From Diehards to Tomnoddies: a handy guide to knowing just how hyped you are over LOTR

An Essay By Clare Marie // 1/24/2010

**After watching the regular version of "The Two Towers" in I don't know how long, I decided to write down a few thoughts that came to me while I was watching.  You don't have to agree with all that is written, but if you can relate to at least some...well, then you're probably just as nuts as I am.  If you'd like, you can add some of your own in your comment. ;D**

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You know you are a Lord of the Rings freak if...

 

You can name all of Sam's kids

You know just the right place to pause on The Two Towers DVD in order to see Arwen fighting in the background of Helm's Deep in her pink dress

You make a comment every time you watch the movies on how Sam gets fatter with each movie

You spend most of your time watching the movies complaining about how the makers ruined them, or how the makers could have done something better; but you love the movies anyway

You love Arwen dearly in the books, but are annoyed that she was in the movies way more than she was supposed to

You celebrate the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo

You act out scenes from both the movies and the books (often from memory)

You cry (or come close) when you finish reading The Return of the King, and spend the rest of the day moping

You ace any and all LOTR online quizzes

You know who the real hero of LOTR is -- it IS a hobbit, but it's definitely not Frodo

Your set of the books is falling apart

You have read The Silmarillion at least once

You have written some piece of writing inspired by LOTR

You know what Middle-Earth name Tolkien's tombstone has on it (and his wife's also)

You describe the actors in the movies as being the characters they play, even when you watch other movies ("Oh look, there's Pippin!")

You can speak some Elvish (or at least know a few words)

You have used "Attercop" and "Tomnoddy" as insults (only in fun, of course, because you can't possibly keep a straight face when you do so)

You have, numerous times, watched for mistakes in the movies

You wish you had hairy feet

You have pretended to be at least one of the LOTR characters

You try to keep a straight face when somebody says that the LOTR Trivial Pursuit is really hard

You like spending your time quoting the books and the movies

You have made an LOTR costume

You DON'T know what happened to Shelob and you don't want to know

You know exactly how long it took for Frodo to complete his Quest

You can name the 13 dwarves

You own the One Ring (or stole it from one of your LOTR board games, like Risk or Monopoly)

You have gotten the words "oliphaunt" and "elephant' mixed up

You almost laughed when you saw the Watcher in the Water because your imagination had come up with something much more horrible

You know Pippin's right when he says of Gandalf and Aragorn "They must be related." (Aragorn is, after all, descended from a Maia.)

 

and finally....

 

You plan on going to see The Hobbit movie in costume

You sincerely believe that Middle-Earth is real and you want to go there more than anything else in the whole world

and...

You wasted your time reading this and agreeing with some, or most, or all, that is written.

 

Noro go hul, bado go Eru.

 

Comments

I think you must have watched

I think you must have watched a different LOTR than I have, because in the version I saw, Arwen didn't have a pink dress, and she didn't fight in Helm's Deep.  I am obsessed with it though.  But I don't know what the last phrase you posted was.  Elvish, I take it?  (I'm gonna learn that language someday.)  And yes, Middle Earth has to be real somewhere!

Bridget | Sun, 01/24/2010

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

You describe the actors in

You describe the actors in the movies as being the characters they play, even when you watch other movies ("Oh look, there's Pippin!")~That is so me!!!

I did agree with some of this but the sad thing is how my brother pointed out that....I've never read the Silmarrilion.....and that me and the rest of my LotR nut friends.........have....never....read....the...books....but I am currently...........

Maethorwen (not verified) | Sun, 01/24/2010

*cough, cough* The first and

*cough, cough* The first and last time anyone played LOTR Trivial Pursuit with me, almost no one else got a turn. LOL, one of my friends and I had an email game going for a while where we'd ask each other LOTR trivia. I don't think he stumped me once, and we weren't allowed to look anything up.

I've others for you: You've watched the LOTR fanfilm "Born of Hope" about Aragorn's parents...and you can recite Aragorn's and the hobbits' family trees. You wish you could swordfight like Eowyn.

Confessions: I cry every time I read/watch ROTK. My copies of the books ARE falling apart, and I've read them eight times since I was 12 (I'm 20 now). My friends took me to see ROTK in theaters for my Christmas present. 

Where's Arwen in the battle of Helm's Deep? I didn't know she was there!

Heather | Sun, 01/24/2010

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And now our hearts will beat in time/You say I am yours and you are mine...
Michelle Tumes, "There Goes My Love"

I'm addicted!

I wrote my first Quenyan poem last night ! (I've been studying  Quenya on Ardalamion)

Where is LotR trival pursuit? I wanna play!

An excellant piece. Nalye saila.

Julie | Mon, 01/25/2010

Formerly Kestrel

This was funny, Clare! "You

This was funny, Clare! "You spend most of your time watching the movies complaining about how the makers ruined them, or how the makers could have done something better; but you love the movies anyway." That's exactly how I am (it drives my brother crazy). "You describe the actors in the movies as being the characters they play, even when you watch other movies ("Oh look, there's Pippin!")"
Have you ever watched 'National Treasure'? The bad guy (can't remember his name) is played by Sean Bean, and we always refer to him as Boromir. "You own the One Ring (or stole it from one of your LOTR board games, like Risk or Monopoly)" Yes! We did, and lost it :(

The one about Arwen's pink dress must have been a joke, right?

Laura Elizabeth | Mon, 01/25/2010

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The best stories are those that are focused, unassuming, and self-confident enough to trust the reader to figure things out. --

http://lauraeandrews.blogspot.com/2014/05/dont-tell-me-hes-smart.html

;)

Yep I agree with everything, but I do want to know what happened to Shelob. I love Arwen's pink dress, I wish she wore it when we could see her better!!! Love your writing Clare!!!!!

You forgot drawing people from it ten thousand times ;)

Stephanie | Mon, 01/25/2010

I hang my head in shame...

For I only checked off three.
SAM IS THE REAL HERO!

Oh, and could you give a hint as to when to pause and see Arwen? I never knew about that... didn't those elves come from Lothlorien?

KatieSara | Mon, 01/25/2010

Katie:-)

"Are all humans like this? So much bigger on the inside?"
-Idris/TARDIS

Katie, I think you and I may

Katie, I think you and I may have seen a different version than some of these people.  Did you watch the one with Liv Tyler as Arwen?

Bridget | Tue, 01/26/2010

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

:)

Bridget:  Actually, no.  You can see Arwen at Helm's Deep in both the regular and extended versions (I'll explain in a moment).  Yes, the last phrase was Elvish.  "Run with the wind, go with God" is the translation.  Thanks for commenting!! :)

Maethorwen:  You haven't read the Silmarillion?  Oh, you should -- it's soooo good!!  It's not a book you can just zip through...there's much to digest...but it's thoroughly satisfying.

Heather:  Haha, luckily for me, I've only played with fellow LOTR nuts, so it hasn't been a knock-your-socks off experience. ;D

Yes!  Born of Hope!  Did you watch it?  If so, what did you think?  I thought it was pretty good, considering it was independently made...however, some things got me mad and some parts were kind of stupid.  But I love baby Aragorn, he's so cute!  I don't think I can recite Aragorn's and the hobbits' family trees...for one thing, I'd get all the cute hobbit names mixed up, like Bungo and Belladonna and Hamfast and Andy and Tolman. ;)  And yes, I very VERY much wish I could fight like Eowyn.

Wow, I think you may have read LOTR more than I have!  But I'm getting there. ;)  I was lucky enough to see ROTK in theaters too...and I also got to see TTT in theaters!  I wasn't allowed to see FOTR in theaters though, because my parents thought I was too young.

Kestrel:  Wow, I'd like to read your Quenyan poem!!  Not that I'd be able to really understand it...I don't know enough Elvish.  What's Ardalamion?  Is it like a website?  I'll have to look it up.

LOTR Trivial Pursuit is actually rather fun, but just be sure to play with fellow LOTR nuts. ;)

Laura Elizabeth:  Thanks!  No, I haven't watched 'National Treasure' but I've heard that Boromir is in it.  He's also in "Black Beauty", if you've ever seen that.  I've seen Gandalf, Pippin, Frodo, Sam, Legolas, Gimli, Faramir, and Eomer in other movies as well. 

Stephanie:  You do?  Well, now that you mention it, I kind of do to; if only so I know where the beastly thing is so I don't need to worry that she'll sneak up on you at night!  (And if she IS dead, I'd like to know that too)  :P  Oh yes, I did forget the drawing...I'm trying to decide which LOTR character to draw next; any suggestions?

KatieSara:  Don't be ashamed!  You're still an LOTR nut if you checked off some.   And even more so because you know that Sam is the real hero! :D  Yay Sam!!!!! <3!

About Arwen's pink dress:  Originally, the film makers were going to have Arwen come secretly with the elves to Helm's Deep.  She was to wear a pink battle dress and she was going to fight side by side with Aragorn.  *gag*  (You can actually find pictures online, I've found some myself; even ones where she was fighting.)  They actually filmed scenes of Arwen in her pink dress, but then they decided to take out that part of the story after all.  HOWEVER, you can still see a glimpse of her fighting in her pink dress at Helm's Deep!  Watch closely after Eomer and Gandalf charge down the hill with the eored.  There comes a quick shot of Eomer fighting on his horse, and if you watch the background you can see a flash of pink.  (You might have to watch the scene a couple times to catch it.)  Pause the movie to see it better!

Clare Marie | Tue, 01/26/2010

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"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]

Drat!  And I already took the

Drat!  And I already took the Two Towers back to the library!  But I feel better now that I finally know what's going on.  It bugged me, because there was a reference to Sean Bean, and he plays in the one that I've seen.  So I was mightily confused.  Thanks for clearing it up!

Bridget | Tue, 01/26/2010

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

...

I recently watched National Treasure for the second time, and I spent the first tweny minutes of the movie thinking "Man...I know him from SOMEWHERE..." then he said something and I went "Oh--good grief...that's BOROMIR!!!" LOL

I have another one to add: if you've started an entire forum phenomena called "Outtaking" because you and your similarily obsessed friends used to write hilarious story bits about you inside of LOTR, and if you've attended a birthday party where all the food was middle-earth inspired and you watched the extended editions late into the...well, morning. LOL

~LoriAnn 

LoriAnn | Tue, 01/26/2010

I forgot to mention that I

I forgot to mention that I have read LOTR eight times since I was ten :) I remember when my parents went to see ROTK, and I and my brother and sisters stayed at our grandparent's house. That was the year my dad said I was old enough to read the books. I am really glad I read them several times before I watched the movies.

Laura Elizabeth | Tue, 01/26/2010

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The best stories are those that are focused, unassuming, and self-confident enough to trust the reader to figure things out. --

http://lauraeandrews.blogspot.com/2014/05/dont-tell-me-hes-smart.html

I have stories in my head

I have stories in my head about me in Middle-Earth... where of course, I am the most extraordinary character in there, and somewhere I save the lives of everybody, and I am deeply mysterious.  I think it would be fun to write fanfic about LOTR, except no one could ever come close to the real thing.

Bridget | Tue, 01/26/2010

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

Outtakes Rule!

See my PortalDreamer Chronicles 1-4 for Binding of the Blade outtakes. *high fives LoriAnn*

Here is my Quenyan poem [with English translation]

Olori
Ólëanye ville
Ólëanye ramar
Ólëanye aiwi
Ólëanye i vilya

An úpólinye vile

I vilya ólëanye
Aiwi ólëanye
Ramar ólëanye
Ville ólëanye

Dreams

I dream of flying
I dream of wings
I dream of birds
I dream of the sky

For I can’t fly

The sky I dream
Birds I dream
Wings I dream
Flying I dream

Julie | Tue, 01/26/2010

Formerly Kestrel

Bridget: Yep, that's that

Bridget: Yep, that's that version we have.

Clare: Ooh, thanks for explaining! Now I have to go look for it! :-D

KatieSara | Tue, 01/26/2010

Katie:-)

"Are all humans like this? So much bigger on the inside?"
-Idris/TARDIS

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