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Can you name the Races of Tolkien's Middle-earth?
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The Encyclopedia of Arda
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humanoids of monstrous size and strength
large, cunning wolves
giant bird-like monsters
giant tusked quadruped of the south
large stone throwing humanoids
said to inhabit the Lost Desert
rumoured (absurdly) to have been taken to wife by a Took in the distant past
mentioned by Bilbo during the riddle game
mysterious dark-dwelling creatures who feast on unwary travelers
being with the ability to assume different forms
they gnaw the world far below the deepest delvings of the dwarves
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Sep 26th, 2009 at 00:54 GMT
Great game. Way better than the "official" version of the quiz. :)
Sep 27th, 2009 at 06:18 GMT
All right, just wanted to say that I have now changed the quiz to accept wolf for werewolf, as Tolkien did use both terms for these creatures (example: in the published version of the Silmarillion it says, "But when the wolf came for Beren, Felegund put forth all his power, and burst his bonds; and he wrestled with the werewolf and slew it with his hands and teeth;..."). Also, according to the Encyclopedia of Arda, which I find the most reliable online source for Tolkien info, it is not clear that werewolves are an entirely separate species. http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/w/wolves.html I intend to go through it and see if I can use their site as a source for this quiz, but it's possible they won't have some of the obscure hidden answers...anyway, please vote this comment up or down to show if you agree with this change. I'm really kinda dying here, trying to figure out if I'm doing this right when only my brother comments on and rates my quiz (thanks bro! ^^)...
Sep 27th, 2009 at 07:10 GMT
Excepting one hidden answer (one somewhat cryptic mention is made of Fairies in The Hobbit, generally thought to be a term used for Elves that was used either as a remnant of Tolkien's earlier writing style or a usage of Hobbits that don't hold with Elves or scarcely believe they exist--in a revision never carried out Tolkien did change this to Elf) good old E of A had everything I did and more, so it is now the official source of this quiz, and I have even more ridiculously obscure nerdy hidden answers! Ha! This is fun. ^_^
Oct 16th, 2009 at 19:43 GMT
well done... very fun. Need to go back and read the Silmarillion.
Oct 26th, 2009 at 23:22 GMT
Would Oliphant be an acceptable alternative to Mumak? Also are all these considered Races or would they be Creatures or Species?
Nov 22nd, 2009 at 22:52 GMT
Good quiz! Would it be too much to ask to accept 'crows' for crebain or 'wraith' for nazgul?
Nov 23rd, 2009 at 01:45 GMT
Excellent quiz! My only complaint is that if the Istari and the Uruks are considered subsets of Maia and Orc, respectively, then Nazgul should be considered a subset of Men. But then I like to split hairs ;)
Dec 2nd, 2009 at 13:56 GMT
Agreed, Nazgul were men before they were corrupted. Also, would stone-giant just be another type of troll? I don't remember where they are mentioned in the series. Otherwise great quiz! wayy better than the other version. Please try and comment on mine? http://www.sporcle.com/games/ThomasNast/LOTR_Characters
Dec 6th, 2009 at 20:39 GMT
I was surprised to not see Istari on this quiz and also surprised to see that Huorns were so rarely guessed. They are featured in LOTR more than Mearas (by name), Maia, Vala, werewolf and probably stone-giants as the are only briefly mentioned in the Hobbit.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 01:25 GMT
Very good quiz! I will simply note that Thuringwethil is probably a Maia.
Dec 14th, 2009 at 15:04 GMT
Ungoliant isnt really a spider, reread it she just chose the form of a giant spider. If you want to put a spider put shelob cause that is true. YOu should also accept crows for crebain cause their the same. And orcs and Goblins are different things like orks and uruk-ai.
Dec 17th, 2009 at 16:22 GMT
Where is my beloved Goldberry? What species/race is she classed as? Nice quiz otherwise.
Dec 25th, 2009 at 05:49 GMT
JoeT, "Orcs" and "Goblins" are names for the same race. (As confirmed by Tolkien in Letters 131 and 144 as well as the fact that the two terms are synonymously used in The Lord of the Rings)
Jan 3rd, 2010 at 10:05 GMT
What about barrow-wights?
Apr 8th, 2010 at 00:22 GMT
Nicely done! (I only missed Khamul). bk_babar: I don't think it's ever mentioned what Goldberry is. Just that she's the "river-woman's daughter".
Aug 23rd, 2010 at 05:52 GMT
great quiz think ungoliant should be swapped for shelob, making it easier also think there are a few races left out think spirits although they were at some point men should have their own answer and i believe there is mention of smaller dragon like creatures called cave drakes because they r in a number of games for Lotr
Sep 6th, 2010 at 20:42 GMT
Goodness, my dear little quiz has accumulated a great many plays and comments while I was on a little hiatus the past months.
@Chumley: Oliphant is spelled oliphaunt in LotR, and I don't recall Tolkien spelling it oliphant anywhere else. He may well have, but I need a reference before I add an alternate to the quiz. Add the u and it should work.
@devourerofsouls: Thank you! ^^ Ah, good catch, and excellent point. It's just so hard to remember that they are still men, even if they are disembodied and corpsified. The rings certainly granted them powers most Men would never have, but that also does not make them a separate race. That is the reason I did not include wights, besides the simple fact that it only means creature in old English...to be entirely fair and consistent I should remove the Nazgûl. The best argument I can think of to keep them is the descriptions of their corruption, their becoming bound to Sauron's will, etc, sound very dehumanizing, perhaps as if they are some kind of symbiote. I think for the time being at least I will leave them simply because they feel so much like something "other" and I suspect there will be a great hue and cry about their absence.
@Tyrael: That is probable but unknown, and there are many mentions of countless "other" creatures of darkness in service to Morgoth or Sauron. With no firm evidence either way I prefer to err on the side of inclusion and completion. Also, I'm very fond of Tolkien's unique take on her race. ^_-
Sep 6th, 2010 at 20:55 GMT
@bk_babar: Goldberry is nearly as much a mystery as Tom Bombadil. She is the river-woman's daughter. I think it unlikely she is a normal woman, but I do not know what she is. I think she is perhaps some cross between man and some form of elemental spirit, but this is theory and conjecture. I do not include her simply because I do not know what she is, but she may simply be human after all. Also, I do not include anyone else where there may only be one member of the race. If I see enough support for it I'll add individuals who may form unique races (Eru, Bombadil, Goldberry, etc) as bonuses.
@seersa: I don't recall anything about cave drakes, E of A lists fire-drakes and cold-drakes, the two kinds of dragon, which is all I remember there being (besides the were-worms of the lost desert, if we are to believe Bilbo's hyperbole;)). If you can find a reference in Tolkien's works let me know and I'll add them, but I don't think they exist outside of those games.
In general I don't like making a quiz easier just to be easier. Again, what exactly Ungoliant is is not known. Shelob is said to be the "last of Ungoliant's fowl brood" so whatever she is it seems safe to assume it is the same race, unless the case is similar to that of Melian the Maia, which seems entirely possible. Even in that case, Ungoliant
(dammed? xD) a race, and I think that warrants her membership therein, despite any other forms/characteristics she may or may not have.
And one last note! Due to popular demand I now accept crow for Crebain...though if they're similar enough to count as the same race, I don't know what they're doing on this quiz...erring on the side of inclusion of races
their real world alternates doesn't make a lot of sense to me. x_x However I understand the practical need for it.
Sep 8th, 2010 at 03:35 GMT
Just tried playing with the colors since the default is so bland, if anyone has trouble reading it let me know and I'll change it back.
Sep 8th, 2010 at 19:24 GMT
Upon further meditation, I did change Nazgûl to a bonus answer. There's simply no excuse for it when I already went so much against the grain with the Istar question. They are men, more or less, and more to the point nine people doesn't make a race.
Nov 12th, 2010 at 03:47 GMT
Great work. I was disappointed in the published version; this one is actually well-considered and interesting.
Dec 20th, 2010 at 11:46 GMT
top quiz, did well but had to think about it
Apr 23rd, 2011 at 08:59 GMT
this is late breaking news but i just found this and wondered why there was no long for the watcher in the water? i don't know what it is but you included crows so ...
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