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What Are They Reading? The Kili edition

What’s with all your Hobbit and Lord of the Rings posts for this feature?  Jeez, can’t you pick someone else from another book?  You do realize that Kili wasn’t even much of a feature in the original Hobbit book right?

Well, yes I do realize that.  Obviously I am using the easy-on-the-eyes Peter Jackson version of Kili and not the book version or the what-the-hell-is-that Rankin-Bass version of Kili.  This will be my last one from the world of Tolkien okay?!  Just allow me a girl crush moment will ya?  Jeez.

Next to Bilbo and Gandalf in the Hobbit film, the next most interesting character to me was Kili (yes, even more than Thorin).  Considering he was the youngest of the royal blood line and that he seemed more head-in-the-clouds and more non-traditional than the other dwarves, I found him the most intriguing.  (And maybe, just maybe, the actor who played him had something to do with it.)

Dark, brooding and sultry Peter Jackson version of Kili (Aidan Turner)

Dark, brooding and sultry Peter Jackson version of Kili (Aidan Turner)

The I-don't-really-know-what-that-is-but-man-is-it-adorable Rankin-Bass version of Kili

The I-don’t-really-know-what-that-is-but-man-is-it-adorable Rankin-Bass version of Kili














So I had to know, what would Kili be reading?

the complete book of elves


By Colin McComb

It becomes clear in the second installment of the Hobbit trilogy; Kili has a thing for elves.  And, being the young dwarf that he is, he is going to want to know as much as he can about them.  But Kili is also smart – what do you think he and his brother do in all the down time on their journey?  Why, play Dungeons and Dragons of course!  What young dwarf dreaming of adventure wouldn’t?  He’s found a way to learn as much as he can about elves, without being obvious.

An excerpt: Our lives are long and filled with happiness, for we recognize the impermanence of all things, excepting ourselves. Indeed, we do not suffer death as do the mortals. Only through violence, accident, or disease do we die at all. Although we vanish from the ken of mortal knowledge after hundreds of years of existence in this plane, you may rest assured that we continue elsewhere. Even those who perish on the battlefield do not truly die, but instead become part of the earth’s cycle of growth and rebirth. Our spirits linger on, for we are intimately tied to the world and its core. Indeed, we are the integral part of that core.


9780762406319_p0_v1_s260x420DATING FOR DUMMIES

By Dr. Joy Browne

It seems, from watching Kili on-screen, that he doesn’t have much experience out in the world.  Which means, he wouldn’t have much experience with women period.  Let’s cut him a little slack for having this book on hand.

An excerpt:  Dating is about two people who are interested in one another and want to get together at a specific time and place. We’re not talking rocket science here. Since the original fix-up — you know, the one between Adam and Eve (who had the advantage of the ultimate Matchmaker) — dating has evolved. 





By Bart King

Being one of the youngest in the company and the most lighthearted, Kili comes across as – well – naive if not endearing.  His youthful zeal would be a welcome on any long journey however, it would be that mischievous light in his eyes that would get the better of him (and his companions).  There have been probably a few dwarves that have fallen victim to many of Kili’s pranks.

An excerpt: What is it that makes a great mischief maker? Being clever is good. After all, it’s hard to be a smart aleck if you’re not actually smart to begin with. (Stupid alecks are a lot less impressive.) And of course, you need to be willing to make trouble on a small, amusing, and non-destructive scale.



game of thrones series


By George R.R. Martin

Kili has read every single one of these and reads them every year.  They have fueled his passion for adventure and acts of heroism and courage.  In the moments when he is alone, he thinks about his own journey with his fellow dwarves and imagines Jon Snow or Arya on the journey with him.  How do I know all of this, you ask?  I don’t, I made it up.  Yay imagination!

An excerpt:  “…Yet our way is the older way.  The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.  If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words.  And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”


Five Rules of Fellowship (the Questing Kind)

We’ve read ’em, we love ’em, we want more of ’em.  Those books where a rag-tag group of people journey with each other towards a destination, a quest, a mission – an adventure.  These are my favourite kind because we are treated to – not only an epic adventure – but a view of relationships, evolution of mind, heart and spirit and sacrifices made when we enter into these types of stories.  I call these Fellowship stories because they always contain a group of three or more people travelling together towards a goal.  We all are familiar with the Lord of the Rings – probably the most well-known Fellowship story of all. As I’ve read these types of books over the years, I’ve come to notice 5 unspoken rules about Fellowship stories.  But before we get into them, what do I mean by fellowship?

Fellowship is defined as:

1. the state of sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc

So in the case of these stories, the mutual interest is a focused goal, usually to save the world, destroy the one ring, defeat evil, fight zombies, find a cure,  and so on.  The mutual experiences and activities are the challenges the group faces on their journey.  I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t love the Fellowship type stories, whether they be a movie or a book.  It is compelling to witness how a group stays strong or dissolves due to circumstances outside of their control.  We see the true nature of character in group dynamics; who is lacking courage, who has malice in their heart, who is loyal, loving and brave.  I am drawn to these types of stories (as I am sure we all are) because let’s face it, we are drawn to each other – we humans need each other.  As an introvert I revel in solitude – but only for so long.  Eventually I will seek human companionship.  We create fellowships for ourselves without our even knowing it – our group of friends/family who we spend the most time with.  We recognize ourselves in these stories, relating to one or two characters within.  Who we cheer for, who we mistrust, who we miss when they are gone from the story can reveal something of our inner selves.

Let’s dive in to the five rules shall we?



The Five Rules of Fellowship:

  1. There must always be a group of three or more people
    • It can start out as one or two but eventually, a group of three or more is formed along the way
  2. There must be a journey with a mission involved 
    • the journey has to be a physical one towards a destination (with the added bonus of an emotional and spiritual journey developing along the way)
    • the mission usually involves saving the world, kingdom, city, country, another being or soul
  3. The group gets separated along the way 
    • either by choice or by force
    • it can be the entire group splitting or it might just be one or two people who leave the group
  4. Someone in the group eventually (*usually) betrays another 
    • betrays the whole group or an individual
    • this betrayal might be forced (blackmailed or seduced by power)
    • betrayal might also by by choice (they put themselves before the group to save their own ass)
    • * I say usually because not every Fellowship story has a betrayal – though most do
  5. Someone in the group will eventually sacrifice themselves for the group
    • it could be the betrayer who redeems themselves in the end with an unselfish act
    • the sacrifice is usually made so the rest of the group can be saved to finish their journey


These are the 5 rules I’ve observed that are standard throughout each story.  Is there a rule you have observed that I haven’t listed?  If so, I would love to know.  Write it down in the comment section below.

To end this post I want to list the books of an author who writes a lot of Fellowship stories.  Stephen King.  He loves them and I love him for loving them.  His Fellowship stories are:

  • IT
  • The Cell
  • The Stand
  • Stand by Me
  • The Mist

Other Fellowship stories I’ve read that follow the above rules?

  • The Passage Trilogy – Justin Cronin
  • Dies the Fire – S.M. Stirling
  • Swan Song – Robert McCammon
  • The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  • The Walking Dead (graphic novels) – Robert Kirkman
  • The Braided Path – Chris Wooding
  • A Song of Ice and Fire series – George R.R. Martin
  • Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle
  • Fire of Heaven Trilogy – Russell Kirkpatrick

I know I’ve read many throughout the years and can’t remember them all – but these are the ones that stick out in my head. What Fellowship stories have you read?  I would love to know so I can add them to my To Read list.


This post brought to you by the letter F and the A to Z Challenge.

A knee jerk reaction (or why George Martin is ticking me off)

Look, I get it that authors are just people and people can do what they want with their lives as long as they don’t hurt others in the process.  That includes making the decision – as a person – to take a long-ass time to finish a beloved fantasy series that has hordes of fans waiting with bated breath.  I get that.  I’m a person so yeah, I understand and support choices like that.

But as a book snob?!?!  And a geeky book snob at that!?!?

This article from Deadline is concerning George Martin, the author of The Game of Thrones series – a brilliant, epic, raw fantasy series that has captured the loyalty of many.  The article reveals that George Martin “has signed a two-year overall deal with (HBO) the pay cable network.  Under the pact, Martin will continue as co-executive producer on Game Of Thrones, whose Season 3 premieres March 31.  Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network.”

As a book and story fan (and I know I’m not the only one judging by the comment section) I’m disappointed to read this – right away my knee jerk reaction is to assume that now the series will take even longer to be finished.  I need this moment to beg and plead, stomp my feet and demand the focus be turned back to the books!  There would be no HBO show without the books!  There would be no HBO two-year deal without those books!

Georgeeeee *whine*, why won’t you just finish the damn books?

I am concerned George.  With all due respect, you don’t really look the picture of health, you are getting on with age, throw on the stresses of these additional responsibilities…I’m just saying…I hope there’s a game plan here for the Game of Thrones series.

As an avid reader I would like to think that if you are asking me, as an author, to commit to your series, commit to your characters, shell out money for the hard copies as soon as they come out and buy any additional material connected to the series because I love it so damn much – then how about some commitment back?  Because I’ll be honest…I’m kinda losing interest.

Okay, geeky book snob knee jerk reaction over and done with.

Congratulations George!  You’ve got an awesome, creative mind, no doubt about that. The question remains – what project will get the majority of your focus? *pity party over*

original source unknown - labeled Game of Thrones First World problems

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