It’s been a long time since I’ve been tagged for anything (thank the Valar that everyone finally realized I’m no longer eligible for the Leibster Award…), and I can’t say I’m disappointed about any of it. Blog tags have an evil tendency to pile up and suck the life from your brain. It’s dangerous stuff.
However, I’ve been tagged twice within the last few months, both times by the vivacious Julia @Lit Aflame, and her tags are actually quite intriguing. Books and characters and all the geeky stuff — yep, I’m sold.
Basically, I’ll be forming an ultimate questing team from all of my favorite characters.
*cracks knuckles* This should be fun.
- Include the tag banner in your post
- Link back to the creator of the tag ( LitAflame.blog )
- Thank and link back to the person who tagged you (Thanks, Julia)
- Forge your Fellowship Out of BOOK CHARACTERS by answering the given questions!
- Tag three bloggers to pass the ring to.
1. [The Ring Bearer]: If you could choose, which of the four races would you be: Elf, Dwarf, Human, or Hobbit?
I spent ten very confused minutes trying to figure out if I was supposed to choose a Tolkien character, or just a random character from a random book and turn them into a race they’re not meant to be so they could serve as my ring-bearer.
Until I it hit me:
I’m the ring-bearer.
I trust your powers of observation to tell you what race I’d be.
2. [Gandalf the Grey]: A wise/powerful elder/mentor character:
It feels sacrilegious to replace Gandalf with some random cliche fantasy mentor, so I’ll defer to C. S. Lewis for this one:
I want Puddleglum. (The Silver Chair.)
Besides being old, wise, and surprisingly powerful (I certainly wouldn’t have the guts to stomp on a fire with my bare feet…), Puddleglum possesses a certain grumpy pessimism that I think Gandalf would approve of.
And hey, not everyone can generate ten worst-case scenarios within the span of three minutes. So at the very least, my Fellowship would be prepared.
3. [Aragorn]: A character with good survival skills.
Since it’s beyond my ability to write a bookish post that DOESN’T involve N. D. Wilson in some way, I ask you to please make way for the Ashtown Burials.
Namely, Rupert Greaves.
The Australian mountain man who trekked across the world to uphold justice and serve righteous fury upon those who dealt treacherously with the Order of Brendan.
Yeah. He belongs in a Fellowship.
4. [Boromir]: A character who makes mistakes, but has a good heart
And no, the deciding factor here isn’t the fact they’re both dead. I really just want to see some poor Dickens character wandering around with a bunch of half-assassins and warrior monks, trying to figure out why they can’t just pawn the Ring off to some unworthy Frenchman and let him get eaten by those black-hooded, dragon-riding sons of Napoleon.
5. [Gimli]: A stubborn character.
*thinks of every dystopian female ever*
…yeah, we’re not going there.
Instead, I present Frank the Fat Faery, from N. D. Wilson’s Hundred Cupboards trilogy. If his name doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about him, then you’re living your life wrong.
6. [Legolas]: A character who is talented
*still thinking of the dystopian females*
WE’RE STILL NOT GOING THERE.
Sorry, Katniss. You haven’t surfed down stairs on a dead orc yet.
I’m going back to the land of my loyalty and choosing Nolan from Ashtown Burials, who’s not only a wise, sarcastic snake-child, but has the double-daggers thing down to a T.
Yes, this is the third N. D. Wilson character I’ve mentioned so far. No, I’m not sorry in the least. Someone, please read these books so we can yell together.
7. [Peregrin Took]: A character who at first seems useless, but ends up surprising you.
Constance Contraire from The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Little hypnotic bean that she is, it wouldn’t surprise me if she could defeat Sauron all on her own, simply by embarrassing him out of his wits with her insulting poetry.
8. [Meriadoc Brandybuck]: A character who is small/not very strong, but has great courage.
Not very strong? NOT VERY STRONG???
I do believe “courageous”, “courteous,” or “chivalrous” might more befit a knight of Narnia.
9. [Samwise Gamgee]: A character who is extremely loyal and doesn’t give up.
One does not simply replace Samwise Gamgee.
Unless you’re Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Literally the only character I can think of who even comes close to that level of loyalty, humility, gentleness, and overall… goodness. Thank you for being you, Master Kenobi.
*raises sword* On to the second tag.
Where do you read?
In my deep dark lair, obviously.
How fast do you read?
Depends on the book. If the book is stupid, I don’t read fast.
…come to think of it, if the book is stupid, I don’t read it at all.
What is your favorite cliche in books?
Super snarky villains with tragic backstories and anti-hero tendencies that upstage the actual hero and win all our hearts.
Do you eat or drink while you read? If so, what?
Food? Near a BOOK??? It might soil the beautiful white pages.
What do you do while reading? (Any weird exercises?!)
I like to practice my Force choke on anyone who dares disturb me.
What are your favorite book characters?
*drags palms across face*
Why would you ask that? You know I can’t choose. I’ve never been able to choose. I’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO CHOOSE.
At the moment I’ve been feeling a particular affinity for Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities (guys I just listened to the Broadway musical and there are too many feelings please help), so I’m going with him today.
What is a book that surprised you – one that you thought would be bad but was actually really interesting? Or vice versa.
Hmm… I recently read Macbeth, and was pleasantly shocked by how WRONG the stigma surrounding Shakespeare is. That was a good book.
A little bloody, but still good.
If you could choose to be one book character, who would it be?
For a couple seconds here, I thought, “Pfffft, whatever, I’ll go with Sydney again.”
Until I actually thought about it.
…yeah, never mind.
Instead, I’ll return to my default: Galadriel. Who wouldn’t want to be a powerful immortal enchantress of light who’s been around since the Elder Days and has mastered the creepy sideways glance of death?
Need I say more?
Well look at that! You survived to the end. I’m so proud of you.
On a side note here, I’d like to recognize the faithful souls who’ve commented on my last few posts, and apologize for never responding. You guys’ comments mean the world to me. I love chatting with y’all, and I’m sorry that I haven’t been around much. Life has been a little weird lately, but I’m going to make a concerted effort to respond more promptly in the future.
You got that?
So here’s the ultimate question: Who would YOU want in your Fellowship?
Talk to me, people.