The Tolkien Tag

I'm about to leave on vacation soon and I need to pack all my stuff. But since I'm a big procrastinator and don't wanna do it I decided to do the Lord of the Ring Tag instead!
The Lord of the Rings

1. Books or movies?
Depends. I do like the movies, and especially when I want some action + fantasy, but the books, oh my, I love them so much. 

2. Which character do you connect with the most?
Éowyn. Story of my life. Haha not really, but I just love her spirit and passion. 
3. What are your top 5 favorite tracks from the soundtracks?
Concerning Hobbits - obviously...
A Elbereth Gilthoniel
May it be - so beautiful. 
Misty Mountains - that song gives me chills every single time. 
The Ride of the Rohirrim. 

4. Which scene always makes you cry?
"A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all ... But it is not this day!" That scene. But also the last scene of The Hobbit, because it reminds me of good memories and that this epic journey reached its end.

5. Where would you live in Middle-earth?
Rohan or the Shire. 

6. Which race would you be?
Human, a shieldmaiden of the rohirrim.

7. Orcs or Uruk-hai?
Neither. Kill them all!

8. Favorite character?
Besides Éowyn I do love Lúthien and Beren. 

9. Which character do you look the most like?
I don't really look like any character but people keep telling me that I look like an elf. 

10. Who is your favorite paring? (canon or non-canon)
Hm... probably Lúthien and Beren but Éowyn and Faramir is a good one too.

11. Who is your least favorite paring? (canon or non-canon)
Fili and Tauriel. 

12. What unpopular opinion do you have for the movies?
I kind of do like Legolas snowboarding skills in LotR (not The Hobbit, a bit too much there.)

13. If you could change anything about the movies, what would it be?
Haha, don't get me started. But I can at least say, why leave out The Scouring of the Shire??

14. How do you think Tolkien would have felt about Peter Jackson’s adaptations?
He would probably get a heart-attack. 

15. Whose wardrobe would you like to have?
Éowyn's or Tauriels. 

16. Rivendell or Lothlorien?
Probably Lothlórien. 

17. Least favorite character?
The Master of Lake Town.

18. Have you ever cosplayed as one of the characters? If not, who would you choose?
Yep. Arwen and Tauriel (kind of ironic since I don't like her that much :P). 

19. What scene makes you laugh the most?
The scene where Merry and Pippin are talking about second breakfasts luncheon etc and Aragorn toss them an apple. 

20. If you could meet 3 of the actors, who would you choose?
Evangeline Lilly (even though I don't like her character I have to say that Evangeline Lilly is badass), Orlando Bloom (he's after all my early teenage crush) and Viggo Mortensen. 

21. What are your top five favorite lines from the films?
"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the Ages of this world alone.”
“A day may come when the courage of men fails… but it is not THIS day.”
“I thought up an ending for my book. ‘And he lives happily ever after, till the end of his days.'”
"These are Rhosgobel Rabbits! I'd like to see them try."
22. Have you watched any of the animated films? If so, what are your opinions?
Nope, I've watched a weird russian adaption though and interesting is probably the best way to describe it. 

23. How has LOTR affected your life?
Ehm. It brought me to New Zealand, one of my biggest passions, sewing comes from my love for LotR and I've gotten so many friends due to our love for Tolkien's works. 

24. Weapon of choice?
Bow(tie)s are cool. 

25. Would you have volunteered to destroy the Ring?
Eheheh. No. But I would probably have guilted myself into doing it and being killed on the way and Middle-earth would've fallen into Sauron's hands. 

26. Who do you think is the most attractive character?
Legolas, Aragorn, Thorin and Fili. Oh, you said one character?

27. Do you own any LOTR merchandise? If so, what is your favorite item?
Of course I do! I really like the (original) leaves I have from the party tree above Bag End. They are plastic and spray painted green because New Zealand does not have trees that look like party trees. But besides those I love my elf ears. 

28. Have you read the book?
Is that even a question?

29. Have you ever had a LOTR marathon? Describe your perfect marathon.
I have not yet watched all of the movies in one day, I have however watched The Hobbit-movies and LotR-movies in a very short time. But my perfect marathon would be with the six movies, exteneded edition, with my favourite NZ-people, a huge amount of snacks, pizza and snuggle-time. 

30. When did you first watch the films and/or read the book?
I read The Hobbit when I was 12 years, watched LotR when I was 14 and read all the books the same year as that. 

31. What is your favorite film/book?
I really like the first LotR-movie and The Silmarillion. 

32. Get drink with/marry/fight to the death. (Pick three characters)
Merry (it would be a fun time), Faramir (and persuade him to move to Rohan), Aragorn (he would obviously not die so then he could save me).

33. Which scene scares you the most?
The Shelob-scene, couldn't watch it the first time and it still creeps me out. 

34. Gondor or Rohan?
Rohan, obviously. 

35. Which character(s) would you want as your parent(s)?
Bilbo and Tauriel. 

36. Which characters would you want as your best friends?
Frodo and Balin

37. When was the last time you watched the films/read the book?
When I was in New Zealand, in Queenstown, looking over both Rohan and Mordor from my bedroom. 

38. Favorite horse?
Shadowfax is a beautiful horse. 

39. If you could spend a day in Middle-earth, what would you want to do?
Well, since I've basically already spent some days in Middle-earth and visited The Shire, Rohan and Mordor I would really like to see Moria. But also Edoras with the Golden Hall. And re-visit The Shire without all the tourists but have a nice party there with some die-hard fans. 

40. Is there anything you would change about the books?
Probably cut down on Frodo's and Sam's journey through Mordor....

41. What do you think is the greatest lesson LOTR has to offer?
That one single, small person can change the course of the future if he/she has enough courage and determination. It's the perfect story of hope in times of despair, that even when it looks the darkest, there's still some light where you least expect it. 

42. What would your dream home in Middle-earth be like?
If I could pick and choose all over, I would like a Hobbit-hole with some talans in my backyard, on the borders to Rohan. 
43. How would you describe what LOTR means to you in one word?

44. Which death makes you the most sad?
Thorin's death. Kili's death was handled so terribly and Fili's was over-made. 

45. Favorite behind-the-scenes moments from the films?
Perhaps not really behind-the-scenes, but I love the Easter Egg where Dominic Monaghan interviews Elijah Woods. 

46. f you could own any item from the films, what would it be?
I would love to take one of the swords. 

47. If you had the opportunity to meet the Professor, what do you think you would say?
Thank you. Thank you so much. 
This tag was taken from here. I think you should do it too, it was actually really fun thinking about all these things. Now I really need to go to bed and hopefully I'm going to be dreaming about a red viking dress I'm about to start on soon (hopefully more info about that will be up soon.)

Watching The Hobbit in Middle-earth

So I went and saw The Hobbit almost a month ago in New Zealand (I'm currently in Australia hence the lack of updates). It was so freaking amazing and I loved every single moment of it. I'm not going to write anything extensive on it but I just wanted to show you how me and two of my friends looked like before the movie. 
A hobbit, an elf and a nazgûl on our way to a great adventure.
I will be returning to New Zealand in a week which will be very exciting. Australia's been super awesome with a lot of evangelism and simply charing God's love. I've experienced an Aussie christmas, seen wallabies, spiders and super dangerous snakes, got burned by the sun and got new friends. God's good. 

My life in Middle-earth | On Hobbiton, Homesickness and Faith

You might have noticed my absence from this blog during these past couple of months. I've not disappeared completely - although I've disappeared from Sweden. I wrote sometime in early August or so that I would be leaving for New Zealand this autumn and that I would explain a bit more when it drew closer to my departure. Well, that didn't really happen since I was so busy the days before I left... Anyways. I'm here in New Zealand right now, in a village called Oxford which is located some 50k outside of Christchurch, South Island's biggest city. In Oxford I'm going to a school called Youth With A Mission, YWAM. It's a Christian Missions Organisation with focus on training youths to be disciples of Christ and then sending them out on a so called Outreach. The school is divided into two phases, the lecture phase and the outreach phase. During the lecture phase we focus on getting to know God and during the outreach phase making Him known which also is the motto of the school Know God and Make Him Known. I really love living here. The community is so loving and I'm learning so much about God and his love for us. I've grown up in a Christian home so I've always known about God but it's not until quite recently I've gotten a more personal relationship with Him. And to be able to have time to hang out with my Papa is so amazing. For me, this time at base is a huge growth period but I'm so excited for going out on Outreach and be able to give back because a life with just taking in and not giving isn't good - you'll end up like the Dead Sea.
So what have I've been up to when I'm not been in lecture? Before coming here I had a few days going around the Northen Island and yes, I had the opportunity to visit Hobbiton and The Weta Cave. Both things were amazing experiences. Hobbiton was so beautiful, I think actually it's one of the most wonderful places I've been to. You could really see how much effort Peter Jackson had put into making the set as perfect as possible. Going to Hobbiton was quite pricy, 75 NZD if you went from Matamata or drove to the visitor centre by Hobbiton by yourself. It's not allowed to trot around in Hobbiton yourself but a guide takes a huge group and take them around the holes. I was honestly not too impressed with the guiding part - my guide didn't say that many things that I didn't know prior to the tour but if you're quite new to Tolkien I suppose it was informative. However, the best thing for me was simply seeing all the holes, the Green Dragon (where you got a free drink) and the garden.
If I was slightly disappointed with the guide at Hobbiton I was more than impressed with the guide at Weta Cave. The guide I hade told us so much stuff that I was complitely in awe. And the things that they displayed there as well! I was in heaven. Unfortunatley you weren't allowed to take any photos from the guided tour since it was their workplace and they've had some legal issues of photos of unfinished work ending up on facebook but you won't be disappointed in what you'll see inside! And the shop at Weta Cave was amazing! I was slightly disappointed at the shop in Hobbiton, the stuff there weren't that exciting, but Weta Cave had some amazing souvenirs and collectibles. I wish that I could've bought the entire store.
Although I love living here in New Zealand I'm quite homesick. But I think that's good for me. Sometimes you need to get away to really realise how important some things are to you and I've gotten an entirely new appreciation for my family, Sweden and my upbringing. However, I've gotten a new family here aswell who I love so much. I can't understand that I've only been with them for two months. Here at base we are approximately 60 people, some twenty people staffing and the rest are students. I live in a house with 17 girls. They're all really lovely but since I come from a family of three - me, my mum and dad - it took some time to get used to having people around me all the time.
During the weekends we usually go tramping or for those who want to - climbing. One weekend we went to Queenstown and hiked up a mountain called Remarkables (the entrance into Mordor). It was really amazing, I can never get used to how beautiful New Zealand is. Wherever I go I feel like it's the most beautiful place I've ever been to. Another weekend we went to the West Coast to a place called Punakaiki where they have some really cool rock formations. One weekend we also climbed a mountain in the Lewis Pass - the view was really amazing. And yeah, this past week me and my Outreach team was serving a pastor's family and their church in Kaikoura - a town full of seals and hippie stuff.
The view from Lewis Pass.
 The Remarkables with the city of Queenstown below.
 The Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki.
 Baby seals :D
So what's next? I've got three weeks left of lecture phase. These three weeks we're just continuing diving into the Word of God and His love for us and also developing deeper relationships with the members of our Outreach team. And yeah, on Outreach, my team will first go to Australia, Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay for one and a half months or so and then go back to New Zealand and go to Tauranga, Wellington and QueenstownSo I'm really excited for what new adventures these following weeks will bring.