Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hamlette's Tolkein Tag 2017 (as told in GIFs and Pinterest)

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Hello all!

I'm participating in Hamlette's 2017 Tolkien Blog Party!!

My long dormant LOTR fandom love got resurrected during Camp NaNo. It was kinda inevitable. I mean, my cabin was called The Fellowship of the Keyboards for a reason.....

So, on to the questions!

1. How long have you been a Tolkien fan? 

Since high school for sure.

I still haven't seen many of the movies - it's mostly been limited clips and pictures. I've heard mixed reviews - book purists really hate it and movie people love it. So...I don't know if I want to watch them or not.

I love the books, but I haven't read them in a while - I don't have my own copy yet. A problem that I hope to rectify soon.

That being said, I do like to read LOTR trivia, take LOTR quizzes, etc. So I guess I'm a full member of the fandom.

2. Has your love of Middle-Earth affected your life? 

Yes, in a positive way. It has connected me to some amazing bloggers, and has connected me deeper to my Faith.


And has been responsible for my shieldmaiden obsession. If I ever could be a fictional character I would be....


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(asdkfsorjeosdckdnowthsdncls. This GIF. Where has this GIF been? I LOVES IT).


*start shameless plug* You have to check out Joseph Pearce's lecture series on the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings if you are interested in the Catholic parallels to LOTR and the Hobbit. Seriously, you do. It really helps to understand Tolkien's symbolism. *end shameless plug*

3. If you had to take the One Ring to Mordor, which character would you choose for your sole companion? 

Samwise Gangee probably. I'd get pretty high strung if I was carrying that thing, I need someone really loyal by my side.


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Me. So. Me.

4. Which is scarier, Shelob or Balrog? 

Shelob.

*spiders aren't that scary are they?*


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AH, YEAH.....No comparison.

5. Which two towers do you think Tolkien was referring to in the title The Two Towers? (i.e. Orthanc, Barad-dur, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, or Minas Tirith). 

I would say that the two tower that Tolkien referred to were Minas Tirith (as the stronghold of Gondor, that figured in a lot into the story) and either Orthanc or Barad-dur (I know I keep spelling it wrong, I can't find the silly symbol) as they are "dark" towers under Sauron's control.

(Interesting note: When looking up the names of these towers (as I was terribly rusty), I found that Tolkien did an original drawing that featured Minas Morgul and Orthanc as the "two towers". I guess Tolkien had his own ideas....)

6. Whose wardrobe would you like to have?

Eowyn's. That is, as long I can sword fight in a skirt knee-length or longer.

I mean, come on! Look at these costumes!

7. What do you think an Ent Draught would taste like?

I thought originally it would be like sugar water.

Knowing Tolkien though, that doesn't seem very likely.

So, I'm going to say that it's a sweet and crisp drink. Maybe like an Amaretto Sour x10.

(For those who are under 21, an Amaretto Sour is a cocktail made mostly with Amaretto liqueur and a citrus juice. Sweet, tangy, and crisp. My favorite.)

8. Where in Middle-Earth would you like to live? 

I'd like Hobbiton if it wasn't living in holes. I have a slight claustrophobia problem, so dark holes would not go over too well with me. That also eliminates the Orcs and Dwarves kingdoms too.

I'd probably live in the kingdom of Rohan. (oh my, that obsession with Eowyn might be a bit bigger than I thought....)

9. Do you have any Tolkein-related opinions that surprise other people? 

I've heard that Tolkien really didn't like females in his story. Which explains why he didn't have that many and why they weren't involved in the story all that much. (Tauriel is not an original Tolkein character. That is strictly a Peter Jackson addition - sorry Tauriel fans).

To which I say, excuse me Mr. Tolkien, but do you realize the power that we females can wield? We're not just some background support system. Without the females, your story would collapse.

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

 
That's everything! Definitely go crash the party. Have a few Ent-Draughts (or Green Dragon drafts, if you prefer).

Scribblingly yours,

Catherine

28 comments:

  1. Alllll of the LotR epicness <3 <3
    Those quotes are all epic.

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    1. Yesssss.
      Since I don't have the books, I decided to search Pinterest. There were definitely more that I wanted to put in....

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  2. Those are amazing answers!

    Haha, there is totally no contest between Shelob and the Balrog. Shelob totally wins. And I love those quotes!

    PS. Thanks for commenting on my blog, I love the look of yours :D

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    1. Thank you Cecilia!

      Oh yes. Fire can be taken care of much easier than a giant spider.

      You're welcome!

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  3. Hiii! It's me. The person who still hasn't read Lotr.......

    -Lia

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  4. I love LotR. (And just so you know I'm a book purist and I LOVE the movies)

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    1. Heehee, me too.

      My parents are book purists and they hated the movies. I'll have to watch them for myself I guess.

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  5. Still haven't had anything to do with LOtR. *looks around for Gray*
    But, I love posts with gifs and memes, and I love your posts, so I read through it anyway even though nothing made sense to me, lol.

    <3
    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. As I said to Lia, cave is ready and waiting.

      Once you read them, they'll make more sense 😄

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    2. Nah, I don't think I want to read them. But on the off chance I do, I'll come back to this post and see if I understand. XD

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  6. Yessss, LotR!!! I'm almost halfway through the 3rd book! Aragorn is my fave :D

    I loved this post - the gifs, the questions, the quotes. LOVELY. And can I ask you a question - how exactly do you embed Pinterest pins? I tried, but the line of HTML code I was given didn't work...

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    1. Aragorn is one if my favorite guy characters too.

      I simply go to the widget maker on the Pinterest site, select pin, put in the Pin URL where it tells you and choose the size. The code will be spit out beneath the picture. I will say that some pins won't work, even on the official site.

      Thank you Lila!

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  7. This post is so epic! I love LOTRs!!!!!! XD

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    1. Thank you Gray! You'll have to check out the Blog Party!

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  8. Huzzah for The Lord of the Rings! Hands down my favorite book. (Well, not hands down, because choosing a favorite book is HARD. But definitely.)
    Oh, oh, oh, I need to look further into Joseph Pearce's lecture series! I just love everything I've heard about them. It's so cool how Tolkien worked Catholicism so deeply and powerfully into his books without preaching. I especially love the way he adds a Marian presence to the stories through his female characters, particularly Galadriel. :) So cool!
    As for the movies, I have mixed feelings about them. I actually think they did a pretty good job of telling the stories in movie form...it's just, the story is too epic to be told completely in movie form. You know? You lose a lot without Tolkien's words. :)

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    1. I agree - it's really hard to pick a favorite child..I mean book.
      Yes, yes, you must. They are awesome!

      I think you're right...there really is no way to recreate an entire Tolkien world into a film.

      Thank you for commenting, Lucy!

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  9. Awesome post, Catherine!:) and LOTR and The Hobbit are awesome!!!

    -Quinley

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    1. Thank you Tes!!! And yes, yes they are :)

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  10. YES A LOTR POST!!! *screams* I love the quotes. Thanks for posting this!!! And yes, I agree with you about LoTR females. *nods* :-D

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    1. You're welcome, MEM! You'll have to go check out Hamlette's party.
      Heehee, glad someone understands.

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  11. The whole "which two towers did he mean" debate just fascinates me -- I've heard so many arguments for so many different pairings! His drawing Minas Morgul and Orthanc is certain intriguing! I will have to read up on this more.

    I've never heard that Tolkien didn't like women -- how odd.

    Love your choices of quotations!

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    1. I know, it's odd! I don't remember the particulars of the sentiment, I need to look at it again. I just remember getting rather peeved when I heard it.

      I would also like to know why he chose those two towers..they sure weren't my first choice!

      Thank you Hamlette (for commenting, the tag, and the party!!!)

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    2. I really feel like it's someone nowadays reading his books and going, "There aren't a lot of women in these books -- Tolkien must have hated women." Just a knee-jerk reaction or conjecture from someone. It does not sound like anything I've read about him at all.

      You're welcome!

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  12. Yes! Another Eowyn fan! She is one of my absolute favorite characters. (I may not be as obsessed as you however.)

    Loved reading your answers, Catherine!:)

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    1. Heehee, yeah.....I may have a small problem *wink wink*

      Thank you, Elanor! I'm off to comment on your post!

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  13. THIS WAS SUCH A COOL POST! It made me so nostalgic since I visited a couple of movie sets of LoTR two summers in a row. AND YES I LOVE EOWYN'S OUTFITS!

    Should I try reading the books? I've seen them around and thinking I should start reading high/epic fantasy once again.

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

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