The most honorable KRISTEN KIEFFER has constructed an awesome Book Tag all about J.R.R. Tolkien. And, as you all know, I’m more than a fan of that guy. TOLKIEN IS LIFE. So here’s the thing… I couldn’t resist participating in such an awesome tag! Tolkien is one of the reasons I’m a writer. He’s helped define so much of me. Time to gush!
Here’s the deal, this is interactive. Tags work like this:
- Questions are posted about a thing.
- The writer/blogger answers said questions.
- Others are tagged by the writer/blogger at the end of it all.
- The chain of awesome keeps going… and going… and going…
Let’s start with a Tolkien quote, shall we?
Okay! Let’s go wandering!
1. The Lord of the Rings is Tolkien’s most famous work. But did you read the books or see the movies first? What are your opinions on each?
As much as I hate that it happened the way it did, I saw The Fellowship of the Ring first. After seeing that film, I died. I feel like that’s not even a hyperbole. I was gone. I knew I had witnessed something special. It was sparkles and starlight and FEELINGS. Like angels were singing of my destiny.
I mention this in my post Authors Who Turned Me into a Reader. I am ashamed I had to be convinced about “some old fantasy book” by a film. But! I almost went straight from the theatre to the bookstore. When I bought the entire Lord of the Rings series I devoured them. I read nothing but Tolkien for months and months.
I went to the midnight premier of The Two Towers. Mind you, I was still in high school when the movies came out, so I missed the entire day of school to wait in line for the movie. Like… 12 hours in line, just so I could have a good seat. When I commit… I COMMIT.
Here’s where it gets interesting. I was okay with the second movie. Having read the books I found a thousand inaccuracies, and since I had been turned into a Tolkien purist, I was only okay with it. Didn’t LOVE it the way I loved the first film. But, how could I? I knew what I was in for. That first time, I was not expecting my life to literally change. By the third movie though… I had a problem.
–Unpopular opinion time. Yay!– I really didn’t like the film adaption of The Return of the King. I felt like Peter Jackson thought he knew better than Tolkien on what to do with the story. The changes he made were not something I could just shake my head at. I was a bit… enraged. It wasn’t his story to take so much liberty with. For me, Jackson committed an injustice to my literary idol. Bad form!
In fact, I STILL haven’t seen any of The Hobbit films. And I don’t plan to. As soon as I heard Jackson was attached to the project, I dismissed it. This was before it was even announced that it’d be split into three films. (Why, in all of Middle Earth, was the shortest book turned into three movies, instead of making six movies out of the Lord of the Rings series? Why?!)
Okay. I’m going to stop here, before I forget the rest of the questions and turn this into a rant. (It’s too late for that, isn’t it?)
2. Who is your favorite member of The Fellowship? Does this person differ from your favorite Lord of the Rings character in general?
Boom. There it is. He’s my most favorite in all of Tolkien’s writing. And I’ll tell you why…
- He’s mad talented. Those archery skills. Damn.
- His temperament. He doesn’t dink around. The elf gets sh*t done.
- The dude can freaking fight.
- His relationship with Gimli. He seems like a flawless guy. But he still learns and grows. He befriends this dwarf who he’s been conditioned to loathe. They’re friendship is beautiful.
- He’s an elf. That alone qualifies him as a favorite. Really.
Gandalf is a close second. Because of his wisdom and adventurous spirit.
3. Now for some fun! If you could be any character from The Hobbit, which would you be and why?
I like to be left alone.
And don’t touch my stuff.
Like, it sounds ridiculous. But when I thought about this question, Smaug was all I could come up with. I just… get him.
Also, there’s a lizard in Africa named Smaug giganteus, or Giant Dragon Lizard, after our dragon friend. Something about it being “similarly armoured”. Fun fact!
4. Tolkien’s work goes beyond The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Have you ever read any of his other books? How about books about Tolkien?
Oh man. Here we go.
I have read The Silmarillion. I have a couple of Book of Lost Tales.
I also have some reference books. A “Complete Guide”/encyclopedia. And some Elvish language books.
I am also the proud owner and reader of The Origins of Tolkien’s Middle Earth for Dummies.
You guys. I don’t mess around.
5. Let’s talk romance! Pooling from all of Tolkien’s work, which two characters do you ship together most?
Obviously Aragorn and Arwen. I’m so happy about those two kids! I think their story is beautiful. The right kind of “forbidden love” if you ask me. I wish more people would reference them when describing relationships rather than Romeo and Juliet. It’s so much more of a love story. And, you know, less suicide.
Also, Rosie and Sam. I want to pinch their cheeks. So stinking adorable.
Truthfully, I’m not what one would call a “shipper”. I let what’s cannon be cannon.
6. Alright, alright. We all have at least one thing from Tolkien’s work that makes us waaaay too giddy and excited. Something that we could talk about for days. What’s yours?
The Elvish language.
I was OBSESSED with it for a long while. And, I still love it. I used to yell it at people I was mad at. When I had my horse, I often gave her commands in Elvish. I even helped design a tattoo for someone in Elvish.
I have more than one book on it. In high school all my computer passwords were in Elvish. (They’re not anymore, so don’t try anything sinister. Not that I have anything worth stealing…)
I think it’s just so cool. Tolkien was a master linguist. That’s one of the reasons I revere him. He really put his soul into his works, and it shows. The man created a gorgeous language. How can you not love that?!
I would have majored in Elvish in college, had they offered it.
Tag! You’re it!
Can I tag Stephen Colbert? I feel like, back in the day, I could almost compare to him in Tolkien lore knowledge. I haven’t been as emerged in it as I once was. So, I wouldn’t dare challenge the biggest, baddest, Tolkien nerd of all. But I’d love to see his answers!
Pipe dreams aside, I honestly challenge ANYONE who wants to gush about the wonderful J.R.R. Tolkien. Drop your links in the comments, or tag me on Twitter (@authorkdreed) so I can read your answers. Because, seriously, I could read about Tolkien all day. Every day. Forever. And ever.
Also, pop over to Kristen’s blog and read her post. Actually, read all her stuff. She’s super duper.