the Tolkien Blog Party tag // feat. my favorite fandom ever

Elen sila lumenn’ omentielvo — a star shines on the hour of our meeting (depending on what time it is where you live, of course), and I have returned to take part in this marvelous tag created by Hamlette. I discovered it on Kendra’s blog and couldn’t resist taking part (I also love Olivia’s post, especially the aesthetics). If you know anything about me (and you should by now), you know I love Tolkien. He’s my favorite author, LOTR is my favorite book, and I’m known as the Middle-earth expert (aka Quenya, Tengwar, and Elvish history geek) among my friends.

So naturally, I’m doing this tag. 😉

(I’m still mostly active on my other site, but this tag seemed to fit better on my main blog here. I’ll be posting rambles/poetry on when through the woods, and tags here, for the foreseeable future.)

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1. What Tolkien character do you think you’re the most like?

I relate a lot to Éowyn, for her desire to not be left out of things and her idolization of Aragorn.

(This is a theme with me, people. Relating to characters who have unhealthy obsessions with happy endings and perfect love interests.) (…)

Also Bilbo. We both love books and cozy homes (Bag End has heavily influenced my dreams of future houses), but there’s that something inside us that calls us to other, grander things.

And suddenly first one and then another began to sing as they played, deep-throated singing of the dwarves in the deep places of their ancient homes…. As they sang the hobbit felt the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moving through him, a fierce and jealous love, the desire of the hearts of dwarves. Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick. He looked out of the window. The stars were out in a dark sky above the trees. He thought of the jewels of the dwarves shining in dark caverns.

(from The Hobbit)
#bilbo baggins aesthetic from The makings of yours truly

2. What Tolkien character do you wish you were more like?

Galadriel! She’s beautiful, powerful, and wise, and after years of striving for redemption, she resists the temptation to take the Ring for herself.

“And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!”

She lifted up her hand and from the ring that she wore there issued a great light that illuminated her alone and left all else dark. She stood before Frodo seeming now tall beyond measurement, and beautiful beyond enduring, terrible and worshipful. Then she let her hand fall, and the light faded, and suddenly she laughed again, and lo! she was shrunken: a slender elf-woman, clad in simple white, whose gentle voice was soft and sad.

“I pass the test”, she said. “I will diminish, and go into the West and remain Galadriel.”

(from The Fellowship of the Ring)
#lord of the rings from I saw a golden castle

3. What would your dream home in Middle-earth be like?

Rivendell. But with more sunlight.

Rivendell aesthetic challenge

4. You get to make a movie of the story of Beren and Luthien!  Who do you cast as the leads?

Ohhhh. This movie would be so lovely. I hope Amazon doesn’t wreck Middle-earth and instead makes a beautiful version of Beren and Luthien!

I can’t help but imagine Beren and Luthien looking a lot like Aragorn and Arwen… and the only actors I really know of are from Marvel, LOTR, and Star Wars…

So I really have no clue. Maybe Lily James as Luthien?

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5. Have you ever marathoned the LOTR or Hobbit movies?

No. I don’t think I have enough mental capacity to pay attention for that long…a

#legolas greenleaf from meddy
I had to share this one. *dies*

But I have watched them all at least twice!

The LOTR trilogy is pretty good (my major quibbles with it are the changing of Aragorn’s character arc, the HORRIBLY different Faramir, the confusingly swoon-prone Frodo, the completely-evil-no-hope-of-redemption Denethor, the I-just-want-to-kiss-Aragorn Arwen, and the lack of the Scouring of the Shire) (okay, yes, that is a lot of quibbles, I know, but overall I enjoy them).

The Hobbit movies start out fine (Thorin’s too much like Aragorn, Azog is apparently still alive, random humor is inserted in a movie that really shouldn’t be humorous — unless they wanted to actually adapt the initial book, but no, we’re being darker and more mature — but at least Martin Freeman is incredible), go weird (um… love triangle? dwarves in a toilet? oH yEs LeT’s DaNcE oN tHoRiN’s HeAd), and get… pretty awful (what. have. we. done.) (Thranduil is all wrong! Legolas is strange and confused when he bleeds! Tauriel is so shallow! Thorin has gone mAD!).

That’s all.

6. Do you have a favorite song or track from the movie soundtracks by Howard Shore?

“Very Old Friends” includes the “In Dreams” theme, which is so ethereal and homey.

This is probably my very favorite of all time. The Elvish songs in LOTR are so hauntingly, achingly beautiful.

Another Elvish song, Lothlorien style.

Agh, Miranda Otto’s tortured, heartwrenching singing gets me every time.

And lastly, the Rohan theme. There’s not a specific song I can point to, but I love it.

*realizes that this also includes Hobbit soundtracks* ahhhh! Well, I won’t embed a million more videos to distract you… but I will make a list. (The above several songs are my favorites from the LOTR soundtracks, to be clear.)

  • “Misty Mountains” — I only wish they’d sung the full original lyric; this tune is perfect.
  • “The Last Goodbye” — makes me cry

That list was shorter than I expected.

7. Which of Tolkien’s characters would you like to be best friends with?

Faramir! He’s loyal, wise, and caring. (He would never try to do something for selfish reasons… *glares at Peter Jackson*)

But fear no more! I would not take this thing, if it lay by the highway. Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and my glory. No, I do not wish for such triumphs, Frodo son of Drogo.

(from The Two Towers)

 War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.

(from The Two Towers)

I think I’d get along very well with Bilbo too. And I could probably use Sam in my life. People who remind you of the truth are invaluable.

And maybe Elrond, to be stern and honest with me. (Sadly no sufficient Elrond aesthetic can be found by my search engine.)

8. Who of the people in your real life would you want in your company if you had to take the ring to Mordor?

Um… does this mean people I actually know? Or just people who exist?

I’m going to go with the guideline of “people I’ve actually met” and create my own fellowship of nine…

  • Frodo: me (because apparently I have to go along… I really don’t want to go to Mordor though)
  • Sam: S.D. Smith (he’s so wise and reminds me of the truth)
  • Gandalf: my dad
  • Legolas: Sarah Baran (cheating a little since we’ve never really met, but we live in the same state, and I think I’d need her sarcasm and sword-fighting skills)
  • Aragorn: my sister Ellery
  • Merry and Pippin: my friends StarJoy and Ally
  • Boromir: my friend Hawkeye (um, not that I want you to die? or turn evil? THIS WAS THE ONLY SPOT LEFT *ducks your arrows*)
  • Gimli: there’s this guy who was in my musical last year… and he’s pretty short and (reportedly) has a sense of humor… (his only major fault is that he’s dating someone I don’t approve of, but since I’ve never actually talked to him, I’m not really in the place to give him relationship advice). So, I guess, him. (Now I really want to see him interact with Sarah Baran. The craziest Legolas and Gimli pairing ever, you guys. =P)
#arwen from The girl who hid

9. Have you read any of Tolkien’s non-Middle-earth works?

Yes! For this question and the next, I looked up Tolkien’s bibliography (goodness, it’s long). Here are the books by Tolkien not set in Middle-earth that I’ve read:

  • “Leaf by Niggle” (will reread again for Hutchmoot!)
  • Farmer Giles of Ham
  • The Homecoming of Be… yeah, I can’t spell it. Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm’s Son (I think I’ve read this one? and if I haven’t I don’t really want to read it?)
  • “On Fairy-Stories”
  • “Roverandom”
  • “Smith of Wooton Major” (my heart I love this one)
  • The Father Christmas Letters (the rare Tolkien work I do not enthusiastically recommend *gasp*)

10. Is there a book by Tolkien you haven’t read yet, but want to?

Alll of them. XD

  • poems: all of these (have already read Mythopoeia and various others)
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book (cheating a little ’cause I have read this, but I need to read it again)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf (translations)
  • Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Middle-earth Histories (I’ve read parts of The War of the Ring and… whichever one has the time-travel story)
  • The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
  • The Fall of Arthur
  • Finn and Hengest
  • Mr. Bliss
  •  The Story of Kullervo (partially read, completely forgotten)
  • The Fall of Gondolin (still haven’t read this one…)
  • Beren and Lúthien (I did read the whole thing, but I remember very little)
  • The Silmarillion (*hides* aghh, I can’t believe I still haven’t made myself finish this. I’ve read 1/3 or so but didn’t like it at age 12 and keep forgetting to pick it up again… and putting it off…)
#legolas from The girl who hid

(Just because I want to make another list: the books by Tolkien I have read, not including the ones in question #9, are The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, The Children of Húrin, and Tales from the Perilous Realm [a collection of stories mentioned above]. Also many guides to Tengwar and Quenya and Middle-earth lore, not by Tolkien himself.)

If you haven’t done this tag, I tag you. (Go add your link to Hamlette’s link thingy while you’re at it.) (I apologize for my atrocious terminology. Words desert me occasionally.)

Celebrian! An undeservedly forgotten character.

Until next time (and who knows when that may be?), courage, dear heart.

(Oops. Wrong fandom.)

Um… have courage and be kind?

Nope.

(Well, yes, do that, but also. nope.)

Courage is found in unlikely places!!

(And also… good morning!)

// Maya

P.S. My favorite character of all Tolkien — well, except for Faramir, Sam, Galadriel, and Éowyn — and those from ancient times that I have yet to meet and/or cannot remember — is Glorfindel. And look! People on the internet like him too!

#glorfindel from The Gates of Summer

Glorfindel was tall and straight; his hair was of shining gold, his face fair, young, fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and keen, and his voice like music; on his brow sat wisdom, and in his hand was strength.

(from The Fellowship of the Ring)

Oft in lies truth is hidden.

(from The Fellowship of the Ring)

28 thoughts on “the Tolkien Blog Party tag // feat. my favorite fandom ever

  1. Last night before I had to leave the Internet I saw that your post was coming up! 🙂 So happy!!

    I love reading it, Maya! 🙂 And…. those collages are BREATHTAKING.

    Rivendell with more sunlight. Exactly. That’s probably why I said The Shire and Rivendell for my answer….

    So glad to see that you intend to read everything Tolkien as well!

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  2. How have I not heard of this tag before? This is amazing. It’s nice to find someone who pretty much shares my exact criticisms of the movies (though you went rather easy on The Hobbit movies). And for Pete’s sake, finish the Silmarillion! I think I was 12 when I read it, but I’ve always been really strange about books like that.

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      • My criticisms are fairly similar to yours, I just think you were too nice… In brief, movie 1 was Peter Jackson fan-fiction, movie 2 was basically The Legolas Movie (I mean, a brief cameo would have been cool, but half the movie?), and I couldn’t bring myself to watch movie 3, but from what I’ve heard it’s not any better.
        Okay, rant over.

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        • I will say that I completely agree about movies 1&2 (I hated Legolas’s over-done coolness *gags*); butI love movie 3 because of the ending (Thorin’s death *cries*/the lead-into-LOTR *happy tears*). But I will watch them all because of Richard Armitage… *winks*

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  3. I’m gonna be completely honest and tell you that I literally just looked at these gorgeous collages… totally NOT drooling over here ahem ahem. *melts* I’ve read + love The Hobbit, but I’ve only seen the LOTR movies once. I definitely need to read the books this winter!

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  4. AWESOME answers!! (by the way did you see that you and I both won something in Hamlette’s giveaway??? this day is fantastic)

    The collages were soooo goooood! Great choices. 🙂 Oh, and yes, Faramir is wonderful… and it is very frustrating to me that PJ made him almost take the Ring for his father… but thankfully they redeemed the situation in the end. *nods thoughtfully*

    I am a lot like Eowyn too, actually, especially when it comes to idolizing and Aragorn. So I’m waiting for my Faramir. 😉

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  5. Oh, and you NEED to finish The Silmarillion! Or better yet, start over and read it straight through. I read it for the first time last year and LOVED IT in the end. One of my favorites of Tolkien’s works; there’s so much beauty and depth and amazing-ness. *starry eyes* But you do have to be in the right mood/frame of mind to read it. Don’t read it when you’re feeling stressed or in a hurry. XD

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  6. “legolasing” xD xD

    The aesthetics are beautiful, I am massively intimidated by Faramir but also yes I sooo want him as a friend, the fact that you…speak Elvish???…is wildly impressive, and yes you really need to read The Silmarillion at some point! (If only for Maedhros and Fingolfin. But also EVERYTHING. Not to mention when you’re feeling freaked out by Shelob it really does help to say “she’s not as bad as Ungoliant, it’s fINE” :P)

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    • I…kind of?… speak Elvish. Bits and pieces here and there, with very infrequent studying. I’m much better at writing in Tengwar.

      (I know, I know!! Maedhros and Fingolfin sound amazing. I found a bunch of collages for them when finding images for this post, and it just made me want to read it even more. I think I’ll try it on my birthday trip? Or Christmas break? Sometime soon.)

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