a Tolkien Blog Party 2022 tag.

The annual Tolkien Blog Party (hosted by Rachel @ The Edge of the Precipice) is running for the duration of this week, and it’s been a LOT of fun so far. As always, Rachel has provided a tag for the party participants to fill out. Here are my answers!

Who first introduced you to Middle-earth?

My oldest brother. He bought all three LOTR films (extended editions, thankfully) and showed them to my family. Although it wasn’t until I watched the trilogy by myself a few weeks later that I became really obsessed, I’ll always have my brother to thank for opening my eyes to the wonders of Middle-earth.

Has your love of Middle-earth affected your life?

I have a whole shelf dedicated to Tolkien books and movies and merch, so…yeah. 😉 The books and movies and movie soundtracks are all so beautiful; my life is richer because of them.

Have you ever dressed up like a Tolkien character?

Nope. Maybe someday though!

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

The first person I thought of was my pastor. Which might sound a little odd, but he’s a good archer and knows a lot about the outdoors, camping, edible plants, and all that. He’d also provide spiritual guidance and encouragement when the ring/the quest threatened to send us all plunging into despair. I see this as an absolute win.

As for the rest of our group, I can think of a few other people in my church who’d be good to bring along. But my pastor is my number one pick.

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

Rivendell, for Elrond and the beauty and nostalgia and friendliness of it all. My second and third picks are easily Minas Tirith and Ithilien

Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention?

Éomer. Farmer Maggot. Beregond. Almost everyone from The Silmarillion.

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

I’M TORN. Probably Sam’s wedding, even though I love Faramir a lot more. If I saw Faramir, I’d probably end up wishing I was the one marrying him. XD Whereas at Sam’s wedding, I could focus on the delicious food and possibly have a chat with Frodo and/or Merry. Which would be wonderful.

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

The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, Letters from Father Christmas, and Leaf by Niggle (which is more a short story than a full book).

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

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War was quite good. As was On the Shoulders of Hobbits.

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

...[the Ring] abandoned Gollum. Only to be picked up by the most unlikely person imaginable: Bilbo from the Shire! Behind that there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you also were meant to have it. And that may be an encouraging thought. —LOTR, ‘The Shadow of the Past’

The dark figure streaming with fire raced towards them. The orcs yelled and poured over the stone gangways. Then Boromir raised his horn and blew. Loud the challenge rang and bellowed, like the shout of many throats under the cavernous roof. For a moment the orcs quailed and the fiery shadow halted. —LOTR, ‘The Bridge of Khazad-dûm’

“But it does not seem that I can trust anyone,” said Frodo.

Sam looked at him unhappily. “It all depends on what you want,” put in Merry. “You can trust us to stick with you through thick and thin – to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway: there it is. We know most of what Gandalf has told you. We know a good deal about the ring. We are horribly afraid – but we are coming with you; or following you like hounds.” —LOTR, ‘A Conspiracy Unmasked’

“Look at me. You look at me.” —Bard, The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

“A great Shadow has departed,” said Gandalf, and then he laughed, and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land… —LOTR, ‘The Field of Cormallen’

“If ever beyond hope you return to the lands of the living and we re-tell our tales, sitting by a wall in the sun, laughing at old grief, you shall tell me then.” —LOTR, ‘The Forbidden Pool’ (especially because Tolkien also quoted this in one of his letters to Christopher, who was away fighting during WWII 😭)

And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed on into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise. —LOTR, ‘The Grey Havens’

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 for ever beyond its reach. —LOTR, ‘The Land of Shadow’

And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns, in dark Mindolluin’s sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the north wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last. —LOTR, ‘The Siege of Gondor’

“I will take the Ring,’ he said, ‘though I do not know the way.—LOTR, ‘The Council of Elrond’

How were you introduced to Middle-earth? What are some of your favorite Tolkien quotes? Let me know in the comments!



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  1. That makes sense about your pastor. If only more of us had knowledge of plant lore and the like, hehe.

    “Look at me. You look at me.” STOP *bawls*

    That “star above the cloud-wrack” quote is one of my top favorites, too. It’s so beautiful.


    1. I’d probably end up eating something poisonous my first time out. Or starving because I was too afraid to eat ANYTHING.

      Isn’t that Bard quote the best?? The Hobbit movies really had something special, whatever people say.


  2. Hoorah for your brother! I didn’t realize that’s who finally got you into LOTR.

    What a cool pastor you have 😀 Come to think of it, our pastor is a big manly, athletic dude who would probably be pretty handy in a fight too. And he walks miles and miles every day already. Excellent Fellowship material, really.

    Farmer Maggot is so cool. Unflappable, really. Wow. And Beregond and Bergil are both wonderful. I love them 🙂


    1. Yep, it was Noah. I’m very grateful!

      Someone else said they’d bring their pastor along as well! Yours definitely sounds like he’d fit in on a trek to Mordor.


  3. Who first introduced you to Middle-earth?

    A lifelong friend, who got the Fellowship of the Ring’s extended cut for his birthday back in 2003 … about a month before The Two Towers released on VHS and DVD.

    Has your love of Middle-earth affected your life?

    Before Lord of the Rings, I was all about Star Wars. Lord of the Rings really started opening up my taste of variety in fiction, and helped me develop my taste for legitimately good storytelling and world building, instead of just nerdy action movies.

    Have you ever dressed up like a Tolkien character?

    No, and at least until I have kids, my dressing up days are probably over.

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

    My first choice is my youngest brother, who is a soldier in the Canadian army. You need at least one person well trained in combat. I’d also consider my Kung-Fu Sifu (Kung-Fu for Christ). I’d take a friend I’ve known since I was about `18 who lived up north for a few years, and really knows how to survive in the wilderness. It helps that he once killed a bear with a compound bow. The Young Adults pastor from one of my churches would be another good choice, as he’s also fairly good as a handyman and is great at keeping people organized. Beyond that, I’d stick with people I know who are physically fit with a variety of technical skills or fighting skills.

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

    Rivendell, Moria (in its prime) and Minas Tirith.

    Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention?

    It’s been a very long time since I’ve read the books, so I’ll stick with the movie characters.
    Éomer, Denathor (much more sympathetic character in the books), and a variety of minor characters from eithe the Shire or Rohan’s royal court.

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

    Honestly, I have no idea. Faramir’s would likely be big and expensive, with fantastic food. But then again, nobody knows food better than the hobbits, and I’ve never experienced an outdoor wedding in the country.

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

    I’ve read The Hobbit (twice, not counting the graphic novel version), the Lord of the Rings, and about a third of the Silmarillion (I really should read that at some point … whenever I get back into reading books that is).

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

    Haven’t read any actually, so I can’t genuinely recommend one.

    Don’t really have time to look at quotes, but you chose some great ones.


    1. I agree about Denethor being more sympathetic in the books. Or…maybe not sympathetic (to me, anyway), but at least a more well-rounded and understandable character.

      So cool how LOTR broadened your interests!


  4. Taking one’s pastor on a quest to Mordor is a great idea! (My pastor at home is a raging introvert and not a camping person, though, so I think it might be kinder not to take him… XD)

    Ithilien would be so lovely to visit!

    Farmer Maggot! I wouldn’t have thought of him, but he does deserve more attention!

    A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War is indeed a good one!

    Ahhhh that quote that Tolkien sent his son! So beautiful! ❤


    1. LOL. I think my pastor is an introvert as well, but he also loves hiking and camping and all that, so maybe he’d be okay? =)

      Along with Farmer Maggot, I think Isildur deserves more attention. (Book Isildur, that is.) I’m planning to write a post about him for next year’s Tolkien blog party!


  5. Love this whole thing so much.

    (100% agree with your assessment of characters who deserve more recognition, Éomer and Beregond especially.)


  6. I think your pastor would be a great person to have on the quest. He sounds quite wise.

    That ‘The land of shadow’ passage, I remember reading that. It’s quite hopeful.

    Have a lovely day.


    1. He really is!

      Yes, I love that quote. Tolkien knew how to portray beauty even in the middle of such a hellish place as Mordor. I can’t help but think that that particular scene was inspired by his own experiences during WWI.


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