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.
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
I used to skip the Hobbit pipeweed stuff too, but now I actually find it entertaining.
Glad ya got the Silm! :D
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?
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…
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… :)
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.
xFanarix, that was such a wonderful essay. I loved it! I also read the Appendices and cry, especially over Aragorn and Arwen.
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. :))
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
The songs were hilarious. I'm still laughing. :D
Thanks for sharing this, Caller!
I still maintain that our Quest was all you're idea.
Author's Response: Yeah? You're the oldest - it's your fault, all your fault! Joke ;-) I miss you!
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!!
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!
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.
Very true, and although my infatuation rapidly shifted from LOTR to the Silmarillion I will always remember coming to the books. That is a fantastic title, too!
Author's Response: Thank you!!! I now love the Silm too, although I do tend to write around the Third Age because that's where my canon knowledge is strongest. I have got a couple of plot bunnies nibbling at me from earlier times, one to do with Haleth and one to do with Maglor, but I'm writing so many stories at the moment that I'm going to wait until I've finished one off before I launch into another project. And nothing has made me jump as much as "put...on...the Ring" - ever. Thanks for reviewing, glad you enjoyed it :-)