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Who’s Your Favorite #LOTR Sidekick?

Like so many of you out there, I love, love, love Lord of the the Rings. Its an ensemble story rich with sidekicks–all of which have a critical role to play in the story.  And its in LOTR, we see the essential qualities of sidekicks–they ground the hero or heroine, hold their hand as they walk a perilous journey, no matter how hard that journey or how dark the road.   My favorite, the one who sets the gold standard, is Samwise Gamgee.

Although set up as the sidekick to Frodo, Sam to me is the hero of the story.  Frodo carries the ring, Aragorn sexily swings his swords and grows into the mantle of a king, Gandalf ascends to the White Wizard, Legolas is steady on his bow and beautiful to behold–heroes all. But its on Sam’s shoulders they all stand.  He’s loyalty and love, faith and fidelity, hard work and dogged dedication. Sam is the ever present reminder of what they all fight for–home and hearth, good food, a loving partner, a family, the taste of strawberries, the scent of grass, the touch of a rose.

But the line and scene that encapsulate this, is when Sam picks up Frodo and carries him to the top of Mt. Doom.

Mr. Frodo, I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.

That scene epitomizes love and the foundational role of the sidekick. The grandeur of love and friendship is not in its opulence, but on the ground, when things look impossible, when the moment is darkest, it is the hand that helps you up.

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“Play it again, Sam.”

Who’s your favorite LOTR sidekick?

Celebrity Crushes

aragorn_posterI don’t have celebrity crushes on actors or famous people. I admire people for the way they live their lives, but crushes, that’s just not in my DNA.

But, I do have obsessions with certain TV programs, an actor’s role, movies and/or books. If I get hooked on a show or a book series, then I watch or read it until I can’t get my hands on another one.

The first obsession I had was Dr. Doolittle – I read every one of Hugh Lofting’s books – that was followed by The Lord Of The Rings and then, all of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries. TV programs – Dark Shadows – I remember coming home from school, anticipating 4:00 – luckily I was able to monopolize the TV at that time! Star Trek came later, my favorite The Next Generation.

I can crush on an actor’s role – and thinking about it – John Thornton of the BBC’s North and South would be one crush I had on a character. Oh, and Aragorn in LoR – yes definitely Aragorn – a sensitive and poetic kick-ass warrior.

Peace and Love,

Viki Lyn

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Pride will be the death of him.

When psychic Nate Coleman dreams of a murder, he knows it’s a premonition. He can’t forget the image of his ex-lover with a bullet hole through his chest. Nate has no choice but to confront William and face the skeptical scientist’s ridicule.

Dr. William Ryner doesn’t believe in what he can’t prove. When Nate comes back into his life, it’s not to rekindle their love, but to bring up more of that mumbo jumbo that split them apart.

Despite William’s refusal to listen, Nate can’t ignore the premonition. And, William can’t ignore Nate. Before the gunman strikes, William must either trust in Nate’s ability

No. No. No. I can’t do it!

business card logoI can’t do it. Name my most favorite ebook ever. I’m too fickle and love too many books to come up with an all time favorite. I’ve been reading ever since I can remember. My grandmother took me and my sister to the library every couple of weeks where I would sit in front of the shelves and make a large pile of books to check out. My favorite author back then was Dr. Seuss and all the Dr. Dolittle books.  Once I’m into a series I want to read all the books from the beginning to the end, and in order.

As I grew older, I switched to fantasy and read Lord of the Rings (of course) and The Hobbit and Tad William’s Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. I moved on from there to murder mysteries, never growing out that genre. As an adult, I love m/m romance, murder mysteries, yaoi and literary fiction. I don’t have much time for reading as before, which is sad, because there is nothing better than losing myself in a good book.

Peace and Love!

Viki Lyn

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Love those series…

Agatha Christie copy

I am one of these readers that when I get hooked on a series or author, I want to read everything by that person. I’ve always been that way. When I had discovered Tolkein’s, The Hobbit, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Lord of the Rings. Then when I read my first Agatha Christie mystery, I had to read all 70 plus books by that wonderful author.

Ze manga

I also read  yaoi or Boy’s Love Japanese manga. Ze is a great ongoing series and I can’t wait for Embracing Love which is being republished in the U.S. The stories are simplistic and sentimental, and I shouldn’t be so hung up on reading them, but the guys are hot and damn sexy. And, I’m a sentimental broad. 🙂 When I went to Japan, I noticed many of the young men had manga and anime hair cuts. I wondered what came first…the hair cut or the manga?

Peace and Love!

Viki Lyn

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Favorite books and authors

Greenegg

I always went through reading streaks since I was a kid. I read every one of Dr. Seuss’s books. Green Eggs and Ham was one of my favorites.

Dr_Dolittle

From Dr. Seuss, I moved on to Hugh Lofting’s Dr. Dolittle series. I just loved the idea of talking animals. I’ve always been fascinated by fantasy and make-believe, and didn’t mind reading fiction that was far beyond reality.

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In my teens, I picked up The Hobbit and was hooked on Tolkien’s Middle Earth and the complexity of The Lord of the Rings.

Agatha Christie

As I got older, I began to read more murder mysteries, and less fantasy. I devoured every one of Agatha’s Christie’s mysteries including her six romances penned under Mary Westmacott.

I still own my Dr. Dolittle books and they have a special place in my bookshelf.

Happy Reading!

Viki
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Viki Lyn: Award winning author of male/male paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

Pride will be the death of him.

When psychic Nate Coleman dreams of a murder, he knows it’s a premonition. He can’t forget the image of his ex-lover with a bullet hole through his chest. Nate has no choice but to confront William and face the skeptical scientist’s ridicule.
Dr. William Ryner doesn’t believe in what he can’t prove. When Nate comes back into his life, it’s not to rekindle their love, but to bring up more of that mumbo jumbo that split them apart.

Despite William’s refusal to listen, Nate can’t ignore the premonition. And, William can’t ignore Nate. Before the gunman strikes, William must either trust in Nate’s ability or rely only on the facts, but if he does the latter, pride could be the death of him.

I’d like to the thank the Academy…for love in all its beautiful variations #Oscars

Even though I love movies, I have not seen a single film nominated for the Oscars.  Not one. No time.  ~Lesigh~  The only movies I manage to sneak in are with my kid as a family activity and half of those, I pay for on demand, months after they’ve been in the movie theater.  No complaints really.  My life is full. So I’ll talk about my all-time favorite Oscar films with a focus on love.

While there are truly many great Oscar-winning films (list here), if I only had two of them, my film library would be complete.  The first is quite simply one of best films about love ever made—Casablanca (3 Oscars including best picture in 1943).  No HEA here.  In the world of Casablanca, where the world hangs in a balance with World War II in full blaze, we see and feel the sacrifices that people, flawed and beaten up, are willing to make for love.  It’s love at its most unselfish and its most painful.  Sometimes the price of love is the ability to say good bye, to let go for a greater good. Or because it is what’s best for the one you love.

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Because life is not always such a downer, my other favorite must-have Oscar winner is Lord of the Rings: Return of the King  which ran away with 11 Oscars including best picture in 2003.  Actually I love and own all three of the trilogy, but this one took best picture so I’m going with it.

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While LOTR has an HEA—the world is saved,  Aragorn and Arwen get their happy ending,  Eowyn finds love in Faramir, and Sam discovers the courage to win his Rosie—the real love this story celebrates is friendship.   The relationship between Sam and Frodo grounds the movie and enables all the others to get to their happy ending.  Sam, who never wanted to be a hero or leave the Shire, stays with Frodo to the bitter end.  Even if Frodo cannot himself throw the ring, Sam’s dogged loyalty and reliability got him all the way to that precipice in Mt. Doom and home again.  Love should always bring you home.

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So how have award winning movies captured love at its best?  Which of them are must owns and why?

Sauron the Ultimate Bad Ass

Sauron 12-inch figure from Lord of the Rings
There is no life in the void, only death.

—Sauron’s voice to Frodo Baggins through the Great Eye, when Frodo has the Ring on.

I’m not much for villains and rarely do I love them. I’m a ‘love the hero/heroine’ kind of girl. But we are not talking about the good guys today. This post is about villains we love to hate and after thinking long and hard I decided that Sauron was on top of my list.

The Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret a master ring, to control all others. And into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice, and his will to dominate all life. One Ring to rule them all.

—Galadriel regarding Sauron and the forging of the One Ring.

Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, was the boss-man and the quintessential role model for every role-playing game I’d ever played. He is the perfect model for the ultimate bad-ass. Even the most powerful warriors in Middle Earth, Captains of the West, elves and dwarves weren’t able to destroy his reign over their land for he had forged the One Ring to rule them all. This incredible will to dominate all things corrupted his heart and soul. There was nothing left to redeem within him, his soul shriveled, and so he had to be destroyed.

Every villain has an Achilles heel and Sauron’s was the very ring that gave him his power. And I love the dichotomy because that’s very human. So many times our gifts or talents are also our flaws. We learn to rely on them and sometimes take the easy way out instead of growing or learning from our mistakes. In the end, it took a very fragile and powerless hobbit and a corrupt Gollum to defeat the Dark Lord. The One Ring perished along with all the power Sauron had invested in it.

And like many villains, Sauron didn’t start out being evil. In the earliest of days, he was known as Mairon the Admirable. It was his fatal flaw of having to dominate and control that turned him to the dark side. He became corrupted by the Dark Lord Morgoth and took the name Sauron and the rest was history.

I have a villain in my White Tiger Tales series. He is similar to Sauron in that his power seems indestructible. Eidolon is a shape shifter that has lived for hundreds of years. Slowly he became corrupt by his intellectual powers and his need to dominate the will of others. He has it out for Antoine, the white tiger shifter, because he blames him for his family being cast out of the tribe. He wasn’t always corrupt but evil has a way of transforming a person into something ugly.

Happy Reading!

Viki Lyn
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Viki Lyn: Award winning author of male/male paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

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