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A Trip to Mordor

A little while ago I saw a blog post where the writer decided to recast the The Lord of the Rings. She picked a team of literary characters she would take with her if she had to journey to Mordor. It was so much fun seeing her choices that I thought I’d take a crack at it!

“One does not simply walk into Mordor. It’s black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.” -Boromir, The Lord of the Rings

Yikes! So, this would be the most difficult and dangerous adventure.

Frodo had Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, and Sam Wise helping him along the way. Some would say: don’t mess with the dream team…but that wouldn’t be any fun. So, after much thought, I’ve settled on these five literary heroes to take with me:

1)    The Scarlet Pimpernel – Let’s see, he’s a master of disguise, an expert swordsman, brave beyond measure, and responsible for saving half the French aristocracy from the guillotine. He can outfight any man we meet along the way and still look stylish while doing it.

2)    Four (from Divergent) – Four is tough, loyal to a fault, knows how to control his fear, and is amazing with both guns and knives.

3)    Emmett Cullen (Twilight series) – For starters, he’s almost impossible to kill. Then there’s the whole super-strength-vampire thing. But mostly, Emmett will offer comic relief on those really difficult days.

4)    Katniss (The Hunger Games) – Basically the female Legolas (without the wit), well, as far as archery goes. Katniss is heartless and determined to survive. Both work to our advantage. With her along, we’ll never want for food and she can pick off badies from far away.

5)    Sherlock Holmes – The man beat Professor Moriarty, for goodness sakes. He always has a plan, dabbles in medicine, is quick with a gun, and can box his way out of any problem.


Now it’s your turn!! What five people from literature would you take with you to Mordor?

And I’m going to take Aslan (who is basically a trump card) and any superheroes (um…comics aren’t literature, folks) off the table.

P.S. Enjoy this trailer for The Hobbit (coming out in December)!


If I find a YA book or romance book that is to die for, I’ll share the details. And my author friends even stop by!


About Jess Keller

I'm an author, speaker and chocolate eater who's chasing hard after my dreams.

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