It's Tolkien Week! Which means my Tolkien Blog Party of Special Magnificence kicked off yesterday on my other blog, The Edge of the Precipice. Here are my answers to the party questions.
1. Who introduced you to Tolkien's stories?
My mom gave me The Hobbit to read when I was in high school. I didn't really care for it, so I mostly credit my fiance-at-the-time, Cowboy, and my best friend Emily for making me go see The Fellowship of the Ring when it came out while we were in college. That's what hooked me.
2. How old were you when you first ventured into Middle Earth?
Probably sixteen when I read The Hobbit. Twenty-one when I saw The Fellowship of the Ring and started reading The Lord of the Rings.
3. Did you read the books first, or see movie versions first?
A bit of both! Read The Hobbit first, long before the movies were made. Saw The Fellowship of the Ring first, then read the book, and then waited to read The Two Towers until I'd seen the movie. Ditto with The Return of the King.
4. A dragon or a balrog -- which would you rather fight?
Um... why didn't I think up an answer to this when I made up these questions? I guess maybe a dragon, as they're not entirely made of fire. They're more cunning, or seem like they are, since they can talk and all, but there's a teeny chance you could reason with them and have a battle of wits instead of brawn. But Balrogs -- whoa. Terrifying.
5. Who are three of your favorite characters? (Feel free to elaborate on why.)
Last year, I talked about Boromir, Sam, and Gandalf. They're my three absolute favorites. This year I'll talk about my next top three:
I love Eomer because he's loyal. Steadfast in his devotion to Theoden even when Theoden supposedly has him banished. And he seems like a really good big brother, even taking the new king to task when he thinks Eowyn has been trifled with.
I love Aragorn because he's not a shirker. He's spent decades protecting people who don't like him, and who don't even realize they're being protected. Thankless job, that. He uses the Palantir to wrestle with Sauron. He leads the army to the Black Gates even though he assumes he will die there. He's not just brave, he's also willing to do whatever must be done. I admire that.
I love Faramir because he's thoroughly honorable. He's a recent favorite -- I only started loving him during my last read-through of the book, specifically here. He's like the epitome of the word "chivalrous," isn't he?
6. Have you ever dressed up like a Tolkien character?
No. Not yet. One day!
7. If someone asks you to go on adventure, how do you respond?
"But I already have my whole day planned out! Come back in five minutes when I've made new plans that can include your adventure."
8. Have you read any of the "history of Middle Earth" books?
To my lasting shame, no. Not yet. Not even The Silmarillion.
9. Would you rather drink a bowl of Ent Draught or a glass of Old Winyards?
Not a huge fan of wine, so I'd rather try the Ent Draught! Plus, I always wanted to be 5'8", and I'm only 5'7", so maybe it'd give me that extra inch!
10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.
(Trying not to use any from last year.)
"What news from the North, Riders of Rohan?" -- Aragorn
"Now there's an eye-opener, and no mistake" -- Sam
"What new devilry is this?" -- Boromir
"A wizard is never late. Nor is he early. He always arrives precisely when he means to." -- Gandalf
"The Men of the Mark do not lie, and therefore they are not easily deceived." -- Eomer
"Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear." -- Aragorn
"Courage is found in unlikely places." -- Gildor
"Oft the unbidden guest proves the best company." -- Eomer
"My cuts, short or long, don't go wrong." -- Strider
"I'm going on an adventure!!!!" -- Bilbo (Last time I was at my parents' house, I ran down their driveway yelling this, and my Mom told me to calm down. I'm 34. I think all hopes of me "calming down" are pretty well over. Just sayin'.)
Please join me at the party! You can find these questions here, enter the giveaways here, and there will be a new game each day from today through Friday, starting with this one :-)
|Just a random screencap I took while prepping for party games. Love this dress!|