Back when I was a studying biology, I noticed that a lot of anatomical terms sound like they come straight from Middle Earth. So, to celebrate the release of the last Hobbit film, I’ve created this INCREDIBLY nerdy quiz.

Do these words and phrases refer to parts of the human body, or reference people and places from J. R. R. Tolkien’s work?

  1. Antrum of Highmore
  2. Crypt of Morgagni
  3. Caves of Androth
  4. Lobelia
  5. Loop of Henle
  6. Scapha
  7. Great Vein of Galen
  8. Halls of Mandos
  9. Groin
  10. Gap of Calenardhon
  11. Macewen’s Triangle
  12. Canal of Schlemm
  13. Gerontius
  14. Islets of Langerhans
  15. Meckel’s Cave
  16. Chamber of Mazarbul

You shall not pass.


Anatomy – 1,2,5,6,7,11,12,14,15

Tolkien – 3,4,8,10,13,16

Both – 9!

  1. Antrum of Highmore – a big sinus next to your nose
  2. Crypts of Morgagni – small recesses on the surface of the urethra’s mucus membrane
  3. Caves of Androth – sheltered the Sindarin elves
  4. Lobelia – Lobelia Sackville-Baggins was Bilbo’s relative who wanted to own Bag End
  5. Loop of Henle – a long duct in the nephron of a kidney
  6. Scapha – the furrow in the upper part of your ear
  7. Great Vein of Galen – the vein that drains the brain
  8. Halls of Mandos – dwellings on the northern shores of Valinor
  9. Groin – in addition to being the junction between our legs, Groin was the father of Gloin and the grandfather of Gimli
  10. Gap of Calenardhon – AKA the Gap of Rohan, the land between the Misty Mountains and the White Mountains
  11. Macewen’s Triangle – part of your skull
  12. Canal of Schlemm – a channel that collects aqueous humor (that jelly in front or your iris) and delivers it to the blood stream
  13. Gerontius – AKA Old Took
  14. Islets of Langerhans – they produce hormones like insulin in the pancreas
  15. Meckel’s Cave – a little pouch of spinal fluid inside the skull.
  16. Chamber of Mazarbul – the room in Moria where Balin is enshrined, and where the Fellowship first fought the Moria orcs


#Lord of the Rings #biology #now with detailed answer sheet #the more you know

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