I almost cried reading this. You talk about how Tolkien draws you into his stories well . . . youd do the same. Halfway through i said to myself 'I'm not doing anything until i finish this, it's too good and too intriguing to be distracted from'.
I've read a few of these now and i've written two, a one-shot and a continuous one and i've noticed that many have written stuff about how Tolkien's works . . . that's too wrong a word . . . creations are an escape. There are so many who take care in writing and reading about this world to escape the troubles that they face in reality and i am not ashamed to admit that i am one of those people. I applaudany who follow that same notion, if you could call it such a thing.
The quote you put at the end, it is very true. He left this world and now his son has taken over, editting The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin and for memory The History of Middle-Earth. I just so deeply wish that he could be brought back for just one month or something like that so that those who appreciate his work for whatever reason will be able to talk with him about it, show him how much they deeply appreciate what he's contributed to not just the world of literature but to what i think could be history. I don't think there will ever be another fandom like that of Tolkien's.
Anyways, i suppose i should stop writing before my hands go numb. Hannon le - Li
Author's Response: I applogize for not replying to this earlier, I don't often check to see if I have reviews -_-rnThank you very, very much I am so glad to hear that you so enjoyed reading this but it was not my intention to make rnany one cry! lol. I do believe it takes a certain frame of mind to really get into the stories, It transcends simply being dismissedrnas "Fantasy" becuase it holds a great more depth than that in that many of the characters and situations are so well written and thought out that it becomes very rn"real" in its feel. Middle Earth is extremely complex, It is not meant to be underestimated and it demands to be studied really, lol.rnI know personally that it has taken my years in my writing to get this far and I still have a long ways to go, but it has alwaysrnbeen a tremendous journey. I really do enjoy these challenges becuase they have me examine certain things that Irnwould not have otherwise given a great deal of thought too. Thank you very kindly for the review! It means alot :)
Great Essay! The biographical information made it all the more interesting. Thank you for responding to the challenge.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! Also thanks for putting out the challenges as I quite enjoyed working on that essay, If only the essaysrnwe were asked to write in school were that much fun to write! ;) :)
That was beautiful, how you described your process towards being a writer. I agree with you that there is less in our modern world, and that some people are just totally rooted in reality. Thank you for writing this.
Well said, Anwyn, I think that old copy of LOTR was definitely meant to be read by you. My uncle bought home a copy of the Hobbit for me to read when I was in my early teens. For some reason, I said: '' Not yet. '' But when I left school I almost at once picked it up. I'm not ashamed to say that if I had got into Tolkien when I was going through my last two years of exams I would have not only failed all of them, but probably failed them by siting down and writing essays on Tolkien in every exam and would not have cared, either. I still have the edition my uncle gave me though it's now fallen to bits. It just waited until I could truly give it the time it needed. I think beginning on role play sites can be very helpful as a learning experience and can be used to delve into characters, which was what I did also, of course. As you said , sometimes you just have to ignore the kiddies playing '' dress up '' and use the board to grow your own character into maturity.
Author's Response: Thank you! I still have the edition my dad gave me though its in very much the same shape as your copy of the Hobbit, practically falling to bits, lol. A lot of my volumes are pre-loved from a store I found semi locally called Hannalora Henleys, Its an old house turned into a book store and Hannalora is an older lady with huge glasses who is really cute. I canít do this place any justice in words, but it has books three thick from floor to ceiling and every shelf is absolutely crammed with books, I can easily spend hours there just going through all the books and there is a corner where she puts anything Tolkien related and I have found quite a few treasures. It turns out, though I didnít know this the first few times I went there that it was actually my grandfathers favorite place to when he was alive as he used to work at a building about a block away from the house, and I would say about 75% of the Tolkien books I own have come from there. Itís like every time I got there its impossible to leave without another book because they *want* to be found and read. Though I probably stayed on them on entirely too long looking back now I think that the RPG sites were a great way to get my feet wet as far as character creation and story building and story on, and itís a great way to connect with other people who also love Tolkien though there are some people who seem contented to say on those sites indefinitely I could not though I do appreciate what I learned I had to move on to bigger stories where I wasnít so confined by concern of what I would write would upset the other people, who for the greater part wanted to get married and play house. I still feel that I have a ways to go writing wise but it all had to start somewhere.