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March 9, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring: Part 10 (Final Part)!

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So everyone, milestone one is officially here! The Fellowship of the Ring is over for me. Tonight I’m going to watch the movie (extended edition of course!) and have a mini celebration for myself. I’m going to be posting the last stats page for FOTR now, and then later tonight, the feature will come, along with what I thought of the book compared to the movie. I bet you’re all pumped. :] Without further ado, Part  10 of The Fellowship of the Ring!

Reading from 3/8/10

Pages Read: 444-458

Pages Left: 0!

Chapter Read: The Breaking of the Fellowship

Books Read: The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Favorite Quote: ‘Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing?’ (Boromir)

Why I like it: Isn’t this also the way of the world? People get so bent out of shape over things that, in the end, are not significant. I know that is not the case of the ring. The ring itself is quite significant. But people worry the same amount over money, possessions, or land as they do over the ring in LOTR. All of these things in the end don’t matter. Sure they’re nice, and they help, but they aren’t the important things in life.

Chapter side note: I was kind of surprised when Boromir was still alive in the end. XD As we all know, in the movies, he dies by the end of the first one. I couldn’t help but feel sad anyway knowing that the Fellowship was officially disbanded. I loved it when all of them were together… but oh well. The Two Towers is going to be great and I can’t wait to pick up where the Fellowship left off!

What I thought about the whole book: In general, I liked it. I’ll get more into what I thought when I compare the book to the movie in my next post, but I generally thought it was pretty decent. My only complaint (and I know people may hate me for saying this) is that I don’t really like Tolkien’s writing style. Don’t get me wrong, the man was a genius and I love him to death, but like one of my friends said: ‘his style is almost like he’s writing for a children’s book. This style worked very well for The Hobbit, but not so much for the Trilogy. ‘

I agree with her. I know many people won’t, and that’s okay! We all have different opinions and no one is lesser to somebody else because we have those opinions… right?  Right.

Alright, I’m going to end this here. No Elvish for you guys today, but expect to see some tomorrow! ;]

Until Later!



March 5, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring: Part Six

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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!


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