Saturday, 23 April 2011

T is for Tolkien

"Never laugh at live dragons." - J.R.R Tolkien

Who can't resist J.R.R Tolkien's wonderful world of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'?  I grew up with 'The Hobbit', well not literally, although there was a boy in the neighbourhood, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Frodo, right down to the hairy bare feet.  Aside from the feet, he was a quite normal.

So, back in the day where I could run barefoot without a second thought to the disapproving glances of  adults, I spent many hours with my nose glued to Tolkien's fantasy books, exploring the wildly colourful land of Hobbits, Wizards, Goblins, Elves and Trees...that walked.  *deep sigh*  So, much more appealing than our real world.  And, although I adore Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, and many, many more of Tolkien's characters, I must confess that I have a soft spot for the particularly creepy slithering creature, - Gollum.  But why?! I hear you cry.  Here's why, -he's a sinister, slippery devil, - driven by his blinding passion for his 'precious' ring, and you can never tell what he's up to.  I am drawn to the little creep, really.  I guess.  Let's just say, he's compelling, unforgettable, and as a writer, I would love to create such character.   How about you? Any favourite Hobbits, Elves, or dare I suggest creepy creatures?

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"There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.  You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after." -J.R.R. Tolkien ( The Hobbit)


Photo courtesy via JoshuaHarris
Quotes via Goodreads

12 comments:

  1. Oh dear it has to be Gandalf - but I have no idea why. If he met me he would not even deign to notice me!

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  2. My brother was the big Tolkien reader. I couldn't wrap my head around it. But, writing a character as memorable as Gollum would be very cool.

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  3. Um, I like Aragorn and Legolas, and yes, that does have something to do with the guys who played them in the movies!

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  4. I'm a fan of Sam. The theme of friendship is personified in him. I agree...creating a character like Gollum would be amazing.

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  5. I vote for Gandalf....

    What a fantastic story.... I adore Tolkein. Those books made me fall in love with fantasy.

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  6. I have finally caught up with your daily writings, and I have enjoyed this trek.
    If you can write this interestingly on a daily basis I think you should get paid for contributing to a newspaper. It would give people something to look forward to instead of picking up the paper with the dread of the day. Surely there is a place in the paper needing your thoughts, blurbs and quips.

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  7. I love Gollum. He's one of the most interesting characters. I also always like Boromir. I always loved how such a strong character could be so weak.

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  8. Gandalf b/c he was pretty much awesome personified. And Legolas b/c he was Hot Like Fire.

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  9. A post after my own heart!

    I am the biggest Middle Earth/Tolkien/Peter Jackson fan. In the books, I have to say it is Samwise and Faramir who steal every scene. I love their sense of loyalty and decency.

    In the movies, you can't beat Aragorn for pure heroics, and I also love the way they redeemed Boromir - something that Tolkien didn't really do very well.

    I cannot wait to see what the filmmakers do with The Hobbit. The Battle of the 5 Armies should be a cracker of a scene. I find the book quite stilted in its movement and so I trust PJ to judge the flow perfectly.

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  10. My precious! My precioussss!!!! (as a kid reader I found Gollum a little frightening because he was obsession run amuck but as a writer, he's great!) I could never find any girls who liked Tolkien the way I did! The girls wanted romance and relationship books. I loved the adventure and magic! Hope your having a lovely warm weekend! It's a bit shivery here. Cheers! "clinks glass*

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  11. GREAT CHOICE! That didn't even dawn on me!!! Love it!! Who doesn't love those movies!

    Happy Easter!

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  12. Cat, Gandalf is quite the Wizard! Miaou ;-)

    Heather, agreed. I also loved the submissive Doppy from Harry Potter. Thought he was wonderful but like the anti-Gollum. ;-)

    Rachel, love both those characters! Especially the film version. ;-)

    Luana, if I were embarking on an EPIC adventure, I'd want to share it with a few friends. Sam is the perfect buddy.

    Michael, you're in good company with your choice! Gandalf - Wizard of all Wizards!

    Mya, THAT would be wonderful! Write a column, maybe on a weekly basis? I could do that *nods to self* I've many burbs, ahem, blurbs and ramblings to share with anyone willing to listen. ;-)) Could someone, like, please arrange that? Merci!

    TS, Boromir is indeed a favourite! Great, great choice!

    Lori, love it! 'Awesome personified', and, 'Hot like fire', oh YES!

    Donna, I wait beside you with bated breath for PJ's ' The Hobbit'. Also, looking forward to 'Wind in the Willows'. * Shivers of excitement* All hail, Mr Jackson, the King Fantasy Filmmaker. ;-)

    Danette, "my prreeccious" indeed. Do you know that my name actually means ' Precious' in Fijian? ;-) This is true. *clink* Hope you're having a FAB weekend my dear.

    Jen, hello and THANK YOU! ;-)) Love me some Tolkien! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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