Thread: Your first time
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and all my books are dated just in case you were wondering.
So I am such a late comer it is pitiful. However I mean to do something about it. I am on my third reading of the Lord of the Rings, my second on the Sil and Unfinished Tales, Perilous land, the Hobbit.(That book so wore me out emotionally I shall need to read it in bed w hen I go through it once more) Tolkien's letters I keep handy always, etc.
But I have a long long road to walk .
I guess we can all be thankful for the internet and technology, now we don't have to walk that long long road alone.
Well, still alone, but at least together alone.
I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time when I was eleven in the 60's and found the Ballantine paperbacks at the dime store. I have to admit I was no prodigy and mostly just followed Frodo and Sam and skimmed the rest. After I was married I read the nice hardbound copies my husband had and read the Sil once. When the movies came out my interest was rekindled and I've read the letters (not sure I finished them- have to go back and see), Unfinished Tales, Lost Tales I and am working on getting more of the History of Middle Earth to read. I've recently bought more old copies of the Ballantine paperbacks I enjoyed years ago and am re-reading them. I'm so facinated by all the details of Tolkien's writing but wish I had studied more when I was younger and had a better memory :-)
When I was done reading The Hobbit, I cannot even begin to describe the depth of my appreciation and longing for the story to continue. I didn't want to say "goodbye" to Bilbo, the surviving dwarves, and especially Gandalf. When I heard that there was a sequel called The Lord of the Rings, this title struck me as rather strange, and in a way disappointing. It sounded too ominous and generalized to faithfully continue my beloved story. But, as all relationships must, my affair with the ellusive contrast between Hobbiton and The Wild developed and grew into something ever deeper, and I found myself in the midst of a land called Middle Earth. Superficially, the illustrations on the covers gave me a sense of comfort as the Fellowship of the Ring displayed the same tree, bird, and hill, but extended the scene to show what had been hidden by the oval-frame on the cover of The Hobbit - I could only assume this was The Shire. That seemed to be the initial theme of my induction into this new world. I made new friends, some of whom were well acquainted with my old friends, but most of whom had their own stories to tell. But I was always happy to know that my best friend, Gandalf, had stuck by my side into this new adventure. And what an adventure it was. The maps finally showed how Hobbiton was situated against The Wild, and the utter southern regions of Mirkwood (where Gandalf had gone). There were also new wonders to entice me. I cannot explain why, but I was more anxious to see Lothlorien than any other place on the map. When the fellowship finally arrived in Lothlorien, I was not disappointed (albeit a bit sad after what had just happened in Moria). What a description - silver and gold! Needless to say, I could go on and on... But, the rest just gets me exactly where I am right now.
The LotR movies released when I was 12 I guess.We went to see Matilda but not getting tickets for that show,we trooped into LotR not knowing what it was.Thus began my Tolkien-fever.
I finished the trilogy in three days,moved onto The Hobbit and Unfinished Tales and Silmarillion and gobbled them up in an year.I later read Children of Hurin and The Lost tales books.
Funny thing is I don't own any of the books except the Trilogy..all read from school and private libraries,and hence it becomes difficult to give my inputs at times but search engines do help.
I first read the Hobbit when I was REALLY young, possibly 6-8, but don't really remember it (I may not have even finished it). Then when I was about 10 my mom bought me this fancy green leather case version of the Hobbit and I started reading it Christmas day. Didn't appreciate it for the same reasons I do today, but so began my journey into the world of fantasy reading. The next year she got me a hard cover special edition of the LOTR with unique artwork throughout. Read it all within a month or so, and was so in love that it became the standard to compare every fantasy book I read (which was many). Nothing would come close, so I just kept rereading LOTR over many years until I finally picked up the Silmarillion. Read it cover to cover twice in a row, then re-read LOTR, then picked up Lost Tales, then re-read Sil, then re-read LOTR appendices. Eventually Children of Hurin was released and I read it instantly. Now I'm 22 and I'm getting the entire HOME collection for Xmas this year and cannot wait to start.
God I love Tolkien. I am so freaking happy I was born in the 20th century so it was inevitable I'd come across him eventually. I also thank Peter Jackson for reigniting the Tolkien spark. I know a lot of Tolkien lovers dislike the films, but I greatly appreciate what they did. Just wish they had split them all into two parts and just made the Hobbit one...
Well, I am so very happy you are so freaking happy. Your enthusiasm is lovely and it's rather like having a best friend walk with you every step of the way. Thank you for your thoughts. They so deeply matter to me.
Leels I agree,BalrogsRUs= lol
I'm glad for you my friend and also about your recent acquisitions at Christmas.Good luck and happy reading