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In our Forum poll of 12 March 2007:
Which 1st / 2nd Age character would you like to be if you had to accomplish their deeds?
found over there to the right, who did you choose to be and why?


This poll was suggested by Túrin Turambar - Thanks Turin. However, it is my fault if any of your favorites were omitted; there is room for only so many names and Tolkien skimped on the number of his female characters.
I'm having a hard time deciding. I want to say Túrin he's one of my favourite characters, but to actually walk in his shoes is a whole other story, in fact he's the last person I'd probably want to be... I'd pick Luthien because i always wanted to be a girl! Ok just kidding there, Beren seems to jump out at me but Fingolfin is right next to him, probably because they both defied Morgoth more than the others. Of course it'd be great to be known as one of the greatest so Feanor is right up on my list too..

I can't decide yet, lol.
Well, I'd never choose to be an Elf because immortality sucks; it's hard to choose amongst the greatest heroes of the Atani, but I'd go for Húrin.

Cutting 70 trolls into umpteen chunks and scorning Morgoth himself and laughing in his blackened, scarred face in his lair, humiliating the self-proclaimed "King of Arda" is simply delightful.

Tuor & Beren are illustrious too, but both became too uxorious in the end, both haplessly trapped in the steel web of a callipygian enchantress. The same goes for Eärendil.

Túrin is a bit too gloomy, even for my liking.

Elendil & Isildúr aren't really comparable to the heroes of the First Age, imo.
Ya I always had a soft spot for Húrin too, without him there would be no Túrin, and he was probably the greatest warrior that the Edain could offer, Túrin a close 2nd I'd say though. You could put Húrin right up there with Fingolfin and Beren for openly defying MOrgoth to his face.

I really want to pick Túrin cuz he's my boy, for the Edain he gets the award for single greatest take down, but i have 2 sisters of my own and that really turns me off, if you catch my drift.

I agree with Vir when he mentions immortality, living forever might get a tad old, but i could probably handle it a lot better with all those fine lady elves never growing old on me.
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You could put Húrin right up there with Fingolfin and Beren for openly defying MOrgoth to his face.

Lúthien, not Beren. Beren cowered under Morgoth's crown whilst the Lady defied Morgoth.

It takes a woman to do a man's job.

But of course, it was Beren who had to cut the Silmaril from Morgoth's crown. Lúthien couldn't dirty her hands now, could she? Leave the dirty handwork to the men.

Come to think of it, Beren was lucky Lúthien didn't dump him for cowardice, Four Feathers-style. Guess that happened because the alternative -the minstrel Daeron- was nothing to write home about either.

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I agree with Vir when he mentions immortality, living forever might get a tad old, but i could probably handle it a lot better with all those fine lady elves never growing old on me.

Fine lady elves?! You can compare living in the Undying Lands with living in a Barbiehouse for ever. So shiny, so glossy, so utterly insipid.

I take a Shieldmaiden of Rohan any day. That is, if she wouldn't cut me in half upon touching her.
I'm torn between Luthien and Earendil. Earendil always inspires me because he was bold enough to go where no man had gone before (please no Star Trek theme here Smile Smilie to seek help of the Valar. He knew it was very possible that he would die in the attempt and to me that's just as brave as facing Morgoth. Seeing the evening star and knowing it is him with the burning silmaril on his brow makes any bad day better for me and is one of the most beautiful of sights. A good reminder of the mercy of Iluvatar, too.

Luthien was also one of the bravest characters in the earlier age also. She, being phyisically weaker than her masculine contemporaries also defied Morgoth to his face and it was out of love for Beren, not pride or bravado or anger. The picture I get in my mind of Luthien singing bravely before the evil one, knowing well all the horrible things he could have done to her, is about the best part of the Silmarillion to me. I don't think I could live up to Luthien.
Umm..the Tour in the poll is Tuor right?
I picked Beren..he's the ultimate epic hero. He stands against overwhelming odds, gets the girl, becomes famous and dies happy.. Of course, that's just the short version. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
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Umm..the Tour in the poll is Tuor right?

No, that's Tour. one of the four Troll Chiefs, else it accidently got run through my spellchecker and was corrected; thus it is now spelled incorrectly. Elf Sticking Tounge Out Smilie I can't correct it without losing all prior votes.
Well I finally decided to choose Tuor because of the grand tour of his lifetime. He was a very honorable Man who did Ulmo's bidding. He got to marry an elven princess and may even have made it to Valinor before he died.
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...and may even have made it to Valinor before he died.

key word, may.

I choose Beren in the end, sorry Túrin. Beren's chapter had it's ups and downs and he accomplished great deeds plus it ended much happier.
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...and may even have made it to Valinor before he died.

Now let's just sit back and wait for somebody to post an excerpt from HOME, stating that Tuor did in fact reach Valinor and was counted amongst the Elves.
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Now let's just sit back and wait for somebody to post an excerpt from HOME, stating that Tuor did in fact reach Valinor and was counted amongst the Elves.
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In those days Tuor felt old age creep up upon him, and ever a longing for the deeps of the Sea grew stronger in his heart. .Therefore he built a great ship, and he named it Eärrámë, which is Sea-Wing; and came no more in any tale or song. But in after days it was sung that Tuor alone of mortal Men was numbered among the elder race, and was joined with the Noldor, whom he loved; and his fate is sundered from the fate of Men. - the last paragraph of 'Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin' in The Silmarillion

That Tuor "was numbered among the elder race" implies he"was counted amongst the Elves" in my humble opinion. Though, how it could be sung in after days' when he came no more in any tale or song seems to be a contradiction. So I suppose that is where the "may" comes in.
I'd rather like to be Finrod Felagund. He kept up his word though he knew it would lead to his death in the end. He courted death when Beren who he had sworn to protect. His love was in Valinor, long-distance relations :-P

He does not betray his kin though they have done him much harm(Feanorians to Thingol, even when questioned by Thingol).He is my favourite character and I'd have liked to be in his shoes, the noblest and the most beloved of the elves.