Rohan Quiz

Here are the results of the December Rohan lore quiz. The wide range of scores is because not everyone was able to participate in every section of the quiz. Questions 1-6 were an online session in the kin house. Then 7-12 and 13-18 were two sections in forum answered by PM. Finally, 19-24 were another live session with prizegiving in the kin house. In the following results, the four sections are denoted ABCD, and the final scores were:

Tomatensaus (ABCD)    14
Ariholwen (BCD)           10
Castelda (AB)                  6
Gerhalt (ABD)                 3
Menno (D)                      2
Carlfrid (D)
Jago (D)

Hail Tomatensaus, Master of the Lore of the Rohirrim! Congratulations on receiving the Tarnished Crest of Rohan.

Answers to the December Rohan Lore Quiz:

1 What startles Sam during the river journey?

Gollum paddling on a log.

"It wasn't funny that way, Mr. Frodo. It was queer. All wrong, if it wasn't a dream. And you had best hear it. It was like this: I saw a log with eyes!"

2 What is Boromir preoccupied with during the river journey?

Frodo; the ring.

Boromir sat muttering to himself, sometimes biting his nails, as if some restlessness or doubt consumed him, sometimes seizing a paddle and driving the boat close behind Aragorn's. Then Pippin, who sat in the bow looking back, caught a queer gleam in his eye, as he peered forward gazing at Frodo.

3 What is Gimli preoccupied with during the river journey?

The gift of hair Galadriel gave him.

Gimli was fingering gold in his mind, and wondering if it were fit to be wrought into the housing of the Lady's gift.

4 What two figures are represented at the Argonath?

Isildur and Anarion.

"Fear not! ' he said. "Long have I desired to look upon the likenesses of Isildur and Anárion, my sires of old. Under their shadow Elessar, the Elfstone son of Arathorn of the House of Valandil Isildur's son heir of Elendil, has nought to dread! "

5 Arrange these places in order, North to South: Tol Brandir; Nen Hithoel; Rauros; Sarn Gebir; Argonath. E.g., type something like "TB-NH-R-SG-A".

Sarn Gebir; Argonath; Nen Hithoel; Tol Brandir; Rauros. SG-A-NH-TB-R.

(Consult map)

6 What are the two most obvious destinations the fellowship have to choose between?

Mordor/Mount Doom or Gondor/Minas Tirith.

When they had eaten, Aragorn called the Company together. "The day has come at last," he said: 'the day of choice which we have long delayed. What shall now become of our Company that has travelled so far in fellowship? Shall we turn west with Boromir and go to the wars of Gondor; or turn east to the Fear and Shadow; or shall we break our fellowship and go this way and that as each may choose?"

7 What defines the northern boundary of Rohan?

The Limlight river.

"Ere long we shall come to the mouth of the Limlight that runs down from Fangorn to join the Great River. That is the north boundary of Rohan; and of old all that lay between Limlight and the White Mountains belonged to the Rohirrim."

8 During the river journey, what is the eagle seen by Aragorn and Legolas actually doing?

Watching the river to gather tidings for Gandalf.

"Yes," said Gandalf, 'that was Gwaihir the Windlord, who rescued me from Orthanc. I sent him before me to watch the River and gather tidings."

9 What does Legolas shoot in the night?

The winged steed of a nazgul.

"The Winged Messenger!" cried Legolas. "I shot at him with the bow of Galadriel above Sarn Gebir, and I felled him from the sky. He filled us all with fear. What new terror is this?"
"One that you cannot slay with arrows," said Gandalf. "You only slew his steed. It was a good deed; but the Rider was soon horsed again. For he was a Nazgûl, one of the Nine, who ride now upon winged steeds."

10 After arriving at Parth Galen, what is the first warning Aragorn has that orcs are near?

Frodo's sword "Sting" glowing.

Frodo then drew the elf-blade from its sheath. To his dismay the edges gleamed dimly in the night. "Orcs! ' he said. "Not very near, and yet too near, it seems."

11 Name three things Frodo sees from the seat of Amon Hen.

Long list in the text, but NOT the eye: he "felt" that.

And suddenly he felt the Eye. There was an eye in the Dark Tower that did not sleep. He knew that it had become aware of his gaze. A fierce eager will was there. It leaped towards him; almost like a finger he felt it, searching for him. Very soon it would nail him down, know just exactly where he was. Amon Lhaw it touched. It glanced upon Tol Brandir he threw himself from the seat, crouching, covering his head with his grey hood.

12 What two powers try to influence Frodo on the seat of Amon Hen?

Sauron and Gandalf.

"Very nearly it was revealed to the Enemy, but it escaped. I had some part in that: for I sat in a high place, and I strove with the Dark Tower; and the Shadow passed."

13 At Parth Galen, how does Aragorn know that Boromir is being attacked by orcs?

He hears Boromir's horn.

"The horn of Boromir!" he cried. "He is in need!" He sprang down the steps and away, leaping down the path. "Alas! An ill fate is on me this day, and all that I do goes amiss. Where is Sam?"

14 Name any object which is placed in the boat with Boromir's body.

Grey hood; elven cloak; golden belt; helm; cloven horn; broken sword; swords of orcs.

Now they laid Boromir in the middle of the boat that was to bear him away. The grey hood and elven-cloak they folded and placed beneath his head. They combed his long dark hair and arrayed it upon his shoulders. The golden belt of Lórien gleamed about his waist. His helm they set beside him, and across his lap they laid the cloven horn and the hilts and shards of his sword; beneath his feet they put the swords of his enemies.

15 What four words does Aragorn conclude with as he, Gimli and Legolas start to pursue the orcs who have taken Merry and Pippin?

"Forth the three hunters". (Definitely not "Let's hunt some orc"!)

"We will make such a chase as shall be accounted a marvel among the Three Kindreds : Elves. Dwarves, and Men. Forth the Three Hunters!"

16 What does Aragorn find when he turns aside from the orc trail?

Pippin's leaf brooch from Lorien.

"Yes," he said,"they are quite plain: a hobbit's footprints. Pippin's I think. He is smaller than the other. And look at this! He held up a thing that glittered in the sunlight. It looked like the new-opened leaf of a beech-tree, fair and strange in that treeless plain.
"The brooch of an elven-cloak!" cried Legolas and Gimli together.
"Not idly do the leaves of Lórien fall," said Aragorn.

17 Where are Eomer's company going after slaying the orcs?

Back to Edoras.

(See next)

18 What does Eomer ask Aragorn to do as they part?

Return the two lent horses to Edoras.

Éomer was silent for a moment, then he spoke. "We both have need of haste," he said. "My company chafes to be away, and every hour lessens your hope. This is my choice. You may go; and what is more, I will lend you horses. This only I ask: when your quest is achieved, or is proved vain, return with the horses over the Entwade to Meduseld, the high house in Edoras where Théoden now sits.

19 How does Aragorn deduce that Sam has gone with Frodo?

Their two packs are the only ones missing.

"Two packs are missing." he said, "and one is certainly Sam's: it was rather large and heavy. This then is the answer: Frodo has gone by boat, and his servant has gone with him.

20 What is the phase of the moon when Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli begin the pursuit?

Crescent; just after new, before first quarter.

"The old moon passed, and a new moon waxed and waned in the world outside, while we tarried there. And yestereve a new moon came again. Winter is nearly gone. Time flows on to a spring of little hope."

Dusk deepened. Mist lay behind them among the trees below, and brooded on the pale margins of the Anduin, but the sky was clear. Stars came out. The waxing moon was riding in the West, and the shadows of the rocks were black.

21 They find five dead orcs; what was the reason for the orcs' quarrel?

Whether to slay the captives (Moria orcs) or where to take them (Mordor orcs; White Hand orcs).

"Orders." said a third voice in a deep growl. "Kill all but NOT the Halfings; they are to be brought back ALIVE as quickly as possible. That's my orders."
"What are they wanted for?" asked several voices. "Why alive? Do they give good sport?"
"No! I heard that one of them has got something, something that's wanted for the War, some elvish plot or other. Anyway they'll both be questioned."
"Is that all you know? Why don't we search them and find out? We might find something that we could use ourselves."
"That is a very interesting remark," sneered a voice, softer than the others but more evil. "I may have to report that. The prisoners are NOT to be searched or plundered: those are my orders."
"And mine too," said the deep voice. 'Alive and as captured; no spoiling. That's my orders."
"Not our orders!" said one of the earlier voices. "We have come all the way from the Mines to kill, and avenge our folk. I wish to kill, and then go back north."
"Then you can wish again," said the growling voice. "I am Uglúk. I command. I return to Isengard by the shortest road."
"Is Saruman the master or the Great Eye?" said the evil voice. "We should go back at once to Lugbúrz."

22 What does Gimli promise as they part from Eomer?

To teach him respect for Galadriel.

"And I will come, too," said Gimli. "The matter of the Lady Galadriel lies still between us. I have yet to teach you gentle speech. '
"We shall see," said Éomer. "So many strange things have chanced that to learn the praise of a fair lady under the loving strokes of a Dwarf's axe will seem no great wonder. Farewell!"

23 Why did the ents lose contact with the entwives?

Ents  liked wild forests; entwives preferred gardens.

But our hearts did not go on growing in the same way: the Ents gave their love to things that they met in the world, and the Entwives gave their thought to other things, for the Ents loved the great trees; and the wild woods, and the slopes of the high hills; and they drank of the mountain-streams, and ate only such fruit as the trees let fall in their path; and they learned of the Elves and spoke with the Trees. But the Entwives gave their minds to the lesser trees, and to the meads in the sunshine beyond the feet of the forests; and they saw the sloe in the thicket, and the wild apple and the cherry blossoming in spring, and the green herbs in the waterlands in summer, and the seeding grasses in the autumn fields. They did not desire to speak with these things; but they wished them to hear and obey what was said to them. The Entwives ordered them to grow according to their wishes, and bear leaf and fruit to their liking; for the Entwives desired order, and plenty, and peace (by which they meant that things should remain where they had set them). So the Entwives made gardens to live in. But we Ents went on wandering, and we only came to the gardens now and again.

24 Who do Gimli, Aragorn and Legolas see first on coming to Fangorn: Gandalf or Saruman?

Saruman (by the camp fire; when their horses are frightened away).

"Wait a minute!" cried Gimli. "There is another thing that I should like to know first. Was it you, Gandalf, or Saruman that we saw last night?"
"You certainly did not see me," answered Gandalf, "therefore I must guess that you saw Saruman. Evidently we look so much alike that your desire to make an incurable dent in my hat must be excused."

25 Tie-breaker question, (not needed).

Why is Gandalf now White instead of Grey?

He has been sent back (by the Valar); he is "Saruman as he should have been".

"Yes, I am white now," said Gandalf. "Indeed I am Saruman, one might almost say, Saruman as he should have been."

"Naked I was sent back - for a brief time, until my task is done."

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