Friday, November 21, 2008

I'm a Bookworm

Well, Miss Linda at Threads of Lovliness has nominated me for the Bookworm Award. (I tried to get the nifty artwork to show; Blogger says it's here but obviously it isn't...)

It's interesting to note that I just took, on a whim, the What Kind of Nerd Be You quiz (I really think I've done this one before...) with the following results:
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

Drama Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Social Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

So, yeah, I'm a bookworm.

The rules of the Meme state that I'm supposed to grab the nearest book, open it to page 56, and write the fifth sentence on that page, along with two to five sentences that follow.

Well, the book that happened to be lying on the computer desk was apparently left by the Actor; it was The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien, and page 56 happens to be the tail end of Chapter 3. So, I will quote from the start of the fifth sentence to the end of the chapter:

And the host of the Teleri passed over the Misty Mountains, and crossed the wide lands of Eriador, being urged on by Elwe Singollo, for he was eager to return to Valinor and the Light that he had beheld; and he wished not to be sundered from the Noldor, for he had great friendship with Finwe their lord. Thus after many years the Teleri also came at last over Ered Luin into the eastern regions of Beleriand. There they halted, and dwelt a while beyond the River Gelion.
(note: there are supposed to be two dots over the final e's on 'Elwe' and 'Finwe', but I couldn't figure out where to find a font that would do that...)

Yes, believe it or not, I *have* read the whole book; it's a fair challenge to keep the names straight and follow the whole story...or rather, group of related stories. But Tolkein actually believed The Silmarillion to be a greater and more important work than The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Much of it was written before he undertook the saga of The One Ring; I think that's why TLOTR had such a feeling of being rooted in its really was, with all that history behind it.

Anyway, now I'm supposed to nominate 5 more people. But, like the other memes I've been tagged with lately, I know I have seen this on many other blogs and I haven't paid attention to who has and who has not done it. So, in my favorite random fashion, I tag whoever is reading this post today who has also read The Lord of the Rings trilogy MORE THAN ONCE. If that's you, grab the closest book and list the fifth sentence on page 56, along with a few more for some context.

Then leave a comment here so I can enjoy the notes of my fellow Literature Nerds....


  1. Lisa, you did really well on that! That was pretty interesting--I actually haven't read The Silmarillion. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I never did finish The Sil. I only got part way into it. One of my favorite students did, and he said after the first 50 pages it wasn't too bad. As far as having read the TLOTR more than once or twice or more, yes, I'm in that club. I'm not actually a literature nerd, but I do like fantasy books like Tolkein. What's even cooler, is that my children and I are about 1/3 of the way through the third book on tape in the car. We found all three books at the library, read unabridged and recorded. Since the ride to school is 30 minutes one way, and they're in the car for 60 minutes each day, this works nicely. Of course, we've been working on the trilogy since September!

  3. Well, Summerset, I confess I didn't make it very through The Sil the first time I tried. I snatched the book up when it was released in the early '80's and promptly bogged down in all those names...

    About 15 years later, when my older son was in middle school, he picked it up and read it through for the Accelerated Reader points. I couldn't let a 7th grader show me up, so I finally gritted my teeth and managed to get through it. And it *did* get a little easier as I kept reading. But it is a rather dismal story...greatness rises, then falls on its own pride....

  4. Oh, I meant to mention, that after My Sweet Baboo and I went to the theaters to see the Fellowship of the Ring, I began reading the whole Ring saga...starting with The Hobbit...out loud after supper. We started in February 2002 and I think we finished the following November.

    Hm...about time to read it all again... ;)

  5. Ok, I haven't read the LOTR trilogy twice. I've only read The Hobbit. Once. But I REALLY liked it. And my scores on that Nerd quiz are very similar to yours, except, inexplicably, I came up pretty high as a social nerd, and I'm actually pretty reclusive. Oh, wait--I get it!

    Now understand, I'm a Christian School librarian, so I'm pretty much surrounded by stacks of books every day. But here's one I started reading and need to finish:
    from God as He Longs for You to See Him by Chip Ingram.

    "...You remember I sent my Son for you as proof of my love. I've changed your life."

    I responded from my misperceptions. "Well, God, I really don't want to sign the bottom of the title and be yours lock, stock, and barrel, because if I do..." My mind began to run those images of what God might do if I gave him control--Africa, a dull and unappealing wife, hard sacrifice, early death...and even snakes. So I asked him about it. "Lord, how can I trust you with my life when I'm not sure you will do what's good for me?"

    This kinda belongs on your other blog, so feel free to delete it if you feel inclined!

    Tina W

  6. Well, Tina, I think if that's the book that fits the meme, then that's the book that fits the meme and it's ok!

    Actually, that sounds really familiar...I'm wondering if I read that somewhere in the murky past... the title/author doesn't ring a bell, though. Hm....