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Tolkien Brain Bender
Do you have a map of Middle-earth tatooed on your brain? Test your skills. The very best answer to each question, one hundred words or less, will be posted here with the author's name. This is your chance to show off your knowledge!

The Solution Here are the answers with their direct sources:

1. 9 March 1950: "...the process of removing all my teeth began yesterday..." Source: The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter #125 to Sir Stanley Unwin dated 10 March 1950.

2. St. John, because Tolkien was born on the Octave of this particular saint: "...and since I was born on the Octave of St. John the Evangelist, I take him as my patron..." Source: The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter #309 to Amy Ronald dated 2 January 1969.

3. The rich mer-king: "He [Artaxerxes] fell in love with the rich mer-king's elderly but lovely daughter, and they were married the next night." Source: Roverandom, Chapter 3, page 51.

4. Gálmód: "The wise speak only of what they know, Gríma son of Gálmód." Source: The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter 6, 'The King of the Golden Hall,' page 118.

The Winner

Well, well, well! Now that all the results are in, we finally have a winner! The grand prize 7-volume Lord of the Rings British 'Millennium Edition' (with Compact Disc) goes to:

Paula DiSante, a.k.a. "WonderBroad"

Our winner confesses that her desperate search for answers nearly caused her eyeballs to pop right out of her head. Which means that I, at the very least, have done a good job of Brain Bending. Congrats to Paula and she will soon have her books coming along in the mail. :-)

Just for the record: We had many entries but only a small number were complete and correct. Out of the hundreds who entered only FOUR people got them all right and qualified for the drawing. Hrrrmmm.... Hoom....

Thank you all for participating in the First Anniversary of the Green Books. Namarie mellyn!

Much too hasty,
Quickbeam

CONTEST IS COMPLETE

Greetings – Quickbeam here.

As part of the Green Books First Anniversary, it is our sincere desire to Bend your Brain! This new trivia contest is somewhat different from that last, so be sure to read carefully… and good luck.

The RULES:

  1. There are a total of four questions that make up this contest, not just one, covering aspects of Tolkien’s life and his fiction.
  2. All four questions must be answered correctly in order to qualify.
  3. Just send an email to me at quickbeam@theonering.net with a subject line that states: "Brain Bender Answers." Please do NOT send your answers to any other Green Books staff!
  4. Only one entry allowed per person, per email address. Duplicates will disqualify the participant.
  5. All entries must be submitted by 7 September 2000, 11:00PM Pacific Time.
  6. A single winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries on 8 September 2000. The winner will be notified by email and will also be announced on the Main Page of TheOneRing.netTM. Prizes will be shipped by US Mail.

The PRIZE:

First prize for the contest winner will be a Lord of The Rings British Millennium Edition (with CD)

So there you have it. Start hitting those books and send me your answers before the deadline… and above all, have fun!

The QUESTIONS:

  1. On what date did his dentist begin the process of removing all of Tolkien’s teeth?
  2. What Catholic saint did Tolkien take as his patron and why?
  3. Artaxerxes fell in love with, and quickly married, the daughter of whom?
  4. What was the name of Wormtongue's father?


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