September 24, 2015

A Party Concerning Hobbits

Hamlette over at The Edge of the Precipice is hosting a Tolkien Blog Party! (make sure you check it out and maybe join up because she has a huge giveaway!)  I guess this is an annual thing she's done before, but until this year I haven't had more than a nodding acquaintance with Tolkien.

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.
Aaahhhh...only 3??!

Okay. -Deep breath-

Aragorn, because he's totally awesome strength and bravery combined. He's wise, true, and just SO cool.

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.
Samwise Gamgee - the true hero in Lord of the Rings. "Frodo wouldn't have made it very far without Sam." My personal favorite quote, " There's some good left in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for".:

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

6.  If you could ask Professor Tolkien one Middle Earth-related question, what would you like to ask him?
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.

9.  Would you rather eat a meal at the Rivendell or Bag End?
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.

sooo beautiful!
"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

awww -sniff-

wonder what that could be? ;)

this is so very true

Thank you for this magnificent party, Hamlette!!


  1. *sniffles and tries to pull herself together* I would just like to take this moment to say, again, how deeply happy I am that m'dear friend Natalie is now officially a Tolkienknight. There are just no words.

    No, but seriously;) Your answers were such fun to read! I loved all the pictures you used (that one about the standards for men was excessively diverting;P), and the quotes you chose!

    Oh, the Mines of Moria battle! You're so right; I'd completely forgotten about that one...

    Anyway, again, lovely answers!:)

    1. Awww!! You are too sweet. -hands you a tissue- I'm very happy for it, too. :) Thanks for urging me to become a fan. ;)

      Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it! (Heehee, isn't it though?)

  2. I'm so excited for you! Getting into LOTR and discovering its wonders for yourself.

    I suspect Tolkien would dislike the movies, but I don't really care.

    Gandalf's sarcasm is one of the things I love best about him. He's got such a dry, cutting wit.

    And hee, your Legolas-accepting-a-challenge image is really funny :-)

    Thanks for joining the party! Happy Tolkien Week :-D

    1. Yes!! It is exciting!

      Haha, really? Oh, well. Probably not many of the authors would like the movie adaptions of their books. I personally always wondered what Jane Austen would think of her various adaptions.

      Happy Tolkien Week to you, too! Thank you for hosting it!

  3. Yay, I love Lord of the Rings! If I had a blog, I'd DEFINITELY be participating. :-D
    These characters are the best set I've ever encountered. Ever.
    Haha, Aragorn, YES. And I oh-so-totally agree with that picture about guy standards. I still can't decide if I like Faramir or Aragorn more! I think it would be Aragorn, though. I think. But I still love them both!
    Oh, Sam - dear Sam! He's so sweet and loyal. He's basically the definition of a true friend. (I wrote a couple poems on the characters of Lord of the Rings, actually, because I couldn't resist doing it. I think I summed up Sam's character in these two lines:
    "Sam stays loyal to Frodo, his friend.
    He goes with him to the very end."
    I must admit, summing up the characters in 2 lines is awfully hard to do, because most of their characters are so well developed and have so much story about them. Frodo is someone I never used to like much (particularly after I saw the movie - Elijah Wood kind of put me off :-P) but I'm understanding his character so much better now. So I'm able to appreciate him. :-)
    Yes, Merry! He's so wonderful. :-D In my poem, I said this about him:
    "Merry, a Hobbit, is very aware.
    He and Pippin are always a pair."
    Merry IS very aware, and he certainly spends time with Pippin, but he is also dependable. And rather smart for a Hobbit, I think. :-) He is brave too (as you'll find out in the third book - I can't wait till you read it!).
    Well, in that case, I relate to Eowyn too, hehe. ;-)
    Actually, we own the one Ring, because it's in a board game we have "The Lord of the Rings Risk" board game. It's a pretty cool. :-D
    HAHAHA. Legolas pulls the most bazaar faces. I actually really like Orlando Bloom. He's pretty weird. :-P
    Oh my, haha, I love that line between Gandalf and Legolas - Gandalf CAN be sarcastic though. :-D
    *happy sigh* I'm so glad J.R.R. Tolkien made up these stories for his children and wrote them into books. "That's one of my favourite stories!" (That's a short snippet of a quote Sam speaks, in the Two Towers, when he's talking to Frodo and wondering if they'll ever be put into stories. I love that scene!)
    ~Miss Meg March

    1. Aw, I wish you could, Miss Meg! Hopefully someday! :D
      Oh, I LOVE how you summed up Sam!! The lines from you poems are very good! Yes, they are very well-developed characters.
      Really? I'm so excited for the third book now!!
      Oh my, hahaha, that's so cool. That game sounds like fun!
      I knew from seeing different things on Pinterest that Orlando does a lot of different funny faces-so I was constantly watching him throughout the movie! I think Aragorn pulled a couple himself, if I recall! :D
      Really? He wrote them for his children? That is SO sweet! Hmm, I don't remember that scene from TTT. Is it in the book?

    2. Yes, J.R.R. Tolkien made up stories for his children (LoTR included) and then he began writing them down. He actually has a very interesting life (I'm quite sure he was a soldier for part of it...) and I found that out because one of my older sisters did an essay about his whole life. He was very sweet, yes. :)
      It's definitely in the movie, and I just checked - yes, it's in the book too. Sam and Frodo wonder if they'll ever be put into stories, while they are journeying to Mordor. It's SUCH a sweet moment. :)
      ~Miss Meg

    3. Aw, that's so interesting! I'm hoping to get around to reading a biography of him someday, after I finish his books.
      Okay, thanks! I can't wait to read that part! :)

  4. Ahhh, a newbie to Tolkien. It can still happen. I was one once myself, although that was quite a few years ago. :)

    I love that Hamlette does this every year, but this is the first year I've participated too. Not enough hours in the day, as it were. But this time, I'm loving it.

    Sam is indeed an ISFJ, and one of the best. He makes me very proud to be one, he's so loyal and faithful and just . . . awesome.

    And of course, Frodo. He's my sister's personality type so that explains why I'm so attached to him. Plus, he's played by Elijah Wood who's been a favorite of mine ever since he played Huckleberry Finn.

    And that is a lovely One Ring.

    So, welcome to the fandom! Sometimes I look back at the 4 year span of my life that was all Tolkien, from 2001 to 2005, and miss it dreadfully. Those were the good days!

    1. Hahaha, yes. It's so fun entering a new fandom. ;)
      Yes, he is!! I love it when I match up personality-wise to some of my favorite characters. How cool you are that, as well!
      Aww, that is so sweet.
      Thank you! Yes, aren't the "peak" days of your love for a book or movie so much fun?

  5. I just love LOTR! SO glad you are enjoying them!! Squeeeeep! New Zealand is so close! :-D

    1. Thanks, Evie! Hahaha, you're lucky! Have you ever been? I'd love to go there someday-and see Hobbiton! ;)

  6. I wasn't going to leave a comment because I know almost nothing about LOTR - I've only read The Hobbit out of all of his books and I haven't seen any of the movies :P Yes, I know. That's why I wasn't going to comment.

    BUT -

    I just wanted to say, whenever I take the Myers-Briggs test I get different answers - but I've read all the types and I'm pretty sure I'm an INTJ. S'funny how the tests can be wrong. Isn't it fun to try to figure your personality though?

    1. Well, I'm glad you commented anyways, Rosie!
      Really? You too?? I'm so glad it's not just me! Yes-I've always loved personality tests. :)

    2. No, it's not just you.

      Finding out that I was an INTJ was really awesome for me - reading the type and seeing SO MANY THINGS that described me EXACTLY was so cool. I think that it has helped me understand why some people think I'm withdrawn and all that. (INTJs are 1% of the female population, so yeah ;))

    3. Haha, wow! How cool you have a "rare" personality. ;) I'll have to look into the test info again sometime...I saw personalities similar to me, but I never hit on a type that was like "wow!! I am certainly that! " haha
      Thanks so much for telling me!

    4. You are welcome! You know, if it was a while ago that you looked at the types, you may want to look again because I've found that the older people get (haha, says the 17 year old girl :)) the easier it is for them to click with a type. Or, you may be two types combined. But it is really cool when you get a type :D

    5. Okay, thanks so much! I did that today. I still feel like I relate to two types. :/ But, maybe as I get even older (I'm 17 too!) I'll realize which one I am. ;) But then again, who says you can't be a mix? :D
      By the way, I like your profile picture! I think it's fun when we all have different characters as our pictures. :) It helps in identifying commentors-and in seeing who their favorite character is! :D

    6. That's right! Who says? :P

      Wow, you're 17 too? That's so cool that we're the same age :)

      Awwww, thanks! I picked it because Keira Knightley looks a little like me, and also because I like Pride and Prejudice 2005 better than the '95 version, and I kind of wanted people to know that :D Because I know that almost everyone likes P&P '95. Fans of P&P '05 are few and far between :)

      BTW, I really like your profile picture too. I agree: it does help you get to know the other person a little! :)

    7. Yes, isn't it! :D

      Heehee, you're quite right. I myself am a fan of the '95, but I do like the '05 in some ways, too. :)

      Thank you!

  7. *applause*!!!

    I wanted to start screaming at 4., but I shall refrain from saying any more. :)

    Love the quotes!!!!!


    1. Thank you so much, Jacqueline!
      Hahaha, I guess I'll have to wait and see. ;)

  8. Excellent post, Natalie! I think I'll just go through some of your points and comment on whatever stands out to me.
    1. I totally agree! Tolkien's work is beautiful! And the characters!!!! They're wonderful!
    2. Yep, the movie isn't as good as the book, but it is good in its own way. (And I like the picture you included! One of the happy moments!)
    3. Yes, yes, yes, to all your three characters! And about Frodo: "He's precious (no, no, I did not mean that that way...)" Hahahaha!
    4. Oh yes! Merry! I love Merry! And he definitely deserves more attention. You see a little more of him in The Return of the King, I think. There are some really good moments with him in that book.
    5. Pippin's one of my favorites! (But so are all of the Haha! You would have looked in the Palantir, too? Oh, Natalie. :)
    6. It would be very interesting to know if Tolkien had a favorite character. And also what he thought of the movies...
    9. Now whenever you drink a strawberry-lemonade juice you're going to think of elves and hobbits! :) Heehee!
    10. Haha! Legolas and Gandalf's quote! I agree, the sarcasm is great! The movie definitely could have used more of that. And that last quote! SO GOOD!
    Thank you for this post, Natalie! I really enjoyed reading it! :)

    ~Miss March

    1. Thank you so much, Miss March!
      Heehee, everyone has been hinting about Merry's shining "moment" (or moments...) in RotK, so I'm VERY excited now! :)
      Yes....-guility smile-I feel like I might have been as bad as Pippin in that instance. Perhaps not, but I'd certainly feel the curiosity!
      Haha, yes! The funny thing is I've had the juice a few times after the first was still good but never seemed quite as "amazing" as it was the first time, which was when it made me think of the Elf drink. Oh well. :)

  9. Hi, Natalie,

    Terrific Tolkienite montage, with just enough drama and humor to balance off and go around! (I always was wondering myself when Aragorn was going to shave...;-)

    On the subject of all things Tolkien, I am the editor of an online magazine called "The Fellowship of The King", which focuses extensively on his works! Our latest fantasy/sci-fi themed issue release can be found here:

    While you're there, feel free to peruse the rest of the site and other themes we explore there! Further, if you or anyone else reading this would ever like to send in any submissions of your writing to us, please do so! The editorial email is:

    Pearl of Tyburn/Rosaria Marie

    1. Why, thank you so much, Pearl of Tyburn!
      You magazine sounds very intriguing and I will be sure to check it out in depth sometime.
      And thanks for the invitation to send in writing! Quite honestly, I don't have the time (or knowledge of Tolkien-yet!) to do so, but I will certainly keep it in mind for the future. I appreciate it so much. :)
      Thank you for your comment!


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