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1. The most obvious parallel is the One Ring (in Middle Earth) compared to the Nibelungen Ring (the saga that inspired Richard Wagner). How do the movies emphasise the parallel?
2. "If I take one more step, it'll be the farthest away from home I've ever been." This is undoubtedly what the troops of Alexander the Great thought after the Battle of Hydaspes. But in "The Fellowship of the Ring", one of the main characters utters these words. Who complains in this way, only to wander further and further from home?
3. Dolores Ibarruri gained world fame during the Spanish Civil War when she inspired her comrades in arms with the battle cry "No Pasaran!" (which I'd translate as "They Shall Not Pass!"). Gandalf uses words to the same effect when he engages a fierce enemy in Khazad-Dum: "You Shall Not Pass!". What creature does Gandalf try and hold at bay?
4. At the end of the movie "The Fellowship of the Ring", Boromir is confronted with a great host of Orcs. He then takes an action that reminds me of what Roland did in the "Chanson the Roland", when facing a great number of Moors. What do Roland and Boromir both do at this critical moment?
5. Historians agree gunpowder was invented in China, but the specific inventor is anonymous. In "The Two Towers", a Middle Earth character is seen preparing gunpowder, and he might be the inventor, based upon the comments by Grima Wormtongue. Who prepares gunpowder and puts it in a large landmine?
6. In 480 BC, a Greek army of 300 Spartans stood firm against at least 10,000 Persians. In "The Two Towers", Legolas cites exactly the same numbers before an epic battle of 300 Rohirrim against 10,000 Uruk-Hai. What is one of the names of the stronghold in Middle-Earth that saw such a battle and that inspired me to write this quiz?
7. "The Two Towers" contains the battle for Isengard, where Treebeard and the other Ents destroy the Uruk-Hai factories in a way resembling Operation Chastise performed by British bombers on May 17, 1943. How did the Ents defeat the Uruk-Hai and destroy their factories?
8. In "The Return of the King", we learn how Smeagol became Gollum. It starts with an incident that reminds me of Genesis, chapter 4. What does Smeagol do in the opening chapter of "The Return of the King"?
9. "One if by land, two if by sea". Thus was the signal given from Boston to the American rebels in Lexington and Concord. In Middle-Earth, communication was a bit simpler. What did it mean if the beacon of Amon-Din was lit?
10. "Someone had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die"
These are the most famous verses of Tennyson's poem "Charge of the Light Brigade". They came immediately to my mind when I saw Faramir and his host mounting an attack on Osgiliath. Who has blundered by ordering Faramir's charge?
Source: Author JanIQ
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