Monday, September 23, 2013

A long-expected party.

Hamlette is throwing a blog party in honor of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins’s birthdays on this auspicious day! I always thought it was cool that their birthday was right before mine, and now I actually get to celebrate it Smile

1. Have you read The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit? If so, how many times?Yes, I’ve read both, and I love them! I’ve read The Hobbit three or four times and The Lord of the Rings four times.

2. Have you seen any movies based on them?I have seen all three of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and I’m eagerly awaiting The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, premiering in December!

3. Who first introduced you to Middle-Earth?Well, my brother Tim was very fond of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit just kind of sat around on my brothers’ bookshelf. I grew up around people who appreciated Tolkien.

4. Who are your three favorite characters? (Feel free to elaborate on whys.)Samwise Gamgee, Faramir, and . . . hmm. Maybe Gollum? I love all of them because these are three characters I’ve taken the time to delve into and understand. Tolkien was masterful at creating characters, and these three are some of his best.

5. What’s your favorite Middle-Earth location?Blah. I have no idea! I don’t think I’d say The Shire; this is not very nice of me, but it just lacks excitement. Though I would like to see it for its peacefulness (particularly in moments of high stress!). There is a place. . .and at the moment I can’t remember where Smile with tongue out Figures.

6. If you could belong to one of the races of Free Folk (Men, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Ents) which would you choose?Not Men (“for Men are easily corrupted”); not Dwarves (“the Dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark”); not Ents (too inflexible. . .and they either have too much of a life or too little of one); so either Elves or Hobbits. And I dislike Elves sort of because when they speak they sound so passionless. Hobbits are wonderful, but lady Hobbits don’t sound right. You know, I like the idea of being of Mankind after all—someone like Eowyn (even though my personality is nothing like hers, thank Heaven).

7. Would you rather eat lembas or taters?Taters? What’s taters, precious?

I’d rather have lembas anytime except the time I was so tired of it I wanted real food like potatoes.

8. If you lived in Middle-Earth, what weapon would you prefer wielding?No-brainer! A sword or a bow and arrow Smile My el favoritos.

9. What draws you to Tolkien’s stories? (The characters, the quests, the themes, the worlds, etc.)All of the above. . . . Smile

10. List up to five of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.”You need someone of intelligence on this trip. Mission. Quest. Thing.” —Pippin
”That leaves you out, Pip.” —Merry
”The Dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark.” —Haldir
I’m sure there are many more. . .some of Sam’s especially. But I can’t remember them right now Smile with tongue out

Be sure to check out Hamlette’s Party of Special Magnificence!


  1. Gahhh! I adore this post! :) i'm always slightly envious of people who grew up around LOTR and the Hobbit. No one else in my family understands my love of Tolkien and his works, I'm the only one in my entire family who has ever read the books. My Dad and my siblings have seen the movies, but still don't fully understand my obsession. :P but anyway... love it!

    1. Haha. . .I'm glad you like it :)

      That's too bad your family doesn't like it as much as you do. . .Tim and I are the biggest LOTR fans in our family, but Stephen, Hallie, and Mom have all at least read The Hobbit :)

  2. Thanks for joining the party! I'm also envious that you got to grow up with Tolkien in your life -- I first encountered him in high school, reading The Hobbit for the first time, and (ducks) I didn't like it much. But in college, I got dragged to see Fellowship of the Ring in the theater, and I've been a fan ever since. My kids are now growing up with a sort of vague idea that there's this thing called The Lord of the Rings and Mommy and Daddy love it -- I can't wait to introduce them to it when they're a bit older!

    I love your quote choices, especially the first one. I say the "mission. Quest. Thing" part a lot :-)

    1. You're so lucky you got to see The Fellowship of the Ring in theaters! I wish I could have :)

      I'm sure your kids will absolutely love it when they get older!

    2. I really wish that they would rerelease all of them to the theaters. Like, do a LOTR day and show the extended versions -- pay $30, spend all day at the theater. Bliss.

    3. That would be lovely--except I hope they would have some intermissions for bathroom breaks. . . . ;)

  3. Just read a sweet post over at Life's Melody and realized it's your birthday today! Should have read your blog first, eh? ;) Happy Happy Birthday Hannah! Enjoy your day - hope you have the best ever!


    1. What?? There was a blog post over there that said that???

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! It's already been a wonderful birthday and your saying that makes it even better :)

  4. Happy, happy birthday, Hannah! May you live to be eleventy-one!

    1. Thank you, Suze! Wow. . .eleventy-one. . .that would be very odd. . . .


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