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!
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"?
Who composed the music for the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
Which prop was Orlando Bloom given on the last day of shooting as a gift?
Whose helmet shows the runes that state "Lammen Gorthaur"?
Fans of the LOTR films noticed an attractive looking elf, who was thus named "Figwit" (Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!), who played Figwit?
What is the name of the song that Annie Lennox sings at the end of the Return of the King?
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"
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?)
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!