But now, I've read The Fellowship and am ALMOST done with The Two Towers--and I've watched The Fellowship as well. So now I feel familiar with Tolkien enough to participate! Yay!
(I've also played the Lord of the Rings video game. Does that count?)
So, although I am a newbie to LOTR and don't know all there is to know yet, I am in love with his books and would definitely call myself a fan. :)
1. What draws you to Tolkien's stories? (The characters, the quests, the themes, the worlds, etc.)
Hmmm...many things! I love his style. His writing is so beautiful. I love his characters, and how they speak and act. Everything is reminiscent of fairy tales, legends, and medieval times, and yet it's all so unique and fresh. I'm already in love with how Tolkien has spun the quest of the Ring in his books-it takes real talent to create such a moving, dramatic story such as that-all within the bounds of fiction.
And oh yes, THE CHARACTERS. Character make or break a story, and Tolkien's definitely make it. I love the characters. So much.
2. What was the first Middle Earth book you read and/or movie you saw? What did you think of it?
The Fellowship of the Ring! (book) I loved it. Similarly, I just recently (like, last week!) saw The Fellowship of the Ring as well. It wasn't quite as good as the book but I still loved it, too. :)
3. Name three of your favorite characters and tell us why you like them.
Okay. -Deep breath-
Aragorn, because he's
|I thought this was funny, but then I read the books and saw the movie and realized it's true.|
Sam is another favorite character. HE'S SO SWEET. And loyal. And adorable. Funny. Caring. I love him so much.
And, then, hmm....the third favorite? I can't just choose ONE more.....
I guess I'll say Frodo. He's precious (no, no, I did not mean that that way...). He is truly brave-he takes so much upon himself willingly-he goes to his death-willingly. He realizes the lot of saving Middle-Earth has fallen upon him and he can't refuse. I admire his strength and just how good he is.
4. Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention?
I think Merry needs more spotlight sometimes. He's always there but never really does anything...yet.
5. What Middle Earth character do you relate to the most?
Sam. And Pippin. I relate to Sam's caring, ISFJ nature (whenever I take the Meyers-Brigg test I come out as ISFJ...but when I go through each meaning separately and look at the definitions I feel I'm more like an INFP. So I guess I'm a mix of both!). I relate to Pippin's sense of curiosity. Like, when he looked at the Palantir I cringed because that probably would have been me, too. Unfortunately.
Oh, and I relate to Eowyn because she loves Aragorn but he doesn't love her toooo. hahaha
Hmm....I really don't know yet. Perhaps, "What gave you the inspiration for your fictional world?"
And, "Do you have a favorite character?" ;)
Oh! I'd like to know what he thinks of the movies.
7. Are there any pieces of Middle Earth merchandise you would particularly like to own, but don't?
All of the extended movies. Heh ;)
Oh! And The One Ring from Amazon. hahaha
8. What battle would you absolutely not want to be part of?
Ha. Um, all of them? ;P
I think the one in the Mines of Moria would have freaked me out the most. I mean, there was no where to run! They were underground! It was creepy.
Ooooh.....probably Rivendell. When reading the book I was fascinated by the elven drink the hobbits get to taste when they meet Gildor. A "fragrant draught, cool as a clear fountain, golden as a summer afternoon"....doesn't it sound delicious? It just sounds so sweet, refreshing, and cool.
At the time, it was summer and I happened to be drinking a strawberry-lemonade juice. I liked to pretend that was what the draught tasted like. :) haha
10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.
"The grey figure of the Man, Aragorn son of Arathorn, was tall, and stern as stone, his hand upon the hilt of his sword; he looked as if some king out of the mists of the sea had stepped upon the shores of lesser men. Before him stooped the old figure, white, shining now as if with some light kindled within, bent, laden, with years, but holding a power beyond the strength of kings." ~The Two Towers
|oh my word, the SARCASM. Why didn't this make it into the movie?!?|
"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." ~The Two Towers
|wonder what that could be? ;)|
|this is so very true|
Thank you for this magnificent party, Hamlette!!