September 18, 2016

The Tolkien Tag 2016

Let's get the PARTY started!! A Tolkien Blog Party, no less! And although there's no "of special magnificence" tagline this year, it's still mighty exciting! Thanks for hosting, Hamlette!

So here's to Bilbo and Frodo, and here are my answers to the tag questions:

1. How many books by J.R.R. Tolkien have you read?

Ummm... all of them? Well, maybe except the latest Arthur translation. But I will, you'll see!

2. Have you seen any movies based on them?

And again - all of them. Although, as you can probably guess, I was not a big fan of the latest two.

3. Are there any scenes/moments that make you cry?

I'm an easy crier, so LotR gets me every time, especially with the ending and all of the deaths. Having a drink and some napkins for a LotR movie night is a must! Don't remember if I cried while reading, though, I haven't done it in a while.

4. Are there any scenes/moments that make you laugh?

Oh well all of them with Merry and Pippin. They are just so cute! Gandalf is also one for an occasional good joke.

5. Have you ever chosen a Middle Earth name for yourself? If so, what is it?

Well, it's still with me on every web page that requires a login. It's Arenel - a slightly modified version of Aredhel Ar-Feiniel, who has a breathtaking story in Silmarillion.

6. Who would you want to party with/marry/fight to the death? (pick three characters)

I want to party with the hobbits, obviously! They are the best at the business! For marrying none other than Aragorn is an option, I love him deeply! <3 I wouldn't want to fight anybody to death there, they are all so tough! I'm pretty sure it is my death we'll be fighting to, so what's the difference?)

7. When was the last time you visited Middle Earth, via books or movies?

I bought a beautiful illustrated version of LotR a couple of years ago, and I read maybe half of the first book then. 

8. Do you consider Gollum to be a villain? Why or why not?

It was obviously Tolkien's intention to convince the reader that he's not evil. So I trust the Professor on that one.

9. How would you sum up what Tolkien's stories mean to you in one word?

A safe place that's always there when I need it.

10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.

I'm the worst at remembering quotes, but I did learn some poetry from LotR by heart. Here's my favorite one:

I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.
I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall ever see.
For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.
I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.
But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door


  1. Great answers! Thanks for joining the party :-) That's awesome that you've memorized a whole poem -- I've picked up bits here and there, but not a whole one like that.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Hamlette! Well, I think I memorized it for some school assignment where we got to choose a poem for reciting. My English teacher didn't know it and was surprised it's Tolkien) I'm a show-off ;)

    2. Hee. It would be a fun one to recite!

  2. I agree on fighting to the death; I probably wouldn't win, unless I took him out with an arrow. I am no Eowyn.
    I would love to memorize, maybe Misty Mountains (I am not thrilled with a lot of the Hobbit movies, but wow, that music). And Pippen's song he sang to Lord Horrible-Father.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Livia! Well, taking somebody down with an arrow is not an easy feat either :) Yep, the music is the best in there movies, and I have Misty Mountains pretty much memorized, because I've had it in my playlist for a looong time :)

  3. Wow, you've read all his books? That's amazing! Clearly you're a huge fan. :) And ha! When I saw the question of who we'd fight to the death, I thought the same thing. I'd totally lose!

  4. I love that you have that whole poem memorized! That is so cool. Enjoyed reading your answers to the Tag!


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