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Are you looking for the best trivia quiz for true fans of J.R.R. Tolkiens works? Then you’ve come to the right spot!

This The Lord of the Rings Trivia Quiz is full of fascinating facts about Middle-earth, the LotR books, and movies! Below you’ll find 15 questions about The Lord of the Rings Movies and 15 questions about The Lord of the Rings Books + answers! And for the hardcore fans, we’ve also collected 10 facts as a bonus at the end!

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The Lord of the Rings Movie Trivia Questions

Since more people have watched The Lord of the Rings movies than read the books, let’s start with the films, shall we?

Below you’ll find 15 exciting questions about The Lord of the Rings movies and how they came to be. I’m sure you’ll learn something new and exciting!

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So, let’s start! Here are 15 The Lord of the Rings Movie Trivia Questions for you to kick things off!

1. What is the first voice heard in The Fellowship of the Ring?

  • Frodo
  • Bilbo
  • Gandalf
  • Galadriel
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Galadriel

The Lady of the woods of Lothlórien narrates the prologue in which she talks about the Rings of Power and the War of the Last Alliance.

2. What actor was intentionally cast as Aragorn?

  • Christian Bale
  • Stuart Townsend
  • Russell Crowe
  • Matt Damon
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Stuart Townsend

Townsend was initially cast as Aragorn. But after several shooting days, director Peter Jackson realized that they needed an older actor for that part.

3. What is Treebeard’s catchphrase?

  • “No need to rush.”
  • “Don’t be hasty.”
  • “Don’t bother.”
  • “Life finds its way.”
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“Don’t be hasty.”

Of course, it’s “Don’t be hasty.”

4. What’s the name of Saruman’s spy in Rohan?

  • Grima
  • Gurin
  • Groin
  • Gruul
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Grima

Grima Wormtongue is an advisor to King Theoden. His task is to keep Rohan fragile. Because of him, Saruman can cast a deadly spell on Theoden.

5. Who kills the Witch-king?

  • Merry
  • Saruman
  • Eowyn
  • Aragorn
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Eowyn

Disguised as a man, King Theoden’s niece, Eowyn, rides into battle. As the Witch-king almost kills her uncle, she rushes to his defense. The Witch-king says, she shall get out of his way since it was foretold that he’d never fall by the hand of a man. Eowyn then reveals that she is not a man and slays the Witch-king.

6. What actor was initially meant to portray Gandalf?

  • Christopher Lee
  • Sean Connery
  • Mark Margolis
  • Michael Caine
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Sean Connery

Sean Connery was initially meant to portray Gandalf. But he didn’t understand the script, so he turned it down.

7. How many Academy Awards did The Lord of the Rings trilogy win?

  • 12
  • 17
  • 8
  • 21
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17

In total, the trilogy won seventeen Academy Awards: four for The Fellowship of the Ring, two for The Two Towers, and eleven for The Return of the King. The Return of the King also won every Oscar for which it was nominated. Tied with films like Titanic and Ben-Hur, it is the film with the most Oscars awarded.

8. What is the Elvish Waybread called?

  • Lembas
  • Lembash
  • Lumbas
  • Lumbash
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Lembas

Lembas, also called Elven bread or Waybread, is a unique travel food made by the Elves. It is so rich that a bite is said to satisfy a man for a whole day.

9. In which direction does Gandalf ask Aragorn to look on the first light on the fifth day?

  • North
  • East
  • South
  • West
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East

Did you know this actually never happens in the books? There he cries: “Keep well the Lord of the Mark, till I return. Await me at Helm’s Gate! Farewell!”

10. Who does Sam marry at the end of The Lord of the Rings?

  • Rosie Cotton
  • Daisy Rose
  • Laura Silk
  • Daisy Took
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Rosie Cotton

Sam several times reveals that he has a crush on a Hobbit girl named Rosie Cotton. But shy as he is, he never talks to her. Finally, after Frodo and he destroyed the One Ring, he returns to the shire and approaches Rosie, now that he is so brave. And the rest, as they call it, is history.

11. How many years did Bilbo have the One Ring before he gave it to Frodo?

  • 60
  • 50
  • 40
  • 70
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60

Bilbo found the ring in his adventure during The Hobbit, and had it for roughly 60 years, extending his life with it.

12. Who played the character of Samwise Gamgee?

  • Sean Astin
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Elijah Wood
  • John Rhys-Davies
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Sean Astin

While Orlando Bloom portrayed Legolas, Elijah Wood played Frodo, John Rhys-Davis Gimli, and Sean Astin Samwise Gamgee!

13. What does Gondor use to call for help when they are attacked?

  • Horns
  • Fire beacons
  • Bells
  • Ravens
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Fire beacons

Gondor uses their warning beacons as an alarm system in case of attack. They are placed on seven foot-hills in the range of the White Mountains.

14. What does Pippin drop when he realizes Aragorn and company are tracking them?

  • A Lembas
  • A Leaf of Lorien
  • A glove
  • A wristband
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The Leaf of Lorien

He drops the Leaf of Lorien, one of the brooches the members of The Fellowship of the Ring received from Galadriel.

15. Because of what did Sean Bean trek up a mountain in costume?

  • Method acting
  • A prank
  • Fear of flying
  • He overslept
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Fear of flying

Sean Bean, the actor of Boromir, stated that he turned down the helicopter ride up to the mountain top because he used to be “a bit terrified of flying”.

So, how did you do? Were these questions too tough for you or a piece of cake? Did you learn something new? I sure hope you did!

Now that we’ve got the movies over and done with, let’s continue to The Lord of the Rings books! Let’s see who’s the truest fan of them all!

The Lord of the Rings Book Trivia Questions

Let’s separate the wheat from the chaff: Here are 15 questions about The Lord of the Rings books. Some questions are so hard that I’m sure you’ll have to look the answers up! Do you think otherwise? Then prove it!

1. J.R.R. Tolkien was friends with which other famous writer?

  • George Orwell
  • Virginia Woolf
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Agatha Christie
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C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is the author of The Chronicles of Narnia. Many say they were best friends, but their relationship was still a little bit complicated. Even though they once were very close, they split up one day because of many reasons. After Lewis died, Tolkien was devastated.

2. What is the name of “The White City”?

  • Minas Tirith
  • Angband
  • Osgiliath
  • Edoras
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Minas Tirith

The White City is called Minas Tirith. It is the capital city of Gondor and consists of several layers.

3. How is the Ent called that carries Pippin and Merry through Fangorn Forest?

  • Pineburn
  • Tendertwig
  • Treebeard
  • Hardbirch
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Treebeard

Merry and Pippin escape from the Orcs in The Two Towers, only to run into the infamously dangerous Fangorn Forest, where they are captured by Treebeard, who later becomes their ally.

4. Who is meant by “The Lord of the Rings”?

  • Frodo
  • Sauron
  • Gollum
  • Bilbo
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Sauron

Sauron is the one who created the Rings of Power as well as the One Ring to rule them all, hence the name “The Lord of the Rings.”

5. Who took the One Ring after The Dark Lord had been defeated?

  • Isildur
  • Galadriel
  • Smeagol
  • Elrond
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Isildur

After Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron’s hand, he took it and refused to destroy it. After Orcs killed Isildur, the Ring was lost for nearly 2,500 years and later found by Smeagol.

  • The Prancing Pony
  • The Green Dragon
  • The Blue Bird
  • The Drinking Badger
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The Green Dragon

The Green Dragon Inn is a popular inn, that is frequently visited by Hobbits.

7. How is Sauron’s fortress in Mordor called?

  • Olog-thir
  • Minas Tirith
  • Minas Morghul
  • Barad-dûr
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Barad-dûr

Barad-dûr means “Dark Fortress” and is Sauron’s main stronghold in Mordor.

8. Where is The Fellowship of the Ring formed?

  • Hobbiton
  • Rivendell
  • Bywater
  • Lothlórien
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Rivendell

The Fellowship of the Ring formed in Rivendell at the Council of Elrond. There they decided what to do with the One Ring.

9. What is the Elvish word for friend?

  • Muindor
  • Nimrais
  • Silme
  • Mellon
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Mellon

During the Quest of the Ring, the fellowship approached the Doors of Durin on which a riddle was engraved: “Speak friend and enter.” Gandalf finally solved it. The solution was the Elvish word for friend “Mellon”.

10. Which race is Aragorn?

  • Númenórean
  • Human
  • Half-Elf
  • Istari
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Númenórean

Aragorn is a Númenórean, a race also known as the Kings among Men. They had been increased in body and mind and were granted a lifespan of an average 200 years.

11. Where do Elves go when they leave Middle-earth?

  • Valinor
  • Aman
  • Belegaer
  • Endor
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Valinor

The Undying Lands or Valinor, the Land across the Sea, is where Elves once dwelt and return again later on. Also, those who bore the One Ring are allowed to go there.

12. What was Gollum’s original name?

  • Deagol
  • Mullog
  • Smeagol
  • Cyne
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Smeagol

Before he became the creature we know as Gollum due to the corruption of the One Ring, his name was Smeagol. He was a Hobbit. The name Gollum was given to him because of his weird coughing and gargling, which sound exactly like that.

13. How many months were The Hobbits away before they come home?

  • 11
  • 13
  • 14
  • 18
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13

The entire story of The Lord of the Rings takes 13 months.

14. Gandalf isn’t the only Wizard in Middle-earth. So, how many are there in total?

  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 8
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5

The Wizards were initially known as the Istari, which once were Maiar spirits sent to Middle-earth to aid the Free People against Sauron.

15. When was The Fellowship of the Ring initially published?

  • 1954
  • 1959
  • 1956
  • 1961
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1954

After a long back and forth, the book was finally released in 1954. Initially, it was planned to be released in 1950!

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Bonus: The Lord of the Rings Trivia Facts

As a little bonus, we’ve gathered 10 of the most fascinating facts about The Lord of the Rings of which we are sure you’ll enjoy!

1. Actor Viggo Mortensen is a badass

Can you remember the scene in which Aragorn kicked an Uruk-Hai’s helmet and screamed? Unfortunately, that scream was not an act: Actor Viggo Mortensen broke two of his toes when kicking the hard metal. But instead of breaking character, he took advantage of the pain of the broken bones and screamed, which suited the scene perfectly.

2. Sam’s mockup pony

Sam’s pony wasn’t a real one; in fact, it was actually two people in a costume.

3. The Lord of the Rings was almost a single movie

The script for The Lord of the Rings trilogy went through a lot of revisions. Initially, the movie adaptation was meant to be only two instead of three movies! However, producers even tried to convince Jackson into making it into a single film because of the ballooning budget. Thank goodness that didn’t happen, and the producers could be convinced otherwise.

4. Actor Viggo Mortensen is a badass part 2

Viggo Mortensen not only broke his toes. He also lost part of a tooth during a fight scene. However, he insisted that they superglued it back on so they could keep on working.

5. Saruman was almost Gandalf

Initially, Christopher Lee wanted to play Gandalf. But sooner or later, he realized that he was too old to play such an action-heavy part.

6. Sean Bean was reading his script during a shot

In the Council of Elrond, Sean Bean was reading his script. Since the script was changed so many times, often the night before shooting, it was tough to keep track of what to say or not to say. That’s why Sean Bean had the script taped to his knee during his infamous speech of “One does not simply walk into Mordor.”

7. Elijah Wood “cosplayed” for his role

For his audition tape, Elijah Wood created his own Hobbit costume and cosplayed in the woods. He certainly did a good job. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have gotten the role!

8. Murderous Frodo

Initially, Frodo was meant to kill Gollum in the movie adaptation. In one scene, Frodo pushed Gollum into Mount Doom, but they later reshot that scene since it was very un-Tolkien-like.

9. Bearded ladies

A lot of the Riders of Rohan were, in fact, women with beards. Since New Zealand had so many good female riders, they wanted to take advantage of that.

10. Only one actor really met Tolkien

Christopher Lee was the only person involved in the films that actually met Tolkien once. He was a big fan and stated that he had read the books once every year of his life until he passed away in 2015.

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