Welcome to Kate's Tolkien Posts!

My chosen role model: see below.
The posts below are grouped by subject rather than chronologically. I often reference "earlier" posts even though those posts appear here further up the list. (All posts originally appeared on Votaries of Horror.)

The main purpose of this blog (at this time) is to provide evidentiary material for the question: "Who is the best role model (for students) in The Lord of the Rings (or The Hobbit) and why?"

Any readers not familiar with Academic Success type courses, keep in mind that this is not a literary or even a fan-based question (although it can spark fan-based discussion: see below). It is also useful to keep in mind that an Academic Success Course that discusses The Lord of the Rings is, by definition, better than one that does not :)

Some possibilities from my current and past students:
  • Samwise
  • Boromir
  • Faramir
  • Frodo
  • Bilbo
  • Aragorn
  • Eowyn
  • Legolas
  • Gandalf
  • Tom Bombadil
  • Smaug (Yes, Smaug!)
  • and Gollum (persistence)
  • and Sauron (leadership)
I welcome comments, suggestions (for role models or for post topics). Comments will be monitored and must fall into the realm of reasonably polite netiquette.

Students are invited to post examples of different virtues in action (I have posted an example below). Please do not post analysis (to this particular post).

1 comment:

  1. Faramir shows THOUGHTFULNESS when he helps Frodo and Sam on their way to Mordor rather than taking them to Minis Tirith. He refrains from taking the ring from Frodo since he understands and supports Frodo's mission. He also commends the actions of an enemy soldier: the man has as much honor as he.