Wednesday, March 8, 2017

25 Days of LOTR - Day 8

Alrighty folks, the consensus is in, and Merry has beat out Pippin in that bracket.

Thanks again for voting!  I really appreciate the participation.

Oh, one quick thing.  Remember to make a submission for the photo contest!  There are already a few entries and they are hilarious.  I am so excited to see what everyone comes up with!

With that said, today's competition is between Faramir, beloved Gondorian, and Theoden, adored member of the Rohirrim.

The two are very different from each other, particularly when it comes to their attitudes about war, honor, and the importance of wisdom vs. bodily strength.  Keep these ideas in mind as you consider who to vote for.

I definitely know who I would vote for, but I'm curious to see if anyone could sway me to the other side.  I will stay outwardly neutral though to ensure fairness!

Image result for rohan and gondor meme


  1. Without a doubt, hands down, Faramir. Even though Denethor favored Boromir, the two brothers had no rivalry or bitterness. When Denethor ordered him back into the field, Faramir obeyed even though he knew it was basically hopeless and nearly lost his life because of it. If I had to pick three words to describe him, they would be selfless, merciful, and gentle. He could have easily killed Frodo, Sam, and Gollum for intruding at any time. And although he was against their going to Cirith Ungol, he even gave them supplies. Later, in the Houses of Healing he didn't force himself on Eowyn even though he fell in love first, but gave her time and understanding to heal both physically and mentally. I've never really been into romance and all the sappy stuff, but theirs is a beautiful story that Tolkien did very well.

    Two of my favorite quotes come from him:

    "I would not take this thing [Isildur's Bane], if it lay by the highway. Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, by using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and my glory. No, I do not wish for such triumphs, Frodo son of Drogo."

    "War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory."

  2. The "intruding at any time" sounds ambiguous. I mean he could have killed them for intruding into Gondor's territories whenever he wished.

    1. Awesome! I love your analysis and thanks for referencing the actual text. :D

  3. I vote for Faramir - for the exact same reasons as Kalends did, but (s)he said it way better than I would've. :)

  4. Also, memeses. Here are a couple (not my own):
    ...and even better:

  5. I'm also voting for Faramir for the same reasons as Kalends did, so I won't repeat them all here. (S)He even mentioned the exact quotations that I was planning to use before I even read the comment:).

    - Ellen

  6. Faramir, hands down! His unimpeachable honor, his kindness, his sadness... all of it made me fall in love with him when I first read the books.

    Theoden, though he is an interesting character, alwasy bothered me with his arrogance and manipulative, self-pitying nature.

  7. While all the evidence points to Faramir, I'm going to vote for Theoden simply on the grounds that I like him more. It is very very possible that the main reason for my liking him more, is that most people prefer Faramir. I have always been a great friend of the under-appreciated.
    And while Faramir's obedience to and respect for his father is to be admired, I can't help but be annoyed at how submissive he is.

  8. I must vote for Theoden he was and always will be my favorite character no one can compare to the kindness he has. Especially his relationship with Merry.

    Also I have a meme I would like to enter into the contest(I didn't create it BTW)

    1. Thanks for voting and submitting a meme!