Archive for May, 2006

Cornelia's Jewels

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

                       

            Scipio Africanus, who had been given this surname in memory of his marvelous exploits, had a beautiful daughter named Cornelia. Many people admired Cornelia and told her how proud she must feel to be the daughter of  Scipio but she always responded that she took the most pride in her children, Tiberius and Cauis Gracchus. Cornelia was a wonderful mother. She raised her own sons and taught them nobility and virtue. One day, a rich woman was visiting her and showing off her finery and jewels. “Where are your jewels?” she asked Cornelia in her haughty way.

            Cornelia then called for her sons who came at once to her side. Turning to the rich woman, she said, “these are my jewels.” Cornelia considered these sons of hers very valuable indeed and they grew to do great things for Rome and for the poor people that were so unfairly treated. In the end, though, these Gracchi brothers were cruelly killed by some of their rich enemies and Cornelia lost her “jewels.”

            When she died, the people, who had found her to be the loving mother of two great Roman heroes, fulfilled her dearest wish by erecting a statue of her with the inscription “Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi.”

 

by Frodo

 

 

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What kind of butterfly is this?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

We found this butterfly recently and we have not been able to find out what it is called in any of our field guides. If you know what it is, then please tell us.

 

 

Frodo and Legolas

 

'The Return of the King' Critique

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

            Legolas and I finally finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien and so last night we had a party and watched the movie, “The Return of the King” for the first time. I was very impressed with the special effects and the acting. They played their parts very well and almost all of them looked pretty much how I imagined them. I thought that Aragorn was wonderful. He was so kingly and calm, and yet, he was a warrior and a ranger as well and he knew everything about fighting and the wild.

            Legolas was great, too. I really liked the scene where he climbs up the arrows on the elephant's back and cuts the rope that holds the whole group of Southrons. He was certainly never afraid of anything. Gandalf was fantastic! He was the perfect emblem of good and even when Denethor had despaired and called the retreat, Gandalf kept fighting.

            Having read so much mythology where the heroes go to the realms of the dead, or the underworld, I thought it very interesting that Aragorn went through the Paths of the Dead, inside the mountain, to summon the oath-breakers to fulfill their oaths

             I don't think that the script was as good as in the other two movies. There were not as many good lines and I got the impression that the movie-makers got tired of making the movie and rushed through the last part without stopping to think of some really good lines. For instance at Aragorn's coronation I expected him to say something a little more stirring and magnificent. He should have made an admirable speech that could really encourage his people.

.           In the book, Gollum did not deceive Frodo like he did in the movie but I think that the movie shows just how base the ring had made Gollum. He told Frodo a bunch of lies, promised not to harm him, but then he deserted him in Shelob's cave to die. It also shows how the ring blinded Frodo to the truth so that he chose a slinking, skulking, sneak like Gollum over Sam, his best friend who loved him and was even giving him his share of the food and water. Sam was an incredible hero to push through to save Frodo even after Frodo sent him home and went with Gollum and, in the end, Frodo realized that Sam was his real friend when Sam risked everything to rescue him in Cirith Ungol.

            I thought that Peter Jackson did a great job portraying evil and how ugly it is. He made the Orcs simply disgusting and as soon as I saw Minas Morgul, I knew that it was evil. The contrast between good and evil is so sharp that when you look at the battle scenes, you just know which side is evil and which side is good.

            Overall, I really enjoyed the books and the movies. The books are very well-written and the movies are incredible, too. They are full of adventure and they inspire you to be a hero in this life. And they teach us that fairytales really are true because one day the King really will return.

 

Frodo

 

 

I'm Posting My Book

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

I have decided to begin posting the chapters of the book I am writing.  I will not post it on the front page so that only those who seriously want to read it may do so.  I don't want to bore others.  I will add chapters to it and it will be on my sidebar in a category by itself.  Okay, so for all those interested in an epic tale of myth and bravery go to our sidebar and look for THE LAST WAR.

 

Legolas

 

 

The Travels Of Marco Polo

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

“The Travels Of Marco Polo”

 

In Eastern lands beyond the Sea,

Beyond the horizon waits a dream,

A dream of mystic fantasy.

A fairy tale above reality.

Islands of gold, coated with treasure,

Marvels of the ancients and riches beyond measure;

There are castles and strongholds of wondrous grandeur,

That our bravest explorers have never been through

Beyond the walls of Venice is a world of mystery,

Waiting for travelers, waiting to be seen. 

 

Written by Legolas

 

 

A Really Hard Tolkien Test! Are you up to it?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Don't even try this test if you are not a serious LORD of the RINGS fan.  It is HARD! 

Here's my score.

 

Legolas

 

 

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Superstars And Heroes

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

                                 Superstars and Heroes

 

            Over the past month, I have been reading about the life of Winston Churchill in an excellent book called “Never Give In” by Stephen Mansfield. Churchill was a political leader in Britain during the time of World War II and his bold speeches of freedom are famous today. I will write more about him later but for now I wanted to copy something that Henry Kissinger said about Churchill and how it applies to leaders today. Mr. Kissinger said:

 

“Our age finds it difficult to come into grips with Churchill. The political leaders with whom we are familiar generally aspire to be superstars rather than heroes. The distinction is crucial. Superstars strive for approbation; heroes walk alone. Superstars crave consensus. Heroes define themselves by the judgment of a future they see it as their task to bring about. Superstars seek success in a technique for eliciting support. Heroes pursue success as the outgrowth of their inner values.”

 

          So what does all that mean? In our world, people often confuse superstars with heroes. It's all very well to be a superstar but most superstars rely on popularity, fame, good looks and being cool. We can't trust in these things because they don't last long and they don't give us enough. Heroes are different. They stand alone even if nobody else will stand with them. They rely not on the crowd but on their beliefs that they value and fight for. Of course, it's easier and more exciting to be a superstar but in the long run, heroes win!

 

Frodo

 

Here's what we look like…

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Legolas and I (Frodo) have finally decided to show the world what we look like.  So…..here we are!

 

 LEGOLAS

 

FRODO

 

 

He..he…….

 

 

Augustus Caesar

Posted in Poems worth Reading, Uncategorized on May 19, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

AUGUSTUS CAESAR

 

He said, ” and though the world fall

Ash on fire,

My house will rule them all!”

And that was his desire.

 

He said,  “and though the nations quake,

For mercy at my hand,

Until I my house rules them all

I fight to rule this land!”

 

He said, “and should I die today

Grasping with my last breath,

My house will rule them all

Or I go not to my death.”

 

He said, “The world shall never forget,

When I ruled and how,

For my house shall rule them all

Forever starting now.”

 

They made him a god when they heard him

A god over the people of Rome

But only a wise man knows

That a house is not a home.

 

And never can houses rule the world

But with an iron hand

To pass away as iron rusts

And sink into the sand.

 

And Great Augustus Caesar,

Boasting of his dreams

Little thought of Life or Love

What kind of a god was he?

 

written by Frodo

 

 

The Inklings Have Done it Again!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

The INKLINGS from the Skopeo Literary Society has just posted their most recent newspaper.  Please visit and Happy Reading!

 

Frodo and Legolas