOT belong?
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Shelob, Lurtz, and Isildur are all named characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Only Griphook is not (it's the name of a goblin from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series).
How does Sam know Frodo?
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Before their epic quest to destroy the One Ring, Frodo and Sam have a much... simpler relationship. Sam was Frodo's gardener at Bag End.
What gift does Lady Galadriel give to Gimil?
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Each of the members of the Fellowship is given a gift by the Lady Galadriel, after their encounter in Lothlorien. Gimli asks her for one strang of her golden hair. She gives him three.
Frodo carries a sword that glows blue when orcs are near. What is it called?
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Frodo's enchanted sword is called Sting. It was originally found by Bilbo, over the course of his adventures (depicted in The Hobbit). Technically, Sting is only a dagger (in the eyes of Men or Elves). But for a diminutive hobbit... It serves nicely as a sword.
True or False: Gandalf is rescued from the Tower of Orthanc by Sam and Frodo.
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False. Gandalf escapes Orthanc on the back of Gwaihir, the Lord of the Eagles.
What is the name of the story Bilbo wrote about his adventures?
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When Bilbo finally returns home, after his many adventures with Gandalf and the dwarves, he writes his tale in There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale.
Who becomes King of Rohan after Theoden dies on Pelennor Fields?
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After Theoden dies at the hands of the Nazgul, the next King of Rohan is his nephew, Éomer.
Where is Legolas’s home?
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Legolas is a Sindarin Elf. He was born in Mirkwood, as a Prince of the Wood Elves.
How many Ringwraiths are there?
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The Ringwraiths, or Nazgûl, are the corrupted spirits of great Kings of Men who were turned dark by the power of the Ring. They answer only the call of Sauron. There are 9 Ringwraiths, one each for the 9 rings of power that Sauron gave them.
What forest does Treebeard live in?
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Treebeard is an Ent of Fangorn Forest.
Finish this Gandalf quote: "Fly you _____________!
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"Fly you fools!" That's what Gandalf yells to the other members of the Fellowship, as he does battle with the Balrog in the Mines of Moria.
Which of these characters was played by an actor who also appears in Game of Thrones?
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Sean Bean, who plays Boromir in the LOTR films, also plays Ned Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones. Indeed, his casting is part of what makes the first season of Game of Thrones so incredible. After all, what kind of show would kill off a character played by one of the only real, big-name actor they've got? Surely not Game of Thrones...
In which country was the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy filmed?
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Peter Jackson, the director of the trilogy is a New Zealander... so it should come as no surprise that he pushed to use the stunning landscape of his homeland as the backdrop for his epic fantasy series. And based on the incredible uptick in tourism that New Zealand received after the films were released... I'd say it worked out well.

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