Wednesday, 20 February 2013

RTW: Crazy Little Thing Called Love


Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a writing-or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.


This week’s question:

What’s your favorite book/movie moment of someone doing crazy things for love?

If you haven’t read or watched The Lord of the Rings yet, don’t proceed any further. I know, I know, there’s probably only like two people on the planet that statement applies to, but I figured I’d give fair warning seeing as someone did in fact ruin the ending of the trilogy for me years ago. Still not over that.


So the RTW topic is about crazy love and Arwen isn’t exactly the poster child for crazy. I’m pretty sure that role goes to this guy…

(I doubt Aragorn wants to kiss this dude, but he did kiss his horse in the movie, so who knows?)

…but nothing says “I’m head over heels in love with you” like giving up immortality to be with the Numenorean of your dreams.  Arwen could have trotted off to the Grey Havens like Agent Smith…ahem…I mean like Elrond wanted her to, but she didn’t. Even when things looked hopeless for Middle Earth, and even though it meant giving up her Elvish good looks to grow old and gray someday, she stayed behind and became a mere mortal for Aragorn. It probably didn’t hurt that in the end she got to be queen and that Aragorn cleans up real nice once he’s taken a much needed bath, but still. On the scale of wild and crazy gestures, I’d have to say sacrificing eternity is a ten.

Shut it, My Precious. I’m staying, and that’s final!


And speaking of romance, have you ever seen Mr. and Mrs. Tolkien’s gravestone? If you’ve read The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s mythology of Middle Earth, then you’ll be familiar with Beren and Luthien whose bittersweet love story is mirrored in Arwen and Aragorn. It’s said that Tolkien based the character of Luthien on his wife, Edith. Take a look:


Hard to get any more romantic than that.

12 comments:

  1. That is definitely a crazy thing to do for love. Though, I'm not sure living forever is something that I'd necessarily want, especially since it would mean eventually losing everyone I love. Still, it's a pretty brave thing to do.

    And that tombstone is very romantic. :)

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    1. And she gave up going to Valinor, which is basically the Elvish Paradise. (So is that anything like Amish Paradise...?) I first found out about the tombstone when I read a biography on Tolkien several years ago and I still think it might be the most romantic thing I've ever seen. :)

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  2. Oh my gosh! Too cool, Erin! That gravestone is romantic...

    What a fun post, Erin. Loved this. :D

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I was in the mood for a little nerd humour. :)

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    1. Whenever the topic of grand romantic gestures comes up, that gravestone is the first thing that comes to mind.

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  4. I didn't even think of LOTR, but you're right -- Arwen sacrifices everything for Aragorn. It's not even just immortality (though, hello, that's huge) -- she gives up seeing her family. That's some serious crazy commitment right there.

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    1. Yep, and she gave all this up to spend a limited time with Aragorn. It's been a while since I read the books, but I know Tolkien didn't delve into this as much as they did in the movies. I can see why they chose to expand on this aspect of the story though. It makes a pretty big statement about love!

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  5. Love the gravestone! Beautiful and haunting. Agreed, Arwen is a good example.

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    1. I almost didn't include the picture of the gravestone in my post, but now I'm glad I did, because everyone seems to find it inspirational. :)

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  6. Aww! That's such a sweet gesture (Luthien and Beren)! I'm a huge fan of the series and Tolkien in general, but I'd never heard that before. :)

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    1. I first saw a picture of their gravestone when I read a biography of Tolkien years ago. I actually got teary because I thought it was just the most romantic thing ever. :)

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