The object of the contest is to learn more than you thought you ever
knew about the LOTR, the books. In doing so, you can become a
Loremaster, and win a prize for that round and gain chances to become
the GRAND PRIZE Winner at the end of the year. I hope to make it as
,interesting, fun and as painless as possible.
Each month a Loremaster will post a list of 15 questions on the
Middle-earth board. The player who answers the most questions correctly
wins! It’s that simple. The winning player then becomes the Loremaster
for the next round.
Anybody who can read can enter. I don’t care if you are a moderator,
work for Decipher, New Line Cinema or are related (however distantly)
to J.R.R. Tolkien, you CAN enter and win this contest. It really is for
everybody who can read! It doesn’t cost anything, and you can win
prizes, so why not give it a try? How to Play
After the Loremaster posts their 15 questions for the round, players
send the answers to me, the Lore Possum, to be judged. You will have
two full weeks to answer the questions. The current Loremaster will
have sent me all the questions and answers before they appear on the
Middle-earth board. I have the last word in all matters concerning this
contest. All questions will come from the LOTR books (FOTR, TTT &
ROTK). If the boards are down you may e-mail or the
current Loremaster for a set for the present round only. But watch out!
Questions can come from any part of the books! They may come from the
text, the maps, the songs, the poems, appendixes, indexes... Anywhere! So be careful, some former Loremasters are known to be quite tricksy!
Remember to send your questions to me, the Lore Possum (Jennan O Possums). DO NOT POST the answers to the questions on the board!
Not only will this take the fun out of it for other players, but you
may be giving others valuable points! Please put “CONTEST ENTRY” on
your subject line so I don’t throw your entry away with my spam! Also,
please put your screen name (handle) in your e-mail. We’d hate to have you win and not know who you are!
I will send you a “Receipt of Entry” so you know your answers got here.
If you do not receive a receipt for your answers within 48 hours,
please resend them. You’ll have two weeks from the time the questions
are posted until they must reach me. You will always know when your
questions are due because the Loremaster will post the due date with
the questions. I will then score your answers and send the winner’s
name to the Loremaster who will post it, along with the answers at the
end of the round. The player who gets the most questions right becomes
the new Loremaster for the next round.
Rounds last one month.
questions and answers in the “Lore of the Ring Contest” must come from
the LOTR books, and the books only. They can come from any part except
the jacket, because those differ in some editions and all players must
have an equal chance of winning. (Note: Inside covers will be
considered jackets on paperback editions.)
2. The questions asked must be written in such a manner that the players know what the Loremaster wants.
Wrong type of question: “Who was the hobbit with brown hair?” Almost all hobbits had brown hair so any number of hobbit names would be correct.
Right type of question: “Which hobbit was chosen to take the Ring to Mordor?” Well, we all know that was Frodo so there’s no doubt what the Loremaster
would want here!
questions may have more than one answer, but each part of the answer
must be right in order for the answer to count. For example:
“The Fellowship was made up of how many people and what where their
names?” To get this question right, you would have give the number in
the Fellowship (9) and their names (Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin,
Legolas, Gimli, Boromir and Aragorn).
answers must be numbered and all spelling of names, places and things
must be spelled correctly. You can’t expect this old Possum to know
what answers go to which questions and since the answers are in the
books there is no excuse for spelling anything wrong.
there is a tie: If this happens with more than one person answering the
same number of questions correctly, we will have a tie breaker. When
the Loremaster sends their 15 questions to me, they also send 5
additional questions just in case this happens. If a tie breaker is
needed, the 5 questions will be sent out by me (at the same time) on
the Wednesday following the date answers are due. The person who
correctly answers the most tie breaking questions then becomes the new
there is another tie during the tie breaker round: If this happens, the
first person to send me their correct answers will be the
new Loremaster. This is the only time during the contest where speed
matters, other than making the deadline for the first questions and two
weeks aren’t too speedy!
Loremasters for the next round will have their choice as to whether or
not they want to make up the next round’s questions. I realize
sometimes people are
just too busy and/or the real world interferes. In that case, I will
furnish the Loremaster with questions. They will still be responsible
for posting them on the Middle-earth board, but I’ll have the fun of
making up the questions! Questions and tie breakers can be as EASY or
HARD as you want to make them, as long as they’re from the books. (I’ve
noticed players greatly appreciate easy questions in April, during tax
time in the US!) When submitting questions to me, the Loremaster must
provide answers to all the questions, including chapter titles and page
numbers of where the answers may be found. Note: If you submit a
question with multiple answers, I will need chapters and page numbers
for each part of the question. Loremasters must send their questions
and answers to me at to be okayed at least 48 hours before they are
posted. I will give you the dates and times your Round will be played,
and other information you’ll need.
Loremasters get a small prize package that won’t be too expensive, but
for as long as possible, they will be of LOTR items. They will also get
bonus chances for the GRAND PRIZE
given away at the end of the year! Their handles will be posted in the
LOTR Scrapbook, thanks to Primula, in REAL PIXELS!! So, it’s really
worth the effort to become a Loremaster because the bonus points they
get (not to mention the fame and prestige), are quite substantial!
Chances for the GRAND PRIZE
There will be two extra prizes given away at the end of the year. One
will be the GRAND PRIZE, and the other will be the Runner-up Prize. All
chances will be mixed together and the two lucky winners will be drawn
by a third party, most likely my husband. (He has graciously offered to
accept any donations you would care to make, however, they will not
better your chances of winning!) When the winner is chosen, I will
notify them by e-mail. The GRAND PRIZE winner will get to choose
whichever of the two prizes offered they would like. The Runner-up will
get whatever is left. In case the GRAND PRIZE winner cannot fulfill
their duty (as in picking which prize they want), the Runner-up will
get both prizes!
Chances for the GRAND PRIZE are awarded as follows:
1 chance for entering the contest
1 chance for each question answered correctly (up to 15)
1 chance for being in a tie breaker
1 chance for each tie breaker answered correctly (up to 5)
8 chances for becoming the new Loremaster!
So, in just one round of the game you can get up to 30 chances for the GRAND PRIZE! (Neat, eh?) Questions?
If you have any questions about the game or anything to do with it, please contact the Lore Possum and I will be most happy to help you in any way I can. Just be sure to put CONTEST REQUEST
on the subject line of your e-mail. It should already be there if you
use the link in this section. Again, I sure don’t want to throw out
anything with my spam and I do get a lot of e-mail.
Because there are prizes involved, please know your real name or real
world address is safe with me. I will never give out the name or
address of a player unless I am directed to do so BY THEM! I’ve had a
lot of experience doing this (keeping private matters private), and
have never betrayed a trust. So don’t worry your little ringer heads
about that! We possums are a secretive lot, there’s more to us than
just our good looks! (sic)
Good luck, have fun and win these prizes! I need the room in my house!
Jennan O Possums
Your Lore Possum
PS: The Lore Possum does accept bribes and even encourages them!
However, they will do nothing whatsoever to increase your odds of
winning the rounds or prizes. But since I collect LOTR stuff too, I
just thought I’d throw that in! Just in case... With the slimmest
hope... That just maybe... Oh, never mind, it was a hopeless idea from