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Vacationing in Middle Earth: Where and With Whom?
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Poll: Vacationing in Middle Earth: Where and With Whom?
Rivendell with Bilbo
Doriath with Daeron
Rivendell with Aragorn
Doriath with Melian
Rivendell with Thorin
Doriath with Huan
Moria with the Balrog
Lorien with Sam
Moria with Balin
Lorien with Legolas
Moria with Pippin
Lorien with Arwen
Moria with Eowyn
Lorien with Gollum
Ithilien with Frodo
Minas Tirith with Boromir
Ithilien with Sam
Minas Tirith with Denethor
Ithilien with a Mumakil
Minas Tirth with Beregond
Minas Morgul with Fingolfin
The Shire with Bilbo
The Shire with Sam
The Shire with Lobelia
Grey Havens with Earendil
Bree with Gandalf
Rohan with Ghân-Buri-Ghân
Bree with Aragorn
Rohan with Eomer
Bree with Merry
Rohan with Eowyn
Bree with Bill the Pony
Rohan with Shadowfax
Fangorn with Treebeard
Orthanc with Gandalf
Fangorn with Merry and Pippin
Orthanc with Wormtongue
Fangorn with Legolas
Orthanc with Isildur
Other (tell us your scenario!)
View Results (21 votes)
 

Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Jul 1, 3:12pm

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Where would you love to go, and who would be your preferred traveling companion?

Vote, and also, if you like, post your itinerary: restaurants, Inns, proposed adventures/battles, etc.


CuriousG
Half-elven


Jul 1, 5:26pm

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What an impressive list of permutations [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you, Ethel!

I voted Shire with Bilbo, figuring he would be a jolly and knowledgeable companion who could show me everything at a leisurely pace and give me lots of backstory/gossip wherever we went, plus he'd know all the good pubs AND how to avoid people like the Sackville-Bagginses. But, I could be happy with many other options.


Lissuin
Valinor


Jul 1, 7:30pm

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Rivendell with Faramir [In reply to] Can't Post

Perfect relaxation for mind, body and spirit! Every day would include: waking to the sound of falling water and bird song; some hours of study in Elrond's archives; wandering in the hills and valley, with afternoon swims to cool off in streams and waterfall pools; scrumptious picnic lunches after said swims; scrumptious evening meals with the Elves and their music, stories, laughing and singing in the Hall of Fire; and, finally, starlight and moonlight and the sound of falling water sending me off to peaceful sleep.

Faramir would be the perfect companion - able to find his own amusements and then excitedly share what he's learned that day; chivalrous and happy to hike the hills at my (I'm sure) slower pace and carry the lunch; a poet and song writer adding an intelligent human element to the evening festivities.

I've already booked it.


Lissuin
Valinor


Jul 1, 7:51pm

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Dawn in Rivendell [In reply to] Can't Post




sparrowruth
Rivendell


Jul 1, 9:28pm

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Ithilien with Faramir, please! [In reply to] Can't Post

Faramir is probably one of my favourite characters in the legendarium, and I would love to get his tour of the land he loved


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Jul 1, 10:01pm

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Aack! *Finger hovers over "enter" key* [In reply to] Can't Post

You beat me to it. Laugh

I think Elrond will want you to write their advertising copy for next year!

Yes, perfect, perfect.


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Jul 1, 10:04pm

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I, too, am a [In reply to] Can't Post

Faramir Fan (book version).
Yes, he'd know every inch: the best spots for spectacular woodlands or wild herbs, and everything in between.Smile


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Jul 1, 10:07pm

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Why thank you! I ran out of [In reply to] Can't Post

time, but I could have gone on juggling and arranging for ages. (Shagrat, the Orchards of Mordor.Tongue)
Yes, you're right, Bilbo is the most well-rounded choice. Frodo would be busy philosophizing, and Sam dragging us to every garden in sight, while Lotho made of with the luggage. Laugh


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Jul 1, 10:09pm

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Gorgeous. Was that from the terrace, or [In reply to] Can't Post

out on the grounds?
I suppose Elrond refuses to be photographed . . .


Lissuin
Valinor


Jul 1, 11:56pm

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The balcony of one of the guest rooms, [In reply to] Can't Post

a nice private spot for morning yoga and a first cup of tea and toast - made by the Elves, you know.


CuriousG
Half-elven


Jul 2, 12:29am

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I'm going to presume you're rulling out "tral-la-la" singing. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Jul 2, 1:55am

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Rivendell with Aragorn though [In reply to] Can't Post

Ithilian wit Faramir runs a close second. Actually I’d follow Aragorn anywhere!


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jul 2, 2:08am

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So hard, so hard! [In reply to] Can't Post

So many, ah, interesting possibilities!

Rivendell with Thorin - hm, no, we'd be spending all the time in the smithies.

Moria with the Balrog - he'd certainly know places to visit which not even the Dwarves know about, but I'd be concerned about things getting a bit too "hot".

Moria with Eowyn - no, an Orc-hunt is not exactly my idea of a vacation.

Lorien with Gollum - too fattening, I'd be eating all the food they offered him.

Ithilien with Sam - now there's a thought, he'd give a tour of herbs and herb-lore and we'd have fresh-cooked coney stew!

Rohan with Ghân-Buri-Ghân - this would be a hiking tour, for sure, on all the very-little-known forest paths. But I have the feeling the native foods might not be to my liking, probably a bit too raw.

Bree with Merry - we'd visit every pub and restaurant.

Bree with Bill the Pony - we'd visit every apple orchard.

Fangorn with Treebeard - nope, I'd be dozing off constantly with his sonorous descriptions.

Fangorn with Legolas - nope, I'd be dozing off constantly as he tried to make friends with each tree.

Hm, ah, hoom. I think I'd like the Ithilien trip with Sam. Back-packing for a week, in the Springtime, with lots of rest stops along the way to simply sit and take in the visual and olfactory delights. With breakfasts and dinners cooked by Master Chef Sam, and simple lunches of the local fruits and sandwiches made with tomatoes and left-over nice, crispy bacon and just-plucked herbs.
With a special two-night visit to the Window on the West (now a hostel)!


Lissuin
Valinor


Jul 2, 11:07pm

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Not at all! [In reply to] Can't Post

My vacation package specifies a twilight arrival accompanied by a choir of elves tra-la-la-lallying to customised nonsensical lyrics guaranteed to amaze and annoy, followed by a sprinkling of rude remakes such as, "Just look! Lissuin the old lady on a pony, my dear! Isn't it delicious!" As long as there are bright lanterns waiting as I lead my pony across the bridge over the river to find the doors of the Last Homely House flung wide, they can sing any silly old thing they like! Smile


cats16
Valinor


Jul 3, 7:05am

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Paths of the Dead with Lissuin! [In reply to] Can't Post

No really, it was great fun! Cool


Lissuin
Valinor


Jul 3, 10:34am

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It was fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

Even though we had no ponies and found our own way over miles of rock and scree (but, disappointingly, no skull avalanches). We did escape unscathed, and I don't think we starved, did we? We made it!
There are, indeed, many definitions of "vacation", and one's choice of companion is not an unimportant element to its success. Laugh
Cheers, mate!Heart


Annael
Immortal


Jul 3, 1:42pm

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assuming this is post-war: sign me up for trekking through Ithilien with Faramir [In reply to] Can't Post

I think he'd be the most interesting person to talk with, and I bet he'd build a nice library in his new capitol. I'd love to see Henneth Annun.


(This post was edited by Annael on Jul 3, 1:44pm)


Thor 'n' Oakenshield
Rohan


Jul 3, 3:35pm

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Rivendell with Aragorn [In reply to] Can't Post

I was conflicted between that and a trip to the Shire with Bilbo as my guide, but I just love Rivendell and Elves too much to pass up on an opportunity like that. There would be fine music, incredible scenery, places of historical interest, museums, art, gardens, libraries, fine dining - everything I could possibly want. Aragorn would be an excellent tour guide, too.

Though I wouldn't mind stopping in at Thranduil's Caverns with Legolas, either - I've always wanted to know more about the realm of the Wood Elves.


Omnigeek
Lorien


Jul 4, 5:39pm

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Bag-End of course [In reply to] Can't Post

If it’s a vacation and not an adventure, obviously my choice would be Bag-End with Bilbo — good food, all the comforts, perhaps a bottle of the Old Winyard.

A second choice would probably be Doriath with King Thingol but it would be tough to go there knowing their eventual fate.


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Jul 4, 7:03pm

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Oh, yes, post-war, but I'm thinking [In reply to] Can't Post

not too many years afterwards. At least, that's the picture in my head.
Yes, Henneth Annun for at least a full day and night.


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Jul 4, 7:05pm

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Perhaps you could change the outcome [In reply to] Can't Post

with a little careful management of the Butterfly Effect . . .


sevilodorf
Grey Havens


Jul 4, 8:42pm

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Spelunking with Gimli [In reply to] Can't Post

In the Glottering Cave behind Helms Deep then boating on the Anduin with Legolas


Omnigeek
Lorien


Jul 4, 10:13pm

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Hahahaha ... I don’t think so [In reply to] Can't Post

Morgoth planned and conducted an overwhelming attack on Doriath. No one else was going to change the outcome if Thingol and Melian were unable to defend the realm.


Dame Ioreth
Tol Eressea


Jul 5, 5:45am

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Minas Tirith with Dame Ioreth, of course! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've got a lot to learn about the medicinals of Middle Earth if I'm going to stay and earn a living. And it would be fun to sit and gossip about our betters too. Wink


sparrowruth
Rivendell


Jul 6, 3:02am

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i really hope he would include the window on the west in his tour! [In reply to] Can't Post

(Henneth Annûn)

it sounds so beautiful

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