Monday, December 9, 2013


In celebration of the release of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG on December 13th, we here at the Inkpot (HOBBIT loving fans ourselves!) have a quiz to test your knowledge of the book, and refresh your memory before the big release! 

We will choose 5 winners and each winner will receive a signed copy of a book from an Enchanted Inkpot Author! And come back tomorrow, as we discuss how our books are like THE HOBBIT in a very fun post!
And here are thirteen Questions, one for each Dwarf, and because the movie comes out on December 13th:

1. What is Bilbo’s mother’s name?  
2. What was the rumor about the Tooks? 
3. How many are in the company, and of what races?   
4. What does Bilbo decide to call 
his sword?
5. What is the color of Bilbo’s Sword when enemies are close?
6. Where does the company first encounter the Elves?
7. What is the riddle that Bilbo stumps Gollum with? 
8. What mountain are the Dwarves trying to reclaim? 
9. Who discovers the Arkenstone? 
10. What special item does Thorin give to Bilbo from the treasure, that is featured again in LOTR? 
11. Who kills Smaug? 
12. After Smaug is defeated, what two races might go to war with the Dwarves over the treasure?
13. Who takes the Arkenstone from Thorin?

The first five people to get all questions right win! (Hint - if you're stumped, the answer to some of the questions may be found in our Hobbit read along posts of last year) You will be asked to pick your first, second and third choice from one of the following books (in alphabetical order by author) donated by Inkpot members. The book will be signed by the author and mailed to you. Good Luck - and remember to come back tomorrow!

THE LAST KNIGHT, by Hilari Bell 
Need a Hero? You've got one in Sir Michael Sevenson. Although there hasn't been a knight errant in over two hundred years, this young noble has decided to revive the trade. He's found himself a reluctant partner in Fisk, a clever rogue who has been given the choice of serving as Michael's squire or going to jail for a very long time. Now Michael and Fisk are on a quest to right wrongs, protect the innocent, and make the world a happier place. It's not going to be easy. On their first attempt at rescuing a damsel in distress, they break a lady out of a tower, only to discover she was there for good reason: awaiting trial for poisoning her husband. Now the would-be heroes must find Lady Ceciel and return her to justice or be condemned themselves

A Kirkus Starred Review
Conor O’Neill always thought spiders—and his little sister, Glennie—were the worst kind of monsters life had in store. That was before an inexperienced young banshee named Ashling showed up in his bedroom. The arrival of a banshee, as Conor soon learns, means only one thing: Someone in his family is going to die. Not only will Ashling not tell him who it is, it turns out that she’s so fascinated by the world above that she insists on going to middle school with him. The more Ashling gets involved in his life, the harder it becomes to keep her identity a secret from his friends and teachers—and the more Conor worries about his family. If he wants to keep them safe, he’s going to have to do the scariest thing he’s ever done:  Pay a visit to the underworld. If only there were an app for that.

THE EXCEPTIONALS, by Erin Cashman 
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of The Year, 2013
In a famous family of exceptionally talented people, fifteen-year-old Claire Walker is ordinary . . . or so she leads everyone to believe. Yet the minute she steps out of line, her parents transfer her to Cambial Academy: the prestigious boarding school that her great-grandfather founded for students with supernatural abilities, or “specials”. Although Claire can’t see ghosts or move objects with her mind like the other students, she does have a special she considers too lame to admit: she can hear the thoughts of animals. Just as she is settling in, one by one the most talented students – the Exceptionals – go missing. After years of ignoring her special gift, Claire decides the time has come to embrace her ability . . . before it’s too late.

WITCHLANDERS, by Lena Coakley 
A high fantasy full of swords, snow monsters, and singing magic. Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publisher's Weekly Starred Reviews. High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future. It’s all a fake. At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated? But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned— Are about him.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die. Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life. 

 THE BINDING STONE, by Lisa Gail Green 
Tricked into slavery by the man she loved, the Djinni Leela has an eternity to regret her choices.

Awakened in the prison of her adolescent body, she finds a new master in possession of the opal that binds her. But seventeen-year-old Jered is unlike any she's seen. His kindness makes Leela yearn to trust again, to allow herself a glimmer of hope. 
Could Jered be strong enough to free her from the curse of the Binding Stone?

Benjamin is different from other kids—he can read minds and use telekinesis. But it isn’t until he’s sent to summer school on a hidden, underwater continent that he learns the truth. 

It turns out, Benjamin isn’t really human at all—and the powers he thought made him special, just make him normal. But then the mysterious Emerald Tablet chooses him as its champion and he’s thrust into a mission to save the world.

Thanks for entering and see you tomorrow!


  1. I take it we post the answers here instead of emailing them somewhere?
    1. Belladonna Took
    2. There was a rumor that one of the Tooks had a fairy for a wife in the past (I guess the rumor that they liked adventure was made fact after Bilbo took off)
    3. 15, 13 dwarves, 1 hobbit and 1 wizard (even if Gandalf is gone half the time)
    4. Sting
    5. Glows blue
    6. Rivendell!
    7. What do I have in my pocket? (not technically a riddle but since Gollum tried to answer it it counted)
    8. The Lonely Mountain
    9. Bilbo (unless we're talking about which dwarves originally found it way before the story starts at which point I have no idea)
    10. The mithral chain mail coat
    11. Bard of Lake-town is the one to kill Smaug (which I liked, there's a poetry that someone who had to live under Smaug killed him instead of one of the dwarves who hasn't lived there in years and years)
    12. The humans and the elves
    13. Thorin technically never gets it, Bilbo steals it from the horde, doesn't tell the dwarves he has it, the humans/elves try to use it to bargin with Thorin and then they're interrupted by a battle and eventually Thorin is buried with it. Guess in the end that means the answer is Bilbo?

    If I got it all right my 1st choice is City of a Thousand Dolls, 2nd is Witchlander and 3rd is The Exceptionals.

  2. Great job Helen! And as you are our first winner, City of a Thousand Dolls is your! You will love it. Thanks for playing!

    1. Wohoo! Should I email you guys or will you email me? (should be in my blogger profile)

  3. 1. Belladonna Took
    2. The rumour is that the Tooks' adventurous spirit is a result of one of their ancestors taking a Fairy for a wife.
    3. There were 15 total: 13 Dwarves, 1 Wizard, and 1 Hobbit.
    4. Bilbo named his sword Sting.
    5. It glowed blue.
    6. They met Elrond at Rivendell.
    7. Bilbo asks Gollum what he has in his pocket, which is cheating, really, because it isn't a riddle, it's a question. But Gollum can't guess anyway.
    8. The Dwarves are trying to reclaim The Lonely Mountain.
    9. Bilbo finds it.
    10. He gives Bilbo a coat of mail made of mithril.
    11. Bard, the archer kills Smaug.
    12. The Humans and Elves form an army and almost go to war with the Dwarves, but war is averted when they bargain for peace using the Arkenstone. Then they join with the Dwarves and fight against the Goblins and Wargs, who actually DO march over and start a war with them.
    13. Well… Bilbo found it and kept it, and then he gave it to Bard, who used it as a bargaining chip. Then Thorin was buried with it, so… Death took it from Thorin? Bilbo took it first, kind of. Or I guess you could say that Smaug took it first, since it was in Smaug's stash, but that was before Thorin's time, really. Thorin never really had it in the first place. Tricksy question. ;-)

    I dug out my old copy of The Hobbit to find the answers to the questions, but then I noticed when I went to comment that the answers are there in the first comment, so if you want to call off this whole deal then that's cool with me because I had fun playing. But if you're still doing the giveaway thing and if I'm one of the first five people to get it right, then my first choice is The Exceptionals, followed by The Emerald Tablet, followed by The Last Knight.

  4. Hi Ishta! No answering in the comments is just fine - we may be tricksy here at the inkpot, but we do trust our followers! I think you and Helen got us on number 13 - Bilbo did find it and keep it, and not truly "take it" from Thorin, although he certainly knew it was not his to keep! That was one of my favorite parts of the book. You did win, and I'd be happy to send you a signed copy of The Exceptionals! Once we have the winners we will post a contact email for you to send your address too. Thanks for playing!

  5. I love this series!!!

    1. Belladonna Took
    2. That the Tooks are descended from fairies (though we never encounter fairies in the series)
    3. 15; Hobbit, dwarves, wizard
    4. Sting
    5. Blue
    6. Rivendell
    7. "What have I got in my pocket?"
    8. The Lonely Mountain
    9. Bilbo
    10. A Mithril coat (passes down to Frodo in LOTR)
    11. Bard
    12. Elves and Men
    13. Bilbo...confused here because it passes from person to person, poor Thorin never really gets his Arkenstone.

    1st choice, The Last Knight, 2nd, Witchlanders, 3rd, Texting the Underworld

    P.S. Please Please Please Mrs. Nielsen, if you're reading this, you HAVE to do a signed giveaway of the False Prince series! It is my favorite book and I am completely obsessed with it and I NEED a signed copy...:)

  6. Well Hiba, with a request like that, then I figure you had better get a signed copy of The False Prince! Erin (the mastermind behind this awesome post) will be in touch with you soon for details to get the book into your hands! Congratulations! - Jennifer Nielsen

    1. Oh my goodness you responded!!!

      Thank you so much Mrs. Nielsen! :) I giggled and squealed and gasped all through the book, and when it finished I literally screamed! Best. Book. Ever. It was touching without the sappiness, edge-of-your-seat without the whole impending doom thing--love how Sage keeps his secrets from everyone (including the reader!) without lying about anything!

      I haven't read The Runaway King yet; I'll wait for The Shadow Throne to come out so I can read them both in one sitting. (I celebrated on a grand scale the day the Shadow Throne cover was revealed, leading a few equally bewitched fans to think that the book itself had been released. But that's an entirely different story...)

      And if you don't mind, we fans need a spoiler, just one, insignificant spoiler, to last us until the release :)

  7. I LOVED The False Prince, too, Hiba and can't wait for The Shadow Throne! Jennifer Nielsen has another great series in the works, too, you can read about it here on the Inkpot - she was interviewed on November 21. And you'll still get a signed copy of The Last Knight for answering the quiz correctly! How much do you love that cover?!!

    1. I've read about the upcoming series, Mrs. Cashman, and even though it's like only two sentences, I'm already fangirling!

      I'm really excited about The Last Knight! The reason I chose The Last Knight is because the main character had that witty, sarcastic tone I love (SAGE!), but the second reason was definitely the cover! They say you shouldn't judge books by their covers, but really, you can judge books very well by their covers. Only a great book has great cover art, agreed? :)

  8. Here are my answers! I hope I'm not too late. I remeber my mom reading this book to me as a kid!

    1.) Belladonna Took
    2.) The Tooks have Fairy blood/ancestors
    3.) 15- made up of 1 Hobbit, 1 Wizard, and 13 Dwarves
    4.) Sting
    5.) It glows blue.
    6.) Rivendell
    7.) He asks what he has in his pocket.
    8.) The Lonely Mountain
    9.) Bilbo does.
    10.) A coat made of mithril
    11.) Bard kills Smaug.
    12.) Humans and Elves
    13.) Biblo…right?

  9. You are not too late and you are a winner! Please pick your top three choices from the books listed!

    1. Yay! I'm so excited!!! It's so hard to rank them, but here it goes: 1st Choice: City of a Thousand Dolls 2.) The Emerald Tablet 3.) The Last Knight

    2. Hi Annie! You have won The Emerald Tablet. I just started it and it is fabulous - I'm sure you will love it! Later today I'll post an email for you to send your address. Congratulations and thanks for playing!

  10. 1. Belladonna Took
    2. Tooks are adventurous because of fairy blood
    3.15 party members consisting of 1 Wizard, 1 Hobbit, and 13 Dwarves
    4. Sting
    5. Blue
    6. Rivendell
    7. What do I have in my pocket?
    8. The Lonely Mountain
    9. Bilbo
    10. A Mithrail Coat of Armour
    11. Bard
    12. Elves and Humans
    13. Bilbo...

    That was fun to play. If you are still taking winners my choices are: 1. The Exceptionals 2. Witchlanders 3. The Emerald Tablet

    1. Hi! You are our fifth winner and you won Witchlanders! All of those starred reviews got it right, it is fabulous, I'm sure you'll love it! I will let you know how to send me your address soon. Congratulations and thanks for playing!

    2. Thank you, I can't wait to read it!

    3. Witchlanders is AMAZING. (I didn't ask for it because I already have a copy!) You will love it!

  11. 1) Belladonna Took
    2) They have fairy blood!
    3) 15-- the 13 Dwarves, 1 Hobbit, and 1 Wizard
    4) Sting
    5) Glowing blue
    6) Rivendell
    7) He asks what he has in his pocket
    8) The Lonely Mountain
    9) Bilbo
    10) A coat of Mithril
    11) Bard kills Smaug
    12) Elves & Men
    13) Bilbo, in a way.

    I think I'm a little late on this...but it was fun to play along!! :-) Just in case, my 3 book choices are: 1) Witchlanders- it's at the top of my to-read list! 2) The Last Knight and 3) Texting the Underworld

    1. You are sixth, but we will still send you Texting the Underworld! I loved it, and I'm sure you will too! I'm glad you had fun playing! Check back soon and I'll let you know how to give us your address. Congratulations!

    2. That is so sweet!! Thank you!!! I can't wait to read it :-)

  12. I just want to say that as soon as I saw the title of this post I burst out laughing, because several years back I took the AR test on The Hobbit (for fun-- I was a librarian and was a little bored and I kind of Hate AR With a Vengence so I was taking all the quizzes on books I knew well or had read recently to see how I did so I could complain about it more knowledgeably) and COMPLETELY BOMBED it, which I remain bitter about because the questions were JUST STUPID. So I just wanted to say that your questions are far more sensible than the questions in the AR test, and they really ought to hire sensible people like you to write those things if they really want the tests to PROVE anything...!

    1. Thanks so much! It was fun coming up with the questions - I'm glad you thought they were sensible!

  13. Thank you all for playing! You can email me your address at and your signed copy will be on its way to you shortly! If you haven't checked out today's post on The Hobbit it's a fun one!


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