I am Elendae and have been a fan of Tolkien since my father shoved a much-worn copy of The Hobbit into my hands back in 1978 and said, "Read this, you'll like it." As it turned out, he was right. Later that same year, he took me to the theater to see Ralph Bakshi's version of LOTR (I hadn't read it yet). After the film, I demanded of him to turn over his copy of the book (the 1968 Ballentine paperbacks whose covers make one picture if you lay the books side to side). This he obliged to and I devoured them. I still have in my possession those paperbacks (though I rarely touch them having upgraded to the 1987 Collector's Edition printing) and my father always asks to see them when he comes out for one of his bi-annual visits (we live about a four-hour drive apart).
Over the years, I moved on to The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The History of Middle-Earth and whatever else I could get my hands on. I found myself drawn to Tolkien's creative process as an author and have spent many hours (days - years) trying to get a greater understanding of what he had done.
I must give a heartfelt thanks to Grep and Grondmaster for their patience in helping me setup my account here.
I look forward to many enjoyable conversations.