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flameofudun
Lorien

Nov 10 2012, 4:28am

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I am sorry if this has already been asked, but who is your favourite character in all of the LOTR world. This could be from the LOTR books or movies, the hobbit books or movies, the sillmarillion, the children of Hurin, unfinished tales, any video game( lotr conquest, battle for middle earth, the third age, the white council, guardians of middle earth, war in the north) or even from the appendices. My personal favourite is Legolas. He is just so cool and funny, not to mention good at fighting. It can be a major or minor character. Just wanna know what you think.


Shelob'sAppetite
Valinor

Nov 10 2012, 4:40am

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Out of curiosity [In reply to] Can't Post

What do you find funny about Legolas?


flameofudun
Lorien

Nov 10 2012, 4:47am

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Legolas is pretty funny [In reply to] Can't Post

Just how he argues with gimli all the tim about their kills and who's winning and how he does that one scene in the two towers EE where gimli outkills him in te battle of helms deep and afterwards, to tie it up, legolas shoots an arrow in between gimlis legs saying he was twitching. And the drinking contest. LaughLaughLaugh


PattyJB
Rivendell


Nov 10 2012, 5:02am

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Legolas was my favorite from my first reading, back in the 1960's [In reply to] Can't Post

And the relationship between Legolas and Gimli was the most interesting to me. One of the things that appealed to me about Legolas was that he seemed much less grand than the older elves and more of the realm of the Fae.

He is funny, to me, in the passage during the blizzard on Caradhras.


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Legolas watched them for a while with a smile upon his lips, and then he turned to the others. 'The strongest must seek a way, say you? But I say: let a ploughman plough, but choose an otter for swimming, and for running light over grass and leaf or over snow-an Elf.'

With that he sprang forth nimbly, and then Frodo noticed as if for the first time, though he had long known it, that the Elf had no boots, but wore only light shoes, as he always did, and his feet made little imprint in the snow.

'Farewell!' he said to Gandalf. 'I go to find the Sun!' Then swift as a runner over firm sand he shot away, and quickly overtaking the toiling men, with a wave of his hand he passed them, and sped into the distance, and vanished round the rocky turn.




flameofudun
Lorien

Nov 10 2012, 5:05am

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lEgolas [In reply to] Can't Post

A! That is funny! I always noticed how in the movies he just kind of walks lightly over the snow while all the others are trudging chest-deep through it!


Shelob'sAppetite
Valinor

Nov 10 2012, 5:16am

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Got it... [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Elutherian
Rohan


Nov 10 2012, 5:21am

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Gandalf, of course! [In reply to] Can't Post

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iandea14
Rivendell


Nov 10 2012, 6:56am

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Legolas! [In reply to] Can't Post

Legolas, he's so awesome and does do so many awesome things!


DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 8:21am

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This I a tough question [In reply to] Can't Post

Since they all have an important role in the story. They all have their interesting quirks. And each one is as different as the other. I could come up with a reason to like all of them (yes, even Grima - what a complex character he is!)

But I'll sit on the fence, and say all of them.Tongue

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Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Nov 10 2012, 8:56am

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Gandalf for me [In reply to] Can't Post

Not only is he so wise, he is also very human despite his high heritage and unlike Saruman possesses a sense of humility. He tells you what you need to hear (as oppose to Grima who tells you what you want to hear) but he never allows himself or others around him to give up hope.

Surely everybody wants somebody like Gandalf in their lives?

"Radagast is, of course, a worthy wizard, a master of shapes and changes of hue, and he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends."-Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings.


Elenorflower
Gondor


Nov 10 2012, 5:26pm

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I actually find Legolas [In reply to] Can't Post

the least profound of the companions in the book. I dont think I really got much sense of his personality from the book. But maybe thats just me. On the other hand Gimli was excellently drawn, and I got a real sense of his character, his poetic artistic side is something I really admire about him. A rough tough dwarf with a sensitivity to beauty.

I must admit Orlando Bloom was perfect casting for Legolas. Wink


(This post was edited by Elenorflower on Nov 10 2012, 5:26pm)


starlesswinter
Lorien

Nov 10 2012, 7:14pm

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Eowyn [In reply to] Can't Post

I find her struggles to be really compelling, especially how she turns to darker thoughts as a method of coping with her powerlessness. It's not a particularly admirable thing, but it gives her a depth and refreshing attitude that's missing in the other characters. That's something I missed a bit in the films, even though they do sort of imply it with Wormtongue's speech to her. Miranda Otto did do a wonderful acting job, but there's a bit more to Eowyn than just the "early feminist" role she was given in the films. But I suppose the simplification was warranted among everything else that has to be told. It was still implied, after all.


Shelob'sAppetite
Valinor

Nov 10 2012, 7:42pm

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Aragorn [In reply to] Can't Post

Simply because I am a wanderer (and hopefully, not lost!)


imin
Valinor


Nov 10 2012, 8:04pm

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Frodo [In reply to] Can't Post

He never gets a mention in these things.


Istaris'staffs
Rivendell


Nov 10 2012, 8:41pm

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Morgoth [In reply to] Can't Post

simply because out of all the times I have read about him, I have never been able to put together a mental image of him. I find him fascinating.


DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 10:41pm

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He just didn't do much ;-) [In reply to] Can't Post

I kid ....

I wonder why he is rarely mentioned? It's a food point imin.

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Misto
Lorien

Nov 11 2012, 12:06am

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Actually there's three of them [In reply to] Can't Post

Book: Denethor. And yes, I am being serious Evil
Movie: Wormtongue. Simply a very well-done and very lively character who was pretty non-existent in the book.
Overall winner: Elrond. I know a lot of you would disagree with me but I actually like both versions of him, book- and movie-verse.


Shelob'sAppetite
Valinor

Nov 11 2012, 2:18am

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He is ultimately the best character, for me [In reply to] Can't Post

But Tolkien did describe a reason for Frodo's lack of popularity in the narrative (such as his lack of popularity in the Shire during and after the Scouring), which I think is consistent with his lack of popularity among general audiences.

That is, he essentially becomes a slightly detached vessel for the transmission of mercy and uncomfortable notions of justice, which many people do not admire. Merry and Pippin and Sam were admired by their peers because they were earthier, closer to the "throng," less detached, more personable, and ultimately exhibited martial virtues.

Frodo's public demonstrations of mercy, and slight aloofness from the mob (during the scene of vengeance against Sharkey and Wormtongue, for example), make people uncomfortable. Most value vengeance, and feel "judged" when someone like Frodo comes along to reprimand them for letting their passions get the better of them. In this sense, some find Frodo too "intellecutual" or "philosophical" for their liking. This is why I, however, find him to be the most noble and worthy character.

This also strikes at the heart of Tolkien's choice of the name Frodo, which is tied to an old Norse story of a humble man that was forgotten by history, while his prouder, more prideful contemporaries have been remembered down the ages.


zarabia
Tol Eressea


Nov 11 2012, 4:28am

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Frodo, Aragorn, and Galadriel [In reply to] Can't Post

Frodo because, "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." A very inspiring character. Aragorn because he is so yin-yang: He's a valiant fighter, but also caring and nurturing. He's extremely self-confident, but also has self-doubt. He's proud, but humble; bold, but careful and diplomatic. Galadriel because she is so wise. And let's face it, she's just plain cool:)


zarabia
Tol Eressea


Nov 11 2012, 4:49am

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Good point [In reply to] Can't Post

I think that often plays into it, but, for me, I was hesitant to list Frodo as one of my favorite character(s) in my profile (and my answer here which is taken from my profile) because he seemed too obvious a choice; I didn't realize that he was rarely named. I included him anyway because, obvious or not, he really is one of my favorites.


Junesong
Rivendell


Nov 12 2012, 12:29am

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Great question, here's three answers [In reply to] Can't Post

Books: Sam AND Gollum
Movies: Gandalf the Grey

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Escapist
Gondor


Nov 12 2012, 12:50am

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I also think Legolas is funny [In reply to] Can't Post

but I find that I am moved by the character of Legolas a bit closer to the heart and it is more of a light-hearted longing for elves than the kind of giggling and smirking that takes over me when reading any of Bilbo's parts. It happens almost without my own full awareness and I have come to learn that the slight sadness at the end of LOTR and naive desire to spy out a forest where elves might really live from my younger years are probably linked to his departure in the story.

It is hard to tell how much the familiarity and comraderie of Legolas in contrast to the other elves is due to a real difference in him between other elves versus the sheer amount of time spent and kind of friendship developed between himself and other members of the fellowship. I'm sure that there is some variation in elvish personalities but just like humans (although not exactly like humans since they aren't humans), there can be sides to a personality that come out in different situations.


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Nov 12 2012, 2:32am

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*spasm* Just one!? *kerplunk* [In reply to] Can't Post

AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!

Because so many characters touch my heart and imagination in different ways.

Gandalf the Grey (not white, thank you) is such a unique character. Rough, supportive, funny, intense, whimsical, witty, heroic, passionate, inventive... he loves hobbits. I love the Grey more than the White because grey is not condemned to his transition. When he became white, it was almost like he had a new assignment that took away his permission to enjoy Middle-earth and its inhabitants, imho. White was so consumed with the on-going war, he didn't have time to hang out and enjoy a good smoke at Bag End.

Frodo is so solid and focused, but still maintains that hobbity love of friends, food, and home. And anyone who has am as a very best friend (both glad to be with you and glad you are with me) is okay in my book. He stries so hard to do the right thing in everything he does.

Sam. O Sam. He's faithful beyond reason. No matter what, he's fiercely loyal to those he loves. His priorities are home, friends, food, and his love of things that grow. He's so busy watching out for Frodo that he nearly loses himself... but that's what ultimately wins the day. He's wonderful!



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I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.



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Shelob'sAppetite
Valinor

Nov 12 2012, 3:03am

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Are you referring to the Grey and the White of the books? [In reply to] Can't Post

Or of the films?

Because in the books, they are nearly indistinguishable.


flameofudun
Lorien

Nov 12 2012, 3:25am

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Me too! [In reply to] Can't Post

I Know right! I also love legolas' humor but also because he is a valiant fighter. One of my favourite parts of the movie the two towers is when he argues with aragorn about the desperateness of the battle of helms deep, and how earlier in the film the care he and gimli show when aragorn returns, after seemingly dying. Gimli reacts by flipping out with joy and legolas simply reacts by saying," you're late." in an extremeley compassionate underlying tone.

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