This made me laugh and I thought this particular part was sweet:
When the dragon failed to explode, we explained to him Merry and Pippin must have stolen it. We even pointed out the small car they must be using as their getaway vehicle as we drove home afterwards. He couldn’t wait for next July to see Gandalf.
Very sweet essay! I loved this line: As we grow older we lose that part of ourselves and it makes me sad that I can't fully be convinced that the trees in my backyard are ents anymore.
I felt heartbroken for you about Gollum. I know that scene in RotK makes me teary as well. I grew up with the slightly sillier Gollum of The Hobbit, so the LotR Gollum always shakes me up.
Good luck with the reading and writing! :D
Just with a dusty shelf? Cool! ;) I was moved by this line: to me there is truly not an end in sight and I would not have it any other way.
I used to skip the Hobbit pipeweed stuff too, but now I actually find it entertaining.
Glad ya got the Silm! :D
Hey there Karlmir, that last essay was mine but I did forget to put my name anywhere on it as I finished it at quite late as I was determined to finish it but didn't sign it anywhere XD
Lol, Anwyn, I remember the RPG boards very well, and the kerfuffle at anything slightly 'different', but as I put on my bio, I do not know another person beside you who came from play-by-post RPG to Fanfiction (apart from myself) I do think though, if I had never grown through RP and had places to write which were safe and allowed me to explore my characters, I would never have gone on to write stories. So, I do owe those sites that!
I actually never got back to The Hobbit. Because I don't own a copy. I have started reading the Similarion a few times though. It's a bit hardcore. Do you think I should reread The Hobbit?
This was a lovely essay, Ndil - I totally agree that Tolkien reads like history! And I also agree that it's very unfair that nobody translated the appendices.
Did you ever re-read The Hobbit?
Thanks for adding to this! :-)
I don't think I can respond to a review directly, so I'll submit my thanks this way.
To Kitt Otter: It is hard isn't it? But at least now I finally can read the original English books, I love it. So much is often lost in translations. Like the songs and poems in LOTR, a translator can never get it completely right. Good luck writing to you too!
To: xFanarix. I guess we agree then that Middle Earth's history should be incorporated in high school history classes! ;) I feel too that he left us an invitation… so let’s write on…
This was a really touching essay, Ndil! I read the Hobbit in German once and yeah, it's hard when looking up every other word...
I had to chuckle a bit on the only fantasy knowledge being from Disney. (Snow White - ew.)
I was pleasantly surprised too finding this site and seeing it so active.
Good luck writing… :)
I loved your essay. I only wish that I had discovered Tolkien as early in life as you did. When I was in college during the late 60's I was totally clueless as to why some hippies were wearing "Frodo Lives!" lapel pins.
Author's Response: Oh, I've heard about the "Frodo Lives" pins (from Uncle Tim, surprise surprise)! I'm really glad you enjoyed the essay; thanks for your review :-)
I read all three books in two days. I forgot about trivial things like eating and sleeping. Tolkien captured me, with maps and vivid descriptions of his world. I didn’t even realize I was reading and appreciating fantasy. It didn’t feel like fantasy. It read as history, ancient history. He shaped my imagination like few others have.
I absolutely agree with you there. I think what sets Tolkien completely apart is that his is a fully realized universe with an underpinning of immense and complex history and that, to me, is an irresistible invitation to write within it, just as *real* history is an invitation.
I'm so glad that somehow you wound up finding my story and this site through this - I couldn't imagine any higher praise than knowing that someone whose stories and characters I love and admire found her way to fanfic through me!
Despite the troubles one can sometimes find in fandom, for me the positive experiences vastly outnumber the negative ones - reading (and writig) fanfic or just talking about Tolkien's work is something that gives me a lot of pleasure and joy, more than any other fandom I've ever been in, and I hope that will never stop. (I can't imagine it will - there is somehow *more* to Tolkien than there ever was in any other fandoms I've been in. :))
Beautiful addition to this round robin.
I know! If I feel like having a good cry, I read the Appendices.
"This SHOULD be real" - definitely; and it is, so far as my siblings and I have ever been concerned. :D
Oh, thank you so much for adding to this! I can just picture you lying in the hammock and being engrossed in The Hobbit...and I also type out massive long quotes and pin them to my noticeboard at uni!
Tolkien is timeless for many reasons, but his use of folklore speaks to something deep within our race memory, Elves, sorcery, artifacts of Power, the death of hero's and tragic last stands (which is very Anglo-Saxon, and if any-one has a chance to read Esteliel's superb essays, please do.) hence that feeling of familiarity, or that is what I believe.
I think that's absolutely spot on; it speaks to us on a very primal, basic level. And I will have to look at Esteliel's essays!
By the way, since your essays were pretty much all Tolkien-related, I think you'd be safe to put them back up - I loved them, so please think about it!!
Tom’s was Watership Down, two of my other all-time favourites
Oh, I have to comment that I read Watership Down so many times it fell apart. I have always loved it, and the way Richard Adam's wrote of nature enchanted me, as I still lived in the country when I first read it, and his descriptions were so familiar to me.
Author's Response: The main thing I loved about Watership Down was the same as one of the reasons I love LOTR - the complete immersion in another culture. Well, in Tolkien's case it's multiple cultures...but yes, my copy of Watership Down is very dog-eared too!
Wow, what a marvelous story. You certainly have your uncle's gift for storytelling! Although I must admit if one of mine had whispered ' Put...on..the Ring.' I would have gone through the roof!
Not every story ends happily, although some – like Sam’s – do. All that is gold does not glitter. Love and infatuation are two different things and can easily be confused. The world is not divided into “goodies” and “baddies” – there are shades of grey everywhere. Most importantly, ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things; you don’t have to be a prince or a beautiful young orphan to deserve to have a story told about you. No other book has ever taught me so much.