From Neekerbreekers to Nazgul: The Middle-earth Creatures Quiz
by Staff
Tolkien's Middle-earth is full of strange and fantastic creatures. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the fauna of Tolkien's fantasy realm.

When Merry and Pippin meet Treebeard in Fangorn, what does he tell them the Ents are missing?

  • the Entwives
  • the sun
  • their voices

The Olog-hai are special trolls created by Sauron. How do they differ from the average troll?

  • They are cunning warriors and often lead troops of orcs into battle.
  • Their dark blue skin makes them nearly invisible at night.
  • Sunlight does not turn them to stone.

The shadowy demigod Ungoliant is the mother of all …

  • Balrogs
  • orcs
  • spiders

Shelob lives in the mountains on the western edge of Mordor, guarding the pass known as …

  • Cirith Ungol
  • Imlad Morgul
  • Barad-dur

What forest is infested with especially large and intelligent spiders, all of them the children of Shelob?

  • Mirkwood
  • Fangorn
  • Lothlorien

What does Sam call the loud, annoying insects the hobbits and Strider hear at night in the Midgewater Marshes?

  • dumbledors
  • neekerbreekers
  • midgemockers

Draugluin was the first of what kind of creature?

  • vampire
  • werewolf
  • dragon

It's probably a stretch to call Morgoth a "creature" since he's more like Middle-earth's version of Satan, but let's just go with it. He wielded a mighty weapon called Grond. What kind of weapon was it?

  • a sword
  • an axe
  • a mace

Huan was an immortal dog the size of a horse. According to prophecy, he could only be killed by what?

  • Morgoth
  • the greatest werewolf in the universe
  • the fires of Mount Doom

Speaking of Carcharoth, that magnificent werewolf, he spent the latter years of his life being burned from the inside by something he'd eaten. What was it?

  • the sword Glamdring
  • the One Ring
  • a Silmaril

The undead creatures that nearly kill the hobbits in "The Fellowship of the Ring" are called what?

  • harrow gaunts
  • nightwraiths
  • barrow-wights

The ghost army that Aragorn summons were spirits of men who had broken an oath to whom?

  • Aragorn
  • Isildur
  • Gandalf

Where did Frodo, Sam and Gollum encounter undead creatures in the water, dead faces waiting to lure the living to drown with them?

  • the Barrow-downs
  • the Dead Marshes
  • Amon Sul

What is the name of the mountain where the dragon Smaug lives?

  • Thror
  • the Misty Mountains
  • the Lonely Mountain

The mightiest dragon to ever live was called Ancalagon the …

  • Wrath
  • Black
  • Lord of Dragons

What kind of creature was Gothmog?

  • an Ent
  • a dragon
  • a Balrog

So what exactly is a Balrog?

  • an Ent that was burned by a magical fire in the First Age
  • a piece of the Void shaped by Morgoth
  • a celestial spirit called a Maia that Morgoth corrupted

What is the name of the Balrog that battles Gandalf in the Mines of Moria?

  • Melkir
  • Durin's Bane
  • Gorgoroth

What type of creature is Quickbeam?

  • a troll
  • an Ent
  • an orc

After the War of the Ring, Eowyn gives the hobbits a bunch of gifts, including a horn much beloved by the Rohirrim. The horn supposedly came from the holdings of a creature named Scatha, killed far to the north centuries earlier. What kind of creature was Scatha?

  • a werewolf
  • a dragon
  • a Ringwraith

These creatures are called Mumakil in the land of their origin and by the Gondorians. Sam Gamgee completely flips out when he first sees one. What does he call them?

  • oliphants
  • miramel
  • mountain trolls

The Kine of Araw were legendary oxen. One of them gave up a horn to Vorondil the Hunter, who made it into the Great Horn of Gondor. Who blew that horn for the last time before it was broken?

  • Boromir
  • Aragorn
  • Denethor

The Uruk-hai are "upgraded" versions of what kind of creature?

  • hobbits
  • orcs
  • trolls

When Gandalf spots crowlike birds called crebain, he worries about what?

  • that they are the Nazgul in disguise
  • that a great battle has left many dead
  • that Saruman is using them as spies

What creatures do Gandalf, the dwarves and Bilbo encounter in the Misty Mountains hurling massive stones?

  • Nazgul
  • giants
  • trolls

As the Fellowship enters Moria, they are attacked by the Watcher in the Water using what part of its body?

  • its tentacles
  • its venomous stinger
  • its mouth

Gwaihir is the lord of what?

  • the Great Eagles
  • the sea dragons
  • the Nazgul

Orcs were created by Morgoth as dark, twisted counterparts of what race?

  • Maiar
  • hobbits
  • elves

After the Nazgul lose their horses at the Ford of Bruinen, they switch to creatures called "fell beasts." What were they?

  • Great Eagles that were corrupted by Sauron
  • creations of Sauron made from "shadow-blackened flames"
  • featherless, reptilian flying creatures

What is the name of Gandalf's horse?

  • Greyshadow
  • Shadowfax
  • Eotheod