Good morning, and thanks to all
both of you for tuning in to read my little old blog…aw shucks, I feel so warm and fuzzy now!
And yes, its Monday again…yay (not really)!
Trust me, I would much rather be home hanging out with my crew,..
We were watching Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring this weekend. So, I would much rather be doing that than working…alas, someone needs to be put dog and cat food on the table!
And to my old man who tried to tell me Lord of the Rings is overrated (*gasp*), all I can say is, like my favorite bastard, you know nothing!
However, I do know something…and that something is…wait for it…Man Crush Monday time, in the very nerdy style that is this blog!
Oh, The Lord of the Rings. I loved the books and I loved the movies. And I decided that I needed to once again pay Middle Earth a visit, and drag my poor bastard along this time. What’s the fun in visiting Middle Earth if I can’t force it on the uninitiated, right?
And, I fell in love again…
Don’t worry, this is another book boyfriend. And I have an open marriage when it comes to book boyfriends, thankfully.
Again, there is something about the quiet leadership of a man like Aragorn. At times he seems reluctant, almost unwilling even, but he pulls through in the end, and does whatever he needs to do to keep everyone safe.
And (surprise, surprise) the master himself is also a big fan of Lord of the Rings, although I’m not sure if he counts Aragorn among his book boyfriends (but hey, no judgement if he does, that would be cool, actually).
Stephen King has often stated that the series has been a huge influence on his work, and counts Tolkien’s books as some of his favorite books.
In fact, King has also stated that he dreamed of writing his equivalent to The Lord of the Rings. The series had inspired him that much.
And King did write his equivalent to The Lord of the Rings, when his book The Stand was written and published. The setting may have been contemporary (‘Murrica!) and the book may not have contained hobbits, but the underlying themes were strikingly similar to the ones appearing in Tolkien’s work: friendship. environmental issues, casualties of war, self-sacrifice and so forth. The Stand even came with a scary, evil wizard to rival good old Saruman!
And of course, heroes. Like Tolkien’s saga, The Stand contained its share of heroes. And all of these heroes are human. And some are more human than others, as they openly question the roles that they have been thrust into, oftentimes against their will. But like Aragorn, in the end King’s heroes also rise to the occasion, and will do whatever it takes to protect their
hobbits charges against those who would do them wrong.
As stated before, King’s heroes tend to be human, and many are fallible. In other words, Stephen King heroes are kind of like stars: they really are just like us!
Which brings me to the subject of this week’s Man Crush Monday!
Ladies, meet my favorite Stephen King Everyman…Nick Andros!
Well, Nick is almost an Everyman. Other than the fact that he is deaf. And mute. And somehow still learned to read and write, despite the fact that he was an orphan almost everyone had given up on and no one believed would amount to much, on account of poor Nick being unable to communicate with the outside world. And did I mention he rescues stray cats from trees and helps little old ladies cross the street?
Well, maybe that last part is a bit of hyperbole. Nick is not an Everyman, he is just too awesome to be a mere man. So go ahead and feast your eyes on Nick Andros!
Name: Nick Andros
Profession: Worked odd jobs and was obtaining his GED until the apocalypse interfered with those plans.
Family: See section on being orphaned. Was mentored by someone named Rudy. See section on learning to read and write.
Friends: Mother Abagail. Reminds him that a certain deity believes in him, even if Nick does not reciprocate.
Ralph Brentner. Some friends can just help a person break down walls and open up communication.
Tom Cullen. M O O N that spells some friendships can even transcend death.
Enemies: Aragorn had them, and Nick also has them.
Julie Lawry. M O O N, that spells traitorous bitch.
Harold Lauder. Some people will just blow up everything, including houses that incredibly awesome folks just happen to be hanging out at.
Randall Flagg. See section on evil wizards, who are probably everyone’s enemy anyway.
Special note: Keeping plenty of paper and pencils on hand will score points with Nick. See section on “handicap.”
So here there it is, ladies…I give you Nick Andros! There is just something about the strong, silent type, isn’t there? And did I say Nick is compassionate, and will not tolerate any kind of bullying, even from pretty girls? M O O N, that spells guy who looks out for the underdog, since he has been there before! And anyone who is willing to take up the fight for the little people, whether they be humans or hobbits, is crush worthy in my book!
So that’s it for this week’s edition of Man Crush Monday. Tune in next week, when we will swoon some more over literary characters that we will never have a chance with!