Tolkien vs. Jackson: The Lord of the Rings Book vs. Movie Quiz
by Staff
Fans of epic fantasy can get their fix with either version of "Lord of the Rings," but one thing is certain — Peter Jackson's films differ from J.R.R. Tolkien's novels in many ways. Can you tell one version of Middle Earth from another in our Lord of the Rings Book vs. Movie Quiz?

In the novel, who carries Frodo away from the Ringwraiths and takes him to Rivendell?

  • Arwen
  • Gandalf
  • Asfaloth

What scene from the books appears only as a vision in Galadriel's mirror in the movies?

  • The Scouring of the Shire
  • The Awakening of Smaug
  • The Destruction of Isengard

In the novel, where is the broken sword Narsil kept before it is reforged?

  • with Aragorn, in a sheath
  • at Minas Morgul
  • with Elrond in Rivendell

When Faramir is wounded, he is dragged back into Minas Tirith by his horse in the movie. Who carries him into the city in the book?

  • The Witch-King of Angmar
  • Prince Imrahil
  • Aragorn

In one version, Wormtongue is killed by hobbits; in another, he is killed by Legolas. In which version is he killed by Legolas?

  • book
  • movie

In the book, Merry and Pippin meet a hasty ent. What was his name?

  • Snaproot
  • Oakheart
  • Quickbeam

In the movies, Elrond discouraged the marriage between Arwen and Aragorn because she was immortal and would outlive him. What was his condition for the marriage in the novels?

  • that Aragorn agree to come west with the elves
  • that Aragorn take his place as king of the Dúnedain so that he'd be worthy of her
  • that Aragorn find the third elven ring

Which major novel character from the early part of Frodo's journey was infamously ommitted from the movies?

  • Rosie Cotton
  • Tom Bombadill
  • Tom Underhill

The movie version of Denethor is missing a key item that he has in the novel. What is it?

  • the missing shard of Narsil
  • one of the dwarven rings
  • a palantir

Gothmog is a minor character in one version, but plays a greater role in the other. In which version is Gothmog more important?

  • book
  • movie

When the orcs attack Helm's Deep in the movie, the women and children of Rohan are there seeking safety. Where are they in the book?

  • Dunharrow
  • Helm's Deep
  • the Grey havens

In both versions, Sauron is unaware that Frodo has the Ring inside Mordor, but in the book he is concerned that who has it?

  • Gandalf
  • Denethor
  • Aragorn

Ghân-buri-Ghân only appears in which version?

  • book
  • movie

When Eowyn disguises herself as a young man to join the Rohirrim, her secret isn’t revealed until she attacks the Witch-king in the book. Who knows her identity and keeps it a secret in the movie?

  • Merry
  • Aragorn
  • Eorl the Young

Aragorn gives the hobbits elvish swords in the movie, but they carry Dúnedain blades in the novels. Where did they get them?

  • Bilbo gave them out as gifts at his birthday party.
  • They found them in the arsenal at Helm's Deep.
  • They took them from a barrow after Tom Bombadil turned the barrow-wight away.

The movies feature a prologue in which Galadriel explains much of the backstory of the One Ring. Does this prologue appear in the books?

  • yes
  • no

The Army of the Dead joins Aragorn willingly in the novel so that their oath can be fulfilled. What do they do in the movie?

  • resist Aragorn's efforts to call them back from the death realm
  • attack Aragorn and his friends before eventually joining him
  • torment the hobbits with visions of their greatest fears

Gandalf's heritage isn't mentioned in the movies, but is explained in the novels (and their appendices). What is he?

  • a Maiar
  • a half-elf
  • King of the Wizards

In the movie, who casts the spell that makes the river surge and wash away the ringwraiths at the Ford of Bruinen?

  • Arwen
  • Gandalf
  • Elrond

Gandalf solves the riddle of the password to the Gates of Moria in which version?

  • book
  • movie

In the movie, a major character who is present in the book version of the Council of Elrond is absent. Who did they leave out?

  • Bilbo Baggins
  • Denethor
  • Saruman

In the book, no one tries to destroy the ring during the Council of Elrond. Who tries to do it at the movie version of the council?

  • Gimli
  • Elrond
  • Morgoth

Who tortured Gollum and tried to take the Ring to Minas Tirith in the movies, when he was much kinder and more trustworthy in the books?

  • Frodo
  • Faramir
  • Gandalf

The movie condenses much of Gandalf's journey that occurs between Bilbo's birthday and the night Frodo leaves the Shire. What did Gandalf do in that time in the book?

  • confronts Sauron in Dol Guldur, spies on Saruman's orc army, and defeats an army of werewolves in Mirkwood
  • places magical wards on the borders of the Shire, meets with Pallindo, and gives one of the elven rings to Elrond
  • consults Saruman, researches in Minas Tirith, looks for Gollum, and interrogates Gollum once Aragorn finds him

When Sam offers to carry the Ring for him at Cirith Ungol, what does Frodo do in the movie that he does not do in the book?

  • rebuke him and send him away
  • let Sam put on the Ring so he can feel its terrible effect
  • throw the Ring down the stairs they had just climbed

Aragorn falls off a cliff and is thought to be dead in which version?

  • book
  • movie

In the book, the orc Grishnakh is killed in the battle between the Riders of Rohan and the orcs. Who kills him in the movie?

  • Saruman
  • Lurtz
  • Treebeard

An army of elves comes to aid the Rohirrim at Helm's Deep in the movie, but not in the book. Where was the elven army in the book?

  • battling an orc army that was moving toward Lothlórien
  • there was no elven army in the book
  • marching toward Barad-dûr to confront Sauron

In the book, Frodo immediately flees Amon Hen (joined by Sam) after his encounter with Boromir. In the movie, he talks with another member of the Fellowship first. Who?

  • Aragorn
  • Legolas
  • Pippin

In the movie, Gandalf first visits Saruman of his own accord, looking for advice. In the book, someone comes to Gandalf to tell him Saruman wants to meet with him. Who was it?

  • Alatar
  • Radagast
  • Denethor