Sunday, September 20, 2020

A Tolkien Blog Party 2020 -- Kick-Off Post

Can you believe this is the eighth year we've gathered here virtually to celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless stories and all things Middle-earth?  I think that's pretty cool, to be honest!


I just posted my giveaway a minute ago, so be sure to check that out and enter if any of the prizes strike your fancy.


As always, there's a tag below that you can copy to your own blog and answer there, then put the link to your post in the linky widget at the bottom of this post. Like last year, you can also contribute ANY Tolkien-related post to the party, as long as it is new. (Don't link to stuff you posted like two years ago or something.)  Anything Tolkien-related is fair game, whether it involves Middle-earth or not. Review one of his books, talk about the movies, devote a whole post to your favorite character, whatever! There's no sign-up sheet, just post what you want to and then share your post via the link-up in this post.


Speaking of the tag questions, here they are!

1. What Tolkien character do you think you're the most like?
2. What Tolkien character do you wish you were more like?
3. What would your dream home in Middle-earth be like?
4. You get to make a movie of the story of Beren and Luthien!  Who do you cast as the leads?
5. Have you ever marathoned the LOTR or Hobbit movies?
6. Do you have a favorite song or track from the movie soundtracks by Howard Shore?
7. Which of Tolkien's characters would you like to be best friends with?
8. Who of the people in your real life would you want in your company if you had to take the ring to Mordor?
9. Have you read any of Tolkien's non-Middle-earth works?
10. Is there a book by Tolkien you haven't read yet, but want to?


Don't forget to add a button to your post.  They're all snippets of Tolkien's own artwork this year!

And here is the link-up widget.  Remember to add all your party posts to this so we can all visit them!


Come back tomorrow for the first of two games I have planned!  I'll also be posting a review of Tolkien's children's book Roverandom later this week.

45 comments:

  1. I can't remember if I ever participated before, but I've always enjoyed seeing this event on your blog! Definitely joining in this week and will have a couple of posts to share soon. :)

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    1. Marian, whether or not this is your first time participating or not, I'm glad you've been enjoying these! I'm looking forward to reading your posts :-)

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    1. Olivia, your joy about it brings me joy :-)

      I do love that this is something 2020's weirdness can't mess with -- pandemics be hanged, we WILL celebrate Tolkien together!

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    1. Ivy Miranda, yes! It has arrived at last, precisely when it should :-)

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  4. Wow, I am SO excited for this week, and the tag! Thank you for doing this ever year, Rachel!

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    1. Samantha, you're welcome, and thank you for participating!

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    2. You're welcome! I just put up my first post, and am really excited to do the tag later in the week. :)

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  5. Yayyy I love this time of year almost as much as Christmas. Thank you, Hamlette. :)

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    1. Kendra, oh my goodness! I got a little choked up reading your comment. Wow! Thank YOU for participating and being so lovely :-)

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    2. This whole blog party brings me a lot of joy; I'm glad I could give a little back to you! :)

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    3. Kendra, you're going to make me cry :-)

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  6. These questions were so fun to fill out:).

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  7. Congratulations on the new blog party--I love seeing Tolkien's beautiful watercolors!

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    1. Thanks, John Smith! I know, he had such a lovely style, didn't he?

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    1. Gabby, 'keen' is one of my favorite underused words, and your comment made me grin :-D

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  9. YAY!! I'm kinda ridiculously excited this year. Like tingly excited. (Is that allowed? ;D) Just so many ideas spinning round... Hopefully I can catch some and wrangle them into some good, sensibly beautiful posts by the end of the week. XD <333

    And I got my tag answers up and I'm off to enter the giveaway. Thank you! Sending hugs...

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    1. Heidi, I have been extra enthusiastic for this party this year too, and several others have said the same. I think that, with all the upheaval and change and canceled plans that 2020 has inflicted on us, the knowledge that this party can still go on exactly the same as always has been a comfort to a lot of people, myself included.

      Looking forward to those good, sensibly beautiful posts! AND your read-along :-D

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    2. Yes indeedy. <3 And oh good... I just got my post on Galadriel, Eowyn and Arwen up and am pretty pleased with how it all came together. (So yay!)

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    3. Heidi, very cool! Glad it all assembled nicely for you :-)

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  10. I'm excited to join for the first time! Thank you for hosting!

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    1. Stephanie, welcome! Your first time -- that's just cool :-) Thanks for joining!

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  11. I'm excited to join for the first time! Thank you for hosting!

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  12. My Lord of the Rings inspired post is up now!

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    1. Stephanie, that's awesome! I'm hoping to catch up on reading them this evening :-) SO many good posts already!

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  13. Tag answers completed on my blog!

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  14. I finally made it on here! And I just posted my tag answers to my blog :) Thanks again for hosting Hamlette!!

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    1. Fawnabelle, yay! Glad you made it :-) Thanks for joining!

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  15. Really enjoyed this blog party!! Saw this was coming up & decided to answering the tag questions.

    https://www.pagestoremember.com/2020/09/23/tolkien-2020-blog-party/

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    1. Pages to Remember, glad you're here to join the fun!

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  16. Hi! I just discovered your party and wanted to join the fun! I'll have another post maybe tomorrow answering your tag questions!

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    1. Jen, I'm so glad you found the party and were able to join the fun! I'm terribly far behind reading people's posts, but I hope to do so soon. Thanks for participating!

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    2. ^_^ You're welcome. Thanks for hosting!

      My Tag answers post is up now! :D

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  17. Hi Rachel,

    I accidentally wrote my full name on the list (I'm running low on sleep OK xD) so I did another one, but can't figure out how to delete the first one! I'm so sorry! If you know how to delete it, please do!!

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    1. Gabby, all fixed! I can go behind the scenes for both this and the giveaway and add or delete things :-) Sometimes people think theirs didn't go through and put it in multiple times, so pretty much I go delete entries for someone at least once a party. Not a problem!

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  18. I finally had a minute to post my own tag answers this morning!!! Whew!

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  19. Wowwww this is SO cool. I had never heard of this party before. Glad I’m finally invited. 😉
    I entered the giveaway because CANDLES
    myyy presicious

    I honestly think this is my favorite giveaway I’ve seen yet. XD

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    1. Evelyn, I'm glad you found the party! And just in time, cuz... you totally won a giveaway prize :-o

      I love doing these giveaways every year! It's so fun to collect up Tolkieny prizes over the course of months and months. I do quite a few giveaways on my blogs and Instagram, but this is the one I enjoy the most :-)

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  20. Just squeaked my last post under the wire - yay! (I really hope you like it. :P) And thank you again -- I've had SO much fun this week! <3

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    1. Heidi, yay! I did a lot of catching up on posts yesterday, and hope to do more today. Glad you got that one in! Though, technically the party runs through the rest of today, so you're not even close to late ;-)

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