Do you love Lord of the Rings with all your heart? Do you and your friends get together once a season, dressed as Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, and Wizards to watch the full 10-hour marathon of the trilogy? Maybe, you're a purist and, like Christopher Lee — the actor who played Saruman — you read all the books at least once a year. Regardless of your level of fandom, everyone seems to think they know LOTR. As a die-hard fan, you're probably the first to argue this, but are you really as all-knowing as you think? Take our Lord of the Rings quiz to find out your level of LOTR knowledge, but beware; this quiz will ask you some incredibly specific questions that only a true LOTR fan could answer. When you're done, test your friends to can see which one of you really has the skills to travel to Mordor and defeat the dark armies of Sauron.
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Most people know Sir Christopher Lee as the actor who played Saruman, but this was hardly his first powerful rose. He starred in a series of Dracula films and, before that, fought in WWII for Finland (against the Soviets) and for the British (against the Nazis). After the war ended, Christopher Lee, the great actor that he was, went undercover for the Special Forces, hunting escaped Nazis. This explains an exchange he had with Peter Jackson. When Saruman gets stabbed in the back, Jackson asked him to yell in pain. Lee informed Jackson that when you stab someone in the back, you pierce their lungs, meaning they cannot scream. When asked how he personally knew that, Lee said: "Let's just say I was in the Special Forces and leave it at that."
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