Eowyn's Friday

Gain New Blog FollowersTime for me to take part in some Friday memes, me thinks! I have been sort of absent and I apologize, but time flies at University. There is so much to do, so much to read that everything else sort of falls away.  But now I am completely ready for these questions. Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Q: Activity! Who do you want to be? If you could choose any character from a book. What do you think that character looks like and what do you have in common?
Oh Lord, there are soo many characters that I love, but when it comes to it, I don't know whether I would actually want to be them. But the more I thought about it the more this one character came to mind: Eowyn from 'The Lord of the Rings'. She is an amazing character and while reading the books and watching the movies I felt a real affinity towards her. Especially when she is asked what she fears and answers as follows:
't]o stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire'
One of my worst fears is to live a life in a cage, to not be able to achieve anything or live life. And I feel she is really empowered and modern, wanting to fight her battles and be a good ruler. And I also have a thing for Faramir, so I would have no problem marrying him.

I decided today that I was not going to read anything related to University and found myself reading 'Who's Afraid of Jane Austen?' It's really funny and the tagline is 'How to really talk about books you haven't read'. Sometimes you haven't finished a book but know you will be expected to have an opinion on it and then it is good to know how to express yourself without giving away you haven't read it. To be honest, most of the books that Hitchings talks about I have already read, but it is fun nonetheless. But I decided to use this book for Book Beginnings (Rose City Reader) and Friday 56 (Freda's Voice).

'You are at a wedding or a dinner party, and the conversation is flowing - a roiling, competitive brabble. Or perhaps it is edgy, hesitant (though still competitive). But then the subject moved on...to books. The change in direction is an opportunity for you to look either brilliant or ridiculous, and you sense this keenly. Which will it be?'
I have a gift for saying stupid things that are then followed by a silence, so this opening immediately had my attention. I'd like to think I always say intelligent things, but I don't.

'Additionally, the Odyssey, unlike the Iliad, contains memorable female characters, shifts back and forward in time and setting, is overtly moral, and emphasizes the idea of justice.'
Looks like a pretty good summary of themes in the Odyssey. That is really what these kinds of books are good for. Sometimes, even after having finished a book, you can be so overwhelmed you cannot gather your thoughts. Then it is good to have someone write down some of the key themes so you can talk about it without fangirling or stuttering.

So, that was me for today. Leave a link in your comment and I'll return the visit!


  1. I can identify with the opening. Good choice. Here is my post:

  2. I like those excerpts...now I want to know more about this book!

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  3. Mmm this book sounds terrific. I'm glad that you enjoy it :)

  4. Interesting. I'm not sure I feel the stress of the conversation - I'm pretty comfortable owning up to what I haven't read! But, I bet I would find the book intriguing. Although I might end up disagreeing all over the place. I already want to argue about the Odyssey :)

  5. Eowyn was one of my first fantasy costumes ;)

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  6. Nice! I believe I saw this one earlier...don't know my LOTR info, but I did see a pick from this series!

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    Have a GREAT weekend!

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  7. Ah! Eowyn is SO amazing ♥ Fantastic choice!! Thanks for sharing,I'm a new follower via GFC :)

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  8. Yes, I can identify with the beginning! One always wants to be brilliant. It doesn't always work out though....

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  9. I have the same gift as you.... I laughed when I read that as it hit home with me.

  10. That sounds like a very clever book and I love the word play in the title.

    Thanks for including your post on Book Beginnings!

  11. Hi, from a new follower!

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  12. This book sounds like a great 'cheat' book. I work in a bookshop - it's amazing how many customer expect you to have an opinion and working knowledge of every single book in the shop!! This might help :-)

  13. Hi, from a new follower! :)

    Eowyn is a great choice: she is really the only strong woman in LotR, but I still love it!

  14. very interesting book Juli! i would love to have a copy of this. thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Juli, you always choose the most interesting books! I am definitely going to be writing this one down haha it sounds like my sense of humor, ha. Also, bonus points for a Lord of the Rings character.. can't believe I didn't think of Tolkien's World this week! have a wonderful weekend!


  16. I really need to read the Lord of the Rings series soon.
    New follower :)

  17. I LOVE Eowyn, great choice! I think her romance with Faramir is the real romance of that book series, they are so damaged and it really warmed my heart when they come together finally.


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