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Middle-earth

Posted by raikana on 01.05.2007 at 8.07.am
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: rain on a tin roof... ahhhh
Name: Raikana (I have a policy against putting my real name online. Sorry)

Age:
17

Talents:
Nothing “full-fledged” as yet, though I am practicing many things. Drawing, painting, writing, and learning Japanese are some of my favorite activities, though I am about to begin learning how to use the computer to create art, which should also become a favorite. Oh, and obviously, I read. Everything fiction that I can get my hands on! Preferably things with elves in them.

1. What do you think of J.R.R. Tolkien?
How about “The best fantasy author of all time”? Seriously, I have yet to read a single fantasy story better than Tolkien’s works. There are some that come close, but they all manage to screw the elves up. And nobody can match his brilliance at language! In a word? Genius.

2. What are your thoughts on The Lord of the Rings (book and/or movies)?
Well, obviously I liked either the book or the movie enough to take the time to write all of this out. But if you really want to know, I grew up on “The Hobbit” and don’t recall ever not knowing Bilbo’s story. So, when I turned nine, I deemed myself old enough to read the “big people’s” story. I took me a whole year, because the Nazgul scared me so, but I read it. And now I love it! I haven’t read it as often as most, but I hold the story in my heart, weaving it into my dreams and my thoughts.

3. Which was your favorite section in the book and/or scene in the movie?
I loved everything to do with the elves in the books. My favorite part, I think, is when Legolas sings of Nimrodel when the Fellowship stops in Lothlorien. That song is beautiful, and sad, and has been with me since the first time I read the books. I have it memorized, even, and chant it softly to myself at night sometimes. That part, along with the general description of Lothlorien: all those beautiful trees and flowers, and elves must really have been a sight to behold! In the movies, though, I love the interaction of the characters. I realize that that isn’t a “part” so much, but it’s what I like. I also love the computer animation of the various creatures such as the balrog (ooh… fire… *ahem*). Oh, and Imladris was beautiful!

4. What is your least favorite section in the book and/or scene in the movie?
My least favorite section in the books… probably the Council of Elrond, and mostly because of the first impression of a nine-year-old wondering what in Arda the big people were talking about. Now that I go back and think about the books, though, I’d have to say that the parts in Bree before Aragorn took control were just painfully stupid on the part of the Halflings. Although, one can’t blame Frodo… much. As far as the movie is concerned, everything with Arwen in it. Poor Glorfindel! Arwen stole his horse and his part in the movie! And then caused grief for Elrond and Aragorn throughout the whole thing!*fumes about pouty!Arwen…*

5. Have you read anything like the Silmarillion or The Unfinished Tales?
I tried reading both. I got through the Valquenta before deciding to focus on more modern history before attempting Tolkien’s. I will read them one day, and probably understand them a great deal more then the History I’m learning in school. But I’d like to keep my high GPA in high school, for right now, thank you.

6. Who is your favorite LotR character and why?
Favorite character? At least you haven’t asked about favorite color yet. Glorfindel. Because so little is known about it. Or perhaps Mithrandir, because for being so powerful, he’s still so caring and gentle. Or perhaps Aragorn or Boromir, who fight valiantly with honor. Or perhaps Legolas, because he is gentle, yet a fierce warrior. Or perhaps Gimli, because he can eventually give up his prejudice against Legolas and accept an elf for a friend. Or perhaps Merry and Pippin, because they’re just so innocent and pure of heart. Or perhaps Sam, because he is so loyal. Or perhaps Frodo, because he has to carry such a burden, and go through so much, just because of a little piece of gold.

7. Who is your least favorite LotR character and why?
Does the movie count? Arwen. I mean, sure she was important to Aragorn, but that doesn’t mean she could steal Glorfindel’s horse! The poor guy.

8. What are your thoughts on technology?
Technology is awesome! Gadgets are such fun. My computer can do anything. Well… maybe not. But it’s still awesome! Without technology, we wouldn’t have movies, we wouldn’t have books as widely dispersed or a cheap, we wouldn’t have my favorite type of music, we wouldn’t have caffeine! I mean, the list is endless! Technology is definitely good.

9. What are your thoughts on nature?
Beautiful! Trees are silent sentinels, watching everything that goes on, holding secrets just out of mortal reach. Bushes provide us with decoration, and berries. Flowers give sweet scents on bright colors. Nature is truly a wonderful thing and should be treated with respect.

10. What are your thoughts on war?
Hmm… war. War is war. War is two or more groups of people bickering over who gets what. War is cruel, and violent, and destructive. War kills thousands, and wounds millions, scarring history forever. However, war cannot be avoided. Not all people are kind and generous. And those that aren’t kind or generous tend to be mean, thereby creating strife and/or war. War? War is an ugly, brutal affair, but at times a necessary evil.

11. What do you think are your top five positive characteristics?
Ooh… Well. I read. Something nearly unheard of in this day and age. I enjoy learning. I’m opinionated, but not to the point that I won’t listen to other people’s ideas. I have no qualms about being who I am, if other people have a problem with it, it’s their fault. I like being able to tell people when they’ve done a good job on something.

12. What do you think are your top five negative characteristics?
Yuck. That’d be… I’m slightly arrogant. I don’t take criticism well. I put off things that I need to do in favor of things that I want to do. I’m not very outgoing. And I’m not very sure of myself.

13. Given the choice, which race would you NOT want to be?
Dwarf. Short, hairy, and foul-tempered? Why, I ask you, would anyone want that?

14. If you could live anywhere on Earth (modern, not Arda), where would it be?
Japan! They have such an interesting culture and background! I’d love to live in Japan. Next best thing would be New Zealand with its beautiful countryside. Plus, that’s where LoTR was filmed!

15. Despite whatever your thoughts on war might be, if you were absolutely forced to go into battle, what weapon would you wield (can be modern or historical)?
Going for fictional/historical, here. I’d used my bow until whatever I was fighting got close enough for me to gut it with twin katanas. Although, a shot from a bow point-blank deals a pretty good amount of damage.

16. What are your thoughts on death?
Hmm, touchy subject there. Death is the separation of the soul from the body where the soul goes to be judged according to its life. If the person was saved, they will be accepted into Heaven. If not, regardless of the number of good deeds done, they will send eternity in Hell. I don’t mean to be a doomsayer, but that’s what I believe, and you did ask…

17. What are your favorite books (excluding LotR)?
Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series, R. A. Salvatore’s Drizzt series, Raymond E. Feist’s books set in Midkemia (and Kelewan), and “Heir Apparent” by Vivian Vande Velde. All Fantasy, but none of them get elves quite right. Though, Jordan and Velde don’t have elves in theirs at all, do they? Feist, then Salvatore, then Jordan, then Velde, it would have to go. After, of course, Tolkien.

18. Describe your biggest role model.
Um… would it be lame to say the my Mom is my biggest role model? ‘Cause she is. My art teacher is also a role model, as well as most of my family. Am I a weird teenager that I love my family? Don’t answer that… I would have to say, that there are others (that I don’t personally know, sadly) that have influenced me. Such as Tolkien (of course), Salvatore, Brian Froud, and Hayao Miyazaki (a Japanese director, who directed “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle”) are the primary sources of said influence.

19. How did you hear about sorting_realm /tolkiens_realm ?
You know… I can’t really remember. I think I was reading my friends page on my LJ account, and decided to look at the comments posted on one person’s post, and that person had a cool avatar, so I clicked on their profile, and in the profile was a banner for the sorting realm thingie… did that make any sense to anyone?

20. If you had the One Ring, what would you do with it? Be honest!
Honestly? I don’t know. I’d probably treat it like Bilbo did, using it as I pleased, not knowing what it was. And as soon as I found out, I would be repulsed by it. I’d like to say that I would destroy it, but by the time I would find out for certain what it was, it would probably have to great a hold on me. Although, seeing as how I have never seen the One Ring, there is no way to really answer this question, is there?

Comments:


Emily
shiroki_tenshi at 2007-01-05 19:34 (UTC) (Link)

Hobbit

I know just exactly wear to sort you. Hobbit! You carry so much enthusiasm, just like me! And your application was a pleasure to read. :) So Hobbit you are along with me!

Yay for movie!Arwen bashers! Her role was too expanded in the movie, if you ask me. Honestly. It was. I couldn't stand it one bit. XD I don't hate Arwen, I just think they put too much emphasis on her. XD

And yay for Japanese! :3
Emily
shiroki_tenshi at 2007-01-05 19:34 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hobbit

*where

You know, I do have like having correct grammar and spelling and whatnot. Oopsies daisies, I'm a tad tired. XD
Her Hamsterness
hamsterwoman at 2007-01-05 19:36 (UTC) (Link)

Dwarf

Yup, Hobbit. There was some Elf and Man in your application as well, but Hobbit clearly outweighed those.
mrsbnickel
mrsbnickel at 2007-01-05 19:46 (UTC) (Link)

Hobbit

Hobbit and I also sensed some Elf and Man vibes in your application.

Side note completely non-Tolkien related: Hayao Miyazaki!!!!! Aiii!!!! "My Neighboro Totoro" is one of my favorites (my toddler loves it - with the original Japanese soundtrack. No dubbing for us! blech). Miyazaki has also had major influence inspiring John Lasseter of Pixar. ^_^
Anahana - Quentae for Balance - Just call me Anna!
sheiannasherra at 2007-01-05 20:36 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hobbit

Wow! Someone else who loves My Neighbor Totoro!!! Yay!!! ^O^
mrsbnickel
mrsbnickel at 2007-01-05 21:49 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hobbit

Very much so! I love Totoro's reaction to the rain drops on the umbrella. ^_~
Nikki
skitsosquirrel at 2007-01-05 20:06 (UTC) (Link)

Man

Actually I see more Man. The tone in which you answered things did sound hobbitish but your answers seemed more Man to me.
i_eatglass at 2007-01-05 20:21 (UTC) (Link)

Man

I'm going to go with Elf. You certainly have the curiosity and pleasant nature of a hobbit, but you seem a little more decorated, more secretive, and less naive.

completely off-topic, and should have no effect on your sorting: Would you mind telling me what you don't like about other portrayals of elves v. Tolkien's? Be as detailed as you wish.
raikana
raikana at 2007-01-11 23:11 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Man

Kay, now that the sorting is done, I'll answer questions.

I'm really not sure what I prefer about Tolkien's Elves, really. There's just something about them that seems so rich and full. Other books portray elves as mostly serious, or mostly goofy, Tolkein's Elves just seem to me the most rounded.

Now, don't get me wrong, one of my all-time favorite Elves is Drizzt Do'Urden, from R. A. Salvatore's books. It's one of those weird preferences of mine, really, that I can't explain. I have a few. ^_^
Anahana - Quentae for Balance - Just call me Anna!
sheiannasherra at 2007-01-05 20:42 (UTC) (Link)

Elf

While I see some Hobbit here I see a lot more Elf especially with the wording of some of your answers.

#2 “...I hold the story in my heart, weaving it into my dreams and my thoughts.”

#9 “Trees are silent sentinels, watching everything that goes on, holding secrets just out of mortal reach.”

These two, as well as others that I haven't quoted, demonstrate to me a very Elvish outlook.
Grayswandir
_grayswandir_ at 2007-01-05 20:51 (UTC) (Link)

Vala

Hm. I'm not sure how I feel about sorting somebody who tells me I'm going to be spending eternity burning in the fires of Hell... not exactly the friendliest introduction, but I guess the application does sort of ask for it. In any case, I see Elf.
Ithilien Ranger
shannon_zhang at 2007-01-05 22:59 (UTC) (Link)

Dwarf

I didn't really appreciate the entire reason why you hate Dwarves...Have you read the Hobbit? They are loyal people and just...misunderstood.

Generally, you come off as a nice person, so I think you go to the Elves.
raikana
raikana at 2007-01-11 23:13 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dwarf

I'm sorry if I offended you, but I don't hate Dwarves, I just wouldn't want to be one. I'll befriend them, I respect them, but I really couldn't be one. I happen to like Dwarves, actually. Gimli is a favorite character of mine, and I've read the Hobbit so often I can quote it.

Again, I'm sorry if I offended anybody, but the question asked what I would not want to BE, not what I don't like.
I'm Your Huckleberry
theguiltyone at 2007-01-06 00:29 (UTC) (Link)

Man

Oh yeah. You're an Elf.
What's in a name?
hothobbit at 2007-01-06 02:14 (UTC) (Link)

Man

I see a little Hobbit but much more Elf :)
Sand Dream: Princess of the wandering Village
clever_hobbit at 2007-01-06 02:50 (UTC) (Link)

Hobbit

Definitely Elf.
Kendra
dancing_author at 2007-01-06 03:23 (UTC) (Link)

Elf

Oh you are definitely an Elf
Suzume
zamkenobi at 2007-01-06 05:16 (UTC) (Link)

Dwarf

I'm thinking Hobbit, but I find your Dwarf hate saddening. I'm not offended, but some people do want to be Dwarves (*points to self*). So sad! I would think people would like Dwarves after reading The Hobbit!
raikana
raikana at 2007-01-11 23:15 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dwarf

Hmm... you're the second person to think that I hate Dwarves. I'm sorry. I don't hate Dwarves. The question asked what race I would not want to be, not what race I don't like. Sorry if the reasoning is odd, that's me. Some of my best freinds I pigeon-hole as Dwarves, I don't hate them. I respect the loyalty and honor of a Dwarf.

I'm sorry if I offended you.
mirenaer
mirenaer at 2007-01-07 09:25 (UTC) (Link)

Man

Hobbit
LadyWinterlight
songs_of_winter at 2007-01-09 01:55 (UTC) (Link)

Elf

I'm going to have to go with Hobbit. Though I do see a lot of Elvish in your outlook as well.

I, too, shall refrain from comment on the Heaven and Hell thing. This is a fandom forum, not a religious one.

But one thing you can be glad of - without technology we WOULD still have caffeine because it is naturally occurring. ^_^
Jenay
laxing_welshmen at 2007-01-10 23:18 (UTC) (Link)

Hobbit

Hobbit!!
spero_ergo_sum
spero_ergo_sum at 2007-01-11 01:31 (UTC) (Link)

Hobbit

Despite the huge amount of Elvishness in your app, I couldn't miss the Hobbit energy and honesty.
laure_leaf at 2007-01-11 04:52 (UTC) (Link)

MAN

While I can see both Hobbit and Elf in you...your answers have me leaning more towards ELF.
laure_leaf at 2007-01-11 04:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: MAN

Oh! and I absolutely loved your avatar! It has me laughing so hard, I nearly fell out of my chair! Can I get it and if so where?

*begs with the puppy face*
raikana
raikana at 2007-01-11 23:17 (UTC) (Link)

Re: MAN

I loved that avatar so much, also. I got it from a LotR spoof page. Here's the link

http://www.lotrspoofs.net/avvies.html

Have fun.
Grayswandir
_grayswandir_ at 2007-01-11 20:14 (UTC) (Link)

ELF

raikana
raikana at 2007-01-11 23:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: ELF

Yay! I've been sorted! Thanks so much to everyone who voted, this was fun.

I have to admit to being surprised about the number of people who voted "Hobbit" for me, honestly. Everyone I've ever met in real life classifies me as an Elf. My Mom gave me a great reason, she said "As much as I'd like to be an Elf, I really am a Hobbit. So you're an Elf that was raised by a Hobbit, it makes sense that you'd have votes like that."

Anyway, thank you again everyone. ^_^
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