But I'm busy, yada, yada, the children need me, yada, yada. Nothing was going to happen. And then I got tempted by this questionnaire, (mercifully short) and you're very welcome to join in too...
1. What draws you to Tolkien’s stories? (The characters, the quests, the themes, the worlds, etc.)
As a young child, I devoured every fairy tale I could find. With one exception - the Swallows and Amazons series - all my favourite books featured magic, from Charlotte Sometimes to The Princess and The Goblin. But The Hobbit brought everything to a new level. It was a whole world that was our world too, the issues were more adult, favourite characters actually died, difficult decisions were taken, heros found strength and abilities they never knew they had, and weaknesses that surprised them, there were safe places, beautiful places, ugly places. The book shook me, inspired me, and its simple message about hope, friendship, love, and doing the right thing helped me to cope with lifes ups and downs. And then I read the Lord of the Rings ...
2. What was the first Middle Earth book you read and/or movie you saw? What did you think of it?
3. Name three of your favorite characters and tell us why you like them.
Well there's Éowyn of course, who I wanted to be. I get her fear of being trapped, caged in by duty and circumstances. Her youthful need for adventure and honour, attraction to unattainable men (ha ha) and her mature desire to heal and help people.
Boromir, because he was brave but flawed, like most of us really.
Galadriel, for being such a strong, powerful and wise female character. I'd love to read more of her story.
4. Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention?
So many, and mainly because they are a bit of a mystery, like Tom Bombadil, because we need to know who he actually is; Thorin's sister Dís - the only female dwarf that has any kind of a mention; and then there's the 13 children of Samwise Gamgee, and all the adventures they had that Tolkien forgot to write about.
5. What Middle Earth character do you relate to the most?
See question 3...
6. If you could ask Professor Tolkien one Middle Earth-related question, what would you like to ask him?
How do I get there?
7. Are there any pieces of Middle Earth merchandise you would particularly like to own, but don’t?
A difficult one, because I am not keen on owning too many 'things' as I think they weigh you down. Perhaps Frodo's Star Glass that contained the light of Eärendil.
A light in dark places, when all other lights go out.
That might be useful if the electricity workers go on strike, or to deter burglars (it almost worked on Shelob so I'd say it would be pretty efficient) and perhaps during dark times too. Frodo found it comforting and who knows where it might bring you?
8. What battle would you absolutely not want to be part of?
I'm now very conflict averse, and I don't even like arguments, let alone battles, so I would be avoiding them all and leading the women and children to safety :)
9. Would you rather eat a meal at the Rivendell or Bag End?
Bag End looks more fun.
10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.
Impossible to choose, so here's the first three that popped into my head:
A chance for Faramir, Captain of Gondor to show his quality.
- Faramir, The Two Towers.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
- Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
- Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring.
And there's many more on this blog and pinterest too.
Thanks to Dave Moffett from A Tolkienist's Perspective for the questions.