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I am 18, from the UK and didnt notice this thread, until just now.
I am a big Tolkien fan and cant wait to get out my pointy ears and cloak for the Hobbit premier.
PS. Poole is awsome, loving the squirrels.
I almost used the term "Old Fogey" when I logged in. Is it a worldwide term? And, you know, it sounds quite Hobbitish in a way. One wonders: was there ever a Hobbit called "Old Fogey"? Maybe he was a cooper from Needlehole in the North Farthing; a Stoor, heavy set, feet on the ground, and grumpy to boot! Can't find him anywhere in the Red Book though...
(NB I tried to send another post but I don't know what happened to it. Maybe I hit the wrong button? Maybe it'll turn up mysteriously? (Computer literate - ah... no....)
[i:2sc8gury]Anyhow[/i:2sc8gury], great to have you on the forums Odo, for an Old Fogey you got Style .
EDIT: Also note this is my Fortieth post... just another reason to like Odo?
I am originally from Merry Olde England, expatriated to the Good Ol' US of A as a laddie. So I'm not entirely certain as to where I first heard the term "Old Fogey". But I expect it is (was?) common in all three countries, UK, USA, and Oz (I hope you don't mind my affectionately using that term for your country. I have always loved the associations with Baum's famous books, which were some of my favourites alongside Tolkien's and Lewis's).
As to your technical issues, I suspect Cyber-Gremlins (my tech savvy diagnosis ).
Durin - congrats!
I see we have missed welcoming one of the younger new members of the forum . My apologies to [b:de9ldjn2]Tuor[/b:de9ldjn2]. If you're somewhere lurking in the Cyber-Ether: welcome, and please come back and visit from time to time .
Hey! As soon as I saw 'Oz' mentioned, I thought of Gandalf.
What would we call Gandalf if he left Valinor and moved Downunder?
(HINT: He wouldn't be the Wizard of Middle Earth no more).
I'm now thinking how nice it would be if he might be released from his current duties (I presume they're light!) in Valinor, so he could come and stay awhile at my house? I'd love to hear all about what Bilbo and Frodo omitted from History. Imagine this: "The Lord of the Rings: Unabridged." (Come on"! We all know the book was too short!)
Superb idea, I reckon, Gandalf coming down here! And quite safe too, since the world has apparently 'rounded' since the Fourth Age, so it'll be quite safe - he won't fall off.
Gotta go. I have basketball coaching to do... Maybe catch up later, hey?
Thanks again One and All,
Pleased to meet you,
Etcetera and etcetera,
(Hobbits aren't built for basketball - but surely they can coach?!?!
You quoted Confucius in your post. Made me wonder where China is in relation to Middle Earth. If so - I wonder where exactly. Beyond Khand somewhere maybe? Or Near Harad? It may have been known (if known) by a different name back in the Fourth Age one thinks.
It's interesting your spelling of Tolkien's Númenor. C.S Lewis I think used 'Numinor' or something like that in his Space Trilogy (I think it was Perelandra, Voyage to Venus and That Hideous Strength from memory). You use 'Numenore'. Same place, of course, and isn't this is a perfect example of how language evolves! (Just gagging!)
We have a bit of a problem with red foxes down here in Oz. I only hope we don't dispatch any descendants of that talking fox that spied Frodo, Sam and Pippin in the Shire that time! (C.S. Lewis would be aghast, I know, if that was the case!)
I can't see how I can fail to have fun talking over Middle-Earth stuff with other folk who appreciate T's great History. I certainly plan to!
Would the following be a decent question for discussion:
"Is it best to read the Hobbit before LOTR, or doesn't it matter?" (I'm new to this 'posting' caper - has a similar topic already been discussed heaps of times?)
You see, I always feel a little sad for those who read LOTR first. I read The Hobbit about five (ten?) times before I even knew LOTR even existed. This was because I didn't read the blurb inside the front cover of my Hobbit where LOTR was mentioned. It was the version with T's drawing of Smaug over Laketown and there was no blurb on the back cover. So I didn't know LOTR even existed for about two more years. I spent those two years pining for another Hobbit tale! When a friend told me he had a copy of a 'new' Hobbit tale, well it was like - "What did you say? Another Hobbit book? What? It's more than a thousand pages long! All about Hobbits? Preposterous!" Talk about being surprised by joy (with apologies to C.S.)
Anyway, I've met a few folk who came to T's History by reading the Hobbit 'after' LOTR, and it sometimes seems they don't appreciate it with quite the same level of joy that folk like I did. The Hobbit, I confess, is still my favorite book - with LOTR a close second! I wonder, out of folk who prefer The Hobbit (ever so slightly) over LOTR, how many of you read The Hobbit first?
I agree with you entirely about reading [i:yr1ji0j0]The Hobbit[/i:yr1ji0j0] first, even though LOTR is my favorite of all Tolkien's works. I read [i:yr1ji0j0]The Hobbit[/i:yr1ji0j0] and [i:yr1ji0j0]The Lord of the Rings[/i:yr1ji0j0] back to back when I was quite young and I really enjoyed both, though I certainly did appreciate all the details of LOTR at that age. I've since gone back through both and gained a much deeper appreciation. I think that reading [i:yr1ji0j0]The Hobbit[/i:yr1ji0j0] first is good because it gives an introduction to hobbits and introduces several elements that reappear in LOTR.
It is also not quite as "epic" as LOTR, so I think people who read TH second might be disappointed by it if they were expecting something different.
Thank you for the reply.
I've just realized that there is a second box at the top of the page entitled "NEW TOPIC." Henceforth, if I think of something (possibly) interesting to say, I will click that particular box (is it known as an 'ícon', pray tell?), and in this way avoid clogging up the NEW MEMBER post with unrelated pearls of wisdom (or other)!
Odo. (AKA "Mr Banks."
Your wisdom and courteous manner has, yet again, shone through.
Anyway, if you want Tolkien this is a good place to be, I've had some really fun discussions here and hope to have more.
I just started university and I felt there was a huge lack of Tolkien in my life, so here I am.
I'm studying sciences (Physics mostly) at uni, though if I'd found anywhere that did a course on Middle Earth I wouldn't have thought twice...
The sciences are always fun, though I didn't get far in Physics myself because I'm not great at the math (the rest of it for conceptual physics was great even for me though ). I get what you mean about a Middle-earth class, I'd love to have one that's a combination of English, History, Sociology, Political Science, etc., etc.
Poor Knight here from Australia.
I was pretty active years ago in the LOTR forum before FOTR came out...and I felt it was time to start following the latest news and discussions on the Hobbit as well.
Look forward to some interesting discussions with everyone in the leadup to the movies!
Also, Welcome Silver Dragon(s). Good luck on your goals of joining the film production. I hope you stick around and join the discussions too.
Like some others, I've sent a submission to another thread before I saw the New Members one--but it's all interesting. I'm Jim, in sunny and warm southern Arizona. I read The Hobbit and LOTR right on its heels, back in 1965--I have one of the first printings of them both, by Ballantine. I had heard about them while I was at the University, but had to wait for the paperbacks. Since then I've gathered several other published versions; in fact I wore out one full set. I thought the Hobbit was clearly overtaken by LOTR, maybe because I was more interested in the adult tale there; however, I fully expect that the movie of TH will project more of the adult story than the children's book.
I've read the Silmarillion, Children of Hurin, several of the history books, but I keep going back to both TH and LOTR, which I've read nine times over the years. My daughter says I've hooked her on it too--she's read it nearly that many times. The unabridged CDs have been great while driving, though I've found a number of minor differences from the books. And I prefer reading the books anyway.
And let's not have any more of this Old Fogey talk--around these parts we're known as Old Farts!
A lot of people start their own Newbie threads here in the New Members subforum. It's ended up becoming a de facto "chat" forum for off-topic discussions which you will find on a number of the "Hi There" threads . So you will find newer postings on those other threads. But most of the action is in The Hobbit sub-forum right now, though posting has been a little light over The Holidays.
I'm an artist, and I've painted lots of pictures of LOTR characters over the past six years...Mostly Frodo, but also many of the other characters.
I LOVE the book of The Hobbit and look forward to seeing the movies...I feel confident that they will be as marvellous as LOTR...Can't wait!
I also look forward to having a chat every now and then with fellow Hobbit aficionados.
I am a devoted fan of Tolkien and his works, i was enchanted by the Lord of the Rings novels and movies, i instantly became a huge fan, im glad to be part of this forum and i hope to have conversations with fellow members!
I'm from Sydney, Australia and like all of you I'm a big fan of the tolkien works, and I'm eager to discuss lotr and the hobbit with, fellow readers.
I am John, I come from Edinburgh, Scotland and am an avid student of the ways of JRR !
I hope to meet some like minded folks and hear their opinions of the great mans work.
Much respect to all the members and friends who hope, like me, that film makers will hearken
to us and do it right !!
Hail !! Manwe.
ELDO ! You're back. Where have you been. Whilst you've been gone, Odo, Petty Tyrant and I have made rather a mess all over the forum . I must say, Petty is quite holding up the Purist Flag in your absence.
and will lean on your guidance as we try to fight the good fight !!
Hail !! Manwe.
Off to go see where I can stick my puristy nose now that I'm back....
But I did my best, Eldo!
I love LOTR!this is my whole life...specially Legolas.he was my favorite character in the movie.and I wish to see him in the hobbit movie I really missed him with his bow!
I'm intrested in fantasy movies and books...I have nothing else to say...
Anyhow, welcome to the forum!