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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Who would tell the most interesting fireside stories?
Poll: Who would tell the most interesting fireside stories?
Saruman 2 / 2%
Gandalf 18 / 20%
Cirdan  5 / 6%
Durin 2 / 2%
Aragorn 5 / 6%
Treebeard 2 / 2%
Galadriel 6 / 7%
Ingwe 1 / 1%
Tom Bombadil 9 / 10%
Arwen 1 / 1%
Farmer Maggot 1 / 1%
Thranduil 3 / 3%
Feanor 1 / 1%
Bilbo 6 / 7%
Glorfindel 2 / 2%
William the troll 4 / 5%
Tar-Aldarion 1 / 1%
Elrond 11 / 12%
Allatar and Pallando 4 / 5%
Eru Illuvatar 4 / 5%
88 total votes


May 30 2012, 4:32pm

Post #1 of 11 (594 views)
Who would tell the most interesting fireside stories? Can't Post

Which one of the well travelled (or not) residents of Aman listed above would make the most intresting storyteller on a cold winters night?


May 30 2012, 5:53pm

Post #2 of 11 (277 views)
I went for [In reply to] Can't Post

Eru, Gandalf, Galadriel, Bombadil, Cirdan and Treebeard.

These 6 must have some fascinating stories to tell, all having been around for a *very* long time. Eru may be a bit too secretive though Wink


May 30 2012, 6:20pm

Post #3 of 11 (277 views)
My votes [In reply to] Can't Post

Cirdan - Has seen pretty much everything there is to see, save Valinor.

Durin - He could shed some light on the whole reincarnation thing and dwarven culture, which we know far too little about.

Galadriel - She could finally clear up where she met Celeborn and why she remained at the end of the First Age.

Just missed the cut:

Treebeard - Would take way too long to tell his stories.

Gandalf - We've already gotten to know Gandalf and his stories pretty well.

Eru - God never gives you direct answers.

I think Sauron would have one of the best fireside stories. His corruption by Melkor, time as Melkor's lieutenant, new Dark Lord, Annatar, Numenorean adviser, and floating eyeball. ;)


May 30 2012, 6:39pm

Post #4 of 11 (261 views)
Elrond [In reply to] Can't Post

He grew up among the sons of FŽanor, he palled around with Gil-galad and Cirdan, he married Galadriel's daughter, and anyone who's anyone in the Third Age passed through Rivendell at one point or another. As Tolkien says in The Hobbit "He comes into many tales", and in FOTR Tolkien describes him as "Elrond, of whom so many tales spoke".


May 30 2012, 6:43pm

Post #5 of 11 (299 views)
What? No love fore Maggot? [In reply to] Can't Post

Tales of crop failure would chill you to the bone! Actually I went for Bombadil. Too hard to choose really but I think it comes down to Elves, Wizards and whatever Tom is. Green man? Demi God? It's always been a point of interest to me that he barely gave a darn about the ring. Although I'd love to know what all Treebeard has seen I think Tom was around before he came into existence.


May 30 2012, 7:44pm

Post #6 of 11 (261 views)
Storytelling [In reply to] Can't Post

Saruman for the dark and chilling stories,
Gandalf for the questing stories,
Galadriel for the romantic and passionate ..oh, i mean the valorous stories,
Glorfindel for the intense battle stories,
Elrond for the educative stories,
Bilbo for the fun and adventurous stories.
-Need for a break-


May 31 2012, 7:41am

Post #7 of 11 (272 views)
My Votes (I know its my own poll but I couldn't resist) [In reply to] Can't Post

Cirdan (anyone who read my most recent post in the reading room will see why)

Glorfindel-Great Warrior, could shed some light on what it was like to dwell in Valinor and be reincarnated

Tom Bombadil-As shown in Fellowship there is alot of mystery to this character, he writes his own lyrics to illustrate his stories and he actually does tell fireside stories

Eru Illuvatar-God!

(This post was edited by malickfan on May 31 2012, 7:50am)

Grey Havens

Jun 2 2012, 3:18am

Post #8 of 11 (215 views)
Due to his voice [In reply to] Can't Post

Saruman gets my vote. At least you'd believe they were the most interesting stories you'd ever heard.

(This post was edited by sevilodorf on Jun 2 2012, 3:19am)


Jun 3 2012, 12:23pm

Post #9 of 11 (218 views)
Smeagol [In reply to] Can't Post

However, they probably won't be true...

In your poll I've voted for Elrond. For pretty much the same reason Darkstone did.


Jun 3 2012, 2:54pm

Post #10 of 11 (230 views)
I'd have to say Bilbo, but only [In reply to] Can't Post

because I couldn't say Sam (not on the list) ;)

I choose Bilbo because I think the teller would have to be in awe of what they've heard, seen, or experienced to really give the story/stories that enthralling delivery that captures the imagination of their audience. Sam always spoke of Bilbo's tales and how they wow'd him all his life. I know other have experience so much more or different thatn our Old Hobbit, but I'd still love to sit by the fire on a rainy night and listen to him :)

Bombadil has my second vote. His stories are full of lessons, not just events. His stories for the hobbits when they stayed with him did so much to prepare them for the outside world.

Good Poll, malickfan! Very cool :)

Tol Eressea

Jun 4 2012, 1:23pm

Post #11 of 11 (350 views)
I don't think Eru would be telling fireside stories... :D [In reply to] Can't Post

And even if he did, it'd be something too much for a mere mortal like me to hear.

However, Gandalf, Aragorn, Pallando and Alatar would probably have interesting stories to hear. Reason: they're all travellers who's seen lands far and wide, and met all kind of strange creatures. Pallando and Alatar especially could tell stories of the East, of which others know not.


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