Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Daily Teaser — 22-9-2013: They’re Taking The Hobbits To Isengard

Ohhhh … 

My back is killing me … !

Lord know’s what’s happened there, but I think the combination of running for the bus on Thursday, and an old mattress, are ganging together to attack me … !

At least, that’s what it feels like.

I think … possibly … that I might just pay a visit to my doctor, if it gets much worse: we’ll see.

At any rate, let’s get a move on, shall we?   Yes, lets.


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Graham* asking a question about yesterday’s first and second questions, and Debbi† both telling us about her Sunday, and bagging eleven out of twelve.

Let’s see how they — and you — do with today’s rather Hobbity questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, license and video … 

Q1) In J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, 22nd September sees the birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo.   What’s their family name … ?
Q2) More to the point, what was the name of the family home … ?
Q3) In The Fellowship of the Rings, Frodo is a member of the group that has to destroy what … ?
Q4) Name any of the other eight members of that group. 
Q5) The object in question — when ‘found‘ by Bilbo — had been dropped by whom … ?
Q6) Bilbo famously found it, on an adventure with Gandalf and thirteen dwarves.   Name one of those dwarves.
Q7) J. R. R. Tolkien famously created the stories about Bilbo, Frodo and Middle Earth.   Who directed the recent film versions … ?
Q8) Finally … where exactly on Middle Earth do Bilbo and Frodo live … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 21st September, 1866, saw the birth of writer, H. G Wells.   What did the H stand for … ?
A1) Herbert.
Q2) More to the point, what did the G stand for … ?
A2) George.
Q3) Wells is one of three writers known as the ‘Father Of Science Fiction’.   Name the French writer he shares the title with.
Q3) Jules Verne.
Q4) Which American writer do they share the title with … ?
A4) Hugo Gernsback.
Q5) H. G. is also noted for creating war-games, despite being a pacifist.   Name either of the non-fiction books with which he created war-gaming.
A5) Floor Games and Little Wars: or Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books, to give it its full title.
Q6) Which left wing society was Wells a member of … ?
A6) The Fabian Society.
Q7) His first science fiction novel was original published in May of 1895.   What was it called … ?
A7) The Time Machine.
Q8) Griffin is the protagonist of which of Wells novels … ?
A8) The Invisible Man.
Q9) Which of Wells novels’ sees Mr Barnstable travel to a utopia 3000 years into the future … ?
A9) Men Like Gods.
Q10) One of Wells’ non-fiction works — World Brain — covered Wells’ belief in the creation of a World … what … ?
A10) Encyclopædia.   (Step forward Jimmy Wales … )
Q11) Which of Wells novels’ is set on an island in the Pacific … ?
A11) The Island Of Doctor Moreau.
Q12) And FINALLY … Which Tommy Steele film is based on the H. G. Wells novel, Kipps … ?
A12) Half a Sixpence.
Enjoy those.

I’ll leave you with this quote …
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
The opening lines of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
And this tune … 

I’d also suggest that we fill pipes, and grab more pies.

Just to get into that Hobbit vibe.

Have a good day.

*        I refer the Honourable Gentleman to The Comment I left him as a response to his comment … 

†        I’m surprised, actually, Debbi: was that the first time you’ve come across Jeff Wayne … ?   I didn’t know he’d given comedy a try, but his War Of The Worlds album is extremely well known.   To be perfectly frank, it’s the version of the story I first came across‡, rather than the 1950s movie.

‡        Actually, I think it’s the version many here in the UK will have come across: certainly of my age, anyway.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Wow! I haven't read these books in years.

Well, here we go!

1. Baggins
2. Bag End
3. the One Ring to Mount Doom
4. Samwise
5. Gollum
6. Thorin Oakenshield
7. Peter Jackson
8. The Shire