Friday, March 24, 2017

25 Days of LOTR - Day 24

It is finally time to announce the winner of the LOTR Bracket!

Thank you so much to everyone who offered their input and voted this year.  I hope y'all had fun going back and thinking about the characters and maybe even were persuaded to see a certain character from a different perspective.

Both Aragorn and Sam fought a valiant battle in this last trial, and one of them came out on top clearly.

Aragorn is a very strong character who encapsulates the rich and layered history of Middle-earth, themes of sacrifice, duty, and honor.  He goes through many trials throughout the story and overcomes so many obstacles and hardships.  Obviously he was indispensable to the mission and without him, the Quest of the Ring may never have gotten off the ground.  In addition to that, he and his Rangers protected the innocent Shire and surrounding lands without so much as a "thank you".  He is humble yet powerful, complex yet focused, and courageous without being foolhardy.

Samwise is a character who sacrificed everything for his best friend.  He left his home behind to serve his master with little to no knowledge of what was ahead.  He was a simple fellow who followed a simple code in life: to be loyal and persistent, as well as humble.  He knew his place and did his best even though he wasn't someone most would consider a great hero of the past.  He proves that little people can do great things.  Samwise was a faithful friend, an honorable husband and father, and a respected mayor, not to mention an outstanding servant.

This decision was very difficult to make for some, and the votes have finally be tallied and counted.

It is my pleasure to announce the following character as the winner...

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Congratulations to Mr. Samwise Gamgee who pulled out the 2017 win!

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Thank you again to everyone for participating, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the final day of 25 Days of LOTR!