“When is ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trivia Night at Empirical Taproom?” by S.M. O’Connor

Empirical Brewery’s Empirical Taproom will host The Lord of the Rings Trivia Night on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.  The questions will be based on Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s three-volume novel The Lord of the Rings.  There will be prizes for First Place, Second Place, and Third Place teams.  The event will start at 7:00 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy consists of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).  Combined, the three films won a total of seventeen Academy Awards®.  The stars were Viggo Mortenson as Aragorn (a.k.a. Strider), a Ranger of the North and heir to the throne of Gondor; Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins; Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf; Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee; Dominic Monaghan as Meriadoc (“Merry”) Brandybuck, Frodo’s cousin; Billy Boyd as Peregrin (“Pippin”) Took, Frodo’s cousin;  Orlando Bloom as (Prince) Legolas; John Rhys-Davies as Gimli the Dwarf and the voice of Treebeard the Ent; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Liv Tyler as Arwen, Elrond’s daughter and Aragorn’s betrothed; Cate Blanchett as (Queen) Galadriel, Elrond’s mother-in-law, and Arwen’s maternal grandmother; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.  Sir Ian Holm played an elderly Bilbo Baggins, Frodo’s cousin and foster father.  Sean Bean played Boromir, Denethor’s son, and a member of the Fellowship of the Ring. Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015) played Saruman the White.  Marton Csokas played (King) Celeborn, Galadriel’s husband, Elrond’s father-in-law, and Arwen’s maternal grandfather.  John Noble played Denethor, Steward of Gondor.  Bernard Hill played Théoden, King of Rohan.  Karl Urban played Éomer, nephew of King Théoden and brother of Éowyn.  Miranda Otto played Éowyn, niece of King Théoden and sister of Éomer.  David Wenham played Faramir, son of Denethor and younger brother of Boromir.  Brad Dourif played Grima Wormtongue, the advisor of King Théoden.  Craig Parker played Haldir, an officer in Celeborn and Galadriel’s army.

Credit: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Caption: This is the announcement by Warner Brothers in 2010 that the theatrical versions of all three films in The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy was available for the first time in high definition.

Credit: Empirical Brewery Caption: This is time-lapsed footage of the construction of Empirical Brewery.

The Empirical Taproom is located on Foster Avenue, west of Ravenswood Avenue and and a few blocks east of the Chicago Park District’s Winnemac Park.  It is just inside Uptown (Community Area #3). Foster Avenue is the frontier there between Uptown and the Andersonville neighborhood in Edgwater (Community Area #77), Uptown and Edgewater both being on the North Side of Chicago. The Empirical Taproom is open from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.  The address is 1801 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60640.  The phone number is (773) 293-7896.  The e-mail address is info@empiricalbrewery.com.

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