Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is
Top Ten Characters I’d Want with Me on a Deserted Island
1. Aragorn from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn possesses many important survival skills, being able to scout for enemies (you never know if your island is really deserted!), find food, build shelter, and provide medical care, but he can also liven up evenings around the campfire with tales of long ago.
2. Faramir from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Faramir brings many of the same skills as Aragorn, including hunting and cooking, so if something happens to Aragorn, the rest of us can still survive.
3. Sara Stanley from L. M. Montgomery’s The Story Girl: When Aragorn or Faramir do not feel like singing ballads, the Story Girl can charm us with her tales.
4. Otter from Sam Garton’s I Am Otter: Otter would come up with all the fun ideas to keep us busy and entertained during our sojourn. Of course, Teddy and Giraffe would have to come with her, and I believe we’d have to take Otter Keeper as well so she wouldn’t miss him. But I’m going to count all of them as a set.
5. Bilbo Baggins from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit: Aragorn and Faramir know how to cook in the wild, but I think having a Hobbit along would be the best way to get the most out of our island fare. And, of course, Bilbo can always regale us with stories about his adventures.
6. Hermione from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series: Her wand would no doubt come in handy, perhaps even helping us to an earlier rescue. I’m sure she also has a lot of knowledge about surviving in the wild that she would be eager to teach the rest of us.
7. Robin Hood: Robin, of course, is used to living outdoors, but he can also help while away the time by offering lessons in archery and swordfighting, perhaps with demonstrations with Aragorn and Faramir. No doubt Bilbo would also want to prove himself with Sting.
8. Viola from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: I almost chose Feste so someone could offer witty banter, but then I realized Viola is just as capable and she’s used to washing up on strange shores.
9. Corduroy from Don Freeman’s Corduroy: Sleeping on a strange island might be a little scary, but everyone knows that teddy bears are the best protection from monsters!
10. Beowulf from Beowulf: Just so when I get home, I can tell everyone I met him.