Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bilbo and the Ring

If Sauron possessed the Ring of Power for 323 years and the Gollum for 298 years, how many years after the ring's creation did Bilbo find it in the Misty Mountains?

Bilbo then kept the ring for 61 years before leaving it to Frodo.  How many years more than Bilbo did the Gollum have it?

The week before his 111th birthday celebration, Bilbo put the ring on many times:  once on Sunday, 3 times on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 5 on Wednesday, 1 time on Thursday, 8 times on Friday and finally 10 times on Saturday.   In total, how many times did he wear the ring that week?  On average, how many times did he wear it each day?

% of an uruk-hai

If you need 25% mud and 19% goblin then which of
the following amounts of orc do you need to have 100% uruk-hai?

A) 35%
B) 66%
C) 56%

The Orcs' Learn to Share

A gang of six blue orcs had pillaged the home of a farmer and his wife on the outskirts of the kingdom of Rohan.  They had taken a wheel of cheese, half a gallon of ale, 19 kg of bacon, two thirds of a loaf of crusty bread and a small purse containing 2 gold pieces, 10 silver and 36 bronze.  The orcs have been arguing for some time over how to share this booty.  What would each orc's fair share be?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


There were seven members of the Fellowship of the Ring. Before entering the Mines of Moria, they agreed to share the guard duty in the following way: The hobbits Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin would each take an equal share. Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas and Gimli would each stand guard for twice as long as a hobbit. Gandalf, who could magically rid himself of fatigue, would stand guard for a time equal to the sum of the times of all the other members of the Fellowship. How long would each member take the watch in a 24 hour period.

Gollum's Favorite Phrase

On average, Gollum says "my precious" 23 times a day. After Frodo and Sam have been travelling with Gollum for one week, how many times will they have heard him say "my precious"?

Frodo and Sam's Lunch at the Prancing Pony

Frodo and Sam are eating lunch at the Prancing Pony. Frodo's meat pie cost 3 bronze pieces (BP) and his flagon of ale 2 BP. Sam was famished: he ordered two meat pies, two flagons of ale and three apples at 1 BP apiece. Frodo has only 3 pieces of silver (SP) in his purse. One SP is worth 10 BP. How much money will Frodo have left after he has paid for their meal?