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From Gandalf to Galadriel: The Middle-earth Names Quiz
by Staff
J.R.R. Tolkien didn’t just invent cool sounding names for characters in "The Lord of the Rings" — he created entire linguistic systems. Are you a top notch Tolkienologist? Take this quiz on Middle-earth names to find out.

What was Gandalf's original name?

  • Glorfindel
  • Olorin
  • Stormcloak

Each of the wizards took a name that matched the color of the robe or cloak that he wore. Before Gandalf fought the Balrog in Moria, he was known as Gandalf the …

  • Grey
  • Green
  • Black

One of the wizards was known for wearing brown. What was his name?

  • Pallando
  • Radagast
  • Turiel

Barad-dur is the name of Sauron's fortress in Mordor. What does that name translate to in the Elven language Sindarin?

  • withered hand
  • evil castle
  • dark tower

While the Sindarin word for tower is "barad," in the Gondorian dialect it's "minas." The walled Gondorian city depicted in "The Return of the King" is known as the Tower of the Guard, or Minas …

  • Tirith
  • Ungol
  • Celebrennor

Minas Tirith had a companion tower, Minas Ithil, the Tower of the Moon. However, it was captured by the Nazgul and became corrupted and evil. The Men of Gondor renamed it the Tower of Dark Sorcery, or Minas …

  • Morgul
  • Ered
  • Udun

The actual name of the Balrog that lived in Moria was unknown, but it was later named for the Dwarven king it killed. What was it called?

  • Ecthelion's Foe
  • the Hammer of Moria
  • Durin's Bane

Name all the Dwarves who visit Bilbo in "The Hobbit" in order of appearance. No, just kidding. Their leader was Thorin II, also known as Thorin …

  • King of Mithril Hall
  • Destroyer of Balrogs
  • Oakenshield

Who is running the Prancing Pony inn when Frodo and friends arrive to meet Gandalf?

  • Barliman Butterbur
  • Old Toby
  • Farmer Maggot

What was the family name of Bilbo's cousin-in-law, Lobelia?

  • Hobbstweedle
  • Sackville-Baggins
  • Brandybuck

The Shire is located in the Northwest region of Middle-earth, which is called …

  • Mirkwood
  • Beleriand
  • Eriador

What is Tom Bombadil's wife's name?

  • Rosie Cotton
  • Halfmoon
  • Goldberry

What was the name of Aragorn's father?

  • Arathorn
  • Denethor
  • Thror

This well-known Elf's name translates to "Greenleaf."

  • Arwen
  • Galadriel
  • Legolas

The Dwarves called their kingdom beneath the Misty Mountains Khazad-dum, but to the Elves it was a black pit even before the Balrog took it. What was the Elvish name for the place?

  • Ephel Duath
  • Morannon
  • Moria

When the Fellowship entered Moria, they found a book that described the events surrounding Balin's attempt to reclaim the Dwarven kingdom. What was the name of the book?

  • the Book of Mazarbul
  • the Braid of Erebor
  • the Red Book of Moria

What was the name of the Elven Ring of power worn by Galadriel?

  • Orthanc
  • Kuzdul
  • Nenya

During the War of the Ring, Gondor is ruled by Denethor II, son of Ecthelion II. Ecthelion was named after whom?

  • a Dunedain lord of old
  • a legendary Elven hero who killed the lord of the Balrogs during the Fall of Gondolin
  • one of the Black Numenoreans of the First Age

What did the people of Eriador know Aragorn as?

  • Greymane
  • Strider
  • Barrow-walker

What is the name of the tower where Saruman lives?

  • Glamdring
  • Minas Harad
  • Orthanc

Orthanc is part of larger fortress called what?

  • Isengard
  • Rhovanion
  • Fangorn

Who is the king of Rohan during the War of the Ring?

  • Theoden
  • Eomyr
  • Thorongil

Who was the worm-tongued advisor who led Theoden into decline?

  • Snaga
  • Grima
  • Lotho

What does "Eowyn" (who is Theoden's niece) mean?

  • willow-woman
  • horse-joy
  • wight-slayer

What is the Dwarven name of the mountain Bilbo and the Dwarves seek to reclaim from Smaug in "The Hobbit"?

  • Erebor
  • Dunethil
  • Feorl

Who cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand using his father's broken sword in the Second Age, at the Siege of Barad-dur during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men?

  • Isildur
  • Boromir
  • Cirdan

What was the name of the sword Isildur used to cut off Sauron's fingers?

  • Glamdring
  • Valinor
  • Narsil

What is Gollum's real name?

  • Turin
  • Feanor
  • Smeagol

What is Merry's full name?

  • Meriadoc Brandybuck
  • Merrydan Brandywine
  • Merineth Bucklebur

Who created the Rings of Power (except for the One Ring)?

  • Allatar
  • Glorfindel
  • Celebrimbor