Thread: Hello everyone
My nickname is Anardil, but I will answer to Alda or Aldarion too. You might have met me on IRC, I am frequently chatting in Tolkien related chatrooms and am a huge Trivia fan.
I have been a lover of Middle-earth since my father read the Hobbit to me as a child. Now many years later those childhood readings are still with me. I never fretted about the movies clouding my mental images of Tolkien's world, they could never compete with the colorful imagery the Good Professor stoked in my young imagination.
I am now well past a Hobbits' coming of age and I still enjoy re-reading and exploring his world. My father who once read the books to me is now old and frail and suffers from Alzheimer's. I now read to him. He loves Middle-earth very much and I am grateful to him for sharing it with me. The very qualities I admire most about him, his gentleness, his love of beauty, of nature, his respect for living things, are the qualities that I feel most true lovers of Arda posess.
I look forward to discussing and exploring Middle-earth with you.
I'm glad your father gets enjoyment from you reading to him. It's a difficult thing to come to terms with though.
Welcome here, I have seen you passing by in the chat and most likely we will see enough of you here as well. Enjoy the stay!