Forging The Fellowship Tag~ In Which I Struggle To Count To Nine Successfully

Hello, my dear companions.

I have been tagged for the Forging the Fellowship tag. Of course I could not pass up this opportunity, because it’s based on The Lord of the Rings. How could I possibly say no to The Lord of the Rings? Well, I couldn’t. Many thanks to the illustrious Jem Jones for tagging me!

Basically, I am meant to create my own fellowship by plucking characters from other books and squashing them all together into some semblance of a Ring-destroying-team. I’ll just say up front that nothing I come up with is going to beat the original, but it still sounds like a grand old time.

So, let’s do this.

Forging the Fellowship – A Blog Tag

The Rules:

Include the tag banner in your post
Link back to the creator of the tag ( LITAFLAME.BLOG )
Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
Forge your Fellowship out of BOOK CHARACTERS by answering the given questions!
Tag three bloggers to pass the Ring to. (I think I can manage three…)

The Questions: 

1. [The Ring Bearer]: If you could choose, which of the four races would you be: Elf, Dwarf, Human, or Hobbit?

Hobbit, hands down. I practically am a hobbit anyway (I adore food and peace and quiet, and I am vertically challenged). I admire the four main hobbits in The Lord of the Rings so much, and I aspire to be as awesome as them one day.

So, yeah, I would choose to be a hobbit, even if they aren’t the strongest or the fastest or the most cunning warriors. They always take the cake in the end, and who doesn’t want cake?

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2. [Gandalf the Grey]: A wise/powerful elder/mentor character:

Hm, I think I will go with Minverva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series.

I mean, wise: check

powerful: check

elder/mentor: check

It’s actually kind of a no-brainer.

McGonagall is very strict and has a no-nonsense aura about her. Though her students may not always appreciate this, they have to admit at some point or other that she is actually pretty amazing.

Despite her sometimes severe exterior, she cares a lot about her students and offers much needed guidance and encouragement. She’s also my personal favorite head of Hogwarts.

Definitely leader-of-dangerous-quest material.

3. [Aragorn]: A character with good survival skills:

Lemony Snicket. Oh, you heard that he was dead? Well, you were wrong about that.

This man is great at Hiding, which I think would be very useful on this quest. He is also very good at Evading Bad Guys and Putting Out Fires, which are very good skills to have when trying to stay alive, I think.

His disguise kit would come in real handy on the road to Mordor.


As a side note, I really just want him and his typewriter along so that he can record our quest with as much accuracy and wit as possible, as well as define words we encounter along the way that I don’t know.

4. [Boromir]: A character who makes mistakes, but has a good heart:

(Okay, so for some reason my very first thought was Rodion Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment… But then I thought ….no. This guy murdered someone with an axe. And wasn’t actually that sorry about, except when he was afraid of getting caught.  I think “good heart” might be stretching it just a tad…)


I’ll go with Marcus Heilbroner from When You Reach Me.

This kid. He may just go up to a random boy and punch him for dumb reasons, but he totally has a heart of gold.

Marcus is kind of an oddball. He loves science and thinking about things that normal people don’t want to bother thinking about. He reads Relativity (you know, by Einstein?) for fun. Like you do.

His social skills are not the best. At all. Which might have something to do with the whole walking-up-to-a-kid-and-hitting-him thing…

But he’s GREAT.

5. [Gimli]: A stubborn character:

Kate Sutton from The Perilous Gard or Puddleglum from The Silver Chair.

I know, I know, I can’t decide. Can I have them both, please?

Kate is determined to figure things out and to keep her own mind. When she is captured by fairies she refuses to budge on her principles or give up any of her mental faculties for the sake of comfort. When everyone is telling her that Christopher is dead, she doesn’t just believe it. She says You idiot and snaps him out of it. Well, kind of. Stubborn is definitely a good word to describe her. In the best way.

And Puddleglum. Ah, Puddleglum. He sticks to his purpose even when it gets tough, and he would rather burn his feet off than get sucked into someone else’s idea of reality. He’s kind of a wet-blanket, but he’s got it where it counts. Best Marshwiggle there is.

6. [Legolas]: A character who is talented:

Ulysses from Flora and Ulysses. He may be a squirrel, but he can fly and write poetry. There’s talent for you.

Ulysses was an ordinary squirrel, until he got sucked up in a vacuum cleaner and became a super-hero squirrel. The only issue here is that if we brought Ulysses, we’d need to bring Flora along as well… (I feel like I’m just slowly accumulating more than nine members for this fellowship…shhhh…)

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7. [Peregrin Took]: A character who at first seems useless, but ends up surprising you:

Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series! Not that he ever seemed useless to me, but most of the characters seemed to view him this way until he proved them wrong. And he proved them SO WRONG.

Neville is always made fun of and struggles a lot in school. He starts out super insecure, but underneath it all his heart is full of courage and love and he would do anything for his friends, even from the beginning. It takes everyone WAY too long to figure out how awesome he is, but he more than proves himself time and time again, and finally they start to catch on.

So, yeah, I really want Neville in my fellowship.

8. [Meriadoc Brandybuck]: A character who is small/not very strong, but has great courage:

Despereaux Tilling from The Tale of Despereaux. He is a mouse. Not only that, but he is a very small mouse. Not only that, but he is a very sickly mouse. Great questing material, am I right?

BUT his heart is so big, and that’s what counts the most. He loves light and music and stories. He would face anything, even the deepest dark, to save his princess.

9. [Samwise Gamgee]: A character who is extremely loyal and doesn’t give up:

Do you realize how hard it is to resist the urge to just put down Samwise Gamgee here?

It is very hard.

Um, okay, so I’ll go with William Dobbin from Vanity Fair. Loyalty/not giving up is pretty much his defining trait. If nothing else, Dobbin is loyal…perhaps sometimes a little too loyal.

That, and he can play the flute. What’s a fellowship without a little music?

But also he is in the military, so I think that would be useful for this kind of mission….quest…thing.

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Yeah, Elrond, there are totally just nine of us. Hehe…

Ookay, so we have:

Me (as a hobbit)

Minerva McGonagall (our steadfast leader)

Lemony Snicket (our disguise expert)

Marcus Heilbroner (our scientist)

Kate Sutton or Puddleglum (our reality-check person)

Ulysses and Flora (our super-talented flying, poetry expert and his best friend)

Neville Longbottom (our stouthearted warrior)

Despereaux Tilling (our other stouthearted warrior)

William Dobbin (…our third stouthearted warrior…and also flautist)

…Yeah, we could totally destroy the Ring with this crowd.

Even though two of us are rodents. And some of us may or may not be children.



Well, there you are. Let’s sally forth on our quest! …Though I’m not too keen on being the Ring-bearer.

Now I am really trying to wrap my mind around what the dynamic would be between these characters and it’s making my brain hurt.

Marcus, Ulysses and Despereaux would probably be too zoned out to realize we were even on quest. And McGonagall would probably lose patience pretty quick with all these space cadets. Meanwhile Puddleglum would be soliloquizing about how we were doomed to fail, as optimistically as possible. And Lemony Snicket would probably just kind of…disappear. Survive, sure. Work with a team? Not so much.

Hm. Well. It might still work.

At least I didn’t bring the axe-murderer along, guys.

I tag…


The Temperamental Writer @ All Things Trivial and Insignificant

Sarah Seele @ Sixty-Something Trees

Eden @ The Happy Hedgehog

Middle Earth Musician @ Music, Mystery, Middle Earth, and Mitochondria

Ta-da! I did it.

That was three, right?

For your convenience, here are the questions all in one place:

1. [The Ring Bearer]: If you could choose, which of the four races would you be: Elf, Dwarf, Human, or Hobbit?

2. [Gandalf the Grey]: A wise/powerful elder/mentor character:

3. [Aragorn]: A character with good survival skills.

4. [Boromir]: A character who makes mistakes, but has a good heart

5. [Gimli]: A stubborn character.

6. [Legolas]: A character who is talented

7. [Peregrin Took]: A character who at first seems useless, but ends up surprising you.

8. [Meriadoc Brandybuck]: A character who is small/not very strong, but has great courage.

9. [Samwise Gamgee]: A character who is extremely loyal and doesn’t give up.  

Now, go forth and forge your fellowship.

What do you think of my fellowship? Are you familiar with any of the characters I chose? Do you think they would figure out how to work well together, or would it be a total disaster? Do you think that music is an important thing to have on a perilous quest? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Forging The Fellowship Tag~ In Which I Struggle To Count To Nine Successfully

      1. It would be interesting to that.

        The Fairy Frogs in Tale of the Cattail Forest are small (as in smaller than a iPhone). Tweetsie is actually the smallest and youngest- I had to find a way to make her look that way. All of the characters, who are Fairy Frogs, are clever, deeply compassionate, and naturally gifted in the arts.

        As for the other two WIPS- there isn’t much about Lizzy now, but in Greatest Discovery- I really have gotten to know the two main characters.

        Still, creating a fellowship out of your characters can still be challenging

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      2. Well, in that book, it has 7 Fairy Frog characters and 6 Toads.

        As for the other characters- I have Lizzy (a lizard) and some characters of the Greatest Discovery

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  1. Okay that was hilariously awesome. Ulysses, my word. 😂😂 A super-hero squirrel poet? Legolas would be jealous. I so totally need to read that book. And I’m so glad you included Despereaux! I love that mouse SO much. ❤ ❤ PUDDLEGLUM. I believe I've gushed about him here before, but I'm not ashamed to do so again. He's so adorable in all of his incredibly optimistic marsh-wiggle-ness. And it'd be so interesting to see the interactions between him and Lemony Snickett. Between the two of them, the Fellowship's spirits would always be lifted. ;P

    Thank you for not including Raskolnikov (HA I spelled his name correctly the first time.) I just finished reading Crime and Punishment and…boy. Spending a whole novel inside that guy's head was quite an experience. I have not met Marcus yet, but he sounds like a much better pick. Much better.

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    1. Ulysses is a wonderful squirrel and I implore you to get to know him! It’s a lovely book. Kate DiCamillo gives us so many lovable characters. 🙂
      Indeed, gushing about Puddleglum is one of my favorite things to do. He is such a wonderful character. I am glad that you appreciate him as much as I do. The interactions between him and Lemony Snicket would be so entertaining! I want to witness this now.
      You are welcome. I am really not sure why Raskolnikov came to mind. Perhaps the “MISTAKE” part stood out to me. Anyway. You should definitely meet Marcus! He is amazing. The book is super short and doesn’t take more than a few hours to read.

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  2. AHaha, this tag is so brilliant. I was smiling so hard while reading it, and I’m still smiling.
    Ohh, of course McGonagall. That’s such a good choice. And Neville too.
    AH, I just read Crime and Punishment last month, so I got your Rodion reference!!! Hahah, I feel like he would not be the greatest at bonding with the rest of the nine if someone chose him to go in their group.
    Dude, Marcus is so smart. I remember that scene where he’s thinking about something, and she (sorry I don’t remember her name) asks what he’s thinking about, and he’s like no you wouldn’t understand, and she’s like no ask me, and then he asks and she has no idea what he’s talking about.
    And I have not yet read the first page of Vanity Fair, but it’s sitting about two feet away from me right now.

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    1. It is such a brilliant tag! I am so glad that I got to do it. I am pleased to hear that it made you smile. 🙂
      Yeah, it is good that I didn’t go with my instincts- it turns out my instincts are terrible. But Marcus though! I love him. (Her name is Miranda, by the way. I usually forget it too.)

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  3. Going on a quest with some of my favorite book characters sounds like a dream come true. Also, any quest with McGonagall is bound to be successful. I actually just started reading the The Tale of Despereaux and he is so so cute.
    You need music everywhere, especially on a dangerous quest. (cue dramatic battle music)

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    1. I know! Going on a quest with my favorite book characters would be amazing. But slightly intimidating. Okay, EXTREMELY intimidating. They would all be so much more awesome than I am…
      I love McGonagall. And Despereaux! He is indeed adorable. That book is a gem. Let me know what you think of it!
      Yes! I find that to be true as well. Music is an imperative part of life.

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  4. This is GOLD.
    Really, you are the funniest Sponge I have ever encountered! 😂 I don’t know how you do it, but at the end of your posts I’m always in stitches.

    You’re fellowship sounds like a brilliant crew and, although no match for the original, I think you guys would get the job done. 😀 (or at least some of you would. 😉)

    Absolutely wonderful post and thanks for the tag! 😊


  5. McGonagall would be an epic mentor figure! And I just realised that Reepicheep would love to come on a quest. He’d be more dedicated than 90% of my other answers, so…

    Hobbits are the BEST. They get to have parties and food and cute curly hair and cozy homes.

    Glad you enjoyed the tag, Professor! 🙂

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    1. Indeed, she would be! I am greatly comforted to have her along on my quest.
      Wow, you are right! Reepicheep would be excellent. Can’t believe I didn’t think of him.
      They are. 🙂
      As am I! Thank you muchly for tagging me!


  6. It was definitely three, just like your Fellowship is definitely nine. Your counting skills are truly admirable, my friend.
    And…I love this. This made me smile so much. The fact that you first thought of Raskolnikov and THE FACT THAT I STARTED TO AGREE THAT IT WAS A GOOD CHOICE…concerns me? But also makes me laugh. I’m glad you didn’t pick him in the end though. As highly as our dear Rodya thinks of himself, I confess I doubt he’d be any use at ALL in Mordor.
    Also, stubborn characters are just the best. Both Kate and Puddleglum are not only amazing, but would actually be somewhat useful on the quest. And I just love them. Man. I want to reread both those books now.
    Two more things I must say, which are that hobbits are indeed fabulous, and that I thank you from the bottom of my heart for tagging me because I was hoping you would haha.

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    1. Ah, I am glad that you approve of my counting skills. Three and nine for SURE are what those numbers are, now that we’ve both confirmed the fact.
      Haha, thank you! That is hilarious that you started to agree with me about Raskolnikov! I was worried that I was the only one…but yeah, I am glad I didn’t end up choosing him either. He would indeed be useless in Mordor.
      YES. Kate and Puddleglum are wonderful people from wonderful books. I reread both of them recently and they are truly brilliant stories.
      Aw, you are most welcome! It definitely seemed like a tag that you would enjoy. 🙂 I can’t wait to see your fellowship!

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