Special Sub-Topic: "The Fellowship Of The Ring" In Song
|Perhaps the most famous words in this book are these: " The Road goes ever on and on / down from the door where it began / Now far ahead the Road has gone / And I must follow, if I can ". They were sung first by Bilbo as he set off from Bag End for the last time, after his birthday party. Once through singing, he walked away into the night. Did he go alone? |
no. I had not even noticed, until I prepared this quiz, that the story included three dwarves accompanying Bilbo on his journey. I wish I could tell you who they were, but their names are not mentioned here.
|Next in line, and possibly just as well known, is the Ring-verse. All you have to do is finish the phrase: " One Ring to rule them all / One Ring to find them / One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them / In the land of Mordor where the..."|
Shadows lie. Gandalf quotes this ancient verse to Frodo in his kitchen, translating it into the Common Tongue. In its original tongue it went (excluding the last phrase: " Ash nazg durbatuluk / ash nazg gimbatul / ash nazg thrakatuluk / agh burzum-ishi krimpatul". Gandalf later scandalizes the Council Of Elrond by speaking these words in Rivendell.
|We've all heard Billy Boyd's beautiful onscreen rendition of this poem: " Home is behind, the world ahead, / And there are many paths to tread / Through shadows to the edge of night, / Until the stars are all alight." But can you remember the last sentence of this cheerful walking - song?|
And then to bed. Frodo, Sam and Pippin sang this song as they travelled away from the Shire one night. Moments after they sang the last line, they had a close call with a Black Rider, but were saved by the approach of a party of elves.
|As Frodo and company travelled from the Shire, they met a company of people who were singing a song to a lady: " Snow-White! Snow-White! O Lady clear! / O Queen beyond the Western Seas! / O Light to us that wander here / Amid the world of woven trees!" What is the name of this lady?|
Elbereth & Varda. Elbereth was one of the Valar, the angel-like rulers of Valanor, over the sea, which the Elves called Elvenhome.
|In Frodo's house at Crickhollow, Pippin - thoroughly enjoying himself in the washroom - sings a rowdy song in praise of what?|
Hot Water. Frodo and Pippin were bathing before dinner, and Pippin enjoyed it so much, he burst into song, abruptly terminating his bath by splashing most of it onto the floor in his exuberance.
|Wandering in the Old Forest, Frodo and Sam are beside themselves, until they hear Tom Bombadil booming out, "Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo! / Ring a dong! hop along! Fal lal the willow! / Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!" Why did they run to Tom with cries for help?|
Merry and Pippin were caught in the willow tree. Here entered the most interesting character in the book. Tom Bombadil was jolly and fun-loving, yet capable of commanding trees and evil spirits, and - most fascinating - unaffected by the Ring. He freed Merry and Pippin from the tree, and took all the hobbits home and gave them food, bed and help on their journey.
|The Hobbits were trapped in a most desperate situation, which only Frodo was capable of getting them out of. He sang this song as a cry for help: "Ho! Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo! / By water, wood and hill, by the reed and willow, / By fire, sun and moon, harken now and hear us! / Come, Tom Bombadil, for our need is near us!" By what terrible creatures were the hobbits imprisoned?|
Barrow-wights. Barrow-wights were ghostly creatures that had come to inhabit the ancient tombs (or barrows) which lay in the fearsome Barrow Downs on the edge of the Old Forest. A wight had captured Merry, Pippin and Sam, but it had not yet completely taken Frodo, and he was able to cry out with the song which Tom Bombadil had made the hobbits learn before they left his house. Tom promptly drove out the wight, and had each hobbit take a knife from the treasure inside.
|"There is an inn, a merry old inn / beneath an old grey hill, / And there they brew a beer so brown / That the Man in the Moon himself came down / one night to drink his fill." So begins a merry song which Frodo sings at The Prancing Pony. Tolkien implies that a shadow of this song is remembered in which well-known nursery rhyme?|
Hey Diddle Diddle & Cat and Fiddle & Cat and the Fiddle & The Cat and the Fiddle. It has always amused me that Tolkien chose to reference a child's nursery rhyme for one of his songs. It's a clever bit of storytelling, which makes the book seem more like a real history.
After Frodo finishes the song, he begins to sing it again, and becomes too vigorous, falling off the table and "accidentally" putting on the Ring in public.
|Travelling through the Wild with the mysterious Strider, the other hobbits are surprised when Sam breaks into an old song: "Gil-galad was an Elven-king. / Of him the harpers sadly sing: / the last whose realm was fair and free / between the Mountains and the Sea." Gil-galad, whom the song speaks of, was the doomed captain of an Elven army fighting in which battle?|
The Battle of Dagorlad. Gil-galad was part of the Last Alliance betwen Men and Elves, along with Elendil, King of Gondor. Both kings were slain in the battle, but their armies were ultimately victorious: Sauron was, for the time being, defeated.
|At the Council of Elrond, one person spoke of a verse which had come to him in a dream and driven him to come to Rivendell. The verse was this: "Seek for the Sword that was broken: / In Imladris it dwells; / There shall be counsels taken / Stronger than Morgul-spells. / There shall be shown a token / That Doom is near at hand, / For Isildur's Bane shall waken, / And the Halfling forth shall stand." Who quoted this verse?|
Boromir. This dream actually came to Boromir's brother Faramir first ("a dream came to my brother in a troubled sleep;.."), and recurred several times. It came only once to Boromir. That interesting fact leads one to speculate on what might have happened had Faramir made the journey instead of Boromir.
|Gandalf chants, "Annon edhellen, edro hi ammen! / Fennas nogothrim, lasto beth lammen!", while attempting what task?|
Opening the doors of Moria. Gandalf speaks many spells towards the doors, but this is the only one we hear, although these words could apparently be reordered into many different, though similar, incantations. The door eventually opens when he realizes (on his own, without help from Frodo) that the inscription is actually a riddle, which includes the password which will open the doors.
|"The world was young, the mountains green, / No stain yet on the Moon was seen, / No words were laid on stream or stone / When Durin woke and walked alone. / He named the nameless hills and dells; / He drank from yet untasted wells; / He sttoped and looked in Mirrormere, / And saw a crown of stars appear, / As gems upon a silver thread, / Above the shadow of his head." This was a long song sung by Gimli in the Mines of Moria. Or was it? You decide.|
yes. Gimli's song spoke of the founding of Khazad-dum, and its many splendors. He sang it to counter Sam's assumption that Moria had always been a "darksome hole."
|Who was the maiden described in this verse sung by Legolas? "An Elven-maid there was of old, / A shining star by day: / Her mantle white was hemmed with gold, / Her shoes of silver-grey. // A star was bound upon her brows, / A light was on her hair / As sun upon the golden boughs / in Lorien the fair."|
Nimrodel. The Fellowship was resting by a stream on the border of Lothlorien, when they fancied they could hear a voice in the water. Legolas told them the story of an Elf-maid who bore the same name as the stream: Nimrodel, who never came to the ship where her people waited to sail to Elvenhome. She was never found.
|Frodo, while listening to the Elves singing, wrote this song in lament of Gandalf's death: "A lord of wisdom throned he sat, / swift in anger, quick to laugh; / an old man in a battered hat / who leaned upon a thorny staff." What name did the Elves most love to call Gandalf by? |
Mithrandir. Mithrandir meant Grey Pilgirm, an apt description for Gandalf before he was remade. Olorin was another of his names, but Elessar was the name Galadriel gave to Aragorn, and Elentari referred to Elbereth, Queen of the stars.
|Upon the departure of the Fellowship from Lorien, Galadriel sang this song in her own toungue, as a farewell: "Namarie! Nai hiruvalye Valimar. / Nai elye hiruva. / Namarie!" What is the meaning of the word Namarie?|
Farewell. Namarie means farewell. Thus, appropriately, thie trilogy of quizzes draws to a close, and I must bid you farewell, wherever you fare. Namarie!
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