1. Taken from a Christian perspective, what are your thoughts and feelings on the fantasy genre in general? Do you hold to any convictions or guidelines on things like magic, sorcery, fantastical elements or allegory in fantasy books?
Another Lord of the Rings lady-character whom I really love is Arwen, lord Elrond's beautiful elven-daughter. While in the PJ movies, they did romanticize her character a bit too much (mostly it was overdone in the Two Towers), she nonetheless is such an amazing character because of her deep, abiding love for Aragorn, waiting so long for him and what she sacrifices for that love - for him, she willingly gives up her immortal life, subjects herself to the world of mortals and suffers the aching pain of separation from her father who travels into the West, and the eventual death of Aragorn who is himself a mortal. She herself dies in Middle-earth, and does not take the last ship to leave to the Undying Lands. . . another moving thing she does is give her elf-jewel to suffering Frodo who returns to the Shire weary and injured, and offers him her place on the last ship to leave Middle-Earth :'). She also has a beautiful relationship with her father, which I liked :).
I believe she is my favourite heroine in The Tales of Goldstone Wood as of yet. . . she had me tears, reading her story in Veiled Rose and Moonblood. Rose Red is a very brave girl, a person who keeps loving, forgiving those who treat her wickedly and despise her, and continues giving of herself even when it hurts (and oh boy! it hurts badly, and she gets angry and frustrated and stubborn, all right!) but she holds on, and believes. . . she loves. I can't really say more for fear of spoilers if you'd like to read the books, but she is definitely a favourite.
For some reason, many of those who read this question assumed I DID mean Disney animations. Oh well. . . so maybe I should include those too?
And because I have no more time, here is a list of some other of my favourite heroes (sorry that I was not able to describe them though. . . )
|Gimli in LOTR|
Wrong will be right, When Aslan comes in sight, At the sounds of his roar, Sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, Winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, We shall have spring again. ~C.S. Lewis (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)
~Frodo: "I wish none of this had happened." ~Gandalf: "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." ~The Fellowship of the Ring
"I do not believe this darkness will endure." - Faramir | The Return of the King |
~Mr. Tumnus: [of Aslan] "He's not a tame lion." ~Lucy: No... but he is good." (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
"It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.... there is some good in this world, and it is worth fighting for!" ~Sam |The Two Towers|
"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." ~Galadrial (The Fellowship of the Ring)
"Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!" ~Aragorn |Return of the King22. Favourite battle in a fantasy book or movie?
25. Who is your favourite side-kick (secondary character) in books/movies of this genre? (you are welcome to choose more than one ;).
I am not so sure if they all count as side-kicks, but I would probably pick out three:
Quite a few actually!
Golden Daughter - Anne Elisabeth Stengl (and the subsequent books in the ungoing series!)
Draven's Light - Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Cloak of the Light - Chuck Black
The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald
A Cast of Stones - Patrick Carr
The Hero's Lot - Patrick Carr
A Draw of Kings - Patrick Carr
Plenilune - by Jennifer Freitag (and the subsequent books in the series!)
The Great Divorce - C. S. Lewis
Unfinished Tales - J.R.R. Tolkien
27. Which fantasy work struck you with the most sense and depth of faith and the author's perception of morality, ethics, the distinction and battle between good and evil, and the Christian walk? Can you share a little bit about it?
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual of wickedness in the heavenly
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was probably the first fantasy book I read, and I loved it!
As it is rather late, I would like to rather refer you to the response of one of my friends who wrote in reply to this question, which really echo my thoughts beautifully: I quote Hannah from The Writer's Window blog:
". . . As a character in fantasy says, "You'll rarely find more truth than in fairy tales." Authors of old and now new ones are bringing forth stories that parallel our own. Oh, we not have special powers or a quest to destroy an evil ring. We may not meet elves or ever have to fight goblins. But there is evil in this world and fantasy reminds us of the more supernatural things at stake when it is easy to get caught up in the material humdrums of life. There is a dark lord, there is a war, temptations ensnare us, and we fight battles of our own. Granted, some fantasy will teach improper truths, as is the case in most genres. People might become more caught up in the fantasy than the real world and might even become attracted to magic, which in this world will get them into darkness, not light. But for those who measure their fantasy by the truth of God, they will see heroes struggle, yet have victory, and they will be reminded that there is a happily ever after."