Thursday, April 14, 2011

Nenya, the Ring of Water or the Ring of Adamant

You have to hand it to Stephen Colbert, he knows his Lord of the Rings. He has a mini trivia contest with James Franco in the clip below and while Franco does better than the average person, Colbert clearly was about to crush him.

Towards the end of this segment there is this exchange:

COLBERT

Why did Galadriel come over to Middle Earth from Valinor?

FRANCO

She, I think, was one of the people chosen to watch over Middle Earth along with Gandalf and Elrond.

COLBERT

That's an excellent answer, I hate to say it's not true.

FRANCO

Why?

COLBERT

She is one of the family of Feanor who crafted the three Silmarils and when the elves took the blood oath to get the Silmarils back from Morgoth, she came to take the Sil- you got it partially right - she came to fight Morgoth.

FRANCO

She was one of the ring bearers -

COLBERT

She was one of the ring bearers - which ring?

FRANCO

Made for the elven kings!

COLBERT

Exactly.

(They shake hands.)


Of course Colbert knew the exact answer - Galandriel's ring was Nenya, the Ring of Water or the Ring of Adamant.

It makes me a little nostalgic for my ex-boyfriend John, whose knowledge of The Lord of the Rings was exceeded only by his knowledge of every single thing that ever happened during World War II.

We worked together briefly and one of our co-workers (this was before the Ring movies came out) wanted to know how tall hobbits were - John responded: "which breed - Harfoot, Stoor or Fallohides?"

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