I love to read. I love to read many different kinds of books, from many different genres. But when I look at the shelf that holds my most-loved books, nearly all of them come from the fantasy genre. Filled with exciting stories of Hobbits, rabbits, and elves, even just glancing at the covers is enough to make me smile and feel excited. The heroes in these stories encourage me on bad days and cause me to be more determined on good ones. If fantasy didn’t exist, I’m sure I would still love to read, but until I started reading these types of books, I didn’t recognize how much impact characters and stories could have on people’s lives, for good or bad. Today, I am going to share the reasons fantasy is my favorite type of story to read.
This week, I delved deeper into Middle-earth history and lore, and read The Silmarillion. I have had this book since Easter, and had read a few chapters of it, but was distracted by other books, and a little intimidated by all the characters and places in it. And there are A LOT of characters. But I realized that even if I couldn’t name all of Fëanor’s sons, I could still enjoy the book, and learning the history that came before the tales of Bilbo and Frodo. In this post, I’m going to give some of my thoughts on it and give some introductions to the main characters.
Suprise!! It’s a completely random mid-week post, a special treat for you!!
I’ve actually got something super special that I’ve never done for TEP before for ya today, and that is… a fanfiction!! This is a little thing that I wrote shortly after reading Claudia Gray’s Star Wars: Bloodline.
LIGHTPORTER, IDIA BOOK #2, IS OUT TODAY!!!
Now I know I’ve been doing a lot of not-Star Wars and not-Tolkien things on this blog lately, even though the reason this site exists is to share the love of those two fandoms with the world. But I do like to sometimes take a light break from Star Wars and Tolkien in related stories, and the IDIA books are definitely worth it. Besides, C. B. Cook, the author of this superhero series, is a huge fangirl, so it totally counts!!
It’s that time again, the time when Shay ventures beyond the edges of the known galaxy and the borders of the maps of Arda, and takes adventures into new lands unknown!
A couple of years ago in my Advanced Writing class, I chose to write many of the assigned papers about things I knew the best and felt the most comfortable around. Obviously, this includes things related to my fandoms. I did a presentation on the place comic books had during World War II, a compare-contrast paper on the lives and works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and even a cause-effect paper on fandoms themselves. I also wrote this essay on something that I’m especially passionate about: the importance of fiction.
Last summer, my mom began reading through The Hobbit with my sisters and I. The plan was to read it together as a family over the summer and do fun activities to go along with the story, such as learning to write our names in Dwarvish runes, printing and weathering a copy of the map to Erebor, and trying our hands (and taste buds!) at some of the different foods that are mentioned throughout the book.
One of my favorite scenes in both the book and the film adaption is when Bilbo is just sitting down for a nice, relaxing meal, and is suddenly burst in upon by no less than thirteen very intrusive Dwarves and one very tall grey wizard. As my sisters and I have already seen all three films based on the book (extended editions, in fact), we easily remembered the stacks and stacks of mouth-watering dishes that the little hobbit brought out for his unexpected guests. Now I’ve always loved the idea of the food of Middle-earth, and hope to eventually get around to trying out as many as I can. But there is one item that is explicitly mentioned several times in the book and shows up pretty distinctly in the film, as well: buttered scones.
Two characters I am constantly having to defend from being spoken against are Frodo Baggins and Edmund Pevensie. People will say they don’t like Frodo because Sam had to get him out of some tight spots, or because he wouldn’t throw the Ring into Mt. Doom when he finally arrived. Or they won’t look past Edmund’s attitude and actions at the beginning of his journey. They tend to look at their weak points and decide that these characters aren’t as heroic as their friends, like Peter or Sam. But I believe that ALL of these characters are examples we should follow and that Frodo and Edmund show us something about being a hero the others do not.
“Fairytales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
– G. K. Chesterton
To some people, books and movies are just books and movies. A way to entertain themselves, maybe use their imaginations for a short time and then go back to normal life. That’s not how it works for me.