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A Tolkien Tag

Well, folks, it’s Tolkien Blog Party week, and that means celebratory dancing and feasting amongst the Boffins, Bracegirdles, Hornblowers, and Proudfoots (ProudFEET!). I am once again insanely busy this week (it’s always the weeks I want to blog that I can’t), so I have once again not written that Meriadoc Brandybuck Appreciation Post I’ve been meaning to write for years. But Hamlette, who is hosting all this hobbity goodness over at The Edge of the Precipice, has a Tolkien-related tag, and I can at least fill that out!

Who first introduced you to Middle-earth?

That would be my dearly beloved aunt. I cannot remember when I first knew that she was a Lord of the Rings fan, because I always knew it. That is My Aunt, who reads Lord of the Rings and murder mysteries and always gives me wintergreen flavor Lifesavers. I remember being a little kid, flopped stomach-down on her bed, peering at the cover of the book she was reading, and asking, “What’s that?”

She told me it was Lord of the Rings, one of her favorite books. Which I knew already because I had eyes and a working memory. I told her I meant what was it about. I think she said it was too hard to explain and I’d read it one day for myself.

So I levered myself up on my elbows and peered down at the pages. In my upside-down reading I gleaned something about giant spiders, soldiers with weird names, and a tower. “Spiders,” I said, with an emotion that was not admiration.

My aunt explained to me that there were giant spiders in the book. I did not see the point of this. She amended that it was one (1) giant spider, singular. I did not see that this made a noticeable difference in the inadvisability of the situation. She liked this book?

My aunt explained that it was a very good book and this was just an intense part. The hobbits—

“Hobbits.” Worse and worse! I didn’t even recognize the name of this (likely nasty) bug!

My aunt tried to explain hobbits to me. Without noted success. At least they weren’t bugs. They were being chased by the spiders. And by the soldiers with weird names. And they were carrying a ring and that was important for some reason.

I flopped myself back off the bed and went to find some other way to alleviate my boredom.

The Christmas that I was twelve (…it might have been eleven, now that I think about it), we spent it at my grandfather’s house. We generally did this. My aunt, as usual, brought books to entertain herself in between cooking the turkey and the pumpkin chiffon pie, and one of these was The Hobbit. She’d never read The Hobbit. Tried, never gotten through it. Since Lord of the Rings was her favorite book, this hardly seemed right. A quiet Christmas holiday seemed the perfect time to right this wrong.

Ah, but she reckoned without me. For I looked upon the cover and thought it looked like an interesting book. An innocent enough beginning, but it did not end there. Oh no—for I opened to the first chapter. And I read it. I did not find it particularly interesting, but I had nothing else to do, so I read the second chapter.

Very little of the world outside Middle-earth existed for me for the next three days.

The next fall, my mom and I watched the extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring in small snatches at lunchtime on Tuesdays while my little sisters were at co-op. A few months after that I checked out the three volumes (all different editions) of The Lord of the Rings from the library. I was fortunate enough to get sick after doing this, and I spent six days lying in bed reading blissfully.

It is the hardest I have ever fallen for a book, I think. Even The Silmarillion, following soon after, enchanted me with its remote and mythic sadness in a way no other story had—and I was a passionate lover of such tales as those of Roland and Oliver, Beowulf, Cu Chulainn, the Norse gods.

Many thanks to my mom and my aunt, the best friends a little bookworm could have.

Has your love of Middle-earth affected your life?

It depends what you mean by that. Have I ever made friends or had new and exciting experiences directly because of my love of Middle-earth? No. (Though there was that one time I hammered out Elrond’s exact percentage of elf-to-human blood with a relative stranger in IHOP at 1 a.m….)

Has it affected how I think about things? My taste in literature? My philosophy of story? The way I write? Yes.

It’s led to fun times hanging out with my mom. And arguing with my aunt over what makes something “fantasy”—her liking Lord of the Rings and disliking fantasy doesn’t mean it isn’t fantasy. Magic rings and wizards and elves, anyone? (My aunt: “Yes, but—*stops, perplexed*”)

It’s led to me being one-sixth accepted into the brotherhood of nerds when I did robotics—I had at least seen Fellowship, although I hadn’t seen Two Towers or Return of the King or any of the original Star Wars trilogy.

It’s led to me being told, far too many times, how much I look like Legolas.

Or “that elf from those movies your mom likes,” as my dad puts it.

Have you ever dressed up like a Tolkien character?

No. Unless there’s a Tolkien character who goes around in hoodies and skinny jeans all the time that I’m forgetting.

What people in your real life would you want in your company if you had to take the Ring to Mordor?

Ooh, I like this question! Nine of ’em?

  • My sister Palestrina // good in a crisis, knows martial arts, we work well together, suffers from the kind of steely determination that makes Sherlock Holmes look weak-willed
  • Palestrina’s friend Patrick Mahomes // not the football player, just looks exactly like him; works out; EMT and currently in paramedic school; super smart; also kind, observant, and fun to hang out with
  • Palestrina’s other friend (also mine) Zwingli // super short and cheerful, definite hobbit vibes, can fix things, surprisingly strong, kind of a protective person in a good way if you’re walking down the dark alleys of a sketchy city or Mordor
  • my dad // can fix anything, boundless energy, strong, very good humble person so we don’t gotta worry about Boromir shenanigans
  • my friend H // matches Palestrina on the steely determination scale, went camping one time for two weeks with her and Palestrina and we conquered ALL OBSTACLES, eternally and determinedly cheerful, can shoot a bow, ran cross country
  • Gun Husband Man // custom-builds his own guns, repurposes his own ammo, single-handedly keeps his fridge stocked with venison chili, has very good aim (terrifyingly good), is generally a Large Strong Man who would Come In Handy
  • Best Old Lady Friend // you’d understand if you met her. Don’t mess with old fashioned Missouri grandmas, not the real genuine articles anyhow
  • my friend M // studies far far too much true crime, would therefore know what the bad guys were gonna do long before they did it, hates humanity and would be a nice antidote to the others’ cheerfulness
  • Helicopter Pilot Guy // met him at a gun range one time, bandaged my hand for me which was super nice, did it effectively which was even nicer, seems smart and therefore useful

What Middle-earth location would you most like to visit?

Rohan, I think. It’s my favorite. I’d get to meet Eomer and Eowyn, who are also my favorite, and then I could visit Fangorn too, because it’s right on the border and might as well be counted as the same place. I need some Ents in my life. Horselords and rolling plains and remote hills full of secret stone paths and sung alliterative poetry also make a good addition to one’s life.

Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention?

Heaps. Beregond is fantastic and I love him, Eomer is one of my favorites and needs more love, technically Treebeard also doesn’t get as much love as he deserves, I’ve wanted to write a post for years about Merry because I feel like he gets so much less love than the other three main hobbits and he’s my favorite, and that’s just in The Lord of the Rings. In The Silmarillion, Maedhros is my favorite character. He’s so good—I mean as a character, not as a moral example—and honestly almost every character in The Silmarillion is underrated. Even Galadriel. Galadriel from beginning of Silmarillion to end of Return of the King is such a cool character with such a cool arc. Fingolfin! Hurin I also like a lot. (Bitterness is such an endearing character trait, you know?) Ungoliant? How about Ungoliant? Super underrated villainess. And in The Hobbit, can we get a standing ovation for Bard? Because the fellow’s simply fantastic. (Bjorn is also so, so cool, and almost none of his coolness makes it into the book…even though it did somehow, because you do know, from reading the book, that he’s cool.)

Also there needs to be an Appreciation Week solely for Farmer Giles’s gray mare, of Farmer Giles of Ham.

Would you rather attend Faramir’s wedding or Samwise’s wedding?

Sam’s wedding seems like to involve far more country cooking and country dancing. I would like both, please.

Faramir’s wedding might be awesome, though. Sort of a once-in-a-lifetime event. Only chance to survey the wonders of Gondor’s great city as an anonymous face in the crowd. Pomp and ceremony and splendor. Ancient traditions. Beautifulness in general.

I’ll still go to Sam’s wedding. Then I can talk to Merry, and be comfortable, and dance.

How many books by J. R. R. Tolkien have you read?

Hmm, I’m going to interpret “book” as “work” and make a list here:

  • The Hobbit
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Silmarillion
  • The Children of Hurin
  • Roverandom
  • Farmer Giles of Ham
  • Smith of Wootton Major
  • Leaf by Niggle
  • On Fairy-Stories
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
  • a good chunk of his letters that I spent far too long looking through in the library one time…?

So that makes ten, really. Eleven if you count Mythopoeia. The only one I still mean to read that I haven’t yet is his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

I love literally every single one of his things I’ve read, too, except Leaf by Niggle. “Love” might be slightly strong for The Children of Hurin (so. sad.) and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (fun? pretty? but not much more), but even those I really like and am happy to own.

Are there any books about Middle-earth or Professor Tolkien (but not written by him) that you recommend?

I haven’t read any, so no, I fear not. A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War sounds interesting, if you’re into that kind of thing. I’ve heard good things about Joseph Pearce’s Bilbo’s Journey and Frodo’s Journey.

But I am not into those kinds of books, myself, so I have never read them.

List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotations from the Middle-earth books and/or movies.

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And many that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

———

“I remember it was long ago—in the time of the war between Sauron and the Men of the Sea—desire came over me to see Fimbrethil again. Very fair she was still in my eyes, when I had last seen her, though little like the Entmaiden of old. For the Entwives were bent and browned by their labour; their hair parched by the sun to the hue of ripe corn and their cheeks like red apples. Yet their eyes were still the eyes of our own people. We crossed over Anduin and came to their land; but we found a desert: it was all burned and uprooted, for war had passed over it. But the Entwives were not there. Long we called, and long we searched; and we asked all folk that we met which way the Entwives had gone. Some said they had never seen them; and some said that they had seen them walking away west, and some said east, and others south. But nowhere that we went could we find them. Our sorrow was very great. Yet the wild wood called, and we returned to it. For many years we used to go out every now and again and look for the Entwives, walking far and wide and calling them by their beautiful names. But as time passed we went more seldom and wandered less far. And now the Entwives are only a memory for us, and our beards are long and grey.”

———

“Almost felt you liked the Forest! That’s good! That’s uncommonly kind of you,” said a strange voice. “Turn round and let me have a look at your faces. I almost feel that I dislike you both, but do not let us be hasty.”

———

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

———

“As for myself,” said Eomer, “I have little knowledge of these deep matters; but I need it not. This I know, and it is enough, that as my friend Aragorn succoured me and my people, so I will aid him when he calls. I will go.”

———

Frodo bowed low. “I am answered,” he said, “and I place myself at your service, if that is of any worth to one so high and honorable.”

“It is of great worth,” said Faramir.

———

Yet it is told among the Eldar that the Valar endeavoured ever, in despite of Melkor, to rule the Earth and to prepare it for the coming of the Firstborn; and they built lands and Melkor destroyed them; valleys they delved and Melkor raised them up; mountains they carved and Melkor threw them down; seas they hollowed and Melkor spilled them; and naught might have peace or come to lasting growth, for as surely as the Valar began a labour so would Melkor undo it or corrupt it. And yet their labour was not all in vain; and though nowhere and in no work was their will and purpose wholly fulfilled, and all things were in hue and shape other than the Valar had at first intended, slowly nonetheless the Earth was fashioned and made firm. And thus was the habitation of the Children of Iluvatar established at the last in the Deeps of Time and amidst the innumerable stars.

———

“You’ll live to regret it, young fellow! Why didn’t you go too? You don’t belong here; you’re no Baggins—you—you’re a Brandybuck!”

“Did you hear that, Merry? That was an insult, if you like,” said Frodo as he shut the door on her.

“It was a compliment,” said Merry Brandybuck, “and so, of course, not true.”

———

“But it is said: Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. The choice is yours: to go or wait.”

“And it is also said,” answered Frodo: “Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.

“Is it indeed?” laughed Gildor. “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.”

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Author: sarahseele

A Christian, cat owner, college kid, and writer. Fond of stories. Fond of rain.

22 thoughts on “A Tolkien Tag”

  1. I love the story of how you were introduced to LOTR so very much! Especially since my introduction to and love story with LOTR is so much less dramatic (and I still don’t know entirely how I feel about The Hobbit)…I always love hearing about people falling in love with Tolkien’s work in a Big Bad Way.

    People have told you that you look like Legolas? XD That’s…well, I can’t tell if that would be complementary or not.

    I love that you have just a random guy that you met on a gun range on your list of people to take the ring to Mordor with. Phenomenal. XD (But also, all of your other people sound so talented? My list is nowhere near as well-rounded, I don’t think.)

    I really really really want to hear your thoughts about Merry! One of these days, you must write that post.

    (I definitely feel like you would have the most fun at Sam’s wedding. I, on the other hand, am an awkward bean who doesn’t like dancing in front of people, so I will stick to Faramir’s.)

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    1. Your way of falling in love with LOTR is a good way too, though. I’ve heard of people having similar stories with Till We Have Faces, and sometimes it’s just nice to grow slowly into a book. But yes, I like my story too. 🙂 I love how fresh and how much of an imprint everything made on my mind, because of the way I came to it.
      You’re not sure how you feel about The Hobbit, though??! MY DEAR SAM. Spill the tea, do.

      I don’t take it as complimentary. Mayhap I am being too sensitive. XD

      Haha. He was just so useful, though. XD He also saved my sister from getting shot by this kid who was NOT aware of proper gun safety. (I do know a lot of cool people, it’s true. I feel very blessed. I thought about adding another friend, her major qualification ((besides that she’s smart and knows useful science stuff and would literally die rather than quit. at anything.)) being that one time she wrestled a cow all the way down a hillside. The cow did not win. This friend is like…5’3”.)

      I shall try, I shall try. I do really want to because Merry is the best.

      I am normally an awkward bean too, but I do love dancing! We shall have to compare notes. And bring back wedding snacks to share with each other. “The pies they make in the Shire—!” “But have you tried this Gondorian danish??”

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      1. So, I tried to comment on this yesterday, but put my name in the email spot and vice versa, so it didn’t go through? And then I was too irritated to try again, lol. So let me try and recapture what I said yesterday…

        The tea on The Hobbit is that it just never really…grabbed me? It’s just kind of…basic. It doesn’t feel like it has any of the epicness–in scope, worldbuilding, virtue, or character–that LOTR and The Silmarillion do, and it also feels inconsistent in some places–like the orc-head golf thing, which is never mentioned again. I dunno. It’s just…not the most exciting? Kind of meh? Maybe I should read it again? I’ve only read it once to remember it, and that was when I was reading it to my siblings, which was fun, but it’s just…not quite up to par, and probably not the kind of book I’d read on my own if Tolkien hadn’t written it. Does that make me a terrible person? Well, I hope not. XD

        Your cow-wrestling friend sounds phenomenal!

        Ooh, yes! Note-comparing and wedding-snack sharing shall certainly be on the agenda. 🙂

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      2. Your irritation is pardonable, lol. I’m very glad you came back. 😉

        Okay. So. Basically…yes, it makes you a terrible person.

        Just kidding, I get it. I mean, I don’t get it, but my aunt feels the same way, so I am forced to conclude it is a reasonable way to feel? Like I don’t agree that it lacks epicness of worldbuilding, the exploration of certain virtues with Bilbo’s character and then also with multiple things at the end kind of gets me every time, and Bilbo and Gandalf are some of my favorite characters in literature. But it’s definitely less epic in scope–which personally I like? I heard N. D. Wilson once say that the kind of person who tends to prefer 100 Cupboards (me) over the rest of the series is the kind of person who tends to prefer The Hobbit over the Lord of the Rings–and the person who prefers Dandelion Fire likely prefers LOTR. It’s the difference in taste between world-ending stakes and more contained stories, where the blank edges of the map are wide, dangerous, and promising, but we have a simple goal and a simple quest and mostly just stick to that. I personally really like that kind of story (and hence can never decide whether or not I like The Hobbit or LOTR better? I guess I decide in favor of LOTR since it’s SO epic, but I don’t like saying I like it better. I just love them both); some people don’t. Also I agree that there is some childishness and simplification in the portrayal of characters at the beginning, but I don’t really think it persists throughout the book. Also I don’t even know if I’d CARE if it did, because the WORLD is so dark and chilly and autumnal and wide and perilous. There are dragons, grim bowmen, wild lands, misty mountains, dragon-sickness, and Eagles in it. I love the sense of setting in The Hobbit–I love the sense of GEOGRAPHY, the LAND. I am a weird geology nerd, I admit it. XD Anyway, not to rain down my own opinions on your head when I just asked for yours, but you made me have thoughts and want to put them into words, so there. I’m glad to know how you feel about The Hobbit. Like I said, my aunt feels the same way, so some people just do??? ‘Tis an interesting puzzle.

        (Oh, but also. I feel like the orc’s-head-golf thing is along the same lines as things in LOTR like Frodo’s man-in-the-moon song and the line “All that is gold does not glitter,” etc. Do those bother you? Like connecting Middle-earth to our now-earth in a way that seems weird to you? I always thought of Middle-earth as just our earth in the deep past – according to I think Greek mythology? we’re in the Fifth Age, so I figured the history of the First through Third ages got lost somewhere during the Fourth Age – but that’s of course just my own theory.)

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  2. ‘Gun-Husband-Man’, ‘Best-Old-Lady-Friend’, and Zwingli? You know some very cool-sounding people!
    I think I was also introduced to Tolkien by my aunt. She always had the best books, and she would often let me use her library.

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    1. They are pretty cool! I feel pretty blessed, honestly. I’m always running into the most interesting folks (…and dragging them off to Mordor with me, i guess, hope they don’t mind).

      That sounds like my aunt too. Generous bookish aunts are wonderful, aren’t they?

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  3. “My aunt explained to me that there were giant spiders in the book. I did not see the point of this. She amended that it was one (1) giant spider, singular. I did not see that this made a noticeable difference in the inadvisability of the situation.”

    **SNERK**

    I love this. XD

    Your first week reading Lord of the Rings sounds a lot like my first week reading The Chronicles of Narnia. The world outside those books was a blank slate as far as I was concerned. Ah, the joys of completely immersing yourself in an imaginary fairyland with a child’s power of complete concentration…

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    1. What can I say, I had Strong Opinions as a child. XD I saw no reason for giant spiders in my fiction, and also no reason I should be expected to change that opinion, thank you very much.

      YES. Oh, yes. I remember looking up from The Magician’s Nephew one time (my mom was calling me to dinner) and being relieved to have emerged from the awfulness of Charn but also momentarily confused to have emerged INTO my regular life, rather than Victorian London. The child’s power of complete concentration is an awesome thing!

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  4. So many people, including me, got into the Lord of the Rings because of the movies first, not the books, not to say it’s a bad thing but I think people accepts something they can see visually than to read it and imagine it.

    “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” – I see this quote a lot and it’s a great quote.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. Yeah, I think seeing it can be a shortcut to awakening our imaginations! And then reading the books is just sinking deeper into it. I’m fond of the movies because Fellowship introduced me to LOTR (and they’re good movies and honored their source material), but they don’t hit me on the same level as the books.

      It is a lovely quote. It often comes into my head in applicable situations, haha.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. There are so many good things in this post and so many things I could say about them, but this is the most important one: Merry is an indispensable character and one of my favorite hobbits (I’m sorry, but I can never choose an absolute favorite, I love them all too dearly) and he deserves all the recognition. He is certainly underappreciated, which is a great crime. I would 100% read a Merry Brandybuck Appreciation Post. One day this must become a reality.
    (Your story about your introduction to LOTR is delightful. 🙂 )

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    1. I’m tagging along on your comment o say that, I too, would greatly appreciate and wholly support a Merry Brandybuck Appreciation Post. Please, Sarah, it’s what the people want and/or need. 😀

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    2. (Not being able to choose a favorite hobbit is VALID. I have a compulsive need to rank things, sometimes, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love all of them too much for words.) I am so glad you appreciate Merry. He is truly indispensable. (I think that’s one of the reasons I don’t love the movies as wholeheartedly as the books–they halfway make Merry into Pippin 2.0? and in general shortchange Merry’s character compared to the others? I love Pippin and all, but I also love Merry, donchaknow.)

      (It is quite the saga, isn’t it? 😉 )

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  6. The story of how you were introduced to LoTR is so wholesome and heartwarming and I just love it so much. ❤️ Praise be for wonderful parents/aunt’s/adults to teach us to read Lord of the Rings in particular and other things in general. (I’m so thankful my poor mother persisted even though I was foolish and stubborn and gave her much grief. Sorry, mom)

    Your company would 100% make it to Mordor and save Middle Earth. If a second ring pops up somewhere, grab your friends and Helicopter Pilot Guy and please sign up and save us all. xD

    Ahhh, Sarah, what is the third to last quote from?! Even out of context, I cried when I read it, and it’s so beautiful and I very much want to read whatever it came from. (perhaps it will be my next thing to read by Tolkien. I’ve only read the hobbit and LoTR but I’d rather like to read more of his, I just haven’t found the time yet.)

    This was such a grand post, Sarah, I very much enjoyed it! ❤️ Your sense of humor is wonderful.

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    1. I know! I owe a lot to mothers and aunts who gave me good stuff to read. Most of my favorite stuff was originally pressed into my hands by my mom, aunt, or dad (my dad doesn’t read much, but what he reads is the good stuff), in fact, now that I think upon it?

      Will do! XD Helicopter Pilot Guy will be our secret weapon (and can fulfill the function of the Eagles at the end, with his helicopter)

      It’s from the beginning of The Silmarillion! I KNOW, isn’t it unutterably gorgeous?? I saw “favorite Middle-earth quotes,” threw my laptop to the winds, and went flipping frantically through my copy of it. “Must find the innumerable stars bit!”
      The writing in The Silmarillion is gorgeous. Sometimes it makes me want to cry. Sometimes it just makes me feel how I do at the Gray Havens scene, but times ten. It is so weighty but also so sublime, and sometimes he talks about geography or lineages for two chapters and it is very boring. It’s a book to take slow, probably. I hope you’ll like it if you read it; I understand people who don’t, but I really, really do.
      BUT, if you’re wanting a new Tolkien read, MAY I ALSO RECOMMEND Farmer Giles of Ham? It’s hilarious and wonderful and, moreover, short. And just very Tolkien-playing-around-with-language. Like, granted, it doesn’t make one tear up, but it sure does make one happy. Also I adore Smith of Wootton Major (which has more beautifulness, rather than mere humor) and think you might really like it??

      Thank you, Eden!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. (And er, may have blushed that one of my favoritest funniest bloggers likes my sense of humor? The sentiment is returned in full force.) I was also so happy to see your comment; Eden comments just make my day, you know.

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  7. I want to be just like your aunt when I grow up.

    (Love this whole thing, my dear Sarah. My comments are grown quite short of late but I would like to pack as much excitement as usual into these three little lines, if you will permit the sentiment.)

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    1. It’s a worthy ambition. You just need to acquire a few more cats. 😛

      (Thank you, dear! The sentiment is permitted (nay, welcomed), and I’m glad to see you now and again even if you don’t stick around long or say much. 🙂 Long comments are not always doable, you know?)

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  8. I LOVE the story of how your aunt sort of accidentally introduced you to Middle-earth 🙂

    Rohan is also my favorite 😀

    YES! Beregond is so wonderful! As is Bergil. They need much more attention. Also… Boromir is my favorite LOTR character, but movie Bard is my favorite Middle-earth character, if that makes any sense, and I agree he is vastly underrated by the fandom as a whole. Dude is just a normal, ordinary single dad, no magical skills, no training in warfare, and ends up leading armies and parleying between to very touchy kings… and becoming a king himself. Nom nom nom.

    Lovely choices for favorite quotations! Thanks for joining the party 🙂

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    1. It makes me smile to remember it 🙂

      High five!! Rohan is scrumptious and the bestest

      That does make sense! I’ve never seen the Hobbit movies, but I always feel this sense of…amazing potential from book-Bard, and it sounds like the movies capitalized on All That Bard Could Be and made him amazing? I love that. Everything you said about him, YES. Characters like that are EVERYTHING.

      Thank you for hosting it, Hamlette! It’s always a wonderful time (even when I only lurk and silently enjoy others’ posts).

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