Skip to main content

30 Days of Tolkien

30 Days of Tolkien Blogging Challenge


Here's the 30 Days of Tolkien Blog Challenge...



#01. Your Introduction to Tolkien

My dad always had one of those huge Athena posters by Jimmy Cauty up, so I guess that was my first introduction. The characters are all kind of grotesque on it, even the supposedly beautiful elves, and I used to find it fascinating picking out all the little details. I'm not sure how old I was when I read The Hobbit for the first time, probably about seven or eight?

Jimmy Cauty Lord of the Rings Poster



#02. You Cried When...

The Battle of the Five Armies. Just the senseless destruction of war. :(

Thorin's death



#03. Books or Movies?

It's sacrilege, I know, but though I loved The Hobbit I have never actually finished The Lord of the Rings. It was just so boring. Give me the movies any day. So, I guess it depends on which title we're talking about...

The Hobbit



#04. Favourite Costume

Eowyn's green dress from The Two Towers - who doesn't love a bit of faux medieval couture? (The dress in the picture is actually by Volto Nero Costumes, but even if it's not 100% faithful it is a very beautiful replica!)

Eowyn Dress



#05. Favourite Hobbit

Sam. He's the most hobbitty Hobbit of all of them, but he scarcely thinks twice about heading straight into danger if it means keeping his friends safe. ♥️

Samwise Gamgee



#06. Favourite Tolkien Inspired Song

Rivendell by Rush (1975). Here's the handwritten lyric sheet by Neil Peart (RIP) -

Rivendell by Rush



#07. Favourite Scene

I really liked the cave scene in the first Hobbit film where Bilbo is going to leave but Bofur's just so sweet and nonjudgemental about it he doesn't stand a chance. It is no surprise I wrote c. 40k of Bilbo/Bofur in the aftermath of that movie!

Hobbit cave scene



#08. Coolest Character Design

The orcs were epic.

orc



#09. Favourite Location

Rivendell is gorgeous and everything, but I'd most want to visit The Shire. No contest.

The Shire



#10. Best Bad Guy

There are bigger and better for sure but, in terms of showing what selfishness turns us into, nobody can beat Gollum.

Gollum



#11. Favourite Quote

I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.



#12. Canon OTP

Sam/Frodo. (What do you mean it isn't canon? I saw those movies with my own two eyes!)

Sam and Frodo



#13. Fanon OTP

Gimli/Legolas. I love all that Romeo & Juliet-eque 'our people hate each other' stuff.

Gimli and Legolas



#14. Favourite Colour Illustrations

Probably a toss up between Pauline Baynes and the Hildebrandts...

Pauline Baynes IllustrationHildebrandt



#15. Favourite Dwarf

Bofur.

Bofur



#16. Character We Needed More Of

Ori. He's so adorable.

Ori



#17. Favourite Parody

George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien go head to head for the Epic Rap Battles of History...




#18. Favourite Merchandise

The Evenstar replicas are very pretty - and available from like 99p on eBay.

Evenstar Necklace



#19. Best Hair

Nori. Just look at that 'do.

Nori



#20. Favourite Human

Eowyn. She was badass.

Eowyn



#21. Most Fabulous Hair

Thranduil. Obviously.

Thranduil



#22. Favourite Non-Hollywood Adaption

It would probably have to be 1985's Сказочное путешествие мистера Бильбо Беггинса Хоббита (The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit.) Literally no expense spared. Or should that be 'spent'...




#23. Scene You Would Have Cut

Haha, where to start! Pointless love triangles (Arwen/Aragorn/Eowyn and Kili/Tauriel/Legolas), overblown deaths, too long battle sequences, Frodo's dubious ring-induced facial expressions, whatever those elephant things are... All the films needed a damn good pruning, really.

LotR



#24. Least Favourite Character

Tom Bombadil. Need I say more?

Tom Bombadil



#25. Favourite Elf

Legolas. I'm a child of my times - who didn't have a massive Orlando Bloom poster on their walls?

Legolas



#26. You Laughed When...

The dwarves sang Blunt The Knives (That's What Bilbo Baggins Hates).




#27. Favourite Line Illustrations

Another tie, this time between Tove Jansson (yep, Moomins-fame Tove Jansson) who illustrated the Swedish and Finnish versions, and the Danish illustrations by Ingahild Grathmer - aka Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Tove Jansson Tolkien IllustrationMargrethe II of Denmark Tolkien Illustration



#28. Most Underrated Character

Grima Wormtongue. He was one intensely creepy dude.

Grima Wormtongue



#29. Favourite OST Song

I See Fire - Ed Sheeran




#30. Elvish or Dwarvish?

Khuzdul and the runes are very cool, but Sindarin was based on Welsh and, being forced to learn the latter, the former was of special interest as something it could be used for beyond watching live reports from Young Farmer's Conference or repeats of Sam Tân. (I grew to like Welsh as I got older, but back when LotR was hitting cinema I was really hard pushed to find a good word to say about WAG's decision to make it a compulsory GCSE subject!)

Elvish Alphabet




30 Days of Tolkien Blogging Challenge


#01 - Your Introduction to Tolkien
#02 - You Cried When...
#03 - Books or Movies?
#04 - Favourite Costume
#05 - Favourite Hobbit
#06 - Favourite Tolkien Inspired Song
#07 - Favourite Scene
#08 - Coolest Character Design
#09 - Favourite Location
#10 - Best Bad Guy
#11 - Favourite Quote
#12 - Canon OTP
#13 - Fanon OTP
#14 - Favourite Colour Illustrations
#15 - Favourite Dwarf
#16 - Character We Needed More Of
#17 - Favourite Parody
#18 - Favourite Merchandise
#19 - Best Hair
#20 - Favourite Human
#21 - Most Fabulous Hair
#22 - Favourite Non-Hollywood Adaption
#23 - Scene You Would Have Cut
#24 - Least Favourite Character
#25 - Favourite Elf
#26 - You Laughed When...
#27 - Favourite Line Illustrations
#28 - Most Underrated Character
#29 - Favourite OST Song
#30 - Elvish or Dwarvish?



For more like this, click the picture below:
Fandom





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Over 200 UK Refer and Earn Offers for 2022

So many stores and services offer special rewards and discounts for recruiting them new customers. No matter what you're into, there's a refer and earn offer for you! Some of these translate to straight up free and easy money through cashback or reward sites, others require you to be an existing customer or jump through several hoops. There are over 400 offers listed on my Codes, Coupons and Discounts Pinterest board, and I am (slowly) working on updating this post to reflect the cream of the crop! CASHBACK, SURVEYS, REWARDS & DEALS 20 Cogs . Get £20 when your friend completes 20 cogs (i.e. offers), and 5% of their earnings for life. You also need to complete 20 offers yourself before you can cash out. Airtime Rewards . Get up to £1.50 bonus credit for each person who signs up with your referral code. Mine is 9CKQXLH8. Cashback Earners . Earn 5.00 CashCoins and 10% of their earnings from purchases. 20 CashCoins minimum payout. Cashback Kingdom . Both get a bon

Free Magazine Scans

Click the pictures below to find full cover guides to various teen magazines (primarily collated to make scale miniature magazine covers but I figure they'll also be useful for collectors and anyone into media history) and scans from my own magazine collection. I've also got a couple of kids' books I didn't want to part with - The Squirrel and Little Owl Book of Pets . The unwieldy size of my bookmark folders convinced me I needed a reference post for online magazine archives. Or, more accurately, free online magazine archives. Whether you're looking for leisure reading or research avenues, you're bound to find something useful in this list. :) ☆ Archive for the Unexplained - UFO mags galore. ☆   The Magazine Rack - over 140,000 digitised magazines! ☆   Lantern - thousands of vintage film magazines. ☆ FANZINES  - a number of online archives now exist for these including  FANAC  (SF), ScoTpress  (Trek), Sandy Herald Collection  (media fandom, major

Free Fabric Samples x 200

Choosing upholstery and soft furnishings can be a nightmare - especially if it arrives and isn't quite what you expected. Fabric samples are a great way to avoid costly mistakes, as well as providing a fab source of material for your crafts box. Here are over 200 places offering completely free fabric samples in the UK:

Simply Cook Review

I kept seeing ads and deals for Simply Cook everywhere, so as there was a special offer on at OhMyDosh! Rewards (£3 for the box and £3.50 cashback) I figured I had nothing to lose by giving it a try. What Is It? Recipe kits packed into boxes which fit through your letterbox. The usual price is £9.99 for a kit of 4, with each one serving 2-4 people depending on your serving sizes. All you need to do is buy the fresh ingredients required and follow the instructions. Here is Simply Cook's own helpful diagram: Does It Work? For me, as the person just eating it, it was awesome. Everything tasted great - the mushroom penne in particular was so good I went back for seconds - and I liked that the sauces weren't as rich as Anthony would usually make them. For Anthony, who cooked them, they weren't as impressive. He complained that the food was bland and that it was actually quite a lot of faff, as Lidl didn't stock everything we needed which meant another trip ou

Dolls