Wow, I feel like I totally missed out. I didn't discover Tolkien until I was an Old Woman Of Twenty-Six. Reading this made me miss childhood--quite an achievement since I loathed childhood with a deep fiery Balrogian passion. I love the stuff with the songs; my friends and I used to do stuff like that, only our made-up lyrics were often X-rated (because yes, I was a weird and pervy child that grew into an even weirder and pervier adult). The actor John Hurt once referred to acting as a "grown-up method of playing cowboys and Indians." I think fiction-writing is pretty much the same thing: the kids inside us get all dressed up in sophisticated words and play pretend. And it's totally awesome. :)
As one English major to another (wink), I must say that this is fantastically well written. Actually, it's fantastically well written: there's a solid intro and conclusion combined with a fluidity and readability that just doesn't happen enough in essays.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you *glows* actually that's a point - my bio still says I'm a Classics major, I must remember to change that! Thanks for the review.
Firstly, I must say how much I throughly enjoyed reading this.
Secondly, my childhood feels oddly empty as I was not introduced to Lord of the Rings until I was well into my teens. I know, it makes me hang my head in shame. Though looking back Lord of the Rings in its little way has always been in my life. For example when I used to ride the stables frequently tested new possible school horses and there was a pair that came called Frodo and Pippin and I thought 'What adorable names' Or there was a beatiful old horse named Baggins, Show name was Bilbo Baggins of course and Baggins was the abseloute favorite of my Grandfather who would sometimes come to watch me ride. Baggins was a very strange looking horse, handsome, but strange, he was an American Paint Horse and he was solid white with dark streaks in his tail and his only marking was a black spot that was over the one side of his head and he had blue eyes, I had to mention the blue eyes becuase of your 'Trapped' story of course! ;)
Thank you so much for sharing this, It was a truly excellent and heartwarming read.
Though one final thought
“Hard lines,” Grandma told us (a Yorkshire-ism, if anybody’s confused).
My grandfather used that expression in front of me all the time when I was younger and he was the only one I had ever heard use it and now I sometimes use it myself though I must say I never knew where it came from, I do now!
Author's Response: Yay, someone else who's heard "hard lines!" When I'm up at uni, nobody understands what I mean by it, along with one or two other phrases. I'm really glad you enjoyed the essay - I had a lovely time writing about it :-)
Aww wow that's awesome! Some lovely memories there :-)
I love Queen too - and I also imagined the Ents to look like those apple trees from the Wizard of Oz!
That was so much fun to read. Thank you for sharing - both of you.
Wonderful and magical! That's an amazing story, I absolutely love it! Wow! I'm speechless.
Author's Response: Aww! Thank you, Caller! It's partly thanks to you that it exists at all :-) anyway I'm glad you enjoyed my ramblings, and if you want to add your own memories then that would be wonderful.
Nice story. That does sound perfectly terrifying "put on the ring..." ACK!
I watched the Bakshi version after dad read us lotr and could never forgive it for being *different* from the books. Getting over that, it certainly kept us entertained!
This is such a good idea for a round robin. I'm curious what else may be added.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Kitt; yes, it was petrifying as a small child! Never mind my parents, I don't think I've ever quite forgiven Tim for that...although I suppose you could say it's testament to the powers of Tolkien's creation that the concept of the Nazgul frightened us all so much. I giggle at parts of the Bakshi cartoon now, especially the depictions of Aragorn and Sam and Boromir, but it holds so many precious memories that I can't be too mean about it! I'm not sure whether people will want to add to this or not - it's quite personal by nature - but if anyone does post more then I'll be extremely interested to read about it! Feel free to chip in yourself, if you like :-)