Tolkien trivia question and answer #10

Tolkien trivia question and answer #10

Hope you had a good weekend off from the trivia question. As I mentioned before, I won’t be posting questions over the weekend for the sake of those who can only read the blog at work. (I’m sure your boss doesn’t mind.)

Friday’s question was “What did Melkor do with the Silmarils after he stole them?” For those who don’t know, this refers to an event in “The Silmarillion”. Melkor was Sauron’s role model, sort of the “Satan” of Middle-Earth. The Silmarils were the gems created by the elf Feanor that were so beautiful that they were coveted by all who saw them and which caused the great wars of the First Age. And the answer was “He took them to Middle-Earth and set them in his crown.”

Here’s today’s question: “What Orc king had a well-known game named after him as a result of his death, who killed him, and what was the game?” Answer tomorrow.

The original blog post on this trivia feature is here.


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  • The origin of the word GOLF:  The medieval Dutch word “kolf” or “kolve” meant “club.” It is believed that word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed the word into “golve,” “gowl” or “gouf.”

    By the 16th Century, the word “golf” had emerged.  This from multiple sources, including the USGA

    However, I prefer the modern legend that the name of the game of Golf is actually an acronym:

    Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden!

  • So, is the claim of those Tolkienfiles here that the sport/game known as GOLF didn’t exist by that name before Tolkien wrote THE HOBBIT?

    I believe the game existed by the name it is known as before The Hobbit was written, did it not?  Perhaps this is Tolkien’s joke in naming the orking?

    Perhaps the question should be reversed?

    What Orc king was named after a well known game, what is the game, and who killed him?

  • Joe: Tolkien provided a joking and humorous origin for the game of golf. No one seriously thinks that golf was invented by the slaying of a fictional king of a fictional race of creatures by a fictional member of a fictional race of people in a fictional world.