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[LotR] Galadriel
Posted by iristigerlily on 09.10.2007 at 12.18.am
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Name: Iris

Age: 17

Talents: Reading, writing and graphics design fiddling.

1. What do you think of J.R.R. Tolkien? He was a master craftsman in his field and worked incredibly hard on his work. I'm reading The Silmarillion for the second time and you realise just how detailed and intricate his creations are. It's something that, as an amatur writer, I can only dream of doing; drawing from known myths and legends yet creating something totally new.

2. What are your thoughts on The Lord of the Rings (book and/or movies)? The Books are a convoluted and really heavy-going adventure and can't just be picked up for a lazy afternoon read. It requires a lot of concentration to get through it, but as you read it, you become so involved and ingrossed in his world, you can be reading it for hours and hours and not know until something brings you back to this world :)
The Movies are, I think, a work of genius on a few different levels. First of all, they managed to re-create Tolkien's world without cutting out too much and working around bits they did have to cut out. Also, they have kept most of the book-fans happy while still bringing in new fans. Thirdly, the actors chosen wern't Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie-esque actors. This meant that you saw the character rather than who was playing them; something I found hard to do in movies such as Troy.

3. Which was your favorite section in the book and/or scene in the movie? I can't say I have a favorite section of the book. I suppose the beginning where everything is being set up and the characters are being introduced and fleshed out in the Shire. After Bree it dulls down a bit until they set out on their journey. Right now, my favorite book is The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, although my favorite bits in The Silmarillion would be any bits with the Noldor or the Sons of Feanor.
In the movie, I have to say, again my favorite bits are the Shire. Especially in the EE when Bilbo is talking about Concerning Hobbits. It's so sweet and funny, and it's a strong contrast to what most of the movie entails.

4. What is your least favorite section in the book and/or scene in the movie? In the book, it's Frodo and Sam's journey through Emyn Muil. So very long and repeditive it drove me nuts!
In the movie, it's anything to do with Arwen. I don't like the way they portrayed the character in the movies so I can't stand her introduction in FOTR. (I admit, I was waiting for a georgeous Glorfindel and I was miffed I missed out on him!)

5. Have you read The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, or any other of Tolkien's related works? Read and adored Silmarillion and Children of Hurin. As I mentioned above, it's amazing to read just how intricate his creations are.

6. Who is your favorite LotR character and why? Eowyn. I feel she has a great strength in being able to deal with her degenerating uncle, her brother's banishing from Rohan, being an orphan, her beloved cousin dying, a total creep stalking her and the world as she knows it turning to custard. She handles everything that life throws at her in a mature and responsible way and I would aspire to be like her if she wasn't so cold and broken. The first person she sees who can free her from this world that she feels trapped in is Aragorn and I think she really comes out of her shell then.

7. Who is your least favorite LotR character and why? I'd have to say Arwen, for the reasons I mentioned above; I think that in the movie she became too much of a 'Mary Sue' character, changing from a warrior to a mysterious elf to a princess to a lovesick puppy in the space of fifteen minutes. I feel that -- movie! and book!verse -- Aragorn would be more suited to someone similar to Eowyn. Another unfavorite would be Tom. What the hell is his purpose? And what is he on?

8. What are your thoughts on technology? It depends on what it's being used for. Medicine? Go for it! Anything that can help heal or make life better for someone can only be good for humanity. However, advances for the sake of advances aren't all that wonderful. I mean, who cares if we can have mobile phones the size of a grain of rice (I don't know if we can; it just popped into my head!). I also don't like people having, for example, a plasma screen, surround sound, etc. for the sake of it. If you can spend all that money on yourself surely spend some on others who really need it!

9. What are your thoughts on nature? I feel sorry for poor Mother Nature! In past years we've not treated her too kindly and I think everyone's done a great job recently of patching her back together.

10. What are your thoughts on war? It's never a good thing; I don't see how one can win a war when you've sustained casualties. However, sometimes it's hard to see a diplomatic way out of situations, but I think that no matter what, every avenure should be exhausted before declaring war somewhere. Maybe that's a very naive view on politics, but it seems like a good one to me :)

11. What do you think are your top five positive characteristics? I'm loyal and honest. I'm also hard working and polite most of the time, which apparently makes me a good employee.

12. What do you think are your top five negative characteristics? I'm very impatient, especially with family members. I'm also not willing to be told what to do and I get angry very quickly, as seen where I work a few times (don't mumble about the service under your breath or I'll bite your head off!) I'm not a morning person and I'm the biggest procrastinator ever.

13. Given the choice, which race would you NOT want to be? Probably Dwarf, but only because I don't think I fit the description. But I could be wrong.

14. If you could live anywhere on Earth (modern, not Arda), where would it be? London. I don't know why, perhaps because I love British TV shows, books, etc. like Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Austensand Bronte books and would like to see where they come from.

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)? I'd say a bow or sniper because I think I'd be a huge coward in battle and wouldn't want to get anywhere near the fighting.

16. What are your thoughts on death? I'm a religious person so I don't fear death in itself but more in the way it will happen. I don't want to get Cancer or hit by a bus, but in this day and age, it's unlikely I'll pass away peacefully in my sleep.

17. What are your favorite books (excluding LotR)? I love Harry Potter, the Bitterbynde Series by Cecilia Dart-Thornton and any Doctor Who novels I can get my hands on. I also enjoy a few stand-alone books such as Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip. When I was younger, I was nuts about the Silver Brumby and Cairo Jim and I still read some for nostalgia's sake.

18. Describe your biggest role model. Probably my mum. I think in the past year we've come to understand each other more than ever. She didn't want to live life how everyone told her to so she moved us to New Zealand. At first I hated her for it, but then I came to realise what she was doing by moving away from family who were constantly telling her how to run her household and family. She's supported me in most of what I do, such as wanting to go to a college in Dunedin or do an exchange in France.

19. How did you hear about sorting_realm/tolkiens_realm? khallandra

20. If you had the One Ring, what would you do with it? Be honest! I would probably take it but I don't think I'd be able to do much damage with it because I lack so much ambition. In the end, I would either give it up to someone else who wanted it enough to take it from me without much of a fuss or discard it (not destroy it) myself.

ETA 20/09: I'll be in Japan until the 6th of October, so if I don't reply, it's not because I've lost interest, it's because I don't have any internet access! Thanks :)


isildurs_babe at 2007-09-09 20:38 (UTC) (Link)


I think you're a man. The answers you gave to 7 and 10 were my main motivation for this choice.

... I couldn't agree more about Arwen/Glorfindel.
eaglesspirit at 2007-09-09 20:45 (UTC) (Link)


Yes, I see Man
Boromir II's Warg Mistress
b2wm at 2007-09-09 20:56 (UTC) (Link)


Man, definitely.
i_eatglass at 2007-09-09 21:42 (UTC) (Link)


Well, there are some Dwarf characteristics, save the procrastinating bit -- but I suppose most of us in Numenor realm can be dwarf-like before morning coffee. Elf-like qualities balanced it out to Man.
brazibabe at 2007-09-09 21:43 (UTC) (Link)


I agree with me fellow men - Man it is...
shiroken at 2007-09-09 21:43 (UTC) (Link)


I'm thinking Hobbit, actually.
khallandra at 2007-09-09 22:22 (UTC) (Link)



I'm thinking Hobbit as well :)
songs_of_winter at 2007-09-09 22:36 (UTC) (Link)


Need to get some Elves commenting in here!

I'm going to have to go with Man though. As much as I hate to agree with the multitudes. ^_~
sailingwest at 2007-09-10 00:20 (UTC) (Link)


I think your outlook is mostly Hobbit in nature,though a toss up between Hobbit and Man.
The Lily Maid
vanimalda at 2007-09-10 00:26 (UTC) (Link)


Hobbit gets my vote!
newborn_doe at 2007-09-10 00:37 (UTC) (Link)


Man for reasons stated above.
Anahana - Quentae for Balance - Just call me Anna!
sheiannasherra at 2007-09-10 01:08 (UTC) (Link)


You seem like a Hobbit to me! ^o^
Captain of the Innuendo Squad
xxtaintedlembas at 2007-09-10 02:42 (UTC) (Link)


I think you are certainly a fellow Man!
And I agree with you 100% about Glorfindel. I so looked forward to seeing him and instead we were disappointed with more screen time for Arwen.
dancing_author at 2007-09-10 04:46 (UTC) (Link)


I would definitely say Man!
Her Hamsterness
hamsterwoman at 2007-09-10 06:03 (UTC) (Link)


I'm going to disagree with absolutely everyone and say Elf -- I just get a Feanorean sort of vibe that I can't shake at all.
elvenpiratelady at 2007-09-10 08:30 (UTC) (Link)


I'd say Man or Elf... probably Elf.

ZOMG! Somebody else remembers the Silver Brumby! That was the first series of books that I remember going crazy over. Ah, nostalgia. I read the Bitterbynde series and while the story seemed to be all right, I got turned off by all the vocab. Taking half a page to describe table settings is going a bit too far, imho.
Less Miserable
inconceivablelf at 2007-09-10 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
I'm really seeing man...
Smallest Giant
butterballer at 2007-09-13 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
race in the subject line, please :D
Ithilien Ranger
shannon_zhang at 2007-09-10 23:27 (UTC) (Link)


Man. I was introduced to the series by the movies, but after I read the books, I also wanted to see an awesome (read: hot) Glorfindel! (*waves "Movie-fan-turned-purist!" sign*
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Ithilien Ranger
shannon_zhang at 2007-09-18 01:51 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dwarf

Too few of those out there...I never heard of the Lord of the Rings until the movies and most purists I know were introduced to it at least before they saw the movies.
Smallest Giant
butterballer at 2007-09-13 16:09 (UTC) (Link)


Eámanë of Lothlórien©
farmhouse at 2007-09-13 17:32 (UTC) (Link)


I am getting some Man Vibes
Smallest Giant
butterballer at 2007-09-30 02:18 (UTC) (Link)


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