Archive for February, 2007

The National Turkish Chess Federation

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2007 by legolasandfrodo

My Dad and I have been playing chess together a lot lately, and last week when we heard there was a chess tournament playing throughout Saturday and Sunday, we decided to participate.  (To play, one must be a member of the National Turkish Chess Federation, so we joined it.) It started at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, that is, was supposed to start at 1:30 Saturday afternoon but it ended up starting two hours later, since the registration took so long.  There were three classes; under ten, under fourteen, and above fourteen.  I was in the second class, with twenty-six people.  In each class, everyone plays six games and whoever wins the most games receives the gold medal.  If there is a tie, the points of the people that the winners have beaten are counted up and compared.  The games are timed, and each player has one hour.  So that is two hours total, though the games seldom took that long.  It was really exciting.  I won the first, third, fourth, and fifth games.  The second game, (I am so upset I lost it!) I was winning and I shouldn’t have lost it, but I just didn’t see the checkmate.  (Neither did my opponent.)  The sixth game was tough.  I played with the winner of the gold medal and lost.  But I did win the bronze medal and I should think that is okay for first time, right?  The tournament took about ten hours total and the next one is April twenty-third.  I am going to continue practicing a lot.  Running for the silver this time…

– Legolas

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Happy Birthday to Frodo and Legolas!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2007 by legolasandfrodo

I am officially hijacking this blog because as I am the mother of Frodo and Legolas I feel it is my duty to inform the world that both of my lovely daughters had a birthday very recently.  Since they will not tell you, someone has to. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Frodo and Legolas!

XOXO

Now that I have spoken my piece, I will give you back your blog, my dear daughters.

Love,

Mom

 

Modesty Survey results are in

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2007 by legolasandfrodo

TheRebelution.com: The Modesty Survey

TheRebelution.com has launched the results of their massive Modesty Survey! Over 1,600 guys have answered questions on everything from glitter lotion and lip gloss to swimsuits and skirt slits! It’s everything girls have ever wanted to ask guys about modesty, but were afraid to ask! For guys, it’s really interesting to see what other believing guys think!

Most importantly, the survey is presented as a resource to help girls (and guys), not a list of legalistic rules, and it is accompanied by the Modesty Survey Petition (which tons of guys have signed) which encourage young women to focus on the heart, not the hemline, to honor their parents, etc.

Go check it out: www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey

Are You Brave Enough?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2007 by legolasandfrodo

 

Are you brave enough to take this quiz?  We warn you, it’s hard! 

-Frodo and Legolas

 

 

Can you do this??

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2007 by legolasandfrodo

Turn off the music on our sidebar first and enjoy this amazing video.

Frodo and Legolas

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2007 by legolasandfrodo

 

 

Make your own candy heart here. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Frodo and Legolas

The Silmarillion

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13, 2007 by legolasandfrodo

Recently, a friend sent me The Quenta Silmarillion, (translated as, ‘the history of the Silmarils,) a book written by J. R. R. Tolkien about the first and second ages of Middle-earth.  Tolkien considered it his most important work, but it was not published until four years after his death.  Unfortunately, he never quite finished it, even though it was begun before the Lord of the Rings.  I have been reading it for the past month and I really, really  like it.  It is now my second favorite-book – well, I haven’t finished it, but I am almost done and unless the plot changes drastically within the last few chapters, it will remain my second-favorite book. 

 

While reading it, I noticed several interesting likenesses between Tolkien’s works and ancient mythology.  To those of you who have read it, I would like to mention how the name Avallone, you will remember, a city built in Tol Eressea to which the Elves sailed in later years, has a great resemblance to Avalon, an island in King Arthur, to which Arthur went, after receiving his death wound.  And another resemblance is Melkor; though he later became a spirit of darkness, first endeavored to have Light under his dominion and use Light, instead of Darkness for his evil schemes.  His greatest enemy, Varda, being the Queen of Light, rendered this plan unsuccessful, but it is interesting to point out that Lucifer was the Angel of Light before his downfall.

 

Considering how it corresponds with the theme of my blog, I decided the Silmarillion deserves a post.  For those of you who have not read it, I will give a short summary.  (the book is written in somewhat archaic language, but trust me, it is more than worth reading.) 

The book centers around the creation of the Silmarils, three priceless jewels made by the Elf Feanor. 

The Silmarils are stolen by Melkor, a ‘Vala’ (very much in resemblance to Sauron, only of greater power.)  The greater part of the book is spent on recounting the pursuit of Feanor and his sons, and their incredible quest to regain the Silmarils.  Tragedies, misfortunes and tremendous battles follow each other, one after another until, in the end, the Silmarils are wrested from the iron crown of Melkor, only to be lost, one in sea, one in the earth, and one in the heavens.  Among others, woven into this magnificent tale of bravery and heroism, is the moving romantic saga of Beren and Luthien;

Also a powerful narrative of the incredible Wars of Beleriand, the tale of the destruction of the great island of Numenor, and the marvelous quest of Earendil, the mariner.  The book also contains an amazing account of the creation of the Ainur, of the making of Middle-earth and Valinor, the awakening of Elves and Men, the rebellion of Melkor and the War of the Powers.

 

Are you enthralled yet, or should I continue about the creation and destruction of Utumno; the great underground fortress of Melkor, the Music of the Ainur, the making of the sun and moon, the Two Trees of Valinor, Ungoliant; the great spider, the Valaraukar; demons of fire and shadow, and legend of Tol Eressea; the Lonely Isle?

 

Besides The Lord of the Rings, it is the highest on my top list of recommended books.  It is truly a wonderful tale of courage, suffering and valor.

 – Legolas