Expanding on something I posted a few months back…which character would tell the most interesting fireside stories?
If you pulled up a fireside chair on a cold winter night which of the above would tell the most entertaining or informative stories? How long would you stay interested and why? Would you trust them to make the tea?
I had posted a poll along similar lines a few months back, but I couldn’t resist adding more options…
Though not all were ‘storytellers’ as such in the book, I believe all listed above would have interesting stories to share in their own unique way…even the talking purse (Although his/her knowledge of the common speech seems to be somewhat limited it would be interesting to get a sentient purse’s angle on Middle Earth…) though of course some would be more gripping or good at hooking an audience than others-Farmer Maggot despite his reputation of knowing a great many things didn’t seem to have the most friendly of reputations for instance…
Obviously Bilbo as the primary author of the Hobbit and a contributor to The Lord of The Rings would be in there-he certainly has the temperament and popularity amongst younger hobbits to tell an entertaining tale, he’s clever, funny and not afraid to speak his mind, in all respects a very hobbity hobbit with plenty of connexions and knowledge of the elder days to draw from. As a hobbit would make nice tea as well so that's a bonus...
Tom Bombadil-its Tom Bombadil ‘nuff said.
Gandalf: Two thousand years-worth of traversing middle earth would lead to interesting stories, and the friendship of the Hobbits would certainly rub off in a positive manner, wise and open to discussion, with experience of life in Valinor, the only drawback would be his somewhat guarded personality (i.e. not revealing about the ‘nameless things’ in the tunnels of moria), and occasionally forgetful nature.
Cirdan (anyone who has read my blog will know why)- The last known survivor of the great Journey in Middle Earth, a member of the White Council, ringbearer, and leader in the siege of Angmar and battle of the last Alliance, he certainly has an impressive CV. If you add in his numerous connexions (the istari, valar etc) mysterious beard, lifespan (witnessing pretty much all of Middle Earth’s ‘main’ history) and foresight he certainly has enough stories to draw from, though admittedly with his quiet temperament and somewhat sparse appearances in the main areas of Middle Earth he might not have the gravitas to grip an audience.
Who would you choose?
(This post was edited by malickfan on Oct 9 2012, 12:32pm)
You know what would make the best fireside story?
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If it was told by all of them! You'd have stories from all different Ages, all different places and all different people. I'd have to pick them all! Though, they'd just end up re-counting The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tom Bombadil could fill in any details from HOME.
Though, of course, the talking purse would have centre stage. It can't have been nice being so close to a Troll's bottom for much of his life ...
he had been the mover and shaker of most things that happened in Middle-earth once things got interesting. And, being one of the maia he probably had heard all the stories about everything that happened during The Silmarillion timeline. He probably knows it all, should he wish to tell it.
This reminds me. I was all set to buy Mr. Patty a tee-shirt that says "I survived Der Ring des Nibelungen" but he couldn't get more than 25 minutes into Das Rhinegold. Funny enough, every time I ask if he wants to pick it back up, he has something to do. I offer to tell him how Das Rhinegold ends and so he can move right into Die Valkyrie and he just looks nonplussed. It really is a good story, I always tell him, if you can get past the singing.
Do you want someone who you think will tell a tale well (even if you may have heard the tale before), or do you hope to hear a tale that's never been told before?
If the former, I'd choose Bombadil or Gandalf. In both cases, when they're in full flow in FOTR ('In the House of Tom Bombadil' and 'The Shadow of the Past' respectively), I would love to be there in the room with them.
If the latter, I'd choose Radagast or the Blue Wizards. I think Radagast would be preferable as I think he'd be able to tell new tales, but that, in some cases, have some relevance (and may give different facets and perspectives) on the stories I already know.
It was kind of a survival thing, staying up so late four nights in a row. I got the 1989 version for my birthday and am halfway through watching it while I grade papers in my office. It seems a lot shorter this time :-)
Uncle Baggins didn't watch Das Rhinegold, but he got sucked into the rest of it.
Since I also watched it for the 4 nights elf_wannabee alerted us to, it really was a survival thing, but I enjoyed it (although not as much as the dvd I have, which I had watched also when it aired on PBS.
Did you give Uncle Baggins a synopsis of Das Rheingold, or had he seen it before, or at least know the story? I figured I could give Mr. Patty a good foundation in it and he could enjoy the rest, but he is kind of an impatient- natured individual, and all the long bits where there is no action really wear on him. I kind of knew from how long it took at the beginning before the Rhinemaidens appeared that he wasn't going to be able to stick it. And when I was explaining to him that sometimes long musical interludes were necessary to change scenes (for example, when Loge and Wotan are taking the scene from where the Nibelungen dwelt back up to where the gods dwelt--bringing the gold ransom for Freia) his eyes almost glazed over. One of his problems is that his hip is hurting him, and sitting a long time exacerbates that. But in truth, he probably won't finish it under any circumstance. He's not big on fantasy (doesn't care for LotR, but tolerates my enjoyment of it) so I'm really not surprised.
I'd like to get the new one too, maybe when I've saved up some money.
Uncle Baggins was surfing the 'net while he was watching, but gradually got more and more interested and started asking questions, so I just answered what he asked, and it seemed to satisfy him. He's a night owl, so he wasn't getting sleepy. I also showed him the Anna Russell sketch, and she does a pretty good job of explaining.
the middle two operas, with Sigmund and Siegfried. They were both great. Especially Sigmund. I had no idea opera could be so very sexy. And the set grew on me. It was pretty spectacular in the third opera. Though I did prefer the more realistic sets of the version I have.
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One thing that made the older once especially cool
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was that during the forging scene, Siegfried was actually hammering hot iron. It wasn't a special effect. I didn't notice it, but when I showed that scene to my son, who has done some blacksmithing, he noticed it right away.
... how personal tastes for opera can vary. I'm more of a "never mind the stage setting" type of person. If it's nicely done that's fine with me. If it isn't I'm free to close my eyes and enjoy the music. Still I don't feel like I missed anything. I guess you could say I don't really go to the opera because of the adaption but because of the music. That's also one of the reasons why I never bothered with our local opera back when I lived in a smaller town. They just never really managed the same type of rock-solid quality the State Opera has here.
Anyway... back to topic. I vote for elves and istari without looking at the person in question. They simply have such a long life to look back on... they really should have a story or two or twenty to tell.
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Gandalf (at least McKellen's Gandalf) could read a grocery list aloud, and I'd still be interested.
Treebeard would be a good laugh if you could stay awake for long enough to hear the end of it, and I'm sure Radagast would have something interesting to say. I'd be tempted to choose the Blue Wizards as well, to find out what they had been up to before and after the War of the Ring.