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Author - J R R Tolkien
Middle Earth's Misty Mountains were inspired by Tolkien's visit to the Swiss Alps.

Author - J R R Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in South Africa in 1892 to British parents. The family moved back to its native city of Birmingham following the death of Tolkien’s father in 1896. His new surroundings were a great influence on the future author and provided the inspiration for Hobbiton and the Shire.

Tolkien’s mother died when he was 16 years old and he was subsequently brought up by a Catholic Priest, growing up to be devoutly religious. He served as a lieutenant in World War One, then pursued an academic career after the war’s end, eventually becoming Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. Here he befriended CS Lewis, the author of the Narnia books.

Tolkien wrote stories to amuse his four children. One of these, The Hobbit, was published in 1936. This was very popular and spawned the sequel The Lord of the Rings, published 8 years later. He died in 1973, an academic most famous for his works of fantasy.

1.
In which country was Tolkien born?
Canada
New Zealand
Norway
South Africa
He was born in Bloemfontein in 1892
2.
In The Hobbit, what type of creature is Smaug?
A dragon
An elf
A goblin
A troll
He's one of the last great dragons of Middle Earth
3.
In the Middle Earth universe, what is the name of the volcano in Mordor, the dwelling place of Sauron?
Mount Death
Mount Desolation
Mount Despair
Mount Doom
It's where Sauron forged the One Ring
4.
What is the name of the wizard who appears in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings?
Gandalf
Gollum
Grendel
Grundel
Gandalf the Grey is one of the five wizards sent to Middle Earth by the Valar, along with Saruman the White, Radagast the Brown and the two Blue wizards whose names are unknown
5.
What is the first name of Tolkien's son, who edited and published The Silmarillion after his father's death?
Christian
Christopher
Clement
Conrad
Tolkien had four children, John, Michael, Christopher and Priscilla
6.
Published in 1954, what is the title of the first volume in The Lord of the Rings trilogy?
The Brotherhood of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Return of the Ring
The Secret of the Ring
Tolkien had wanted The Lord of the Rings to be published as one volume but a shortage of paper after World War Two meant that it had to be split into three parts
7.
Who is the hero of the 1937 story The Hobbit?
Balbo Baggins
Balbo Biggins
Bilbo Baggins
Bilbo Biggins
Bilbo was the uncle, the first cousin and the second cousin of Frodo Baggins, the hero of The Lord of the Rings
8.
What is the name of the painter who appears in Tolkien's 1964 book Tree and Leaf?
Naggle
Niggle
Noggle
Nuggle
In the story Niggle becomes so attentive of one of his paintings, begun merely to please himself, that his other works suffer. Some see this as reminiscent of Tolkien's Middle Earth mythology which was created for his own pleasure but grew to epic proportions and contained amazing attention to detail
9.
Who directed the three Lord of the Rings films, made between 2001 and 2003?
James Cameron
Jonathan Demme
Peter Jackson
Sam Mendes
Jackson made many changes to the story. Much is condensed and a very large amount is left out whilst some new material, not found in Tolkien's book, is added
10.
The Misty Mountains, part of his fantasy world Middle-earth, were based on Tolkien's 1911 holiday in which country?
Austria
Italy
Germany
Switzerland
In a letter he wrote 57 years later, Tolkien says that the journey across the Misty Mountains described in The Hobbit is directly based on his own adventures as he hiked from the town of Interlaken to the village of Lauterbrunnen

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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