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Book Report – Setting

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  The book I am reading is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and one of the settings of the book is in the mysterious forest of Mirkwood. Mirkwood is a forest that is extremely thick, to the point where almost no sunlight gets to the forest floor, and the nights are pitch black (literally no light enters the forest). The trees are full of webs, due to the giant spiders that live off the path of the large forest. There is no edible food or safe water in the forest, which presents itself as a problem to Bilbo and the Dwarves, due to ration shortages. The only water in the forest is in the form of black streams/rivers, and the water is enchanted, making anyone who gets in it or drinks it fall unconscious. The animals are inedible, since even if you’re lucky enough to catch a small animal, they taste awful when cooked, and are poisonous. There is a path through the forest that the spiders can’t attack, due to the magic surrounding it, which means you have to stay on the path, unless you want to risk getting eaten by a spider. That’s Mirkwood.

Another setting in the book is the Misty Mountains. The Misty Mountains are a large mountain range, consisting of sharp peaks with high valleys, and small mountain passes that allow for a group of people to walk single file. The peaks are covered with a slight mist at times, hence the name “misty”. The mountains are very dangerous, due to the violent weather and stone-giants, which could easily step on you or throw boulders. The mountains are almost always cold, due to the high elevation and lack of plants.

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The Shire (specifically Bilbo’s home)

The last setting, (yet the first mentioned in the book), is The Shire. The Shire is where Bilbo’s home is located, and is a region exclusively settled by Hobbits. The Shire usually stays out of the important matters of the realm, due to it’s low threat and peaceful nature. It’s described as very beautiful, containing small patches of forest, similar to that of the English countryside. It has moderate weather, with a normal climate (Warm in the summer, Cold/Snow in the winter). As previously mentioned, only Hobbits live in The Shire, other than the animals and livestock.

Casting Characters – The Hobbit

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Image result for James McAvoy Bilbo Baggins is the main character, and I would cast James McAvoy as Bilbo, because the book describes Bilbo(and Hobbits in general), with these quotes: “They are (or were) a little people, about half out height, and smaller than the bearded Dwarves. Hobbits have no beards.”(pg. 4), “[they] have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and laugh deep fruity laughs.”(pg. 4), and “[they] wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly)”. He would fit the role well because he is Scottish, which is what I imagine the people in the book sound like, and he is of average height, which helps to look more like a hobbit (in post)

 

Image result for richard harris  I chose Gandalf as the Sidekick, and I would cast Richard Harris (when he was alive) as Gandalf, because in the book Gandalf is described with these quotes: “He had a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, a silver scarf over which his long white beard hung down below his waist, and immense black boots.”(pg. 5), “All that unsuspecting Bilbo saw that morning was an old man with a staff”(pg. 5), and “Not the Gandalf who was responsible for so many quiet lads and lasses going off into the Blue for mad adventures?”. He would fit the role well because he played Dumbledore, who is a very similar character to Gandalf (wizard, tall, old man, wise). He would also nail the old wizard beard perfectly.

For my other character, I chose Thorin Oakenshield, since he is the most memorable and interesting of the Dwarves to me. I would cast Luke Evans as Thorin, because Thorin is described in the book by these quotes “This last belonged to Thorin, an enormously important dwarf ” (pg. 11), “Thorin indeed was very haughty, and said nothing about service…” (pg. 11), and “This was Thorin’s style. He was an important dwarf. If he had been allowed, he would probably have gone on like this until he was out of breath, without telling any one there anything that was not known already.”(pg. 17). I chose him because he auditioned for the role of Thorin in the movie, and lost to Richard Armitage, so he clearly had a passion to play this character. He also has a hard face and chiseled jaw, which would fit the “super important dwarf”.

Image result for Alan rickmanFor the villain, I chose Smaug, because he is the main villain for a while in the book. Since he is a dragon, I would voice him with Alan Rickman (when he was still alive), because in the book, Smaug says these things: “My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”, “His rage passes description – the sort of rage that is only seen when rich folk that have more than they can enjoy suddenly lose something that they have long had but have never before used or wanted.”, and “I kill where I wish and none dare resist.” Alan Rickman has the perfect evil voice, which would keep Smaug intimidating. He would keep everyone involved in the movie.

Term 4 Blog Post

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The Hobbit

I chose The Hobbit because I liked the movie adaptations and people say it’s good. Amazon says the age range for this book is from 7th – 9th grade. The main character is an adult, around 50 years old (note that hobbits live longer than humans, so Bilbo’s probably ~40 “hobbit” years.) The book was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and earned the New York Herald Tribune’s “Best Juvenile Fiction of the Year”. The book was given three movies, one for the beginning, middle, and end of the book. I like the movie’s pacing a bit more, but it does suck that it’s about nine hours to watch all three. I would say it’s well known in Utah, and the United States in general, considering how well the movies did. The book is a classic, and is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings series.

Reading – Self Evaluation

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My RIT score was 1476, which is 11th+. I don’t remember my other RIT scores, but I do know that I improved, since I had around 1300 at the beginning of the year. I think this is because I read the Inheritance Cycle, which is 4 long books that contain a combination of older English and newer English. I am surprised at my score; I definitely didn’t think I would be above 11th grade! I do find reading pretty easy, the hardest thing I’ve ever read was the unabridged copy of Around the World in 80 Days, which doesn’t really hold up well (considering England doesn’t own India anymore).

I liked how the pacing was for my book, because it took the story slow, unlike Eragon where it’s a ton of time smashed into one book. I also enjoyed how easy the book report was, although I always have trouble finding items, as Inheritance always has weapons as the items of interest. I think I could have separated the author description and the rating into more paragraphs, and if it was a world where I could stop time, I would have.

My 4th term book is The Hobbit, which i chose due to it’s similarity to Eragon (dragons, medieval level tech, magic, etc.) I would have chose Inheritance, the last book in the Eragon series, but I couldn’t help myself and read the last one on my own time. I’ve always wanted to read the hobbit though, so I should be good!

Call to Adventure

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My life is a pretty normal one. I go to school and then I go home. At home, I’ll usually just play games and watch YouTube, or do homework/practice my clarinet when I need to. I’m not much of a sport person, but I’ll play some football or dodge-ball with my friends (never basketball, I hate it). My weekends are just extended sections of my free time, although I may go to the cinema with my grandma.

I want to start getting more active, specifically with hiking and camping.Image result for hiking

I feel like it would be a fun way to stay healthy, and I also get to enjoy the scenery of Utah more. I know this is my call because every time I think of becoming an adult, I think of how often I will hike. Whenever I’m hiking, it feels like I’m on an adventure. It gives me a glimpse into unfiltered nature. Even if you hike the same trail every day, there’s always a chance something new will happen, which just adds to the motivation.

The one problem right now is that I don’t have that active of a family, nor do I have the time to go hiking. I live with my grandma and great grandpa (who just yesterday turned 80), and neither of them would want to go on a hike, especially my grandma, who I don’t think owns a pair of anything but heels. The other problem is time; the only time I could go on a hike would be the weekend, and we have to shop and clean the house on those days.

My mentors are my scout leaders. They are helping me to stay smart and not die on a trail while hiking, and how to enjoy the experience. They have also planned several hikes for High Adventure in the summer, and so that gives me something to look forward to. They repeatedly remind us to get in shape for it, so I have to do some hikes of my own, and I may just get my grandma to come along.

Quests

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 Image result for stock image of someone running A time someone pushed me to do something I didn’t want to was in P.E. in 7th grade. When we first ran the mile, I was worried that I would collapse. (I was extremely out of shape). But Coach really taught me to push myself. He helped me realize that I was weak and I needed to get stronger. At the time, I didn’t see the benefits, I was just upset that I was being forced to do something. Now I exercise regularly, and I’m currently preparing for track. Coach cares about getting his students strong and I’m glad that he does.

 Image result for bald mountain utah pic A moment where I felt that everything was right in the world was at my 2016 summer scout camp, which we had up in the high Uintas. Although it ended 3 days early due to a wildfire, there were some moments where nothing was in my mind, and I was just enjoying the wilderness. We brought hammocks and just talked to each other. It was very relaxing, and it would have been more if I didn’t have a massive sunburn. Eating food at the tables was very relaxing as well, because we had good food and I was by my friends.

Winter Break Blog Update

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The best thing that happened to me this Christmas was that I got to go down to Richfield and see my mom and baby brother. It’s a 2 1/2 hour drive but it was definitely worth it to see them. I also got a new piano keyboard, which weighs a million pounds, and is almost taller than me. I also got some video games, and a bunch of other small stuff, like candy and stuff to put on my shelves.

The book I chose for term 3 was Brisingr, which is the 3rd book in the Inheritance Series, and the sequel to my last book report book. I chose the book because I have been very interested in the series, and my other book reports were done on the series, so it made the most sense. The book was written by Christopher Paolini, and the age range for it is 13-16, but I think anyone over 11 would enjoy it somewhat (after reading the first 2 of course.)

A goal I have for this year is to eat no saturated fats and cut down on carbs, because I’m doing track in February and I need to stay light to run.

Response to Poetry

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The poem that I liked the most was the Song of Myself by Walt Witman. I liked how the poem kept a constant idea of being fine with something but also accepting the opposite of it too. This poem is like me because, in the beginning, it talks about how I’m no better or worse than anybody. This is because we’re all just animals made out of the same stuff, and that’s an idea that I agree with. The only concept I think is the same as my theme song is the fact that we’re all equal and nobody should take their issues above others.

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I chose a picture of the Milky Way to represent me. The picture represents me because I’m just one of the billions of stars floating through the galaxy of life. It inspires me to be more social because the world is lonely and cold if you don’t have any friends. (like space)

Metacognition

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This term, when I read Eragon, I could’ve read faster. It took until the due date to read 509 pages, which is about average, but I know I can read faster. I was comfortable with the environment that I read in most of the time, which is nice because it allowed me to be immersed in the story. I do feel like I could have picked better times to read, because I would read while teachers were talking. Next quarter I’m going to finish the book faster and read in quiet situations.

The writing was pretty easy this term. I think the easiest thing about the blog posts was that they were every couple of days, and not just one after another. The hardest blog post was the setting one, because the book has a lot of situations and areas. I wish that the blog posts were just in Google or something, because this website kinda sucks.

I did the “In the book for a week” book report, and I don’t like how I did it. I liked how easy it was to get the materials to make it, and I like how easy it was to orally report. I wish I would have read the instructions better, because I think I missed the point of the assignment, and that was to prove that you read the book. I think I did it okay, but it definitely could have been better.

I would have a different mindset when it comes to the blog posts, because they weren’t super formulaic like Ms. Baltich’s. I would keep the way I did the essays though; they were pretty good.

Book Write – Symbolism

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I am writing about Eragon

A symbolic item in my book is Eragon’s sword; Zar’roc. The sword is elven, which means it’s perfectly crafted and almost never scratches or dulls. The sword has a dark past. Years before Eragon existed, the sword was in the hand of an evil dragon Rider named Morzan. When Eragon’s guide, Brom, defeated Morzan, he took Zar’roc and kept it for his own. He then later gave in to Eragon, and he’s been using it since. The sword is so symbolic, that when people see it, they feel uncomfortable, knowing who the sword belonged to.

The cover on my book emphasizes the importance of Saphira, Eragon’s dragon. If Eragon wouldn’t have found Saphira’s egg, then the book never would have happened. The cover is marketed towards teen boys, because of the big, spiky dragon on the front, and the blue colors. Now that I’ve read the book, instead of having a little clump of mountains on the cover, I would make them huge, like the Beor Mountains were described in the book.

The theme is to always look for the good in the world. This is true because Eragon is always searching for the better party. In the beginning, he’s looking for the evil Ra’zac, and near the end he’s traveling to the Beor’s to find the Varden, so he can join them and take down the evil empire. It would be so much easier for Eragon to just succumb to the empire and join them, but he chooses to do good instead.

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