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Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien

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Jan. 3rd, 2004 | 09:33 pm
mood: commemorative

I first read Lord of the Rings of when I was nine, and didn't really understand it, especially the end. Then I read it again when I was twelve and fell in love with it.

When I was thirteen, I was camping in the back yard of my house in LA with my best friend. We were both smart nerdy girls and talked incessantly about The Trilogy. We were listening to the local science fiction radio show, "Hour 25," when they reported that JRR Tolkien had died. It's still a very vivid memory for me.

The films make me so happy -- they're not perfect, but they are so close I can live with it. I think (hope) Tolkien would be pleased.

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from: evenstar_22
date: Jan. 3rd, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)

i just wanted to say that post made me smile.

you know, i think he would be pleased. i certainly am. :)

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from: msilverstar
date: Jan. 3rd, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)

I'm glad it made you smile, I was worried it would come off all smug. LOTR is all entwined with my teenage memories, and even carried on through college.

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from: ex_grievous_115
date: Jan. 4th, 2004 03:21 am (UTC)

Let's think. I first read Lord of the Rings when I was about twelve/thirteen. As some kind of bizarre rite of passage in our family, the girls were given a copy of the book - not the boys, just the girls. None of this nancying about and being given three separate books, no we were given the 1,000 page thing all at once.

I can't say that I loved it from the start, I missed huge chunks out the first time I read it, because I found it a weird mixture of different myths all tied up in very dry language. But I struggled through it, and at the end of it, was moved enough and stirred enough, to read it again, this time including the bits I'd missed out. I still didn't like Tom Bombadil, and suspect I never will, but out of 1,000+ pages, there was very little that I didn't enjoy.

And it has produced three superb films and introduced me to lovely people, so thank you, Professor!

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