Sunday, April 27, 2014

Why I Love…{Arwen Undomiel}

"And she was called Undomiel, for she was the Evenstar of her people."

No, in case you were misled by the quote, I am not well-read in the Lord of the Rings books.  (I'm sorry, I'm sorry!  I plan to read them all, and I've started them before, but they're SO gigantic and can be slightly hard to follow.  But there are parts of them that I already love, and like I said, I'm going to read them eventually.  I will!)  I just happen to have read that quote, and love it.  Know why?  Because (apart from its obvious poetic power), it describes one of my favorite people.  Know who she is?  You're right!  Arwen Undomiel!  *gasp*  How did you guess??;)

Now, as to why.  Why do I love Arwen so much?  Sure, she's beautiful, but to some people, she doesn't even have a real purpose in the trilogy.  (For the record, this is my reaction when I hear that - )

Don't mess with my Lord of the Rings, peeps.  I will get ugly;)  Anywho.  Arwen.  (That gif is really distracting me right now!)  Arwen is beautiful, but inwardly as well as outwardly.  She possesses a heart deeply committed and deeply loyal.  I have heard that she met Aragorn when she was younger (though, of course, we must keep in mind that she is an elf and therefore immortal.  So young really doesn't mean young.).  I don't know anything about their early story, all I know is that they fell in love and it's a love that concretes immovably deep in Arwen's heart.  'T'would appear that Arwen's the type who falls in love and stays in love forever.  Seriously.  Never during the course of the trilogy is there any mention (that I know of) of Arwen ever wavering in her love for Aragorn.  Ever.  Even though her father temporarily persuades her to abandon Middle-earth and flee to the Undying Lands, Arwen, midway to the Gray Havens, regrets her decision and returns to Rivendell to await Aragorn's return, come what may.  

"And she took a white gem like a star that lay upon her breast hanging upon a silver chain, and she set the chain about Frodo's neck.  'When the memory of the fear and the darkness troubles you,' she said, 'this will bring you aid.'"

In addition, Arwen gives up her place on the last ship sailing to Valinor and gives it to Frodo.  (That's from the book, which is interesting 'cause I wondered about that.) 

Now, other things I love about Arwen (more shallow - sort of).  

"In the middle of the table, against the woven cloths upon the wall, there was a chair under a canopy, and there sat a lady fair to look upon, and so like was she in form of womanhood to Elrond that Frodo guessed that she was one of his close kindred.  Young she was and yet not so.  The braids of her dark hair were touched by no frost; her white arms and clear face were flawless and smooth, and the light of stars was in her bright eyes, grey as a cloudless night; yet queenly she looked, and thought and knowledge were in her glance, as of one who has known many things that the years bring. Above her brow her head was covered with a cap of silver lace netted with small gems, glittering white; but her soft grey raiment had no ornament save a girdle of leaves wrought in silver.  So it was that Frodo saw her whom few mortals had yet seen; Arwen, daughter of Elrond, in whom it was said that the likeness of Luthien had come on earth again…"

I love the way Arwen carries herself with such "grace and poise";).  She's such a marvelous example of femininity (not too girly, but not too tomboyish either).  And her clothes, peoples!!!  What could there possibly be not to love??  (Well, except for the fact that a couple of the necklines almost dip a little.)

I just - I can't -

I don't think that on that I need to do any expounding;)  

Okay, last point.

"After the War of the Ring, Arwen married Aragorn on Midyear's Day, TA 3019. She lived blissfully as Queen of Elves and Men for 120 years, and it was not her lot to die until all that she had gained was lost. But in FO 120, the days of glory came to an end and Arwen felt the bitterness of her choice: Aragorn felt the approach of old age at last, and knew that his days were numbered. He had the gift of a lifespan thrice that of Men of Middle-earth, but he also had the grace to return his gift. He died on March 1st of that year. Arwen said farewell to her children and all those whom she had loved, and passed into Lothlorien. All the Elves of Lorien were gone, and the land was silent. When winter came, Arwen laid herself to rest upon Cerin Amroth, and of the passing of Evenstar no more is said." (Taken from  Um, that's epic.  Just sayin'.  So tragically beautiful, in a way.  To think of Arwen, picturing that part in The Return of the King where she is walking through dark, bare forests in Elrond's prediction.  To think of Arwen, the beautiful Evenstar, utterly alone in her last days, almost breaks my heart.  (Okay, clearly, I am waaayy too attached to this trilogy and this character.  That's pathetic.)

So thank you, J.R.R. Tolkien, for creating this beautiful trilogy and this hauntingly beautiful character.  And thank you, Liv Tyler, for capturing her in your brilliant portrayal.  Oh, and thank you, God, for inspiring Tolkien and Liv Tyler, and allowing me to be a ridiculous fangirl sobbing her internal eyes out over fiction.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Completely Random and Useless Tag

Okie-dokie, so Kiri Liz (of Lianne Taimenlore) 's sister, Jessa Bri, has created a tag, whose title you may read above (and below…).  ;D

You all know I love such delights, so here goes:)

Rules (copied from Kiri Liz's blog):
1.  Copy this tag and answer all of the questions.
2.  Mention me, Jessa Bri, and link back to my blog.
3.  Comment on this post and leave a link to your post with the tag.
4.  Feel free to tag people…or don't tag anyone at all!

Favorite color?
Quite honestly, I don't have one.  I do, however, tend to prefer blues, greens, and purples, typically in that order.

What book are you currently reading?
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  Which is pretty fantastic.  And rather overwhelmingly long…

Popcorn or pickles?
Well, as I can't currently have popcorn (dratted braces and all…), I'd have to say pickles.

What is your favorite way to eat raisins?
Raisins aren't my favorite, but they can be nice, if coupled with something else, such as almonds, M&Ms, etc.

Do you like to wear socks to bed?
Not often.  Sometimes, in winter, I'll start out with them, but after a couple of minutes in bed I usually take them off.

Pick the main character from the last book you read -- he/she is now your best friend.  Who is it, which book is he/she from, and what is one similar thing - something odd or unusual - about the both of you that makes you best friends?
Well, the last book I finished was The Old Man and the Sea, but PLEASE don't tell me I have to be best friends with Santiago!!!  I don't typically pick deranged idiots as my best friends.  Sorry, sorry, that was harsh.  I just greatly dislike that man.

Spring, summer, autumn, or winter?
Spring or autumn.

Favorite musical (any production or movie counts)?
This is a question I debate with myself regularly.  In the dark of the night disaster will find her I toss and turn over it.  (Ew!  Did I just quote Rasputin's super disturbing song??)  I'd say that currently it's probably Les Miserables (2012).  "But there are dreams that cannot be!  And there are storms we cannot weather!" ~ "The trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers!" ~ "You have brought the gift of life, and love, so long denied me…" ~ "For the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies; even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise!"  Ahem.  Just a bit of a fangirl here.

Lefty or righty?

Sausage or bacon?
Not a HUGE fan of either, but probably sausage.

Would you rather spend the afternoon on Pinterest or reading a good book?
I don't have Pinterest, so…but yes, I do love a good book:)

White socks or "fun" socks?
Fun socks all the way, when I bother to wear them!:)

Coffee or tea?
But I don't like either…

Are you shy or outgoing?
Hmm…I'd say somewhere in between.  I used to be really shy, but I sort of grew out of it (my co-op helped a lot with that, I think:D <3).  However, I don't think I could quite say I'm outgoing either.

What is the goofiest thing you do with your friends/cousins/siblings (whichever it may be)?
Oh, dear;)  Um…I do quite a few goofy things with my friends, and sometimes my siblings.  Namely, having entirely too much fun fangirling over/quoting movies, singing songs loudly and raucously (I suppose that's rather redundant…), etc….

True, true…this is very true;)

Would you rather read a good book; bake up a storm (a good storm) in the kitchen; ride your horse across the fields; spend hours updating your wardrobe; watch your favorite movie/show all day; or simply sit in a tree daydreaming?
Probably either the movie, the book, or the daydreaming;)

What do you like to eat for breakfast?
Hmm…I'm open to a variety of breakfast foods (though I generally do not like breakfast casseroles).  I enjoy cereal or bagels, typically, though eggs are dear to me as well:D

Would you rather be behind or in front of the camera?
That would depend on the situation.  As a general rule, I think pictures of me are a flop (but really, that's okay), but sometimes it's fun to have my picture taken;)  (Don't even get me started on selfies…I try and I fail.)  On the other hand, I do love taking pictures as well, though I'm not an expert at all!

Foot size?
I'm not entirely sure, and honestly I'm too lazy to go figure it out, but I think I'm a 7 or a 7 1/2.

Truthfully, did you enjoy this tag?
Probably far too much, as a matter of fact;)

My thanks to Kiri Liz and her sister, Jessa Bri!!!:D

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sunflower Blogger Award

*NOTE:  Apparently the award is the Beautiful Blogger award, but…the questions were the same!:)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm nominated her readers for the Sunflower Award, and I love answering questions like these:)  My warmest thanks to you, Miss Laurie!  So here are my answers:

1.  Do you like pulling practical jokes on people?  Not really.  I intensely dislike it when they're played on me, so 't'wouldn't be very nice to play them on others, would it?  That wouldn't be Christian, Miss Shirley!  That just wouldn't be Christian!

2.  Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch or do any other needlework?  If not would you like to learn?  A little, and very ill.  I sew (barely), and not efficiently, and I've recently tried knitting and crocheting, without much luck.  However, I would greatly love to improve myself;)

3.  What was the last period drama you watched?  Lorna Doone.  Which I plan to review soon.

4.  Which flavor do you prefer:  lemon, lime or orange?  Orange.  

5.  If you had a locket whose photo would you put inside?  Hmm…I honestly don't know!  It would take a while to decide whether to put in a photo of my family, or of my dog, or of a friend…

6.  If you were to create your own perfume line what scent would you most like to bottle up?  Perhaps a mix of lilacs and daffodils, if they would smell nice together.

7.  If you could scold one period drama villain in person who would you scold and why?  Ooh.  What a delightful prospect;)  Probably Carver from Lorna Doone.  I mean, really.  The dude needs help.  The girl just doesn't love you, man.  And it's not going to change.  And sheesh, it doesn't mean you need to *SPOILERS* shoot her at her wedding! *END OF SPOILERS*  Take up a hobby!

8.  If you were to get a new pet today what would it be and why what would you name it?  I would love a golden retriever puppy!  And maybe I'd name it…hmm.  Something from Lord of the Rings?  

9.  I always have a song in my head, what song has been on your mind lately?  Often, it depends on the day.  I've had "Tim McGraw" by Taylor Swift a couple times lately.

10.  What will you have for dinner?  My mother's scrumptious bean stew, apparently:)

Now I have to nominate as many people as I want and list some questions for them.  Following Miss Laurie's example, if you would like to answer these questions, I'd love to read them, so you're nominated!  But more specifically, I nominate Kiri Liz of Lianne Taimenlore and Miss Dashwood of Yet Another Period Drama Blog.  And here are my questions:

1.  How long have you been playing your instrument of choice?
2.  Best flavor of ice cream that pops into your head right off the bat?
3.  What are your current favorite book, movie, and singer/band?
4.  Do you prefer listening to instrumental music or music with vocals?
5.  What is your opinion on dogs?
6.  What is one thing about you that few people know (that you're comfortable posting about)?
7.  What is a food combination that you love but most people would find strange if you told them about it (i.e. chips with peanut butter sandwiches, feta cheese, peanuts and Italian salad dressing on your fish, etc.)?
8.  Do you care a lot about your wardrobe, or are you more of a clothes-are-there-to-clothe-me-and-that's-all type of person?
9.  How many times have you eaten out in the past month and where?
10.  Favorite genre to read about/watch?

Thank you so much for giving away this award, Miss Laurie!