Just for those I haven't informed yet...we have made it home from NC! Our house only sustained minor damage, thank goodness, and we are slowly trying to get back to a normal schedule. (I'm struggling a lot with this for whatever reason. *sighs*) I'm also feeling a lot better now, though I'm left with this nasty drainage. :P ANYWAY. Thought you all might want an update. *salutes and ducks out*
Greetings, my friends! Today we are gathered to commemorate the ongoing legacy of two of the most beloved characters of all time. Care to guess who they are?
Because they're obviously blind and couldn't read the title of the post.
You know, you really should get a hobby, Lieutenant. Being the Person Who Inserts Annoying Comments at Birthday Parties isn't exactly a title that rolls off the tongue.
What about the Most Dashing Person in History? That seems to fit.
*grits teeth in fake smile* Yeah. Sure. (Anything to shut you up.)
Ooooookay then. Today is Frodo and Bilbo's birthday! These two brave hobbits both accomplished amazing feats (with the help of friends) and their legacies live on even now. In honor of their special day, I have decided to do a Lord of the Rings post.
So impressive. *yawns*
This whole week is actually Tolkien Week, and Hamlette is throwing a smashing party over at her blog. As today is the culmination of all the festivities, I am participating in the fun little tag Hamlette created. Prepare for looooots of fangirling. ;)
1. How long have you been a Tolkien fan?
I first discovered the movies (yes, I saw them first; don't you dare judge me, Lizzy) back on January 10, 2014. And the reason I remember the exact date? Well...they were pretty memorable movies. (Plus it was a Big Deal for me to watch them so the date is burned into my brain.)
I loved them even after my first viewing, but it took a second time for them to really sink in and take the hallowed spot as my favorite movie series of all time. After that, there was no turning back.
2. Has your love of Middle-earth affected your life?
A THOUSAND TIMES YES. Middle-earth is my home. It's like a piece of my heart was bound into these tales long ago, and I'm more complete now that I've found it. They are, hands-down, one of the most influential stories in my life.
3. If you had to take the One Ring to Mordor, which character would you choose for your sole companion?
I was about to say Legolas, but...I honestly feel that would be awkward? We're both quiet and it would just be weird between us. (Especially since I would just spend 99.785% of the time just staring at his flawless hair. #potentiallyawkward)
I'd probably have to go with Gandalf. Not because he's my favorite character, per se, but because I'd be least likely to die (whether from orcs or awkwardness) with him around. And he's pretty awesome. He would make me feel a lot safer than if I had just one hobbit with me. ;)
4. Which is scarier, Shelob or the Balrog?
SHELOB. *burrows under covers and shivers* We hates spiders, precious.
5. Which two towers do you think Tolkien was referring to in the title The Two Towers? (i.e. Orthanc, Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, or Minas Tirith)
I've always thought it was Orthanc and Barad-dûr, like a lot of people have said, but Hamlette's answer made a lot of sense. Tolkien could have meant Barad-dûr and Minas Tirith, as the two were kind of the "light vs. darkness" towers.
6. Whose wardrobe would you like to have?
Need I say more??
But also this.
To be honest, I would also be completely satisfied with Bilbo's fabulous wardrobe.
7. What do you think an Ent Draught would taste like?
*squints* Um. Like dirt? Leaves? Grass? Tree bark?
(Or is that considered cannibalism?)
8. Where in Middle-earth would you like to live?
TAKE ME TO RIVENDELL PLEASE OKAY THANKS. <3 I want to I peruse Elrond's library and take walks along the bridges with the waterfalls flowing behind me and sit amongst the autumnal colors and just breathe.
I adore Rivendell. (Though the Shire is lovely...I would love to live there if the Elves got tired of me. *winks*)
9. Do you have any Tolkien-related opinions that surprise other people?
Oh yay. Controversial issues time! Time to lose some friends...
1) I actually...don't love the LotR books? I've only read FotR so far, but it was frankly one of the hardest books I've ever read. I still enjoyed it, but it was significantly less engaging than the movies. I don't think I would have liked the book if I hadn't seen the movies first. (Weird but true.)
2) I like the Hobbit movies. *cue gasps from the book purists* YES, IT'S TRUE. I do like the movies! I thought they were great, although I like the book more, ironically. They're both wonderful in their own ways.
3) I don't care for Faramir that much, but I like Boromir. I don't have much to say about this except, um, I just don't get the obsession I've seen with Faramir? Sure, he's a good character, and I don't dislike him, but I've just never been a huge fan for whatever reason. However, I love how Boromir's character was done and feel 1000% protective of him. A lot of people I know perceive him as "evil" or "inferior" for falling to temptation, but guys...he's so much more than one bad decision. His relationship with the hobbits melts my heart, and I love his relationship with Faramir. (See? You don't have to disown me...right? *pleading look*)
4) I love Frodo. I just do. In my top 5 favorite LotR character post, I discussed why more in-depth, but the short version? He's a hero. Although people say Sam is the "real hero"...I'd say that's only partially true. They both needed each other, and Frodo is arguably one of the strongest characters in the series.
10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotations from the books or movies.
Stealing all my answers from last year's tag because I'm extremely resourceful.
The proper term is lazy.
NOT YOU AGAIN. Be quiet or I'll send Legolas after you. He never misses. *warning glare*
Like I said, I'm using all the quotes from the tag that I completed for last year's party. They're all from the movie versions, mostly because I don't know many of the book-ones by heart.
"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
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"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."
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"Anyway, you need people of intelligence of this sort of mission...quest...thing."
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"There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for."
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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." (Okay, this is actually a different one from last time.)
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"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."
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"A wizard is never late, Frodo. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to."
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"Not all those who wander are lost."
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"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."
/ / /
*is sitting here contentedly staring at all the quotes* I LOVE THESE STORIES SO MUCH. <33
And so, we are here, at the end of all things. I'm a few friends shorter, a few hours older (news flash: this post took hours to write), and a few degrees more in love with Lord of the Rings than I was before.
But wait! There's more. (Yes, I lied. Very un-Christian of me. :P) Because my brain is dead and I can't come up with anything creative, you get some bonus Lord of the Rings videos like last year.
This one is particularly funny if you've seen Harry Potter (I have not), but it's still pretty hilarious otherwise. Studio C is ingenious, guys. GO WATCH THEM.
AND THIS. AS IF I NEEDED ANOTHER REASON TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND.
This post is all over the place, but I hope it's somewhat entertaining. (That's my goal. To entertain the world with my enlightening presence--oh dear, Lieutenant Bradshaw is being a bad influence. *side-glare*)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY DEAR HOBBITS!!