Temporarily hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile and Dani @ Mousai Books. Normally hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading and Darque Reader Reads. From Katie’s blog: Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!
The theme for March is Saint Patrick’s Day- Book with favorite Mythical Creature.
For me, this one was easy, as I had a few choices and one of them was obvious but I decided against going with the more obvious one and went with something different. My pick for this month is:
I went with Lord of the Rings because it has such a variety of mythical creatures. If you want to know my favorite creatures from this gem of a novel (not a trilogy) they are the Hobbits and the Elves.
Great choice! So many interesting creatures in this story, though I love the hobbits especially, but that’s maybe because I love Samwise Gamgee so much 🙂
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Very nice choice! It also feels like a wonderfully odd choice because it is a low-magic fantasy tale, and my fantasy loving brain always wants to associate mythical creatures with more high-magic fantasy, which is overall quite silly. Elves and Hobbits and Dwarves and Orcs and Wargs and Ents definitely count as mythical creatures.
Yeah, I understand why the publisher made the decision to split the book into three parts, effectively turning it into a trilogy, because of the publishing conventions of the time. If LOTR was published nowadays it could have stayed as a single novel; there have been several epic fantasy tales released that are the same length or longer.
I think one of the things that I love about the Lord of the Rings is how little magic there really is. I love the Ents too, they’re very underrated creatures. It had to be published in three volumes because it was published during WWII and there was a paper shortage.
Low-magic is interesting, for sure, and I definitely would have liked to see more with the Ents. They are really cool.