Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Favorite Tolkien Race

Tolkien week began in 1978 and is observed every year in September, falling on the week containing September 22 (Hobbit Day). It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien (along with his son, Christopher Tolkien) and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

To continue the celebration of Tolkien Week, I'd like to share my favorite race in Tolkien's world! I don't mean anything bad by it. I mean to say, what race of character would you be if you lived in Tolkien's world? Would you be a man (from Gondor or Rohan), dwarf, elf, orc, or hobbit?

Though it is tempting to enjoy six meals a day, take naps, and have hairy feet... I would love to be an elf.

Tolkien created several elvish languages for Middle Earth. I'm a writer and I can't imagine creating an entire language for one of my books, let alone several forms of language for one race of being. They are incredibly and beautiful. My favorite parts in the Lord of the Rings films are when the characters are speaking in Elvish to each other.

Elves are incredibly graceful and patient. They are immortal and wisest of all. I love their beautiful clothing and the architecture in their buildings. Did I mention I would love perfect hair all the time? I would love to live in the trees of Lothlorien or in Rivendell, among the waterfalls and the leaves. My favorite elf is Haldir. I know. Shock, it's not Legolas. I do love Legolas's character and Orlando Bloom is smocking hot, but Haldir is my favorite elf. He is loyal and honorable. I only wish there was more with his character in the films. His death scene moves me to tears every time I see it. He fought with men and died with them. The last thing he sees is the bodies of his own company and it is heart-breaking.

What is your favorite race in Tolkien's Middle Earth? And which race would you choose to be?

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  1. Ooo, I've thought about this before and it's a tough one between hobbits and elves. I think I'd have to go with elf mostly because I LOVE Rivendell. I love the Shire and Lothlórien a lot, too, but Rivendell is my favorite setting. So I'd want to be an elf and live there! It'd be cool to have the elven superior speed and eyesight! :)

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  2. It is amazing how much J.R.R. Tolkien put into the Mythos of Middle Earth.
    I would have to be a hobbit.
    I love food, food, and food.

  3. Can I choose off-list and be one of the huge eagles? Not as dramatic, but I'd love to fly.

  4. I can't choose...I like them all!