From Gandalf to Galadriel: The Middle-earth Names Quiz
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?
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 …
One of the wizards was known for wearing brown. What was his name?
Barad-dur is the name of Sauron's fortress in Mordor. What does that name translate to in the Elven language Sindarin?
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 …
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 …
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?
the Hammer of Moria
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
Who is running the Prancing Pony inn when Frodo and friends arrive to meet Gandalf?
What was the family name of Bilbo's cousin-in-law, Lobelia?
The Shire is located in the Northwest region of Middle-earth, which is called …
What is Tom Bombadil's wife's name?
What was the name of Aragorn's father?
This well-known Elf's name translates to "Greenleaf."
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?
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?
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?
What is the name of the tower where Saruman lives?
Orthanc is part of larger fortress called what?
Who is the king of Rohan during the War of the Ring?
Who was the worm-tongued advisor who led Theoden into decline?
What does "Eowyn" (who is Theoden's niece) mean?
What is the Dwarven name of the mountain Bilbo and the Dwarves seek to reclaim from Smaug in "The Hobbit"?
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?
What was the name of the sword Isildur used to cut off Sauron's fingers?
What is Gollum's real name?
What is Merry's full name?
Who created the Rings of Power (except for the One Ring)?