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Quiz about Lord of the Rings on Location
Quiz about Lord of the Rings on Location

'Lord of the Rings' on Location Quiz


Any 'LOTR' fan visiting New Zealand might well plan their tour around the chance to visit the actual locations where Peter Jackson filmed this epic fantasy trilogy.

A photo quiz by looney_tunes. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
looney_tunes
Time
5 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
393,426
Updated
Jan 04 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
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Awards
Top 5% quiz!
Last 3 plays: ellevenus57 (10/10), QueenIQ (10/10), slay01 (10/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. After flying into Auckland, the obvious starting point for the LOTR tourist is the site on the Alexander farm near Matamata where you can see Bag End, and a large number of other hobbit dwellings. What does the road sign that lets you know you have reached the right spot read? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The 'LOTR' tourist is unlikely to visit the sites in the same order as they appear on film, since that would require a lot of zigzag travel. Following a sensible geographical approach, the next stop might be Kaitoke Regional Park, north of Wellington, where external scenes of the place where Frodo met up with Bilbo again, and the Fellowship was formed, were located. What was this place called in the films? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Harcourt Park was used to show the scene of Gandalf and Saruman conversing in the Gardens of Isengard, which surrounded the tower where Saruman resided. Which of these was his black tower? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The longest river in Middle Earth was filmed several times, in at least three different locations, one of which was the Hutt River, upstream from Wellington. What is the Sindarin name for this river, which is also known as the Great River of the Wilderland? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. About an hour and a half driving up the west coast from Wellington will bring you to Putangirua Pinnacles, where a scene was shot in which Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli searched for the haunted pass through the White Mountains so that they could gather an army to enable Aragorn to bring vital support to Gondor. What was the name of this pass? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest national park, lies in the middle of the North Island. Its volcanic landscape was used to portray several parts of Mordor, including the mountain in which the One Ring had to be destroyed. Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro all stood in for what Middle Earth mountain? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. There are more 'LOTR' sites on the North Island, but it's time to head over to the South Island. Not far from Christchurch is Mt Sunday, the site for filming footage of Edoras, capital of Rohan. Who ruled his people from this fortress city? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The town of Twizel is close to Mount Cook National Park, and a convenient base for many tourist activities. For the 'LOTR' tourist, the first choice of activity might well be visiting the Mackenzie Basin, which was used to film the climactic battle scenes in 'The Return of the King'. What was the name of this battle? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The village of Glenorchy has a road to Paradise (really) along which is a beech forest that was used to film the exterior shots of the forest realm where Gimli was granted three strands of hair from Galadriel. Where did this encounter take place? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Fiordland National Park is the site of some amazing glaciers, but they were not used in filming 'LOTR'. However, the Waiau River was used for some shots of the Anduin River, and dense tree growth on the sides of Takaro Road near Te Anau were used to represent what area, home of the Ents? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. After flying into Auckland, the obvious starting point for the LOTR tourist is the site on the Alexander farm near Matamata where you can see Bag End, and a large number of other hobbit dwellings. What does the road sign that lets you know you have reached the right spot read?

Answer: Welcome to Hobbiton

Hobbiton was not originally planned to be a permanent display, but when its tourist potential became obvious (and because it was reused for the filming of 'The Hobbit' movies), it was redesigned and extended. As well as Bilbo's home (Bag End), the tour takes you to the Party Tree, and nearly 50 hobbit holes. Most of these cannot be entered (interior filming was done in a studio), but it is interesting to see the different sizes that were used.

Some (used for long shots) are quite small, as suits the stature of hobbits, while others are larger so that the human actors seem smaller than they really are.
2. The 'LOTR' tourist is unlikely to visit the sites in the same order as they appear on film, since that would require a lot of zigzag travel. Following a sensible geographical approach, the next stop might be Kaitoke Regional Park, north of Wellington, where external scenes of the place where Frodo met up with Bilbo again, and the Fellowship was formed, were located. What was this place called in the films?

Answer: Rivendell

Rivendell was the home of Elrond, his wife Celebrian, their sons Elladan and Elrohir, and their daughter Arwen (who got a much larger role in the movies than she had in the books). Bilbo had retired there to write his memoirs; Frodo and his travelling companions arrived there when Arwen rescued them from the Ringwraiths that had attacked them, leaving Frodo seriously injured from a knife wound inflicted by the Witch-king of Angmar, the leader of the Nazgūl. During his lengthy recovery, the others who would eventually form the Fellowship also arrived on various missions.
3. Harcourt Park was used to show the scene of Gandalf and Saruman conversing in the Gardens of Isengard, which surrounded the tower where Saruman resided. Which of these was his black tower?

Answer: Orthanc

Saruman, at this stage, was already in league with the dark forces moving in the land, having used the palantir located in Orthanc, in the middle of the fortress of Isengard. When Gandalf visited him on Council business (after telling Frodo to leave the Shire with his hobbit companions), Saruman took him captive - the reason that he did not meet the travellers in Bree, as planned.

He was rescued from Orthanc by the eagle Gwaihir, and arrived in Rivendell soon after Frodo.
4. The longest river in Middle Earth was filmed several times, in at least three different locations, one of which was the Hutt River, upstream from Wellington. What is the Sindarin name for this river, which is also known as the Great River of the Wilderland?

Answer: Anduin

The Anduin had its source in the Misty Mountains, flowing south between them and Mirkwood as far as Lothlorien, where its path turned towards the east as it continued its generally southerly path to reach the sea in Gondor, south of Minas Tirith. It is the site of Gladden Fields, where Isuldur lost the One Ring, and Deagol found it, only to have it taken from him by his cousin Smeagol, later known as Gollum.

A stretch of the Hutt River was used to film the travellers leaving Lothlorien. The Kawarau Gorge, on the South Island, was used to show shots of the Gates of Argonath, as the Anduin River entered Gondor.
5. About an hour and a half driving up the west coast from Wellington will bring you to Putangirua Pinnacles, where a scene was shot in which Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli searched for the haunted pass through the White Mountains so that they could gather an army to enable Aragorn to bring vital support to Gondor. What was the name of this pass?

Answer: The Paths of the Dead

Long ago, in the Second Age, a group of people who lived in the White Mountains had first served Sauron, then allied themselves with Isuldur, but then betrayed him, refusing to fight on either side in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Isuldur cursed them, condemning them to live in the mountains until his heir called on them once again to fight Sauron. Over time they all died, but their ghosts remained inside the mountain, and it was this army of the dead that Aragorn called on to provide the army he needed to capture the ships which he would sail to the aid of Minas Tirith in 'The Return of the King'.
6. Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest national park, lies in the middle of the North Island. Its volcanic landscape was used to portray several parts of Mordor, including the mountain in which the One Ring had to be destroyed. Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro all stood in for what Middle Earth mountain?

Answer: Mount Doom

The image shows Mount Ngauruhoe, which is just north of Mount Ruahepu and south of Mount Tongariro. Long shots of Mount Doom were digitally-altered shots of Mount Ngauruhoe, but the lower slopes of all three volcanoes were used for filming. Tours can be arranged to visit the specific spots were various Mordor scenes were filmed, including Ohakune Mountain Road on the Mangawhero River (where Gollum caught a fish), Mangawhero Falls (site of Ithilien Camp), and Whakapapa Ski Area (where Isuldur cut off Sauron's ring-bearing finger). Mount Ruahepu, New Zealand's largest active volcano, was also used for some scenes of Lonely Mountain in 'The Desolation of Smaug'.
7. There are more 'LOTR' sites on the North Island, but it's time to head over to the South Island. Not far from Christchurch is Mt Sunday, the site for filming footage of Edoras, capital of Rohan. Who ruled his people from this fortress city?

Answer: Theoden

The buildings, including the Golden Hall, were built at the top of the cliffs, with the walls and gatehouse at their foot. The buildings were actually used for offices and as dining areas during filming, since interior scenes were shot in a studio, and Mt Sunday was only used for external shots of Edoras.

After filming, the set was completely removed, so there is nothing there to see now, except the spectacular scenery.
8. The town of Twizel is close to Mount Cook National Park, and a convenient base for many tourist activities. For the 'LOTR' tourist, the first choice of activity might well be visiting the Mackenzie Basin, which was used to film the climactic battle scenes in 'The Return of the King'. What was the name of this battle?

Answer: The Battle of Pelennor Fields

Pelennor Fields lay outside the walls of Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor. It was here that Sauron's armies of Orcs and Easterlings lay siege to the city. A day later, the Riders of Rohan arrived, and held the forces of Mordor at bay until the decisive arrival of Aragorn. During this battle, Theoden died, and Eowyn (with a bit of help from Merry) killed the Witch King.
9. The village of Glenorchy has a road to Paradise (really) along which is a beech forest that was used to film the exterior shots of the forest realm where Gimli was granted three strands of hair from Galadriel. Where did this encounter take place?

Answer: Lothlorien

After the loss of Gandalf in Moria, the Fellowship struggled on to Lothlorien, where Galadriel and Celeborn offered them the chance to recover and prepare for the rest of their journey. As they departed, Galadriel offered them gifts that she knew would be useful: for all of them, lembas (elven travel bread), elven cloaks and broaches, and boats to use on the Anduin River. Sam also got some rope, Merry and Pippin silver belts, and Frodo a light-giving phial.

When she asked Gimli what he would like, he asked for one of her hairs; she gave him three.
10. Fiordland National Park is the site of some amazing glaciers, but they were not used in filming 'LOTR'. However, the Waiau River was used for some shots of the Anduin River, and dense tree growth on the sides of Takaro Road near Te Anau were used to represent what area, home of the Ents?

Answer: Fangorn Forest

In 'The Two Towers', Merry and Pippin escaped the Uruk-hai and hid in Fangorn Forest, where they met Treebeard, the oldest survivor of a race of tree shepherds called Ents. The hobbits persuaded him to accompany them to Isengard, where the Ents were so enraged by the way Saruman had damaged the land (chopping down all the trees) that they flooded the area, making him a captive in Orthanc.
Source: Author looney_tunes

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