Immortal Grace: The Middle-earth Elves Quiz

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Elves are deeply connected to nearly every aspect of Tolkien's rich fictional history of Middle-earth. See how much you know about the legends of battle, romance, heroism and betrayal with this Middle-earth Elves quiz.

Which Elf created the Rings of Power?

Celebrimbor, a master craftsman in the Elf kingdom of Eregion, forged nine rings for Men and seven rings for Dwarves with the help of a disguised Sauron. Celebrimbor then created the three Elven rings himself, without Suraon's direct instruction. Sauron later forged the One Ring so that he could control all the others.

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True or False: Elves are immortal.

Elves in Middle-earth do age, but they never die of natural causes and are immune to all diseases. They can be killed through violence, but even then their spirit is reincarnated into an identical body in Valinor. They could even choose to travel back to Middle-earth in the new body if they want to, but very few Elves have ever done this.

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Who is the king of the Woodland Realm when Bilbo and the Dwarves pass through Mirkwood on their way to Erebor?

The Silvan Elf Thranduil rules the Woodland Realm, although at that point the kingdom is rather small due to Sauron's presence in Mirkwood.

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What other notable Elf is Thranduil's son?

Legolas is Thranduil's son.

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Which Elves rule as the king and queen of Lothlórien?

Celeborn and Galadriel are the rulers of Lothlórien from the beginning of the Third Age until they leave for Valinor after the War of the Ring.

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What were the three gems crafted by Fëanor in the First Age called?

Fëanor filled the three Silmarils with light from the Two Trees, divine trees that lit the world before the sun and moon were created. After Morgoth and Ungoliant destroyed the trees, the Silmarils were the only sources of this divine light left in Middle-earth.

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Who stole the Silmarils from Fëanor?

Fëanor began to covet the jewels after the trees were destroyed, but Morgoth stole them and placed them in his Iron Crown.

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What did Fëanor do after the Silmarils were stolen?

The Oath of Fëanor was a decision that caused incredible tragedy for the Elves in the First Age, since it forced Fëanor and his sons to attack and destroy their own people.

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What happened immediately after Beren and Lúthien recovered one of the Silmarils from the Iron Crown?

Beren lost his hand and the Silmaril to the great werewolf Carcharoth.

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What tragically ironic thing happened when the last of Fëanor's sons finally recovered the remaining two Silmarils?

The Silmarils had been enchanted from their creation so that they burned the flesh of any evil thing that touched them, which was bad news for the last two sons of Fëanor, who had done all kinds of terrible things to get their hands on them (it didn’t work out so well for Carcharoth either).

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When Fëanor convinced the Noldor clan to leave Valinor for Middle-earth to reclaim the Silmarils from Morgoth, their fellow Elves the Teleri refused to let them use their ships. This led to what event?

The Noldor killed the Teleri and took their ships, an event known as the First Kinslaying. There were two more Kinslayings, all of them directly related to the Silmarils.

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Why is Legolas in Rivendell for the Council of Elrond?

He only goes to Rivendell to bring news of Gollum's escape, but decides to join the Fellowship once there.

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What is the name of the Elf who helps defeat the Ringwraiths at the Ford of Bruinen?

Glorfindel was a great Elf hero (and one of the few who ever returned to Middle-earth after reincarnation). His heroics at the Ford of Bruinen were performed by Arwen in the film version.

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Elrond was present when Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand.

Elrond was born during the First Age and was present for many of the major events in Middle-earth's history, including the defeat of Sauron by Isildur.

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Elrond's three children were Elrohir, Elladan and…

Arwen was Elrond's daughter (Galadriel was her grandmother on her mother's side).

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What is the Elven name for Rivendell?

Rivendell was founded as an Elven fortress and sanctuary called Imladris during a great war in the Second Age.

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Sindarin was the common language spoken by Elves. What was the formal, academic language of the Elves?

The formal language of the Elves was called Quenya.

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What choice does Arwen make when she marries Aragorn?

Because she has both human and Elf ancestors, Arwen is able to choose to remain an immortal Elf or become mortal and die in Middle-earth. She chooses to be a mortal to stay in Middle-earth with Aragorn.

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Who did Eärendil ask for help in defeating Morgoth at the end of the First Age?

The Valar agreed to sail from Valinor to Middle-earth with Eärendil to defeat Morgoth.

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The three Elven Rings of Power were Vilya, Nenya and…

The third ring was called Narya. Gandalf has it during the events of "The Lord of the Rings."

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The names of the Elven rings translate to what?

The rings were named for the elements.

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The Elven rings could be wielded safely in the years after Sauron was defeated at the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. What two locations were they used to protect?

The power of the rings was used to protect Rivendell and to preserve the beauty of Lothlórien.

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What was the name of the secret Elven city hidden from Morgoth in a ring of mountains?

The destruction of Gondolin after its location was betrayed by the jealous Elf Maeglin was one of the great tragedies of the First Age.

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What do some Elves gain when they are very old?

Elves are beardless, but some grow beards when they are very old. The beard is often the only physical sign of aging on an Elf.

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What is the Straight Road?

The Straight Road could only be traversed by certain Elven ships. Because Aman (the land where Valinor could be found) had been moved from Middle-earth, the Straight Road actually led up into the sky, but also sort of into another dimension.

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What great deed did Ecthelion accomplish while defending Gondolin?

Ecthelion pulled Gothmog into a fountain in Gondolin, drowning both himself and Gothmog. Gothmog was the fifth Balrog Ecthelion killed that day.

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Were the Elves born in Valinor or Middle-earth?

The Elves were created by Ilúvatar and awakened at Lake Cuiviénen, far to the east of Middle-earth.

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What were Dark Elves?

Dark Elves were those who had never seen the light of the Two Trees in Valinor.

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What artifact did Galadriel use to see visions of the past and future?

Galadriel, Frodo and Sam all gazed into Galadriel's mirror.

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What two Elvish heroes died in physical combat with Sauron at the Last Alliance of Elves and Men?

Though they defeated Sauron in hand-to-hand combat, Gil-galad was burned to death by the heat emanating from Sauron's hands and Elendil was killed as well. It was Elendil's broken sword that Isildur used to slice off Sauron's fingers.

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