Mae g’ovannen, mellon nîn! For those of you who don’t speak Elvish – well met, my friend! Recently I realized I should post more on this blog, and that I should catch up on some tags as well. So what better way to start off with The Tookish Tag! As far as I could find, no one’s actually tagged me for this… so I’m unofficially stealing it from Deborah and Sarah, both of whom said I should do it, so I guess it’s not exactly stealing. 😉 So let’s get started!
- Link back to the blogger who nominated you
- Answer questions
- Tag some of your own fellow Tolkienknights!
1. How were you first introduced to LotR/TH and was it love at first sight/read?
My dad read them to me when I was little, but to be honest, I didn’t remember very much until I decided to read them on my own last summer. When I was reading the Hobbit, I came across a few spots that I remembered (the scene in the tunnels with Gollum, Mirkwood, and when Bilbo first went into the mountain and saw Smaug), but the Lord of the Rings was mostly new to me. And oh yes, it was love at first sight. 😉
2. If you could meet the actors who portray the characters in the movies, would you?
Oh yes, of course!!!
3. What is your favorite credit song from LotR/TH?
I’m going to sort-of cheat here and say that my favoritest Lord of the Rings song is Peter Hollens’ a cappella version of In Dreams. It’s soooo awesome (not to mention how cool the video is).
4. The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit – which is your favorite? *evil laugh* (And no, you don’t actually have to decide. I’m merciful like that. *magnanimous smile*)
Mmm, that’s actually easy. The Lord of the Rings. Just because there’s more of it, and while I love The Hobbit, it’s hard to beat Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, Pippin, Frodo, Sam…
5. Who is your favorite all-around character?
The toughest question of them all? Yes, yes it is. I love so many characters – Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas… But I have to go with the unusual choice, and the one I didn’t think would be one of my favorites – Gimli.
First of all, note that I’m speaking of the Gimli of the books, since I’m still not sure of my thoughts on Gimli of the movies. 😉 Gimli’s just awesome. He’s stubborn, but he has a big heart and compassion for The Hobbits. Let’s be honest, the whole thing with him and Galadriel? Hilarious! He goes from absolutely distrusting her to making her the standard of highest beauty. That stimulates another awesome moment in his whole conflict with Eomer. He’s also so in love with caves and mountains, and his friendship with Legolas is awesome. And after the battle of Helm’s Deep, he’s injured, and yet he still goes straight to Legolas to find out who won their little contest. 😄 Those are just a few of the reasons that I really like Gimli.
6. What is your opinion on Boromir?
In my first time reading the books, I really didn’t like him at all, although his ending was a little redeeming. But the movies made him much more heroic, and so… he’s okay. Not as awesome as Faramir, but okay. 😉
7. How many times have you watched the movies/read the books?
I’ve watched through the movies (extended editions) once, and I’ve read both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings once, but I’m currently rereading LotR.
8. What book is your favorite?
Mmm… I think I’d have to say Two Towers, because of the Ents, and Merry and Pippin’s awesomeness, and also Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli’s awesomeness.
9. Who is your favorite female character (other than your answer to question #5)?
Arwen, I believe – but in the books. In the movies, probably Galadriel. Before reading the appendices, I would have said Galadriel for sure, but then I realized all that Arwen gave up to stay with Aragorn, and… *sniff*
10. Who is your favorite male character (other than your answer to question #5)?
Argh, this question!!!! I feel like Legolas is my second favorite – because he’s hilarious. And an elf. 😄 The scene at Caradhras? His challenge to Eomer when he threatens Gimli? Challenging Gimli’s kill count at Helm’s Deep? His attraction to the creepy trees after that battle? His friendship with Gimli in general? And… well, that’s as far as I’ve gotten in my reread. But that’s just the book! I have to say, that Legolas and the Oliphaunt scene in Return of the King was really, really cool. 😉 So I guess I’d have to say Legolas, although Gandalf and Aragorn are close behind.
11. Which of the movies, in your opinion, has the best ending?
Ah… interesting question. It’s very hard to say, but… well, no, it’s not. My favorite ending is definitely the end of The Fellowship of the Ring. That’s because I like beginnings more than endings. The end of FotR is sad, but it’s also a motivation for our characters, and we get the feeling that they’re embarking on an even greater adventure!
12. (I’m adding this question, because I couldn’t help it!) Which hobbit is your favorite?
It’s so hard to choose between the five main hobbits: Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. They’re all so wonderful in their own ways… But I think I would have to say Pippin. As Gandalf calls him, this “tom-fool of a Took” is both hilarious and awesome. And he’s somehow weaseled his way into my favorite characters. 😉
So, there you have it, my friends! The Tookish Tag! As for who to tag… well, anyone who wants to do it that hasn’t done it! 😉 But, since I do want to tag some people, I’ll tag Gabrielle (I know you like LotR, and you haven’t done it), Rivka Ray and Sierra @ 26countlesspossibilities (I know Rivka has LotR experience, but I didn’t see if Sierra does… but you’re both tagged! 🙂 ), and anyone else! 🙂
Do you have a tag you want me to do, or that you’ve tagged me for already? Post it down in the comments, so I’ll remember!