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Too many things to fit in this title

Well yes, it’s true. There’s so much I want to post about! Sorry that it’s a bit discombobulated.

Earlier today, I posted this on Twitter, but I may as well ask here too:

So, what did you other Tolkien fans (I know you’re out there!) do for this special day? For those of you who don’t know Lord of the Rings / haven’t figured it out yet, the 25th of March is the day on which the happenings in Lord of the Rings culminate, making it a special day for the fandom. Apart from the Hobbits’ birthday (22 September) and Christmas Day (the day the Quest set out), of course.

Beth from Hear a Snippet Here wants me to say my ABCs. So, in the words of Monsieur Hercule Poirot, my ABCs, they shall be said.* Bethie is probably also the first person to ever call me cool. 😉

(*M. Poirot didn’t say exactly that. I improvised a bit. However, can’t you just here David’s Suchet’s voice in your head if you read that? 😛 )

First for passing it on:

Because I’m fed up of thinking of people to pass these things on to, I’m opening up the rules and saying: Go on, take it. This is a free for all. If you want this, grab the picture, post me a link and make your own list. All of my followers are awesome and I’d love to read your lists! Have fun! 😀

I decided to make my list on book characters, to fit in with Beth’s list of books. So here follows an alphabetical list of characters that I love. I just went on the first names and I included the books where you can find these ink-and-paper people. Sorry if there are any spoilers!

Artemis Fowl – This one was a tough choice between Allanon of the Shannara-series, and the main character of the Artemis Fowl-series by Eoin Colfer. But there are many wise-wizard characters in fantasy (even though Allanon is pretty awesome among them), while there is only one Artemis Fowl.

Bilbo Baggins – How could I not mention Bilbo here? He’s wonderful. Be prepared to meet many more Lord of the Rings characters in this list. Just look, how could you not love him?

Christopher Chant (Chrestomanci) – He’s arrogant, intimidating, cares way too much about his clothes, generally annoying and brave. I love him. Find him in the Chrestomanci-series by Diana Wynne Jones.

Damson Rhee – If there is one thing that I really admire about Terry Brooks’s writing, it is his strong female characters. Damson is strong, independent and resourceful. Find her in the Heritage of Shannara-quartet.

Eowyn – According to me, Eowyn of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is one of the earliest, most feministic characters ever written. I love her strength.

I agree with you, my lady.

Frodo Baggins – How could I leave out Lord of the Rings’ main character!? I love hobbits, incase you haven’t noticed yet. Actually, I’d love to include Sam here with Frodo, because they go together in my mind. Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam…

Gandalf – This is so obvious. I’m not saying anything more.

Harry Potter – And this as well. I’m just glad that J.K. Rowling made him not only a hero, but also a very human character. He has his flaws and faults, just like everyone else.

Igor – Actually I didn’t know who to add here, because I couldn’t actually think of anything favourite characters with an I-name. So I’m just adding the Igor-characters from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld-series. Yes, there’s a whole family of them and they all have the same name, because it saves confusion. If they say so… They are pretty entertaining however!

Jane Marple – I love Miss Marple. I love her way more than Agatha Christie’s other sleuth, Hercule Poirot. She is just such a sweet old lady, but she has a mind of steel. It is impossible to put one over her. I love her for her sweetness and for her hidden fire…

Kelsier – This one was another tough choice. I wanted to put Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games here as well as Kelsier, but in the end, Kelsier won. He has wonderful charisma that makes him a great leader, but he is also a flawed, broken human being. He’s arrogant, but a great friend. He tends to walk over everyone else, but he cares intensely about people. He’s one of my all-time favourite characters and you can find him in The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Luna Lovegood – Ah Luna. What can I say about her that has not already been said? I guess all I can say is that she is my second-favourite Harry Potter-character, and probably the single character that has had the greatest influence on me.

Moist von Lipwig – Ah, Moist! Conman who has to turn civil servant, or else he gets hanged – again. He’s hilarious, always moving fast unless what is chasing him catches up and the most insane ideas seem to sprout from him. He is also a very close contender for the honoured position of my favourite Discworld-character. Moist makes his first appearance in Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

Neville Longbottom – Neville! Here it comes: Neville Longbottom is my favourite Harry Potter-character. Yes, I loved him from the very start in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I can write a whole post just about Neville – and actually I already have. I’ll publish it sometime!

Oliver Twist – I read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens some time ago. At times it was torturous going and at other times I loved it. Oliver is just such an endearing character that I had to include him in this list.

Pe Ell – I think Pe Ell is one of the most interesting characters in Terry Brooks’s Shannara, probably because his path is not set from the beginning, unlike many of the other characters. I love his conflict and his character development – always a surprise. Find him in The Heritage of Shannara-quartet.

Quentin Leah – Ah! Another one from Shannara. I can’t even promise it’s the last. Well, it is such a mammoth series after all… Mostly Quentin is just here because of the letter his name starts on. Let’s just say he is here as representative of the rest of his Leah-family. And make that the Ohmsford-family as well. I couldn’t think of any other character that has a Q-name, except for Quirrel from Harry Potter and he always annoyed me, so Quentin it is! I like him well enough, he’s just not that special.

Rincewind – The first Discworld character (close enough anyway), so he deserves a place on this list. Actually, Rincewind can annoy me a lot with his cowardice, but at the end of the day, he is just such an endearing character. I think there is a little Rincewind in all of us, to tell the truth. We all probably know that the “right” thing to do is to be brave and stand and fight, but when the guys with swords approach you, all you want to do is run away so that your flip-flops fly through the air. The eternal coward…

Sherlock Holmes – No, not the BBC’s version, but the original created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And of course, Dr John Watson deserves an honourable mention too. What is it about these two characters that have made them so popular throughout the ages?

Tiffany Aching – I love young witch Tiffany. She is one of the few characters that I can really identify with, even though I’m double her age. She makes her first appearance in The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.

Uhl Belk – Okay, he’s basically here because of his name and nothing else, because I seriously could not think of any other character with a U-name. However, I can’t deny that he is interesting and I love it if we get a bit of back-story for an evil Dark Lord so that we are not just forced to accept his evilness for a fact. Find him in The Heritage of Shannara-quartet.

Vimes (a.k.a. His Grace, the Duke of Ankh, Commander of the City Watch, Sir Samuel Vimes. There’s also a Blackboard Monitor in there somewhere, but I’ve forgotten where now.) Okay, I’m cheating by going on the surname, but who cares. Between Vimes and Lord Vetinari a great battle is going on for my fav Pratchett character. And I can only have one here, because  there’s only one V! 😦 However, I’m choosing to put Vimes here, because he is a way more accessible character, other than Vetinari, who is miles away on an icy throne, even though he is awesome. I don’t even know what to fit in about Vimes here, so I think I’ll have to write a whole post about him too! 😉 He makes his first appearance in Guards! Guards!, so go read it yourself and make up your mind!

William de Worde – Here comes another Discworld character! William is the world’s first journalist and I always find myself giggling at him, because he is always correcting everyone else’s spelling and grammar, just like I do. You can mainly find him in The Truth.

Xeno – Okay, last Pratchett character, promise! He’s mostly here just because of his name as well, but he is quite funny in the books. He is a parody on the Greek philosopher Zeno who was famous for thinking of paradoxes, and you can find him in Pyramids.

Yavanna – Another hard one. I didn’t really know who to put here, so I just picked her out of Tolkien’s Silmarillion, even though I have not read the whole of that yet. Another contender for this letter was rebel-leader Yeden from Brandon Sanderson’s The Final Empire, but he was not that kind of exceptional character. I’ll just stay with Tolkien, thanks. 😛

Zoroastro – Last one picked by name. Last one in general as well, obviously. Zoroastro is a character in Theresa Breslin’s The Medici Seal. He provides a nice contrast to the other characters who are most Catholic, whereas Zoroastro still keeps to traditional beliefs and rituals.

And there you have it! Sorry it got so long. I always talk too much when it comes to books and everything related to them. Now I have to read some more of King Lear. I gave up reading from my book, because it’s just too hard to follow and now I’m reading the “dual-language” version on Sparknotes. The bonus is that, with their new background, I get to look at Katniss Everdeen whilst I’m reading. And at Peeta and Gale too, of course.  😉

Have a great week!

12 responses

  1. I would say A is for awesome and B for blog, so there, Awesome Blogging Award or ABA. I’ll have to think thoroughly to complete a list from A to Z on characters from books I like. Guess I should do that soon.

    March 26, 2012 at 03:20

    • Awesome Blog Content Award = ABC award. 😉
      Oh yes, do it! And then I’ll come read it! 🙂 Well, actually for this award, you can make a list on anything you want: food, clothes, places… I’m just a book-nerd!

      March 26, 2012 at 22:13

  2. I like your award concept.. haha!

    March 26, 2012 at 04:32

    • Awesome! 😀

      March 26, 2012 at 22:10

  3. So you’re a Hunger Games fan too? Yay! It makes me happy when I find other fans….there’s a shortage of them where I live and I’ve yet to find someone who I can really obsess over the Hunger Games with, apart from online, and that’s just not the same as having face-to-face marathon conversations about it. 😦
    Oh dear, I realize I sound like a squeeing fangirl. Is that really such a bad thing? Really? 😉

    March 27, 2012 at 18:29

    • Well, I wouldn’t call myself a Hunger Games fangirl, but I enjoyed reading the book. I’ve only read the first one: bought the other two, but I don’t know when I’m supposed to find time to read them! 😉 It was well-written, at least, and I like dystopian literature in general, but I’m not about to start obsessing over it. There are very few things I truly get obsessed about: two of them are The Hobbit movie and the Discworld-series of books. However, I did like Katniss as a character, which is why I was happy to look at her while reading King Lear. 😀
      No, why should it be? 😛

      March 27, 2012 at 21:06

  4. The_Imp

    Where to start…where to start… 😛

    So many of the characters on your list are my faves too! 😀 The whole time I was just nodding along like a madwoman and giggling at strange intervals. Vetenari and Vimes: how do you CHOOSE?! And even though it’s cliche I’d have to add Hermione. (Because of reasons too long to list here…) Gandalf wins the ‘G’ though. You can’t mess with Gandalf.

    I’m to scared to make a list of…anything really. I’d get WAY too many names/things I want to mention and…*sigh*

    You also just managed to make me all squee-ish about The Hobbit again. 😀 I was just getting that down to a manageable level too!

    I…think that’s about all I need to address, really. Unless you like reading nonsense and otherwise wasting your time! 😉

    Looking forward to the next post!

    (My wall of text had a lot more squealing and useless muttering. But somehow I can’t remember half of what I wrote before. Just as well.)

    March 28, 2012 at 20:58

    • The_Imp

      Vetinari not Vetenari. *sigh*

      Epic typo fail? 😀

      March 28, 2012 at 20:59

    • The_Imp

      ‘too’ not ‘to’ 😛

      I…I just…

      *gives up*

      I’ll just go crawl in a hole now. 😉

      March 28, 2012 at 21:02

      • Yay!
        I don’t know how to choose! Maybe it’s because I’m reading Thud! at the moment that I’m more biased in favour of Vimes, but actually I love them both so much… Gah! 😀 And I can’t choose between Harry and Hermione for “H” either. But I just put Harry, because his name encompasses the trio to me. So that one includes Ron and Hermione. 😛
        “You shall not pass!”
        I know, right? Like picking your favourite books. My list is so long… I think favourite music is even worse! 😛
        But do you want to be manageable about The Hobbit? 😉 Still so long! 😦

        Don’t worry about the typo! I made that same one in the post. Twice, in fact. Fixed it now, but… *horrified that I could spell Vetinari’s name wrong*
        And I’m still under my rock, so you can come join me! *moves up to make space*

        March 28, 2012 at 21:44

  5. I love your award concept. And the list of characters is very impressive!
    It makes me want to read the book based on the character you describe 🙂

    Very cool!


    March 29, 2012 at 16:59

    • That’s great to hear! If you do end up reading any of these books, let me know what you thought of my favourite characters! 😉

      March 29, 2012 at 18:21

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