Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Hero?

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In continuing my series on favorite fictional characters, I decided to ask today’s question about heroes. This one is very tough for me, because there are so many possibilities from which I can choose. Among the many I have considered are Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henry V from Shakespeare’s play of the same name, and Captain America from the Marvel Comics. I will, however, use the technique that I recommend for students on tests and quizzes–to go with your first choice when asked a question.  Now, that typically refers to memory, but I will still use it.

The one character who came to mind before any other was Aragorn from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings.  He is the leader who does not care about his own safety, who fights in the front lines with the soldiers he leads into combat, and he views the hobbits as his equals.

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So, I ask all of you: who is your favorite fictional hero?

A Wish For The New Year

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I wish hope for the world. It may sound simple, but if it comes with courage, idealism, and vision, then much good can be accomplished. Let us try to improve the world in 2016, even if in very small ways. Each person can make a contribution to the greater good.

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As Aragorn says in  The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien,

“There is always hope.”

Let us have hope for 2016.

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you to Roo Ruse at What’s Next https://roosruse.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  I have received one in the past, but it is always an honor to be recognized by fellow bloggers. Roo has a wonderful blog; please stop by and check it out.

The Rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator posed to you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, and notify them of their recognition.
  4. Pose 11 questions for them to answer.

My Answers:

1.) What is my favorite genre to read? Anything considered speculation fiction, including horror, fantasy, and sci-fi.

2.) What do I mostly read today? A combination of serious literature for teaching and speculative fiction–which I also teach.

3.) If one word could describe me, what would it be? That is tough, but I will go with passionate, about my wife, my family, my friends, and my work.

4.) What makes my favorite character stand out to me? That is Aragorn, who shows a combination of courage, curiosity, generosity, and weakness.

5.) If a story is difficult to understand, do I finish it? Always.

6.) What one person would I choose as a companion for one day? I would love to spend one day being able to speak with Einstein. I am not saying I would understand him, but I would enjoy the conversation.

7.) What one literary character affected me the most? Again, it would be Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings.

8.) If I could pick where I would retire, where would it be today? Near Burlington, Vermont.

9.) If I could choose one gift or talent for a lifetime, but only one, what would it be? To be able to write well.

10.) Stranded on a deserted island, what two non-electronic items do I want with me? A volume of the complete works of Shakespeare and a coffee percolator for over a campfire.

11.) What is one target accomplishment for 2016? To have my horror novel Evil Lives After published.

Here Are My Nominees:

Tadhg https://askateenageaspie.wordpress.com

Bruce https://sportsattitudes.wordpress.com

Lynette Noni http://lynettenoni.com/

Khaya Ronkainen http://www.khayaronkainen.com

Mitch Goldfarb https://mitchgoldfarbblog.wordpress.com

Tricia http://neverlessthan.com/

Eddie Two Hawks https://eddietwohawks.wordpress.com

Carolina http://yesterdayafter.com

Anna https://fargaregardsanna.wordpress.com

Laura https://todaysdose.wordpress.com

Spearfruit http://spearfruit.com/

My Questions For My Nominees:

1.) What is your most important creative skill?

2.) What season of the year do you prefer?

3.) Do you like to travel with a clear plan or make it up as you go?

4.) If you could travel to anytime in the past, where and when would it be?

5.) What do you think is the most important quality for a good leader?

6.) What is one  thing that could be done to help nurture creativity in children?

7.) What is your favorite book?

8.) If you could develop one skill that you do not currently have, what would it be?

9.) Where  would you like to visit in the world today?

10.) What is your favorite comfort food?

11.) Do you prefer  to write with a keyboard or pen?

And once again, thank you to Roo Ruse at What’s Next https://roosruse.wordpress.com

 

 

Dining With Characters: Part 3

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It has been a while since I have made an entry to this series, so I thought it was definitely a good time to do so. As before, I am imagining what it would be like to invite a few fictional characters to a dinner and have conversation with them.

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(This is the first page of the extant original copy of Beowulf, written in Old English.)

 

Today’s guests are Beowulf, King Arthur, and Aragorn, all kings from British epics: Beowulf, Le Morte d’Arthur, and The Lord of the Rings. These books range from the Dark Ages, circa the mid 800s to the Middle Ages, circa 1485 to the contemporary world in the mid 1900s. These texts are all important to me, both as a reader and as a teacher, because I have used all of these books in different college classes. While covering a very long historical range, they all deal with the difficulties faced by leaders especially when the fate of their kingdoms rests in their decisions and actions.

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For this entry, we would dine again at a traditional British pub, and we would be seated around a fairly large, wooden, round table.  This seems appropriate, given the attendees.

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I would like to ask these three kings what it was like to lead soldiers actively into combat. Unlike the leaders of contemporary armies, they faced death directly with their fellow fighters. I would also ask them what they see the main responsibilities of leaders to be. I would also like to ask them if they consider fate to be real, or are they in control of their own destinies?  Given the variation in optimism and pessimism that ranges in their attitudes, their approaches to facing the difficulties of life and death would be fascinating to explore.

I would certainly be curious to see how these three warrior kings spoke with each other. I think a checking of the swords at the door might be a very good idea.

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What questions would you ask these leaders?