Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Lord of the Rings: A new favorite ♥

 I had finally gotten to that place on my to-do list where it says, “See the entire trilogy of The Lord of the Rings movies.” I had wanted to see them for a long time, and about a week ago, I finished the third one for the first time. The ending was bittersweet for me. Mostly because I love Frodo and it was sad to see him leave. But I loved how Arwen and Aragorn got married, and when the Hobbits got back to The Shire, Sam got married. There is a small soft place in my heart for things like that. I guess that’s why I watch the Valentine Day movies on Hallmark Channel…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Poster   The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Poster                       The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Poster                             

 Anyway, the first time we saw a Hobbit was in the beginning of the first movie, The Fellowship of The Ring. The Hobbit was Frodo Baggins. When we (being my sister and I) saw him, we were both like, “whoa.” His eyes were so incredibly blue, it was fantastic. Then we got Gandalf the Gray, who was amazing. He was an instant favorite for me, and I still can’t figure out why. When he—stopping for spoilers—fell somewhere during the middle of the film, I honestly gasped. I thought that he had surely died. And I was devastated!

 The Fellowship consisted of Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin, who were all Hobbits. Pippin being my favorite of course, I think because of his accent. It was cute when he was asking Merry if Aragorn—who at that point was Strider—if he was aware of “second breakfast.” If I can find the real quote, I will post it. Got it ;)

Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop 'til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop 'til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn turns and walks off in disgust]
Merry: I don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it. 

 The other members including Aragorn, Legolas—who is an Elf, a pretty awesome one—and then Gimli, who was a Dwarf, and then Boromir, who was the son of a King. I only figured that out during the last movie when Gandalf—yes! He came back! I was soooo happy!—told the King about his death. Gandalf was also on the team, but was temporarily out of it for quite some time. He was found again in the second one, The Two Towers.

By then, however, Frodo and Sam were on their way to Mordor by themselves, until they met Gollum, who was actually Sméagol! Sméagol is really creepy to me, but I was sad for him because he was constantly fighting with his mind.

All in all, I think that the last one was my favorite. They were all fantastically wonderful, so it’s hard to choose. I am going to read the original novel as soon as I can. I have it sitting on my shelf right under The Hobbit. I am going to read that one first though. The movie for The Hobbit came out and I cannot wait to see it! I have seen costumes and screenshots and it looks amazing! It’s going to be awesome to be able to see how Bilbo got the ring; in movie form of course…I think there is going to be another Hobbit movie called There and Back Again; which is the name of the book that Bilbo was working on.

 Soooooo…That’s what I have been doing lately. Watching movies and now I am trying to learn how to write in Elvish. (I love how Microsoft Word doesn't spell-check Frodo or even Sméagol…^.^)

In other news, I have learned that Karen Witemeyer has a new book coming out this summer! It’s called Stealing the Preacher and we get Crockett’s point of view! I had always wondered how Short-Straw Bride—which I have just finished for the second time—would have been like if Crockett had been the one to marry Meredith. I have a feeling that this new one is going to be awesome. I have finished Head in the Clouds a couple weeks ago, and now I have To Win Her Heart on hold at the library again. I guess that’s what you do when you have a favorite author—of that genre of books—you read them all over and over again. Again, I am SO excited! Clicky here for her book site.

 Other books that I have tried to accomplish would be Crookedstar’s Promise by Erin Hunter. It’s a Super Warriors Edition. So far it has been really good. It must be somewhat easy to write something with a familiar character in it. Rather than starting from scratch with a new character.

 The story, in the beginning, follows this kit called Stormkit, but an accident with a slippery rock inspired his new name. He had broken his jaw and his mother had Hailstar rename him. My first thought was, “Dang, Rainflower, you are a cruel mother.” Basically, for a long time, she disowned him. Paying more attention to her other kit, Oakkit.  His kit name then became Crookedkit, then Crookedpaw. I haven’t gotten to the point in the story where he receives his Warrior name, but I know from reading Bluestar’s Prophecy, that his Warrior name is Crookedjaw. He had joked about that during a gathering when he had first met Bluepaw.  This was an older age of the Clans, back in the day of Pinestar of Thunderclan, and Hailstar of RiverClan.  Not too long before Bluestar took over, but it was some moons before Rusty (Fireheart) joined ThunderClan. Honestly I think Firestar is the best Clan leader ever, but that’s because he is my favorite. I am now getting off track…

 Anyway, what I was trying to get too is that I do own Bluestar’s Prophecy and I had torn it from the bookshelf when Crookedpaw began talking to Bluepaw at a Gathering.  It was so cool because I was reading the same scene, but in two different POVs. For the writing geek in me, it was amazing.  It was kind of like that when I was reading Yellowfang’s book. That book ended with Yellowfang being banished from ShadowClan, in which she wandered into ThunderClan territory. That’s when Firepaw had found her and took her back to ThundeClan’s camp. I think that that may have been the middle of the first or the second Warriors books from the first series group.

All the first 5 books of the Warriors series were in Firepaw’s view. ~sigh~ It has been a while since I have read those, but I had read those 5 about 3 times for each book. I have read the second group of books twice, and surprisingly, I had only read the third group once or twice. There are a few books from the fourth group that I haven’t read yet…Then some super editions, and then I think I have read them all! I think I have read 4 of the Super ones…Firestar’s being my favorite…There was a lot of Sandstorm drama in that one. Heh…Awesome book, nonetheless.

  Well, I have pretty much blogged myself out for today. Except I have one more thing to say.

With a second of thinking from my sister, we have come to the conclusion, that Ed Sheeran, must be a Hobbit. Yes.

Ah yes.

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