Bilbo got my vote, because I've "known" him the longest. It's so hard to choose between the Hobbits; they are all so likeable (except the S-B's, although Lobelia got better in the end).
"They were taller and darker than the Men of Bree and were believed to have strange powers of sight and hearing, and to understand the languages of beasts and birds...but they were now few and rarely seen."
I was almost going to vote for Sam, because he did so much for Frodo out of love, friendship, and loyalty. However, when you have a friend that you really care for, you will do anything for him anyway!
I did finally chose Merry because he wanted to go with the Rohirrim and do his part in the War. Against all odds he was able to go with the help of Dernhelm.
And when Dernhelm faced the Witchking on the battlefield, Merry took courage and stood up to this evil entity and did his part to aid Dernhelm in the Witchking's demise. That took true courage and I have always admired Merry for his moment of bravery.
"You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him!"
Post by Electra Elessar on Jun 7, 2004 18:45:00 GMT -6
I voted for Samwise because of his devotion to Frodo and keeping the quest alive, even though his thoughts were always of home. He was Frodo's rock and saw through Gollum when Frodo couldn't. His sensiblility and humility was like taking a small peace of the Shire along for the journey.
Well I wanted to vote for Desi Baggins, but she wasn't in the poll, neither was Lare Bumbleroot... What's up with that?
Well, nevermind. I voted for Merry. He's my favourite hobbit in The Lord of the Rings....
Aeleorn, the ranger woman. You know, from that weird story about a she-elf and a ranger woman, meeting a hobbit in Haysend... Oh yes, and something about Gondorian rangers, elves and hobbits chasing evil bats.
I voted for Frodo. The pain and anguish he suffers is monumental. I know the other Hobbits experienced pain and suffering, but the soul shredding pain he must of went through, all for the wellfare of the lands and peoples of Middl-earth, was a generosity of spirit unparalelled. The other Hobbits dealt with their pain and misery with a clear head. Frodo was at all times weighed down by the evil of the ring. What a triumph of love! What an enduring strength!
For those who understand, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not, no explanation will suffice!
Post by Alaere Dûnhilien on Jun 13, 2004 9:48:33 GMT -6
Lol, Aeleorn... I wanted to vote for you as my favourite Maiar and/or Human, but you weren't there either...
I voted for Pippin... He makes me laugh... He's so funny, and cute... And as Desi mentioned, becoming Thain was a great establishment of his! There was after all more than meets the eye of this frolicking and prancing Hobbit.
From all those Hobbits, I like best the four of the Fellowship. But it's hard to choose between them. Frodo has an admirable courage, carrying the Ring all the way to Mordor and resisting to it (until the end). Sam is the more loyal friend ever, willing to sacrifice even his life for Frodo; Frodo would probably not have made it without him. Merry is smart and charming and brave. Pippin is funny and cheerful and his being part of the Fellowship helps him to grow up and become a valiant, confident Hobbit. Okay, I tried to put it off but I think I knew from the beginning that I'd choose Pippin. I enjoyed so much all the parts of the book he was in, it seems more than the parts with the other Hobbits. Perhaps because Pippin's funniness and recklessness makes a bit lighter the gloomy, spreading darkness of Sauron that also spreads through the pages of the book and makes your heart heavy.
Merry and Pippin seemed almost to be portrayed as a Huck & Tom type team in the movie, which was amusing and perhaps not too far off the mark. lol But I don't believe enough of their true depth was shown (not slammin PJ, he did good, and there was soooo MUCH for him to be bringing the audience.
But for all of Merry's playfullness, he did always seem to have his head on straight. Over all, he and Pippin are the two hobbits I would most like to hang out with.
Note: Pippin almost swayed me in this vote with that incredibly haunting scene from The Return of the King.
Post by Fredeghar Wayfarer on Jan 8, 2005 23:32:35 GMT -6
I voted for Bilbo. Like Hilary said, I've known him the longest. His adventures (first the animated version, then the book) were my gateway into Middle-earth. He's such a loveable little guy with a very feisty spirit. I love the emotional journey he makes, growing beyond his closed-minded hobbit ways when he sees the world and is forced into situations where he has to play the hero. And I love that even in his senile old age in Lord of the Rings, he's always ready for another adventure.
Post by Camelliadanderfluf on May 7, 2005 10:53:16 GMT -6
I'm so glad someone else sees our preciouis Bilbo as a favorite. He is the catalyst for every development in the tale: He is meant to find the ring and craftily wins (steals) it -taking it out of the dark caves. Where would our storyline star without it? His mithril coat saves Frodo's life in Khazad-dum and later the Mouth of Sauron displayed it with Sam's short sword and the elven cloak to Gandalf and the armies-"it seemed to them in a moment of silence that the world stood still, but their hearts were dead and their last hope gone." Remember the conversation in The Ivy Bush? The Gaffer speaking of Sam, "Mr. Bilbo has learned him his letters-meaning no harm, mark you, and I hope no harm will come of it." "Elves and Dragons! I says to him. Cabbages and potatoes are better for me and you. Don't go getting mixed up in the affairs of your betters, or you'll end in trouble too big for you, I says to him." How did Bilbo know to school the faithful Sam? Think how many times the story turns on the precious jewels Sam has learned at Bilbo's knee.(IMHO groomed him to be the real hero of LOTR.) I'm sure there are many more not mentioned here, but thank you for allowing me to voice a theory I've hatched in silence for the past 40 yrs. Love you all, Camellia