Sunday, 10 January 2016

[Round Two] The Evernight Facebook Group's Big LOTRO Quiz 2016!

A few nights had passed since the first round of Evernight's Big LOTRO Quiz 2016. Hobbits had since eaten eight times their bodyweight, Dwarves had hollowed a fair few barrels of ale, Men and Women had made many a trip to the hunting lodge to have their meats smoked and salted. Of course, time did not affect Elves, and so nothing had changed for them and they continued glamorously sulking about. The Beornings, however, had used every Tailor in the land to mend their torn clothing after each transition from man to bear.

There was a quiet calm in the air. A quiet calm, that is, until Hannihr approached the Bree Town Stage.

"My dear People!" Hannihr announced, as she reached centre stage. "Thank you for your patience! It has been too long since Round One. To show my thanks, I have increased the winnings. An extra 100 gold coins are now in the pot! Good things come to those who wait. But remember, not all that glitters is gold!"

"The winnings for the Big LOTRO Quiz 2016 are as follows: 200 gold coins, level and class appropriate armour, a commemorative cloak, an almost infinite amount of ales, wines and beers, as well as an interview with yourself featured in Evernight's occasionally daily newspaper, The Evernight Report!" Hannihr took a hefty swig of her drink before continuing.

"Round two is dedicatedly solely to LITERATURE BY TOLKIEN AND TOLKIEN SCHOLARS*. This round will be particularly difficult, so do your best!"

*Tolkien Scholars refer to writers who are knowledgeable in Tolkien literature (published essays, critical literature, translations and commentary).

"Let Round Two begin! Good luck!"

Round Two

Question One
In the Tales of the Perilous Realm Tolkien's poem "The Mewlips" is featured in the Chapter "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil". What are Mewlips? (1 point) And where to they live? (1 point). Hint: if you do not have the Tales of the Perilous Realm to hand, watch my reading the poem instead!

Question Two
Mark Walker published Hobbitus Ille in 2012: a translation of J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit into Latin. What does "immo foramen-hobbitum, ergo commodum" mean in English?

Question Three
In The Silmarillion Tolkien writes of heroic adventures in the First Age. Explain how the Earth became spherical, when it was once flat.

Question Four
In Unfinished Tales Tolkien talks of Hador Goldenhead. Of which faction did Hador Goldenhead belong?

Question Five
In The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King who says "We will burn like heathen kings before ever a ship sailed hither from the West." (1 point)? And what do the messengers do in reply (1 point)?

Question Six
In The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers name the chapter that begins with "The sun was sinking behind the long western arm of the mountains when Gandalf and his companions, and the king with his Riders, set out again from Isengard."?

Question Seven
Name Aragorn II's son.

Question Eight
What are the names of the two wizards whose names are not mentioned in The Lord of the Rings?

Question Nine
Who was the First Dark Lord?

Question Ten
When Ancalagon the Black died, what happened to the ground beneath him?

Sunday, 3 January 2016

First Round Video: Evernight Facebook Group's Big LOTRO Quiz 2016!

[Round One] The Evernight Facebook Group's Big LOTRO Quiz 2016!

Barliman Butterbur is cleaning a few ale cups, humming a tune as old as the hills of Bree Land. He has seen you and other members of Evernight in and out of the pub for many moons now, and pours you a Barliman's Best (The Prancing Pony's finest, and that's saying a lot).

"Welcome, weary travellers! Take up armchairs, rest on rugs and gather round tables by the fire just down the other side of the room there, right by that elf lass in the white dress. Your adventures have taken you far, and to celebrate such a wonderful day as Mister Tolkien's birthday, Hannihr'll be hosting a quiz!"

Barliman gestures to the north wall, and passes out cheese, meat, bread and fruit to you and your friends as you pass. The smell of roasted lamb and smoked pork greets you as you sit by the stone and mahogany fire place.

The chill of the winter outside is long forgotten, as your toast your toes near the hearth. The room is warm, welcoming, and is lost in a time of party and pleasure. A Rohirrim man stands to the left of the fire, dressed comfortably and playing a cheerful tune on his lute.

Hannihr the elf Guardian approaches the fire, drinks the contents of her ale in one, and burps slightly.

"Mae Govannen my dear People! Today is Tolkien's one hundredth and twenty fourth birthday: he is twelthy-fourth today! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves as much as I am *hic*.

I shall not keep you long, I have called you all together for a Purpose.

Indeed, for Three Purposes! First of all, to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that 5 months of in game time is too short a time to play among such excellent and admirable players.

Secondly, to celebrate Professor Tolkien's birthday. Together we score one thousand, three hundred and forty-three.

Thirdly and finally, I wish to make an ANNOUNCEMENT. I am happy to announce that the quiz may now begin! May the best Hobbit, Elf, Man, Dwarf or Beorning win!"

Hannihr took out a tattered scroll. It had been well used, and as she opened it for inspection, runes formed out of light and rose to the ceiling where the spiders were keeping warm.

All in the Prancing Pony listened carefully, and gently placed down their cups.

"Each round has nine questions. This round, Round One, is dedicated to the FILMS in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, good luck!

Round One

Question One
When Denethor asks Pippin to sing for him, which member of the cast for the film created the melody for the song "Mist and Shadows"?

Question Two
Who composed the music for the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Question Three
Which prop was Orlando Bloom given on the last day of shooting as a gift?

Question Four
Whose helmet shows the runes that state "Lammen Gorthaur"?

Question Five
Fans of the LOTR films noticed an attractive looking elf, who was thus named "Figwit" (Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!), who played Figwit?

Question Six
What is the name of the song that Annie Lennox sings at the end of the Return of the King?

Question Seven
Which member of the cast said this? "When I first read 'Lord of the Rings,' I wanted to see a film of it. But at that time, the technology wasn't there; there was no such thing as CGI"

Question Eight
How many strands of hair did Galadriel give Gimli? (for an extra point: who originally wanted a strand of Galadriel's hair many years before Gimili met Galadriel?)

Question Nine
Which member of the cast was so afraid of helicopters that they decided to walk up a mountain for 2 hours for shooting the film, instead of flying?

That is the end of Round One. Round Two is coming shortly!