Announcing...Tolkien Reading Day, Carol Riggs' New Release, A to Z, and ROW80 Round 1 Wrap-up


Tolkien Reading Day, hosted by the Tolkien Society!

This year's theme is friendship, and the Society's page features videos from various scholars reading some of their favourite passages on that theme. Some of them are my favourites too, and I've always loved Leaf by Niggle.

During the 2012 A to Z Challenge I blogged about my favourite books and quoted one of the lines I love ("'and my companion, who, alas! is overcome with weariness' - here he gave the other a dig with his foot"), which also happens to relate to friendship. Those moments of levity are always heartwarming. Here's another of my favourites:
"Merry smiled. 'Well then,' he said, 'if Strider will provide what is needed, I will smoke and think. I had some of Saruman's best in my pack, but what became of it in the battle, I am sure I don't know.'
'Master Meriadoc,' said Aragorn, 'if you think that I have passed through the mountains and the realm of Gondor with fire and sword to bring herbs to a careless soldier who throws away his gear, you are mistaken. If your pack has not been found, then you must send for the herb-master of this House. And he will tell you that he did not know that the herb you desire had any virtues, but that it is called westmansweed by the vulgar, and galenas by the noble, and other names in other tongues more learned, and after adding a few half-forgotten rhymes that he does not understand, he will regretfully inform you that there is none in the House, and he will leave you to reflect on the history of tongues. And so now must I. For I have not slept in such a bed as this, since I rode from Dunharrow, nor eaten since the dark before dawn.'
Merry seized his hand and kissed it. 'I am frightfully sorry,' he said. 'Go at once! Ever since that night at Bree we have been a nuisance to you. But it is the way of my people to use light words at such times and say less than they mean. We fear to say too much. It robs us of the right words when a jest is out of place.'
'I know that well, or I would not deal with you in the same way,' said Aragorn. 'May the Shire live for ever unwithered!' And kissing Merry he went out, and Gandalf went with him.
Pippin remained behind. ‘Was there ever any one like him?' he said. 'Except Gandalf, of course. I think they must be related. My dear ass, your pack is lying by your bed, and you had it on your back when I met you. He saw it all the time, of course. And anyway I have some stuff of my own. Come on now! Longbottom Leaf it is. Fill up while I run and see about some food. And then let's be easy for a bit. Dear me! We Tooks and Brandybucks, we can't live long on the heights.'
'No,' said Merry. 'I can't. Not yet, at any rate. But at least, Pippin, we can now see them, and honour them.'"

(One of my criticisms of the films has always been the fact that they never seemed to capture such scenes properly, either changing the dialogue into cheesy throwaway lines or cutting up the lines with silly faces. Sigh.)


Carol Riggs' cover reveal!

The Body Institute
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start.

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul.

About the Author
I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member. 

You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds. 

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The A to Z Challenge, which starts next week!

I've got my theme ready: Inspired by the 2015 Reading Challenge. It's always fun showcasing different books and authors. Very excited by everyone else's themes, too!


The end of this round of A Round of Words in 80 Days!

I didn't do too badly -- kept my goals minimal so I would not be disappointed by never having any time!

I'm still trying to come up with a system that lets me keep up with blog commenting (between work all day and baby all morning and night). Once that's in place and running regularly, now that the Wallace transcribing is working well on the weekends, I'd like to look into carving time for the real stuff, by which I mean editing all the novels I've got waiting...

Hope everyone had a great round; see you for round two!

What are your favourite Tolkien or non-Tolkien story scenes about friendship?


Glad you're ready to rock with your theme. Hope we both can keep up with comments.
Li said…
Hmmm...I think Pooh and Piglet had several great friendship moments. :) Looking forward to the A to Z, see you there!
Beverley Baird said…
Sounds like a wonderful theme. I'm taking part as well. Should be interesting. You are super busy - all the best for round 2
Hi Deniz - I don't know how you do what you do .. let alone think about carving out more time. Still you provide us with much insight into your reading material ... and I can see what you mean about the Tolkien empathy of friendship ... we seem to rely on cheesy grins to please the audience.

Looking forward to your A-Z posts .. here's to learning .. cheers Hilary
alberta ross said…
looking forward to the A_Z myself - I always find it fun

my main objection to the Fellowship of the Ring film was how they tore the whole point of the homecoming apart, leaving a mush of sentimentality:( also those wonderful snippets of talk and chatter - but films are not good at stuff like that ever. It wasn't as awful as I thought it would be but the ending made me so angry

all the best with plans and challenge see you next round I hope:)
Cindy Scott said…
I'm getting ready for A to Z, although I am a little more random and eclectic.

Oh, and I may have to check out this book (The Body Institute).
Zan Marie said…
"The Body Institute" sounds fascinating! Good luck with A to Z. I'll sit on the sidelines and cheer you on. ;-)
Misha Gericke said…
My favorite scenes from LOTR were always the ones with Sam. He's just such an awesome friend. Best of luck with A to Z!
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks so much, everyone!
Alberta, I definitely agree with you.

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