Would you look at that? I'm actually posting two days in a row. Because...
Today is Bilbo and Frodo's birthday!!!
YES. THIS CLEARLY CALLS FOR CELEBRATORY FIREWORKS.
In fact, the entire week is special because it's Tolkien Week! The lovely Hamlette has been hosting a blog party to celebrate. Of course, I had to join. How could I not?
So in honor of the most famousest of hobbits, I'm doing the Tolkien Tag! Stay tuned till the end for some extra LotR goodies. ;) (And spoilers will be rampant bunnies, just so you know.)
1. How many books by J.R.R. Tolkien have you read?
Um...so I've only read one. *hides in disgrace* Ack, I feel like such a terrible person. D: The only book I've read so far is The Hobbit. But don't worry, I started on The Fellowship of the Ring and hope to finish it by the end of the month. *cough* maybe *cough, cough*
*crawls out of hiding place and moves on to the next question*
2. Have you seen any movies based on them?
Yes indeedy! I've seen all three of The Lord of the Rings movies and all three of The Hobbit films by Peter Jackson. I've seen all of LotR six times (minus The Return of the King; I didn't get the chance to rewatch that this summer) and The Hobbit movies...um...maybe four times? I'm not even sure. I watch LotR twice a year, but The Hobbit movies I kind of just...pick up. XD
3. Are there any scenes/moments that make you cry?
Basically, I sob during all of the movies. Multiple times. :P DO NOT ASK ME TO NAME SPECIFIC SCENES ELSE I WILL COMMENCE CRYING.
|Totally not crying over here.|
Since you're asking for specifics, though, I guess I'll be nice and share some.
~ ALL THE DEATHS (especially Boromir's and Thorin's D':)
~ Alllll of these scenes.
~ This one, oddly enough. (And no, it's not because Smaug dies. ;D)
~ BASICALLY ALL OF BOTFA
There, that should give you a small taste of how emotional these movies make me. XD
4. Are there any scenes/moments that make you laugh?
Oh man, there are lots of those, too. I'm an emotional pendulum during these movies, I tell you.
A few I can think of off the top of my head are the po-ta-toes scene (I quote this whenever we eat potatoes--every. single. time.), the scene where Legolas takes down the Oliphaunt (HE'S THE BEST, I TELL YOU), the "don't tell the elf" scene, and the scene where Bilbo forgets his handkerchief.
Also any scene with Legolas and Gimli. They're the best. XD
5. Have you ever chosen a Middle Earth name for yourself?Nope, but now I want to. *is curious*
6. Who would you want to party with/marry/fight to the death? (pick three characters)
Lemme see here...I would probably party with Merry and Pippin, marry Legolas (obviously), and fight Saruman to the death. I honestly wouldn't stand a chance against any of the villains but...y'know, it would be pretty epic to battle a wizard. ^_^
|Yes, this was necessary. XD|
7. When was the last time you visited Middle Earth, via books or movies?
Either when I was reading The Fellowship of the Ring back in July (which I'm starting again this month) or when I saw The Two Towers, also in July.
8. Do you consider Gollum to be a villain? Why or why not?
Very tricksy question, precious. He's a hard character to classify. Smeagol isn't evil at heart--there's still some good in him--but he ultimately does become consumed by his desire for the Ring. So like Hamlette said, I guess I consider him as more of an antagonist with a tragic fate. You feel sorry for Smeagol, but in the end, he chooses darkness instead of light. By creating the character of Gollum, Tolkien really shows his penetrating knowledge of human nature.
So yeah. I don't consider him a villain, per se. More of a tragic character.
9. How would you sum up what Tolkien's stories mean to you in one word?
Probably home. It feels like my heart belongs in Middle Earth. <3
10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.
YES. Pull up a chair, people. XD
I'll be copying Meredith and only doing quotes from the movies because I haven't read the LotR books yet.
(In no particular order. I tried to pick mostly different ones than what Meredith put just for the sake of variety.)
"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
"Some believe it is only great power that can keep evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
"I would rather share one lifetime with you than spend all the ages of this world alone."
"Anyway, you need people of intelligence of this sort of mission...quest...thing."
"There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for."
"You look terrible."
"Go back to your books, your fireplace. Plant your trees, watch them grow. If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world."
"A wizard is never late, Frodo. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to."
"Not all those who wander are lost."
"You left out one of the chief characters--Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam. Frodo wouldn't have gotten far without Sam."
"Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn't make fun. I was being serious."
"So was I."
You don't even know how hard it was to limit myself to just ten quotes. I wanted to list sooo many others, but I feared you guys might come at me with pitchforks if I did more than that. XD
This was so much fun, Hamlette! Thanks so much for hosting this grand celebration! ^_^ If you guys are big LotR fans, then you'll want to check out her blog party. There are giveaways and trivia games and tags and just general awesomeness. GO. NOW. Before I have to make the Eagles fly you over there. ;)
Now...onto the goodies I promised.
While I was *ahem*
wasting time doing research for this post, I stumbled across a few fun LotR things which I wanted to share.
First off, there's this hilarious video about the Ringwraiths.
Then, because I love behind the scenes things, here's this.
Lastly, I found this "Let It Go" parody involving Lord of the Rings. I personally still love Frozen so when I saw this video that combined it with LotR, I about died of happiness.
Happy birthday, Frodo and Bilbo!