An Ode To 11 Fictional People Who Are My Nonfictional Heroes Part II

Hey, friends!

In Part I of this post, I regaled you with my starry-eyed feelings about some very amazing people whom I love and look up to. And yes, they are from books.

These are people whom I admire and who inspire me to be as awesome as they are.

Today, as is customary with Part II of a post, I will be continuing the list.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series)

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illustration from The Order of the Phoenix

Luna doesn’t look at things in the same way that most people do. She believes in whimsical creatures that others scoff at, she dresses in outlandish clothes, and she says awkward things.

Most people at school avoid or ridicule her, and for the most part she doesn’t have any friends. But Luna doesn’t let this cause bitterness  or dampen her wonder and curiosity for the world around her. She always tries to have a positive outlook on her circumstances.

Of course she is lonely, but instead of becoming nasty about the cruelty of others she becomes a kind and tenderhearted friend to anyone who will take the chance to get to know her. Though she seems odd, Luna turns out to be one of the truest friends anyone could have asked for.

Also she gets role model points for being one of the only teenagers in the books who doesn’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend. Can we please have more characters like this?

Quotes

1. “Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.”

2. “There are other ways of flying than with broomsticks.”

3. “I enjoyed the meetings too. It was like having friends.”

4. “Oh, no, I’d love  to go with you as friends!”

Justin (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)

Justin is a genetically modified rat and also one of the bravest beings on the planet.

I haven’t read this book in so long, but I’m pretty sure that in days gone by I wanted to marry Justin? Which is weird, because he’s a rat, but it seemed like a grand idea at the time.

When Mrs. Frisby (a mouse) needs help rescuing her family from a tractor, Justin and the rest of the rats of NIMH (except for some select jerks) do everything they can to help her.

Bother, now I’m torn because I don’t want to give away the ending, but Justin’s heroism must be told! Just read the book. Justin gave me more emotions than any rat reasonably should, and that’s including other awesome rats like Roscuro and Remy.

Quotes

1. “Do you read much?”

2. “Nicodemus, I think I’ve found the way to get out.”

3. “I wonder who he was, and where he was going.”

Kate Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby)

Kate may not be the title character of this glorious Dickens novel, but she has a story of her own and she is every bit as fiery as Nicholas is.

After her father’s death, Kate is left in London with her kind (but extremely ridiculous) mother when her brother Nicholas takes a job as a schoolteacher and leaves town. Kate and her mother are supposed to be under the care of dear Uncle Ralph, but Ralph turns out to be a prime specimen of Evil Uncle, and Kate has to free herself from his clutches and take care of herself and her mother on her own.

Kate is kind and sweet, but she won’t stand for the abusive situation that her uncle places her in. She appears to be a marshmallow but she is as strong as a lion and could probably spit fire if the need arose. Also she is very tenderhearted towards Smike, who is my child, so that makes me love her even more.

Quotes

1. “I should be sorry to think ill of him until I knew he deserved it.”

2. “A dependence on him would embitter my whole life. I should feel begging a far less degradation.”

3. “But I have been roused today beyond all endurance, and, come what may, I will not, as your brother’s child, bear these insults longer.”

Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter series)

Neville
copyright Hallie (Torrey) Blackwell. Apparently one can purchase this on adorable thing on Etsy??? Why would one hesitate???

Neville is an awkward, clumsy, forgetful bean of a child with confidence issues and he’s also the bravest man I ever knew (braver than Severus Snape, thank you very much, Harry).

Ha, ha, well…that’s another post…

Neville was raised by his scary-intense grandmother and he has felt mountains of expectations crushing his soul  for as long as he can remember. He wants to be as amazing as all his relatives seem to think he should be, but he doesn’t think he can do it, and he is a constant disappointment. He is always failing at everything. He’s too stupid. He’s too clumsy. He’s too ordinary. His potions teacher terrifies him.

Neville is the unfortunate victim of loads of bullying (both from students and teachers) and he doesn’t have any close friends.(It takes Harry ages to notice how awesome Neville is, okay?)

But Neville has a golden heart and a mountain of bravery bursting beneath his seemingly pathetic exterior. He’s just been squashed so much he doesn’t realise it’s there.

Neville is kind and thoughtful and he’ll be there when you need him. Like Luna, he’s a lonely person who would be the best friend you ever had if you just gave him the chance. Also like Luna, he doesn’t pair off with someone during the course of the series, so huzzah for that as well.

Quotes

1. “Go on then, try and hit me! I’m ready!”

2. “Oh yes, I’m fine. Very interesting dinner- I mean lesson- what’s for eating?”

3. “Then we should come too. We want to help.”

4. “We’re all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that?”

Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings)

Frodo and Sam
found this on Pinterest, is it not truly adorable?

OH SAM.

It’s hard for me to think about Sam without screaming, so just bear with me, okay?

Sam is a gardener. (I despise dirt, but I still admire him for this.) He loves delicate, growing things. He looks out for flowers and potatoes and abused ponies. He nurtures and encourages and protects. It’s woven into his nature.

When Frodo and the other hobbits are thrust into a wider world that seems much to big for them, they all perform admirably and prove themselves to be made of sterner stuff than one might guess. But of all the hobbits, (whom I love to death) Sam takes the cake.

Sam is the fiercest friend that Frodo could ever have asked for. While Frodo is struggling under the enormous weight of the Ring, Sam is right their to support him. He is something steady for Frodo to lean on. Sam holds everything together in his tender, gardener hands.

We need more Sams in this world.

Quotes

1. “Eavesdropping, sir? I don’t follow you, begging your pardon. There ain’t no eaves at Bag End, and that’s a fact.”

2. “Well, Mr. Frodo, if you do have another go, I hope you’ll say a word about his fireworks.”

3. Whoa, Sam Gamgee! Your legs are too short, so use your head!”

4. “But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t.”

5. “And I’ll carry Mr. Frodo up myself, if it breaks my back and heart. So stop arguing!” (He’s talking to himself here. It’s priceless.)

In Conclusion

Good gravy, all writing this post has done is make me think of all the glorious people I have left off the list! There are so many noteworthy characters, I couldn’t possibly list them all. And we can’t forget the real heroes, the ones who breathed life into all these characters: C.S. Lewis, Robert C. O’Brien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Rebecca Stead, Charles Dickens, Michael Ende, Anthony Doerr, J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth Marie Pope, and countless other authors who have invited us into these amazing people’s lives with their words. I can’t thank them enough.

Who are some of your favorite fictional heroes? Do you love any of the characters I mentioned? Who are your favorite authors? What do you think makes an outstanding friend? Let me know everything in the comments!

23 thoughts on “An Ode To 11 Fictional People Who Are My Nonfictional Heroes Part II

  1. Yes, part two!! Ahh, I love your description of Luna. All the drawings included in this post are so good. Oh, Sam! That’s the one character on this list that I have already met. I remember him running after Frodo at the end of the first Lord of the Rings book even though he was told not to- oh my, I really hope that’s correct or else this would be embarassing. What I think makes an outstanding friend: someone who you feel comfortable around, someone who you can talk to about all different kinds of stuff, and someone with whom you can grow a beautiful friendship with. I love that both Luna and Neville were amazing people that didn’t get noticed- that’s something that I need to remember in real life, that potential great friends aren’t always the ones that seem to be the most remarkable.

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    1. I love Sam! Yes, he stubbornly followed Frodo even though Frodo was trying to sneak off all alone. His loyalty is something I aspire to. He knew when Frodo needed him, even when Frodo wasn’t aware of it.
      That is a good description! And yes, it’s so true that often the best friends are just off to the side where you won’t notice them unless you are looking for them.

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      1. Whew good, I remember correctly. Oh my goodness, yes, that’s something I aspire too. Knowing when to stick by someone’s side and when to leave them alone.
        Thank you! Yes- I’m usually more drawn to people who fill the room, but I’ve realized that when I do that, I miss out on amazing people.

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      2. Yes, that is so true! It’s natural to be drawn to people who’s personalities are big and eye-catching, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be best friends with them. We all have to learn to look closer at everyone and notice the people who often fall through the cracks- not that they’ll necessarily be our best friends either, but at least we can give everyone a chance!

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      3. Exactly! Yep, looking closer- there have been quite a few times at school where I’ve looked at my class rosters and been sorely disappointed because I didn’t think I would have friends in them but ended up meeting awesome people. Sometimes friends seem to hide in plain sight.

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      4. Indeed, they do! The world really is full of extraordinary humans who are hiding underneath their skin. Maybe we just have to start talking to them to realize that there is a well of life just under the surface.

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  2. Fictional characters are some of the best. So many wonderful characters there and they can be role models in many ways.

    -well, I do remember Sam being loyal to Frodo to the end and that was a beautiful thing
    – I am reading Nicholas Nickleby now, and I am latching more onto Nicholas than his sister: just saying
    – Harry Potter Characters- a number of them are wonderful it seems

    : Of the characters in my book now (may or not be a series), many of them are meaningful to me

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    1. Yes, there are so many amazing ones! Sam’s loyalty is certainly beautiful.
      I can see why you would latch onto Nicholas rather than Kate- he is, after all, the main character of the story. I like Nicholas too, but for some reason Kate struck me as a good character. Sometimes that happens.
      True, I did include two Harry Potter characters on this list! I just love Neville and Luna both so much that I couldn’t leave either of them off.
      It’s always good to create characters that you yourself find meaningful!

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  3. Fabulous post with some of my own favourites, too! I loved Kate when I re-read Nicholas Nickleby recently – I’d forgotten how much stronger and feistier she is than a lot of Dickens’ heroines. I have a major soft spot for Neville too, and as for Sam! He’s the most heroic hero of them all!

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  4. I love Sam! He’s probably my favourite character in LOTR (though I love Eomer and Eowyn so much as well). It’s mostly Sam that makes all the stuff about trudging through Mordo bearable, and I think he’s as much a hero as Frodo in the end.
    And Luna as well. She’s amazing. I would love to know how she got on in Snape’s classes 😀

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    1. Sam is my favourite character as well, though I have a special place for all the hobbits. And Eowyn and Eomer are two of my favourite non-hobbit characters. 🙂 And Faramir…
      I know! That would indeed be interesting. Everything about Luna’s life is.

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  5. Sam’s just awesome!! That’s all we need to say.
    Oooh, I haven’t read Nicholas Nickleby yet, but as soon as I finish Great Expectations, its my next Dickens book to tackle.
    I also finished The Return of the King yesterday and I’d forgotten exactly how much I love Eowyn and Faramir as well…and Frodo 🙂
    There’s just so many great characters…

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  6. Man, now that you mention Luna Lovegood again, she seems really relatable.

    And I’m quite surprised you used to want to marry a rat.

    Personally, I wish I could name some favourite characters but I guess I just suck at liking people. Haha, just kidding… kinda xD

    Now that you mention this second post, it gives me a better idea of what kinds of books you enjoy consuming.

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    1. I know! I love Luna.
      Yeah, I’m a little surprised by it myself. For the record, he’s an extremely personified rat. I guess Justin really made an impression on me. Thankfully I’ve moved passed that at this point, though he is still an amazing character.
      Haha, I know what you mean! Sometimes I will read ten books in a row and not like ANYONE. I can be tough to please sometimes. Doing posts like this reminds me that there actually are characters that I love.
      Cool! What kind of books do you enjoy consuming?

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      1. Well, YA Contemporary is my go-to though I’ve come to realise that it isn’t my FAVOURITE. I also like Historical Fiction and Literary Fiction and classics sometimes (though it’s been a few months since I last read one, oops). I plan to consume more Fantasy this year and hopefully read out of my comfort zone and enjoy stuff!

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      2. You are so brave. (I only say that because YA in general sort of terrifies me.) My go-to is basically Middle Grade fantasy I guess, but I really grew out of that a while ago and I’m just denying it. Some of my favourites are historical fiction and classics too. Best of luck with finding books you love in new genres! There are really so many good books all over the place- and really bad ones too, but hey, let’s try to pretend we’re optimistic for a second… 😉

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  7. I found your post while I was searching “Samwise Gamgee” on WordPress haha and I love it! He is one of my favourite characters ever, and I fell in love with him when I first read LOTR T_T (he also made me prouder to have Sam as a nickname too and I’ve made up my mind to name one of my future children after him HAHA!) I really deeply value loyalty and responsibility, and when other people hold those two things in high esteem, they earn great respect from me. Sam is one of them, so I admire him and I became endeared to all the parts where he was mentioned in the book 🙂 A few weeks ago, I watched the films for the first time (I did see them when I was a kid but I didn’t understand it yet xD), and I loved how Sean Astin portrayed him, with the crying and carrying of pots-and-pans through hell and high water. The gentle care that you described him having was beautifully written, and I’m grateful to have found your post and blog!!

    Also, C.S. Lewis and Tolkien are my favourite authors too!

    What makes an outstanding friend for me is the experience and deep level of understanding we have with each other, the audacity to point out when I’m wrong because it’s for my good, and the humility of a servant heart (like Sam’s!! haha). Thanks for putting interesting questions at the end of your posts – I wanna answer them all 😂

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    1. Thank you so much, I really enjoyed reading your comment! It is wonderful to know that you admire Sam as much as I do. He is such an inspirational character. And Sean Astin did an excellent job of portraying him! (I myself have seen the movies perhaps more times than I can mention. 😉 )
      Yes! C.S. Lewis and Tolkien are amazing! I love their books so much. They have so much depth and so many complex and relatable characters. I never tire of their stories.
      That is an excellent description of an outstanding friend. “The audacity to point out when I’m wrong because it’s for my good” is a really great point! Understanding is key as well.
      Thank you so much again!

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      1. Yayyy, I’m glad you did! Now I’m planning to write a post about the reasons why he’s one of my favourite characters hehe. (WOW, that’s awesome! I watched it with my family and it took us three days 😂)

        I agree – I started reading Lewis when I was a kid, and every time I reread Narnia, it kept getting deeper and deeper and I would get new revelations 😀 Although with Tolkien’s Hobbit and LOTR, I sometimes skip parts of the narrative when I get bored haha – but I plan to read those parts slowly on another go 🙂 I’m rereading The Fellowship for the second time right now, and I just love how Tolkien portrays culture and social interactions.

        Thanks! I got that point from Proverbs 27:6, “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” I kinda saw an example of it when Bilbo hid the Arkenstone from Thorin HAHA!!
        Well, I’m glad I found your blog and another booklover like you! I’ll be reading more of your posts 🙂 God bless!

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      2. Yes! I would definitely read that post. 🙂
        I know, that happens to me every time I reread Narnia as well. Books like that are my favorite kind to read. I can just keep reading them and getting new things out of them. Not all books can withstand multiple readings!
        Haha, yes, Tolkien can be a little bit long-winded. 😉
        That’s so true. And Bilbo hiding the Arkenstone from Thorin is a great example! I love it when I find examples of truth in literature. It can help me understand scripture better.
        I’m glad you found me too! Anyone who loves Samwise Gamgee has my respect. 😉

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