Hamlette over at The Edge of the Precipice is currently hosting a Tolkien blog party until the end of the week (including a giveaway you should check out at her site, which is amazing, by the way). And she has graciously welcomed any one who is interested in answering her ultra-fun questions (or just posting about Tolkien in general) to join in!
Here goes my batch of answers:
1. What Tolkien character do you think you’re the most like?
This is that quiet, humbling moment when one realizes that one – in truth – is not half as good as any of the main characters.
Personality-wise, I favor Gandalf and Ewoyn. And sometimes I’m a bit like Smaug (yep, I’m sure you were thinking about that…).
2. What Tolkien character do you wish you were more like?
Frodo for his resilience against temptation and ability to see and believe the good in others (I’m looking at you, Gollum). Sam for his infinite loyalty and trust in Master Frodo. Boromir for his honesty and repentance (because honestly, how many of those do we have in literary history? Very, very few, darling.) Faramir for his fortitude and courage (with Denethor for a father? This guy is seriously underrated). Aragorn for his leadership. Arwen for her steadfastness and love (she’s the embodiment of hope and patience – I mean, she spends the majority of the story waiting for Aragorn). Legolas for his archery abilities – and just his use of weapons in general. Gandalf for his wisdom. Ewoyn for her courage and learning that renown and fame are not things of importance, but humility is the pathway to true life and love.
If I can be as half good as any of these wonderful people, I think I’d be changed a lot for the better.
These days I think I need it would do me much good to focus on Ewoyn. Many things I do rightly are unpraised, yet I do wish to be recognized (since that’s a major way I feel valued), so I must learn to recognize my deeds as good in themselves and not require renown so much. (Oh, you pitiful glory-seeker!)
3. What would your dream home in Middle-earth be like?
This is an impossible question to answer. You’re asking me to choose among: The Shire, Rivendell, Lothlorien, Rohan, Gondor. Can I just spend several months in each of those places?
I’d probably prefer the country – Shire or Rivendell. Lothlorien would be awesome, but a bit too blue for me. Rohan seems to be too, well, plains/desert (and I wonder where they grow their food?). Gondor is a city, and I tend to dislike crowded spaces. But as I said, visiting people (i.e., the King of Gondor, Queen of Rohan, etc. etc.) would be very lovely indeed.
4. You get to make a movie of the story of Beren and Luthien! Who do you cast as the leads?
Thanks to Olivia, and my recent re-watch of In the Heart of the Sea (great movie by the way), Chris Hemsworth would be my ideal Beren: he possesses the rugged looks, height, voice, general personality and air. Honorable mention: Richard Madden. (And probably some others but I can’t recall their faces.)
There Beren came from mountains cold,
And lost he wandered under leaves,
And where the Elven-river rolled
He walked alone and sorrowing.
Luthien would be more difficult, though I am inclined towards Lily Collins.
He peered between the hemlock-leaves
And saw in wonder flowers of gold
Upon her mantle and her sleeves,
And her hair like shadow following.
Aside: Dear Hollywood – Please do make a film or TV miniseries adaptation of this story. Please note that it is dearly beloved so please do not disappoint us.
5. Have you ever marathoned the LOTR or Hobbit movies?
Yes. All of them. Not in a single day that I recall though. But back to back watched them, utilizing most the my waking hours that is not spent eating and cleaning house. 😀
6. Do you have a favorite song or track from the movie soundtracks by Howard Shore?
There are so many. You’re asking me to pick my favorite child.
“The Shire” theme is my all-time favorite – especially when I’m down. I love how Shore scatters it in a lot of the soundtrack to remind us of Frodo and Sam’s home. “Lothlorien” and “Evenstar” are hauntingly chilling. Enya’s “May It Be” is the perfect ending song for Part I. And I love when they included the Misty Mountains song actually sung by the dwarves.
Something that is truly worth listening to (but not from Howard Shore, or official soundtrack):
Remember the Song of Beren and Luthien Aragorn chants/sings to the hobbits? The vocals are so worth it here…
7. Which of Tolkien’s characters would you like to be best friends with?
Goodness me, this type of question is always so hard to answer since I love and admire each of Tolkien’s characters uniquely and respectively. The first names that come to my mind are: Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Ewoyn, Sam, Bilbo, Galadriel, Elrond…. And really, to be able to meet Beren and Luthien would be epic.
8. Who of the people in your real life would you want in your company if you had to take the ring to Mordor?
I’m quite certain I’d take certain, ahem, people from the MARVEL and DC universe: Captain America, Spiderman, having Iron Man handy would also be a really cool too , oh – and GROOT! (Just imagine him meeting the Ents!) Logan/Wolverine. Wonder Woman, etc. etc. You get the idea.
(I’m sorry if it appears that I am not taking this question seriously, I am. But the hard part is I can’t really say I’d change a thing about the Fellowship as Tolkien had it.)
9. Have you read any of Tolkien’s non-Middle-earth works?
“On Fairy-Stories” and “Mythopoeia.” Every one who reads or watches anything Middle-Earth related must read this essay and poem.
Though all the crannies of the world we filled
with elves and goblins, though we dared to build
gods and their houses out of dark and light,
and sow the seed of dragons, ’twas our right
(used or misused). The right has not decayed.
We make still by the law in which we’re made.~ From “Mythopoeia”
Eucatstrophe is a revolutionary idea for literature and art. And Tolkien is a true apologetic for fantasy.
[Eucatastrophe] denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of this world, poignant as grief…. [I]n the ‘eucatastrophe’ we see in a brief vision that the answer may be greater — it may be a far-off gleam or echo of evangelium in the real world…. It is a serious and dangerous matter. It is presumptuous of me to touch upon such a theme, but if by grace what I say has in any respect any validity, it is, of course, only one facet of a truth incalculably rich…. I would venture to say that… the Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories.From “On Fairy-stories”
10. Is there a book by Tolkien you haven’t read yet, but want to?
Yes, actually. Yours truly has not yet finished reading the LotR. Ever since I’ve learned of the Extended Edition of the films recently thanks to Hamlette’s blog party, I vowed to myself to finish reading all the books, and watch the Extended Edition for a marathon this fall. (Honestly, being able to see 2+ hrs. of extra material is a dream.)
I do have a mind to read everything Middle-Earth related of his before my dying breath.
Thanks for Reading!
Well, that was gloriously fun to do – I hope it was just as fun for you my dear readers to read my take on Hamlette’s amazing questions!
And can I just say how pleasantly surprised I was by the fact that so many of the blogs I was following have participated in this party? Shout out to:
Middle- earth Locations: Aesthetics (Olivia) Totally worth checking out people!
Sixty-Something Trees: In Which Frodo and Sam Are Friendship Goals, Gollum Is Pitied, and I Offend Every Sam Gamgee Fan Ever
Kendra @ Story Full (Private blog, so leave a comment and I shall see if I can’t help you get in. :)\
Although I may not have had the time to comment on all of them, I love and enjoy reading all of your posts/responses, and you are the reason why I’m joining in. 🙂
What would your responses be to these questions? (If you have a blog, feel free to participate in this, even if you may be a bit late, as I am!)
And who would you cast for Beren and Luthien?
My brain usually stops when it comes to dream casting: because I’d watch a movie, admire this or that actor/ress, and then promptly forget about them until I see them again. xD So let me know!
10 thoughts on “Tolkien Blog Party Tag, 2020”
Gandalf and Eowyn! Great people to be like, and I totally see it. And Smaug too. Ha. (I kind of see that too… XD)
Y’know, Chris Hemsworth might make a good Beren at that. I haven’t seen him in anything, but in pictures he always looks so much jollier than I think of Beren…but I do think Beren needs to be played with suitable lightheartedness under the manly gravity, so, you know, maybe.
I really want to see Olivia de Havilland play Luthien. Obviously that’s an impossible dream, but she can bring such quiet strength to a role and has such a clean, elegant beauty (and one’s hair can always be dyed) – I can’t think of another actress that embodies Luthien so well, for me. Alas that this is impossible and could never happen.
And then you’d need someone very haughty for her father, but the the real question is, who would play Huan? It would be so disappointing if they just did him with CGI.
Aaaand…that’s all my strong feelings on the subject of this entirely hypothetical production. *signs your petition to Hollywood*
“On Fairy-Stories” is so good. Eucatastrophe really is revolutionary, isn’t it? I never thought of that. It’s informed the way I look at stories for so long…but yeah. Thinking about fairy-tales and fantasy without it would be totally different. But not only does it make sense, it’s beautiful. That Tolkien. *shakes head in wonder*
Great answers to all these questions! I so much enjoyed reading them. (And thanks for the shout-out!)
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I tend to be a planner, get all my facts straight, become impatient with other people like Gandalf. Ewoyn because I’m a glory-seeker. And Smaug because, well, when my dark side comes out. *inserts manic laughter* xD
I think I’d actually appreciate Beren with some jolly-ness (with the rest of the tale being so dark and intense – showing his bright and strong side I think can endear the audience as well as Luthien). But Hemsworth’s a great actor so I’m sure he can be anything the director chooses xD
Ooh, that’s true! I was thinking more in terms of contemporary actors, but great point there! I feel that Lily Collins possesses that quiet strength you mentioned – it especially showed in Les Mis. Have you ever seen her in any film?
Great question. This is when I’m glad the question only asked me to cast the two. Any ideas? I think CGI would be okay if done well, and with the right voice (because some voice actors are AMAZING).
Yes absolutely! Have you read the poem Mythopoeia? It’s worth reading, plus he wrote it in response to Lewis!
Oh absolutely! I love all your analyses I have been able to read thus far ❤ so of course I'd want more people to read 'em.
Thank you for being your lovely comment! I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts on this!
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Ha! Do you also dislike having to explain yourself to other people and wish they’d just trust you and keep up? That’s one of my favorite of Gandalf’s characteristics…possibly because I share it. xD
Remind me to steer clear of you when your dark side comes out. I’m not nearly so good as Bilbo at riddling. 😛
*agrees* (except with the great actor part, I’m sure he is but I wouldn’t know)
Ah, cool! Let it be Lily Collins, then! No, I haven’t seen her in any films. Hadn’t even heard of her, actually, I don’t think…or maybe I always got her confused with Lily James?
I have no ideas, sadly. oh YES, the right voice actors would absolutely make it amazing. (do you have any ideas for those?)
ahhh I guess maybe it could be fine. I just think they might as well use a real dog because I’d so, so love that REAL look a real dog would have that CGI just can’t capture. (Sort of tangent: have you seen that newish Call of the Wild movie? My sisters were watching it and I was quite impressed by the quality of the animation and how well they captured a dog’s expressions but also I couldn’t watch it because the dog. was not. a real dog. and I could tell and it drove me up the wall. and that’s what I feel like would happen with Huan. Hopefully not though. I mean…this isn’t even happening anyway.)
I have! I liked it but I didn’t feel like I understood all of it. I have no doubt it would reward a reread.
I am definitely like Smaug.
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I know, right?! I was reading how much other people were similar to Sam, or Frodo… so I thought I’d just throw out the obviously neglected one xD
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I love this!!! 🙂
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Such a fun tag!! And all of your answers were so well thought out—I loved reading them. 🙂
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Thanks, Emma, for the sweet comment! 🙂 It was very fun to participate in. I intend to do so again next fall!
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