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March 13, 2010

The Two Towers: Part 1

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This is so exciting! Part one of the Two Towers! My reading is from a few days ago… sorry for not posting… ^^’ My make-up gift to you, is indeed another video. This one is funny as well! It’s from the behind the scenes of LOTR (Return of the King). They give Gandalf a new wig for Aragorn’s coronation… you’ll just have to see!!

Pages Read: 413-439 (or 1- 26. The only book I have with Two Towers in it is my big book with all three books in it.)

Pages left: 303

Chapters Read: ‘The Departure of Boromir’ through half of ‘The Riders of Rohan’.

Books Read: The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Favorite Quote: I would cut off your head, beard and all, Master Dwarf, if it stood but a little higher from the ground.” (Eomer)

Why I liked it: Another quote that makes me laugh. :]

Side Note: Eomer is amazing. He is another one of those characters who makes my day.


I learned about constant mutations today. In CoE’s words: “Consonant mutations (except lenition) are caused mostly by articles and prepositions. In most cases, the article or preposition causes the following word’s first consonant to mutate (although the article and/or preposition can mutate as well). ”

Here’s another chart for you!

The first mutation I learned was how to soften sounds to make the word flow better. For instance, “i mellon” becomes “i vellon” to make it easier to say.

There are a lot of lists that go with this lesson such as what words always have lenition (or softening) after them, some compound words, adjectives, and object of verbs, but that’s a lot to type up. I will recommend that you sign up for CoE and go look at workbook lesson 5 for the full list. Or, if you really don’t want to do that, comment me and I’ll put it in the next post. :]

Hopefully I’ll be able to post more frequently now, so expect me to actually get to you tomorrow!




March 5, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring: Part Six

Filed under: The Fellowship of the Ring — esteluindunedain @ 3:29 am
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Reading from 3/3/10

Pages Read: 353-372

Pages left: 86

Chapters Read: The rest of ‘A Journey in the Dark’ and all of ‘The Bridge of Khazad-dum’.

Books Read: The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Favorite Quote: ‘You cannot pass!’

Why I liked it: I know it’s such an overused quote… but I couldn’t help it!

Side note: One thing I will say is watching the movie really made Gandalf’s death seem more depressing. I know since it’s a movie, we can see their faces and see the pain that’s felt. We also get to actually see Gandalf fall and it seems more real since it’s being visualized, but in the book, it really didn’t make me feel too much of anything. It was like, one minute he’s there, then he’s gone and then they move on. I know it said that the Felloship cried and mourned for a short bit, but then Aragorn’s like “I told you so Gandalf! Now let’s move on troops!”

I also realize that Gandalf comes back, so there’s no need to be depressed in the first place, but I think the movie portrayed it better. What do my readers think? There have been 24 of you in the last 3 days, so I know that some people are reading it! What version do you like better? The book or the live action film? Or neither? Do you like the cartoons more? I’m interested to hear what people say!


Lesson three was more plurals. These were all the weird irregular one’s though. It’s something that I’ll just need to keep referencing back to until I get the hang of it. Tomorrow should hopefully start some of the more interesting things. ;]

Until tomorrow then Tolkien Fans!


March 4, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring: Part Five

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Reading from 3/2/10

Pages Read: 331-352

Pages left: 106

Chapter Read: The first part of a Journey “Through the Dark”

Books Read: The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Favorite Quote: ‘Fool of a Took!’ he growled. ‘This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking party! Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance. Now be quiet!’

Why I like it: This is another quote that made me laugh. I remembered this part in the movie and I was hoping it was in the books! At the same time though I feel bad for Pippin… always getting yelled at and what not. Though I will admit, I use the ‘Fool of a Took’ term instead of idiot sometimes. ;]


I looked at the second lesson while reviewing my first again. The second lesson involved what letters became what when a word becomes plural. The wonderful teacher at said that this lesson does not need to be memorized. Just look at the chart they provide and I’ll get the hang of it eventually. ;] If you want to see the chart, the big version was here: I don’t know if it’ll come up if you aren’t a member of the site, because I know you have to login to see the workbook pages.

Like I said, the only other thing I did was look up elvish words and said them so I knew I had the pronunciation down. I actually went to the Sindarian Name Finder and typed in my name… well, I spelled it Carly instead of Carleigh, but it’s the same basic thing. My name in Sindarian is Sandirith. :]

I liked it. Go to councilofelrond and check it out yourselves! It’s pretty cool.

Well then, until next time,


March 3, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring: Part Four

Reading from 3/1/10

Pages Read: 305-330

EDIT: I had forgotten that back in my intro I said I’d say how many pages I had left. That’ll start today.

Pages Left: 128 I have less to go then I thought!

Chapter Read: The Ring Goes South

Books Read: The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Favorite Quote: ‘Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,’ said Gimli.

‘Maybe’, said Elrond, ‘but let him not vow to walk in dark, who has not seen nightfall.’

‘Yet sworn word may strengthen quaking heart,’ said Gimli.

‘Or break it,’ said Elrond.

Why I like it: It’s like a battle of the proverbs! That kinda made me laugh, but these are all beautiful and true statements as well. Always good to find some meaningful quotes. :]

Side Note: I really liked this chapter. It kind of showed us more of the fun sides of the members of the Fellowship and gave us a glimpse of their relationships with each other. I’ve always been fond of looking at the relationships characters in books and movies have though. It makes the story that much more realistic. Another one of my favorite parts that would have made too long of a quote was when Gandalf and Legolas were somewhat teasing each other (The whole ‘if elves could fly over mountains they might fetch the sun to save us’ bit). It made me laugh when Legolas just hopped on top of the snow bank and told Gandalf that he was off to fetch the sun. :]


I tested myself on pronunciation. Nothing new. people said that it’s not going to be beneficial to rush through the lessons, but rather focus on one until you have it down and then move on. I wanted to make sure I know how to say the things I’m going to be learning, so I just flipped through the book and found the elvish phrases while I practiced saying them. I don’t quite know what I’ve said yet… but I know how to say them!! XD

Still no comments from anyone… :[ But I’m okay with that! I’ve had 18 visitors of the span of 2 days! Thanks to everyone from who stopped by (My stats said everybody who’s visited came from that site) To thank the community I’m going to post a special endorsement for the site incase anybody comes to visit from the other sites I’ve posted on. ;] That’ll come up tomorrow during the day. I have an 80 minute study and nothing else to do. So you guys get free publicity!

Please do leave me a comment on this post or any of my other posts if you have suggestions for me or comments about the books yourselves! I’d love to hear them! 

Peace Out:


March 2, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring: Part Three

Reading from 2/28/10

Edit: I almost forgot! Happy Birthday Aragorn!!!!

Pages Read: 284-304

Chapters Read: The rest of ‘The Council of Elrond’ (Long chapter!) (Chapter 2 of Book 2)

Books Read: The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Favorite Quote: ‘No indeed!’ said Elrond, turning toward him with a smile,’ You shall at least go with him. It is hardly possible to separate you from him even when he is summoned to a secret council and you are not.’

Why I liked it: This line just made me smile. Gotta love Frodo and Sam Bromance. :] I don’t want to start any kind of shipping wars, but I think that it’s bromance. not yaoi/slash/whatever else you want to call it. Not that I have anything against it, I just don’t view them like that.


Today I went over my worksheet from and it was mainly an introduction to Sindarian (That’s the version I’m learning first). They explained what Sindarian was, how it came to be created by Tolkien, and how it came to be in the books. I thought it was pretty interesting and informative! But anyway, the next worksheet was there to explain pronounciation. I’ll list off what I remember of pronounciation:


C- makes a hard ‘K’ sound not the soft ‘S’ sound (like the ‘c’ in cool, not the ‘c’ in celery)

F- makes a regular ‘f’ sound in front unless at the end of a word, then makes a ‘v’ sound. (usually is ‘f” like father, at the end it’s like the ‘f’ in of)

DH- makes a ‘th’ sound like in ‘then’

CH- makes the sound like in ‘Loch Ness Monster’

HW- The ‘w’ is silent

RH- the ‘r’ is silent

LH- silent L

H- regular ‘h sound like in ‘house’, ‘hope’, etc.

G- hard ‘g’ like in ‘go’.

Ph- makes an F sound like in ‘physics’.

V- regular ‘v’ like in ‘voice’

L- regular ‘l’ sound like in ‘love’

S- always like the ‘s’ in ‘sit’ but never like the one in ‘as’

NG- in the middle or end of a word sounds like ‘sing’. At the beginning of the word, the ‘g’ is silent’.

R- always trilled/rolled.


A- like the ‘a’ in ‘father’.

E- like the ‘e’ in ‘mess’.

I- like the ‘i’ in sick, unless there’s an accent over it, or it’s in front of another vowel, then it’s an ‘ee’ sound.

O- like the ‘o’ in ‘hot’.

U- like the ‘u’ in ‘put’

Y (this one is weird)- “Makes a ‘u’ sound like in the French word lune” (’s wording. I had to look it up. >_<)

Ok, now on to the diphthongs and exceptions! Yippee!

ER- pronounced air

IR- pronounced like ear

UR- sounds like poor.

AI- sounds like ‘my’

EI- ‘a’ sound like ‘may

UI (also kind of hard to explain)- “pronounced like the UI in English “pursuing”, but with “one sound”.” (

AU or AW- pronounced like ‘loud’, not ‘paw’.

OE- sounds like ‘boy’ or ‘toy’

AE- sounds like the ‘ye’ in ‘rye’

Other important information I remember is the stressing:

In two-syllable words, the stress falls on the first syllable.

In longer words, it falls on the second to last syllable only if the second to last syllable contains a long vowel, diphthong, or a vowel followed by 2+ consonants.

Also in longer words, if the vowel is short with only one or no consonant, it falls on the third from last.

*whew* that was long! Alright, to those following along with me, it’s a lot to take in. But tho those who have spoken Sindarian before, does this all sound about right to you? :] Let me know! I would love to hear your comments! *hint hint*

Until tomorrow then!


P.S- For your entertainment, here’s a link to the youtube video of ‘The Cat and the Moon” from LOTR the musical! Awesome song sung by the hobbits for those who don’t know. Makes me smile every time I hear it! Even on a Monday like today! ;]

P.P.S- Also don’t forget to help socialvibe give to Yele Haiti and replant trees there after the earthquake! The wood elves will love you forecer! ;]

March 1, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring: Part Two

I’ve decided that it will be easier to do my updates the day after I read the chapter, so from here on out, assume that my reading was done the day before. So this time is from 2/27/10

Pages Read: 268-284

Chapter Read: The beginning of ‘The Council of Elrond’. (Chapter 2 of Book 2)

Books Read: The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Favorite Quote:

 ‘All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

All that is  strong does not whither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

A fire from the ash shall be woken,

A light from the shadow shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.’

Why I like it: I love this poem. In fact, I love it so much that about two weeks ago I used it in a poetry project in English. I had to analyse a poem and a song and put in pop-up bubbles with poetic elements, fun facts about the author/songwriter, and fun facts about the poem itself.  I don’t know what I got on it yet but if I do say so myself, I think it turned out pretty good. :] But project aside, This poem is just so pretty and I love the meaning behind it. The first four lines in particular really apply to all sorts of people, not just Aragorn. Not everything is always as it seems. :]


I didn’t move very far in my elvish other than printing off the first worksheet from :[ The only words I have for you today are a few more that I had forgotten when I made yesterday’s list:

Naneth- Mother

Elleth- Female Elf

Sorry that’s so short. To make up for it, I’m going to ask all you elvish speakers to comment me and tell me how you learned elvish. Was it easy or hard for you? Do you think learning it by late August is a realistic goal for me?

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this! :] I hope I get some replies!


February 27, 2010

The Challenge Begins!

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Hello Everyone!

Let me tell you a bit about myself before I get all of this started. My name is Carleigh Obrochta. I’m a 17 (18 on May 2) year old girl who has recently gotten intersted in Tolkien. The first time I had encountered Tolkien was when the movies came out back when I was in fourth grade or so. While I liked the movies, they weren’t the kind that made me go back and watch them constantly. I’d watch them if someone wanted to, but I didn’t really seek them out to rent or anything.

In 6th grade, we read a chapter of the Hobbit in reading and then watched the cartoon. At the time, I hated both reading it and the film. While the cartoon still isn’t exactly my favorite thing, I have indeed grown to love the hobbit and can’t wait to see the two-part movie coming out in 2011!!

Where I really came to love Tolkien, was last year. It was my Junior year of high school and one of the classes offered was a Tolkien class where they centered in on the religious aspects of the LOTR books. I wanted to get into the class, but unfortunately I registered too late and got stuck with Peace and Justice  (Isn’t an all girl’s Catholic High School fun?).  My friends who were taking it would tell me all sorts of things they were doing and it really piqued my interest. Also, my friend Laura had gotten back into a LOTR mood and had rewatched all the movies with me. I think since I was older, the story was more entertaining and meaningful to me. Now, I’ve made a few goals based around the oTlkien world, and I’m making myself a challenge out of them!

The Tolkien Clallenge I guess really started last summer, but I didn’t update anything online until now. I started by giving myself the goal that I would read The Hobbit and all of the LOTR  books by the time I start college. So far, I have completed the Hobbit (loved it!) and  read the first book in the Fellowship of the Rings. From here on out, I’m going to keep track of my progress so that I can maybe motivate myself to finish the other books by the end of this summer! I’ll post how many chapters/pages I read that day and how many I have to go in that particular book. Then I’ll say how many books I have left.  After that, I’ll write my favorite quote from what I’ve read that day, and why I liked it. Then you can hear everything else I thought about what I read and whatnot. :]

My second goal: Learn elvish. This is where you, the reader of te blog (if I ever get any) come in! I want you elvish speakers to help me out if you can. I’ll post in the second part of my daily post what I’m learning and how I’m doing. Then if any fluent elvish speakers or semi-fluent elvish speakers want to comment and quiz me, please be my guest! I’m a visual and tactile learner, so people quizzing me should help. My goal by the end of this summer, is to be able to form sentences in elvish.

I hope I haven’t bored you all with my long intro here, but for those of you reading, thanks for looking and please feel free to comment! I love meeting people and talking to people, so stop by and say hello every once in a while! My next post will be the official start of The Tolkien Challenge!! Wish me luck!

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