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Just a li'l obligatory LOTR meme

lordreaibn made me do it!


name: Mol

age: 28

location: Seattle

have you read all the books in LOTR?: Yep.

favorite LOTR book and why: I suppose The Two Towers, because it's the central "meat" of the story, without the slow build-up at the beginning of Fellowship or the long and bittersweet wind-down at the end of Return of the King. And it's got "The Choices of Master Samwise," which pretty much hooked me as a fan for life.

favorite character from the books and why: Hrm; this is hard. The ensemble cast does such a good job. But I suppose I'll say Samwise, since I find him the most accessible. Hobbits in general are the most down-to-earth and have the best dialogue; Sam in particular undergoes the most emotional turmoil without losing touch with his identity, and thus proves himself the strongest character in the books despite also being perhaps the humblest.

favorite scene from the books and why: Like I said, the chapter "The Choices of Master Samwise" was really the thing that hooked me, but it's hard to call it my "favorite" since it's so sad. Basically it's just good drama. I'm also fond, in a more adventuresome way, of the brief bond between Merry and Eowyn in ROTK, and the bad-ass work they get to do together on the battlefields. They're an unlikely pair of allies, neither of whom is really supposed to be there (in the battle), which makes it all the more interesting.

favorite quote from the books:
I have a thing for smart-ass hobbits, so I'm fond of little bits of dialogue like:
'Water!' shouted Pippin. 'Where’s the water?'
'I don't keep water in my pockets,' said Frodo.

Or...
[After beaning Bill Ferny on the nose with an apple] 'Waste of a good apple,' said Sam regretfully, and strode on.
On the serious side, this paragraph is beautiful and sums up the whole of LOTR nicely:
There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach. His song in the Tower had been defiance rather than hope; for then he was thinking of himself. Now, for a moment, his own fate, and even his master's, ceased to trouble him. He crawled back into the brambles and laid himself by Frodo's side, and putting away all fear he cast himself into a deep untroubled sleep.

favorite LOTR movie and why: So far, Fellowship. The continuity is better; TTT is unavoidably more broken-up since the characters have been scattered. ROTK should tie it all back together and win the championship, though, is my guess.

favorite character from the movies and why: Whoever played Shadowfax was brilliant. OK, just kidding. Hrm; again a hard question, as again the ensemble cast is the real draw. Aragorn is undeniably fascinating as a character, and they make him seem more accessible in the film than in the book, I think. But I'm going to go with Frodo & Sam again, a dual win this time. Frodo's the more interesting one in Fellowship, but Sam should be his equal by the end of ROTK in terms of character development and importance.

favorite scene from the movies and why: After such a boys-don't-cry upbringing, especially in the realm of adventure movies, I was quite impressed with the moments after Gandalf's fall in Fellowship. Boys do cry! Look at that! Tastefully filmed, too. In terms of sheer gorgeousness of cinema, I'm awed by the shot near the start of TTT where Gandalf and the Balrog emerge, falling like a meteor, into the huge underground cavern, the fire lighting up the darkness and the water below...*goosebumps*

favorite quote from the movies: "His gardener." (Go smart-ass hobbits!)

what other books by J.R.R. Tolkien have you read?: Just The Hobbit, I'm afraid.

favorite song from the soundtrack: Either "Gollum's Song" or "Samwise the Brave."


Related chuckle: Someone on a message board commented that a fanfic author had taken "historical liberties" by letting the LOTR guys have chocolate. Now, I'm as devoted to LOTR and its legacy as the next fangirl, but "historical"? Let's not lose sight of reality, here. :) Besides (as someone else pointed out), they have other New World crops, so why not chocolate? *shrug*

Comments

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celtic4
Oct. 24th, 2003 12:23 am (UTC)
Heh. That very same meme is being used in some crazy LOTR fan-rating community. Your fandom is rated based upon your answers. O_o

I should snag this meme for personal use though...what better way to show off my drooling Tolkien fangirlishness? XDD
mollyringle
Oct. 24th, 2003 04:48 pm (UTC)
Rating fans? Feh. When will people get over that...

But, yes, it's a fun way to pass some time if you're not otherwise occupied. :)
(Anonymous)
Oct. 24th, 2003 06:07 am (UTC)
I adore that "there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach" quote as well; it perfectly sums up Sam's resoluteness and strength and courage. I also love the song that Sam sings in Cirith Ungol while in search of Frodo. It's in the same vein as that previous quote, and it's just so incredibly beautiful...

In Western lands beneath the Sun
the flowers may rise in Spring,
the trees may bud, the waters run,
the merry finches sing.
Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night
and swaying beeches bear
the Elven-stars as jewels white
amid their branching hair.

Though here at journey's end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the day is done
nor bid the Stars farewell.
mollyringle
Oct. 24th, 2003 04:41 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of using the paragraph just before Sam's song, actually. Very moving section.
lordreaibn
Oct. 24th, 2003 06:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! And yes, I made you do it. Bad stephen! :D

>>In terms of sheer gorgeousness of cinema, I'm awed by the shot near the start of TTT where Gandalf and the Balrog emerge, falling like a meteor, into the huge underground cavern, the fire lighting up the darkness and the water below...*goosebumps*

i agree!
mollyringle
Oct. 24th, 2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
Aw, you know I enjoy it and will happily take any excuse to write about LOTR. :)
lordreaibn
Oct. 25th, 2003 08:42 am (UTC)
i know... but seeing myself mentioned made me happy! :D
shebit
Oct. 24th, 2003 09:40 am (UTC)
I'm right there with you on the exit from Moria scene. The landscape, the expressions of pure grief on the characters' faces, and the score, which almost makes me weep just to hear it - making listening to the soundtrack while driving a big mistake - all come together to make a breathtaking scene.

As for favourite quotes, from the books and films, there's one that I love in both - even though it's in the wrong film, technically. It's Eowyn's speech about living by the sword, and fearing only a cage. She's such a strong and proud young woman, because of the hand life dealt her, and those lines show that so well.
mollyringle
Oct. 24th, 2003 04:47 pm (UTC)
I think the soundtrack kind of cemented my fandom for good, since I got it after seeing the first movie but before reading the books. So perhaps I owe some of my obsession to Howard Shore. Have you seen the track listing for the ROTK soundtrack? It's enough to make one all sentimental. ("The End of All Things," "Into the West," etc.)

And, yes! I was pleased, on the re-read of ROTK, to find that Aragorn-Eowyn conversation, in a different place but almost untouched otherwise.
shebit
Oct. 25th, 2003 06:29 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the ROTK track list yet, but I like the use of chapter titles for all of the soundtracks.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 27th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC)
RotK Tracks
Oh haven't you? Then have a look-see, cause it's gonna be absolutely amazing!

http://www.theonering.net/scrapbook/view/9132

-Ké.
pipu
Oct. 24th, 2003 10:11 am (UTC)
My favorite scene from the trilogy is the one that didn't make it into the movie... the one at Tom Bombadil's house and on the barrow downs!

mollyringle
Oct. 24th, 2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
I've heard rumors that they filmed that for some uber-extended set of DVD's...but just rumors...
pipu
Oct. 25th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC)
Ooooh.... I will have to look into this.

arien
Oct. 24th, 2003 10:29 am (UTC)
Aren't potatoes a New World crop? They're actually canon.
mollyringle
Oct. 24th, 2003 12:06 pm (UTC)
Yep, exactly. Potatoes are from Peru. And it doesn't get more canon than taters, precious.
sunset_blvd
Oct. 25th, 2003 11:45 pm (UTC)
Hahaha - I love "Waste of a good apple" and "His gardener" as well! Go Samwise!

Do you mind if I do this meme for myself on my lj? I have too much free time on my hands these days...

About the chocolate...it seems to me that if all that if Frodo and Sam are journeying to Mordor and everyone else is going to war, they are having pretty hard and miserable times. It would be really unfair if they didn't at least have chocolate to sooth them. ; D
mollyringle
Oct. 26th, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)
Memes are common property, I'd say - go for it. :)

Yes, no wonder they're so depressed. Now, if they'd had chocolate-chip lembas to bring along, maybe things would have been happier.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 27th, 2003 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for smart-ass hobbits!

'Who's that? Be off! You can't come in. Can't you read the notice: No admittance between sundown and sunrise?'
'Of course we can't read the notice in the dark,' Sam shouted back. 'And if hobbits of the Shire are to be kept out in the wet on a night like this, I'll tear down your notice when I find it.'
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