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Welcome Thorin!! I'm so glad you've re-found your love of Tolkien! I myself am 18, and it's always encouraging to see other young people get involved <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />.

I would recommend [i:1nyphk1p]The Children of Hurin[/i:1nyphk1p] if you're looking for something in that style (narrative). If you're looking to expand your knowledge of Middle Earth, definitely read the [i:1nyphk1p]Silmarillion[/i:1nyphk1p], as well as [i:1nyphk1p]Unfinished Tales.[/i:1nyphk1p] If you become a total geek like myself (and many on this forum), you may want to start on [i:1nyphk1p]The History of Middle-Earth[/i:1nyphk1p]. It's an extensive series that follows Tolkien's creation of Middle-Earth. I myself have not finished it, but I'm plugging away <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />.

I look forward to your involvement!
Greetings friends, I've been exploring these forums the past couple of days and like what I see. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />

I've only recently begun to get back into the Tolkien universe. My knowledge is fairly limited as I've only read The Hobbit and the Trilogy thus far. However this forum sparked an old love for it all and so I rummaged through some boxes and came across The Silmarillion today, which was given to me when I was 15 years old. Initially I had only attempted to read it, but my mind it seems wasn't developed enough for it then. Now being 18, so far, I have been able to keep up with it, and with interest to my surprise.

I would very much appreciate any book recommendations following The Silmarillion. Perhaps The Children of Hurin?

Anyhow, thank you for having me. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you in the future. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
Welcome to the forum, Thorin! The Children of Hurin gives a more developed version of the chapter about Turin Turambar found in The Silmarillion, though the same version is found in significantly less polished form in [i:qxfkqych]Unfinished Tales[/i:qxfkqych]. While UT is, as the name suggests, not truly complete, I recommend it because it gives a broad range of information about many aspects of Middle-earth while also telling some very good stories. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' /> It's also not quite as scholarly or heavy as The History of Middle-earth series.
Thanks Eldo! I will have to look into those as soon as possible. In fact, the title sounds familiar. Perhaps I skimmed over them in the library a few times but never gave them any thought. Who knows, but I'll have my eye out for them now. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
Hail and well met Thorin! Welcome to the forum and just jump in, the more the merrier we love a good debate (argument) but its all in the best possible spirit so join in the fun.
A two-for-one thread! Welcome back, Beren! I hope that school is going well and that you can find the time to post actively again. :mrgreen:
Thanks. This forum has greatly grown, and I won't be able to be extremely active as before, but I still intend to keep a current presence.
I'm glad to hear it. 8-) See you around!
BEREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And welcome Thorin, I'm reading UT right now actually, after reading the Silmarillion, so I agree with Eldo :mrgreen:
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
It's always nice to see fellow readers my age Beren! They're all too few and far between.

I plan on ordering the UT this week! <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' /> I figured if it's anything like The Silmarillion, I'll more than likely want to read it more than once.
I'm the youngest here!!!! Its good to have some younger people on the forum!!!! it gives some fresh ideas to some old topics. Hurray for the YOUTH!!!! :lol: 8-)
How old are you, Tin? I'm 15 (and so is Zack, though she's not around much).
The trouble with young people is that most of them aren't [i:2m9y4uhb]respectable[/i:2m9y4uhb]! Then they grow older and become old - which is worse, no matter how [i:2m9y4uhb]respectable[/i:2m9y4uhb] they are! :x Emmm.... :? Some old people excluded, oh, of course, [i:2m9y4uhb]naturally[/i:2m9y4uhb]! :roll: Goes without sayin'! :x
14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!!!! you guys are alot younger than I thought!!!!!! :o :lol: :mrgreen:
I thought you were older than that. :lol: 8-) I think we have a range of ages here: I believe GB, Odo, petty, and Durin are all adults (though Odo doesn't always act like it :P ). I think the variety makes the forums a more interesting place than they would be otherwise. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
[i:1wxitzh9]Oh cheeky little Eldo,
Smelly as a cow-dough!
Call him Loremaster?
His head is full of pasta!
What think ye now-oh?
[color=#FF0000:1wxitzh9]Young [/color:1wxitzh9]Eldo![/i:1wxitzh9]

That'll learn you to cross me, lad! :x :x :x

Childish? :x Me childish? :x Darn cheek! :x
Um... Perhaps a bit more gracefulness would cause us to think otherwise, good sir. Forgive us for our insolence! haha! :roll: :lol:
[i:2nbyd3wm]Insolence![/i:2nbyd3wm] Now, Tin, you should be careful when throwing a big word like that around. You probably don't even know what it means. I know I don't...! :x Anyhow, when I was young, I showed older people much more respect than you whipper-snappers seem to want to do. :x (At least to their faces! :? )
Times are changing though!!!
But I have to add, AGE and KNOWLEDGE don't always go hand in hand.
Cheek! :x :x :x
Chin! :o
NOSE! :shock: :lol:
Umm... Elbow? =D
If it's Odo it must be.....Knobbly Knees!!! :lol:

errrm...who was I supposed to be welcoming again? :?

[b:1hpo9qyn]GB[/b:1hpo9qyn]
Oh...right. Hi Thorin :mrgreen: . Glad you could join us (including some old coots like Odo and myself :roll: ).

[b:cd1lg4ot]GB[/b:cd1lg4ot]
Hey, emeraldgemstone, nice to have you. We're all going quite mad at the moment for lack of Hobbit news. So don't get freaked out.
Hi there, nice to meet all
Mad...? Ahhh... so that is what it was...! (You know, I blame Tinuviel, what with her wild imagination and all).
That would explain the distinct lack of Hobbit discussion and the distinct [i:2isjf06x]rise[/i:2isjf06x] in sockpuppet performance at the moment. :?
Yes, Eldo, we all went mad. That's the only explanation I can come up with, anyways, haha.
Insanity is the best form of therapy. :mrgreen:

[b:1b2yo0yq]GB[/b:1b2yo0yq]
why blame me odo????
Because you inspired his insanity Milady <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> .

[b:3htwif6o]GB[/b:3htwif6o]
How so?
Errrm...ask Odo. :?

Actually I think he's just using you as an excuse. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />

[b:2cvdfz8w]GB[/b:2cvdfz8w]
*sigh* That doesn't surprise me. That crazy old hobbit!!!! And I mean that in the best possible way <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
Crazy... maybe... but you might put the [i:3g8po91u]'old'[/i:3g8po91u] a bit more gently, Tin (after all, no one likes the truth)... This is just another example of the catalystic effect (and affect) you have on this forum, young Lady!!!!! :x
my b.
Welcome Sir or Madam (psst! I'd watch out for that Tinuviel - yes, sweet girl, but she does cause a bit of trouble around here from time to time....)(psst! psst! especially watch out even more carefully for Gandalfs Beard guy - in the Pay - rumour has it - of certain Dark Forces).