the 9th annual Tolkien Blog Party tag!

check out the kick-off post with the tag, post roster, and giveaway details here!

So it begins.

In all the years that I’ve known Rachel, this is the very first year that I’ve been able to participate in her annual Tolkien Blog Party. And I’m so excited! I’ve got three blog posts prepped for publication throughout this Hobbit Week + I’ll now answer the super fun tag that Rachel created for her blog party. (It’s my favorite tag format too!)


Aragorn: Favorite Tolkien hero/heroine

Frodo! He’s a wise, kind, brave hobbit who gives up everything to save the world for everyone else.

Boromir: Favorite Tolkien character arc

Probably Pippin. While he remains the same irrepressible Took from start to finish, he really grows and matures and learns so much over the course of the book (and the movies). The youngest of the fellowship, he doesn’t always do the right thing (or the smartest thing). But by the end of the story, he’s acted very cleverly while a prisoner of the Uruk-Hai, withstood Denethor’s crafty questioning, saved Faramir and Beregond’s lives, attacked a troll, and generally grown up (literally, haha) into a wonderful, valiant hobbit.

Runners-up would be Éowyn and Théoden and Movie Aragorn. I would say Boromir as well, but he died too soon to properly judge his character arc. 😦

Frodo: Favorite song or poem by Tolkien

It’s a toss-up between Sam’s “I will not say the day is done” song or “I sit beside the fire and think” and I’ve already talked about Sam’s song on my Instagram. So Bilbo’s song it is!

I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow-flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been


Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair


I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see


For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green


I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people who will see a world
That I shall never know


But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door

Beautiful nature imagery coupled with a hopeful wistfulness. ❤ I love this cover of it.

Gandalf: Favorite wise Tolkien quotation

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

It’s one of the most popular Tolkien quotes for a reason.

Gimli: A Middle-earth location you’d like to visit

While I would live in Minas Tirith in a heartbeat, I would choose to visit Rivendell. Very often. Both The Fellowship of the Ring and An Unexpected Journey make it look so beautiful and comforting. Dreamy, but not as ethereal and other-worldly as Lothlórien. And what Tolkien himself says about Rivendell?

Elrond’s house was perfect, whether you liked food or sleep or story-telling or singing (or reading), or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness…Evil things did not come into the secret valley of Rivendell.

Perfection. Plus, Elrond would be there! And all the lore and cool artifacts. I’d love to wander around Rivendell like Bilbo does in An Unexpected Journey.

Legolas: Favorite Middle-earth Weapon

To be honest, I don’t really geek out over the weapons in Middle-earth. *shrugs* Théoden’s sword, Herugrim, is pretty cool though. (As in, how it looks in the movies.)

Sting is also a favorite. It may not have an epic history like Orcrist or Glamdring (though it was also forged by the High Elves, so there’s at least a little bit of epic history). But it’s got such a personal history for Frodo! And Sam uses it to very badly wound Shelob. #win *fist pump*

Merry: Favorite way to celebrate Tolkien’s stories

Hmmmm. Is it…reading the books? Watching the movies? Listening to the songs and movie soundtracks? Writing blog posts about Middle-earth? Chatting with friends about the stories?

All of them at once, I suppose. 😉

(Reading LOTR or watching the trilogy usually wins though.)

Pippin: Favorite funny Tolkien quotation

So many good ones! But it’s either:

“And now leave me in peace for a bit!” [said Frodo] “I don’t want to answer a string of questions while I am eating. I want to think!”

“Good Heavens!” said Pippin. “At breakfast?”

Or:

He liked visitors, but he liked to know them before they arrived, and he preferred to ask them himself. He had a horrible thought that the cakes might run short, and then he-as the host: he knew his duty and stuck to it however painful-he might have to go without.

Hobbity humor at its finest.

Samwise: A Middle-earth food you’d like to try

Not a food, but the Ent-draughts sound so good!

The drink was like water, indeed very like the taste of the draughts they had drunk from the Entwash near, the borders of the forest, and yet there was some scent or savour in it which they could not describe: it was faint, but it reminded them of the smell of a distant wood borne from afar by a cool breeze at night.

*****

[Treebeard] poured them out two full bowls from a stone jar; but from a different jar. The taste was not the same as it had been the night before: it was earthier and richer, more sustaining and food-like, so to speak.

Vitamin water who? 😂


Well, there are my answers! Looking forward to sharing more Middle-earth blog posts with you in the coming days. ❤ Let me know what you think of my choices in the comments! I enjoy hearing what y’all have to say.

Eva-Joy

10 thoughts on “the 9th annual Tolkien Blog Party tag!

  1. I just read post about Frodo and his goodness so yes, Frodo, good pick.

    Pippin – I think he’s a fun character and it’s good that he grew up, became a better hobbit.

    Rivendell – everyone’s favorite tourist spot, mine too. They probably have a giant library devoted to meditation, maybe? Apparently, that place is very relaxing.

    Herugrim – why it shapes like a heart at the handle?

    I also would like not to answer questions while I’m having breakfast – good quote.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. Well, if you look closely, the handle of the sword is actually two horse’s heads! But yes, it does look like a heart. =)

      Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Lovely answers! I truly don’t remember Bilbo’s sit and think poem, but gosh that is some superb imagery. Which book does it come from? Combines wistfulness with sprinkle of regret. Rivendell would be an amazing place to visit! It would be fun to have a conversation with Elrond, particularly about ages past.

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    1. That song is from Fellowship of the Ring, when Bilbo, Frodo, and the others are staying over in Rivendell. It’s such a beautiful song. ❤

      Oh, I would love to talk with Elrond!!

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  3. Pippin has a lovely character arc that I think is underappreciated! (by me, for sure. XD)

    I always forget about all the songs in LOTR…that is, I remember that there are a lot of them, but I never remember ones that I specifically like. I very much like the one that you included. 🙂

    I would also want to live in Minas Tirith and visit Rivendell! (And everywhere else in Middle-Earth, tbh.) (Although, come to think of it, I’d also love the Shire, so…now I’m conflicted.)

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    1. So many good character arcs to choose from, but Pippin’s will always be one of my favorites. ❤ I'm glad I got the chance to remind people of it! (And of the songs too!)

      I'm a city girl, so the Shire actually doesn't appeal to me all that much. (Blasphemy, I know!) I can understand very well why Frodo, Bilbo, and the other hobbits ADORE it and want to protect it, but I wouldn't like to live there myself. I know that's a quite unpopular opinion though. 😉

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