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The Lord of the Rings

Do these fun activities based on the Lord of the Rings website.

The quest

Use the information on the Lord of the Rings website to answer the questions below. You'll need to look north, south, east, west, high, and low to discover the answers. Good luck!

See if you can answer these questions:

  • According to an interview with Peter Jackson, which scenes were the hardest to change from book to movie?
  • Where was the set for the village of Hobbiton built?
  • What are the names of the actors who play the roles of the four main hobbits in the film?
  • What are the names of two other movies Peter Jackson directed?
  • What is the name of the company that created the physical effects for the film?
  • What was the date of the first release of the film, nationwide?
  • What are the names of three of the creatures that feature in the Fellowship of the Ring?
  • What are the names of three of the places featured in the movie?
  • How many Golden Globe nominations has the Lord of the Rings received?
  • How are miniatures of lava eruptions made?

Help wanted!

Frodo is desperate to find a companion to help him in his quest to destroy the ring. Write a job description for a fellow hobbit to help Frodo.

Use these headings:

  •  About the job
  •  People you will work with
  •  Special skills you need for this job

You might like to base your description around the characters of Sam, Merry, or Pippin.

Think about the qualities that a hobbit needs to have to be successful in the quest. Have a look under Cast on the Lord of the Rings website to get a better description of a hobbit's character.

Want to gain an extra point? Design a letterhead to be used at the top of the job description, suitable to be sent out to anyone interested in the job. (Use the Letterheads wizard in Publisher to do this.)

Mystical maths

Can you answer these Lord of the Rings mathematics problems?

  • Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin have just left Hobbiton on their mission to destroy the ring. They travel east until they reach the second town. Then they travel southeast to the following town. Which town have they arrived at?
  • Frodo and Sam are travelling faster than Merry and Pippin who are lagging behind talking. They all left from Rivendell at the same time (11.00 am). Merry and Pippin arrived at Moria at 7.45pm (45 minutes later than Frodo and Sam.) It was 24km from Rivendell to Moria. What speed were Merry and Pippin walking at? (Hint! The calculation for speed is distance divided by time.) Extra for experts – what speed were Frodo and Sam walking at?
  • Hobbits are a small race. Sam concluded that Frodo is about two thirds of the size of Gandalf. If Gandalf is 1.80m, how tall is Frodo?
  • Frodo and the rest of the group of hobbits left Moria at 0700 to travel to Lothlorien. They arrived at 1730. For how long had they been travelling?
  • During the groups journey to destroy the ring they entered the Elven village of Rivendell. In Rivendell they had a long staircase to climb. Merry, unable to count past 33, counted the first steps and Pippin counted the rest. Their total steps were 78. How many steps did Pippin count?
  • Sam is comparing his age to Pippin. Pippin finds out that he is 6 years younger than Sam. If Sam is 40, how old is Pippin?
  • On the way into Moria the group noticed patterns of shapes on the gates. Pippin asked Frodo what they were. Pippin said he remembered hexagons and another shape he was unsure of, but he knew it had five edges. What could the other shape be?

Direct a movie trailer

Plan like a movie director! Your mission is to design a new trailer for the Lord of the Rings movie. (You may like to look at the real trailer for the movie.)

Read about movie trailers here, then try to make your own.

To design your trailer:

  • Plan a storyboard that includes at least 7 different scenes.
  • Create each scene using a drawing programme on the computer.
  • If you can, create a PowerPoint presentation using each of your scenes.
  • Add text to the bottom of the slides to explain the scene.

Want to learn more? Check out the information about filming trailers from this UK education website. It is a diary of a film project.

For an extra challenge, ask your facilitator if you can record your scene using video.

The challenge

How well do you know the story of the Lord of the Rings? Create a crossword and try to stump your friends.

What you need to do:

  • Use the Puzzlemaker program on the DiscoverySchool website.
  • Use the Lord of the Rings website to design clues.
  • Make the answers about creatures and places
  • Copy and paste the finished crossword into a Microsoft Word document.
  • Email it to a friend to solve.

Magical magnets

This is your chance to design your own Lord of the Rings fridge magnet or sticker. You may like to visit the Lord of the Rings website for inspiration.

What you need to do:

  • Create your design using a drawing programme on the computer. You could draw a character, an orc, an elf, a scene from the movie, or a hobbit hole!
  • Remember to add a background. It adds more interest.

Once you have finished your masterpiece, you might like to ask you facilitator if you can print out the design on a card with a magnet, or onto sticker paper, and give them to your friends.

wickED design

The movie is finally out and so is the merchandise – Lord of the Rings products are everywhere! Now it's your turn to design some product packaging.

You could design one of these:

  • software packaging
  • CD case
  • video case
  • dust jacket
  • food packaging

Think carefully about what you will need to include on the packaging.

Create your design using a drawing programme on the computer.

Ask your facilitator to take a picture of the finished product. It may even turn up on wickED!