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Which Tolkien book character would you have lunch with, and why?
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noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 5:33pm

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Which Tolkien book character would you have lunch with, and why? Can't Post

I'm imagining you get lunch with the character as portrayed in the books - not any actors who portrayed them. So, no date with Richard Armitage or Liv Tyler, I'm afraid.

I think I'd take lunch with Melian, to ask her about her side of the story. She is, as has been said in the Silmariion read through, so sketchily portrayed that its hard to see her as a character rather than a plot device.

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Darkstone
Immortal


Aug 13 2013, 5:49pm

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Fimbrethil [In reply to] Can't Post

"So, where have you've been keeping yourself lately?"

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The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.”



Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 6:06pm

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Just to beat someone else... [In reply to] Can't Post

The Talking Purse. Wink


malickfan
Gondor


Aug 13 2013, 6:10pm

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I'd throw a whole dinner party and invite a few people [In reply to] Can't Post

T-Bomb and Goldberry would be musts, they tell great stories, and seem to have a nice taste in food (perhaps I could get him tipsy and finally get him to reveal his indentity)-the whole scene in his house always reads like a very odd dinner party to me anyway.

Bilbo Baggins is another must- he's about as Hobbity as you can get, and as the SB's noted he has quite a reputation for odd stories, and nice food.

Dain Ironfoot, Morwen, Hurin and Galadriel would all be cool to talk to (It would be interesting to see the greatest warrior of the Dwarves, and the greatest of the Men compare notes on battle strategy) and provide a interesting mix of opinions and stories, I'd second Melian as well for the same reasons-she is such an interesting enigma. I'd also like to ask all of them why no one apart from Hobbits and Men has surnames...

Tar Aldarion, Cirdan the Shipwright (had to get him in there) and Imin would also be interesting to talk to-enigima's with very interesting stories to tell,

And of course the Talking Purse and some of the Solosimpi would get invites for musical entertainment puposes...

The Talking Purse is Awesome, deal with it.

But he isn't quite as aweome as Cirdan.


malickfan
Gondor


Aug 13 2013, 6:11pm

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Nuts! I'm getting a bit slow these days... [In reply to] Can't Post

Daniel where are you? You are letting the team down...

The Talking Purse is Awesome, deal with it.

But he isn't quite as aweome as Cirdan.


arithmancer
Grey Havens


Aug 13 2013, 6:44pm

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Sam [In reply to] Can't Post

He is my favorite character in both the movies and the books, I think because he's such an amazing friend. Also, as this concerns having lunch with someone - I'd be hoping he's cooking!


Elizabeth
Valinor


Aug 13 2013, 6:47pm

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No big dinner party for me... [In reply to] Can't Post

...I just want a couple of hours one-on-one with Gandalf. Having learned his strategy for the War of the Ring, I'd then start digging into what he remembers about Valinor.








Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Aug 13 2013, 7:08pm

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I'm torn [In reply to] Can't Post

For light conversation, Bilbo within the first few years after his grand adventure. That would be a fine meal.

For a more serious tone, lunch with Aragorn (as Strider).

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


squire
Valinor


Aug 13 2013, 7:27pm

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Aragorn [In reply to] Can't Post

Favorite character - always has been, always will be.

I don't think I'd have the cheek to try to "get to know him" or find out who he "really is". I think I'd be very happy to listen to a few stories, told over a table with a couple of beers. A lunch like that comes highly recommended by his friends:
‘Aragorn, the greatest traveller and huntsman of this age of the world. Was there ever any one like him? For all those who come to know him come to love him after his own fashion. Not but what he can tell a rare tale when he has the mind.’
But he, of course, is his own best recommendation:
He wrapped his grey cloak about him, hiding his mail-shirt, and stretched out his long legs. Then he lay back and sent from his lips a thin stream of smoke. ‘I am Strider and Dśnadan too, and I belong both to Gondor and the North.’






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noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 7:51pm

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The Talking Purse is awesome, but is it much of a conversationalist? Now Cirdan, on the other hand… // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Escapist
Gondor


Aug 13 2013, 7:57pm

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It depends really ... [In reply to] Can't Post

Are we going out to eat? Where?
Am I invited?
Am I inviting?

McDonald's (or other fast food): Legolas
Red Lobster (or other expensive restaurant): Aragorn
All you can eat buffet: ALL of the 13 dwarves at the same time
I'm inviting: Bilbo
I'm invited: Thranduil

I suppose Gandalf might turn up at any time, exactly when he means to.


Faenoriel
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 8:00pm

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Eru. The things I'd ask him! [In reply to] Can't Post

The downside is, getting access to him probably required dying... and then, having the superior knowledge of everything in Middle-Earth would no longer hold the same value.

But every word you say today
Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 8:01pm

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Aragon could cook you a nice barbecue // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 8:02pm

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I'm interested - why Mc Donald's with Legolas? // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 8:09pm

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"Lunch with Smaug" would probably become "Lunch +for+ Smaug" - pity // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 8:10pm

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Anyone going to have lunch with a Balrog, and ask +that + question? // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Madril
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Aug 13 2013, 8:14pm

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Gandalf and/or Radagast [In reply to] Can't Post

Gandalf is like the grandparent who always has something unusual and interesting to say-only of course being Gandalf he would be much, much wiser and far more knowledgeable than any mere mortal. His stories would also be greatly varied, from tales of dangerous adventures to detailed descriptions of evenings spent relaxing in The Shire.

Radagast is also a fascinating Wizard, and I'm sure that the tales of his meanderings in the wild would be greatly insightful-no doubt one could learn much about how to commune with nature through his teachings.

Failing those two Tom Bombadil would be a good laugh, and Bilbo would be a most excellent dinner guest. Treebeard would tell great stories, although one might fall asleep long before the ending!

"He's one of them Rangers, dangerous folk they are wandering in the wild."-Barliaman Butterbur


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 8:17pm

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He would be cool to have iver. [In reply to] Can't Post

A witty and charming guest. Just mind the tail.


DanielLB
Immortal


Aug 13 2013, 8:20pm

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They're great at holding a conversation. Have you never tried it with your own purse? / [In reply to] Can't Post

 



noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 8:26pm

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If Radagast brings some of his mushrooms, it might be unwise to try them… // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


malickfan
Gondor


Aug 13 2013, 8:30pm

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I don't know what's more worrying... [In reply to] Can't Post

The fact that you seem to own a purse, or that you suggest talking to it (The purse 'ere 'o are you' dosen't seem the most cultured or friendly of things anyway)Wink

But seriously who would you invite?

The Talking Purse is Awesome, deal with it.

But he isn't quite as aweome as Cirdan.


Madril
Registered User


Aug 13 2013, 8:31pm

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Point taken, I'll be careful [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll try and make sure that I invite Radagast the Brown instead of his brother Radagast the Clown, who, incidentally, is also a Wizard Wink

"He's one of them Rangers, dangerous folk they are wandering in the wild."-Barliaman Butterbur

(This post was edited by Madril on Aug 13 2013, 8:32pm)


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Aug 13 2013, 8:33pm

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And, welcome to the Reading Room Madril! Glad you can join us! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Luinnįr
Rivendell


Aug 13 2013, 8:34pm

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Sam [In reply to] Can't Post

The character that I am the most like.
We could have taters! Smile


Madril
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Aug 13 2013, 8:34pm

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Thanks very much! I've finally decided to stop lurking!...// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

"He's one of them Rangers, dangerous folk they are wandering in the wild."-Barliaman Butterbur

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