Of course I’ve been thinking of Middle Earth today! I’m sure some of you have too. 😉
I’ve heard so many people say that they wished they could visit Tolkien’s beautiful world, and I must say that I don’t blame them. . . But I’ve never really seen it that way.
For me, Middle Earth has never been farther than my backyard. Tolkien did not try to make The Lord of the Rings allegorical, but in the introduction to my version of The Fellowship of the Ring he said he thought it ‘applicable’.*
I believe I am a better person because I read fantasy. I know there is a lot of really bad fantasy out there, but I say it’s worth sifting through it. Because there’s books out there like The Hobbit.
Middle Earth is right here, right now. Fangorn is every tree I’ve ever climbed, and Aragorn is every hero I’ve admire. I see him in friends of ours, I see him in my Dad. I saw him in the police officer standing in the middle of the street picking up trash. I never want to underestimate the Strider’s around me–like so many people in Middle Earth did. I feel the pull of the Ring every time I’m tempted to snap at someone, or not bother to do what’s right. I pray I can resist like Frodo did. I see Arwen and Pippin and Merry in my family, and in my friends.
Whatever character you’ve been dying to meet, you can meet. They’re in you, in your heart, in those around you.
What Aragorn/Legolas/Eowyn/etc. in your life have you been missing? Middle Earth is right here around us–are we ready to fight the darkness?
*Forward to The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, page x
So. . . as you can see, the book reviews are only sort-of happening. I apologize. I am planning on doing more reading soon though, so that should help. In the mean time, I’m going to do a tag instead, because. . . I have a lot of tags I need to get done.
Okay, now for the tag: my sweet friend Savannah tagged me on this one, and it looks like all kinds of fun! Sadly, I can’t link to her post, as her blog is private. Here’s the description of the tag:
‘The basic idea of this tag is to take five characters of your creation, answer the six questions for each of your characters, then describe him/her/it in your own words in a paragraph, posts the answers like I did down below, and then tag 1 person per character.’
Okay, sounds good! Most of my characters are from stories that are not yet written, because all the (good) on-paper stories by yours truly have been posted on here, so you all know the characters already. I’m starting with the main character from Catania’s Forest, because I’m sure you all want to know about her–and because I need to buy myself time because I’m not getting a description of it up on my stories page as soon as I thought. 😉 Anyway, here goes nothing:
I started this picture in Colorado, and brought it home to finish it. I’d been wanting to do something like this for a long time, but the exact details–a dragon sitting on a pile of gold, reading a story to some other fun creatures–came all of a sudden while I was drawing with our friends. They’re good for inspiration. 🙂 And thanks, Brianna and Emily, for your help with my unicorn’s face!
Hi, ya’ll! Sorry I haven’t posted in so long. We got back from a short trip to Colorado last Thursday. It was only a few days long, but a great trip–spending time with my family and the friends we stayed with, being outside, reading in the car (I love road-trips!), and. . . (drum-roll please!) my first time skiing.
It was a cross between the scariest, most stressful thing I had ever done, and the funnest and most exciting. 🙂
So. . . I have a love/hate relationship with skiing, at the moment.
But, I’m glad we went! It was fun, and the weather was perfect, and the scenery was to die for.
But I didn’t die for it (I survived skiing!), so I’m back, and I’m hoping to start posting more. I know I’ve been a wee bit sparse lately.
P.S. Can you get too old for dressing up? We stayed with some friends of ours, and they had the best dress up clothes ever–and they even fit a fifteen-year-old! What more could a girl ask for?
Well, a little later than I was hoping, but here we are! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, you all did a fabulous job! Anyway, with such talented writers on hand, no one probably wants to hear any more of this, so without further ado, here’s the stories!