Saturday, January 30, 2016

What Inspired you to Read LOTR?

Hmm, an interesting question.

I've said before that I have been "exposed" to LOTR practically all my life--the movie was playing in the living room every other month.  But it wasn't until I actually sat down and watched the movies--and I mean really watched--that I became enamoured.  I kept having questions about what was going on, why a certain thing was such a big deal, etc. and these questions I asked my sister.  She answered them with even more confusing details and eventually I just decided I should straighten things out for myself.

But I quickly realized watching the movies is nothing like reading the books (there is really no experience anything like doing those two things at all) and I was discouraged and I quit.  I kind of lost touch with it for awhile until I saw the "Hobbit" movies.  

Seeing the books come alive again (despite my problems with "The Hobbit" movies) reinspired me, and I went back to work on the books.  Thankfully, that time it worked out.

^ I am introduced to The Lord of the Rings for the first time 


  1. And I'm so glad it did! Here's my story: I was introduced to them by a curriculum that we used to use for homeschooling. I had to read The Hobbit in 6th grade and really enjoyed it. In the back, it said there were more books so I decided to read them too. Then after I read the books, I found out that we had the movies! And then The Hobbit movies came out and I remember being so nervousited (nervous/excited) in the theaters XD

    1. Nice! I wish I had read the books before I saw the movies like you. You're so lucky your school district has The Hobbit on their curriculum list :)

  2. Ooo! Story time!

    Well, a very long time ago, I saw The Hobbit on one of the bookshelves around the house, later that day, I asked my mom what a 'hobbit' was, she said it was kind-of like a dwarf, and left it at that.

    Maybe a year or two later, my brother picked it up, and read it. He liked it okay, and went on to read the first few chapters of The Fellowship, but quickly dropped it.

    A few years later, mom took My older sister, the aforementioned brother, and I to see Brave, we saw a preview for An Unexpected Journey, and my brother decided that he really wanted to see it. My older sister, mom, and I adamantly declared that we wanted to see nothing of the sort. Dad took My brother to see AUJ, and that was the end of that.

    But then, just at the beginning of 2014, I was encouraged to read The Hobbit by several of my co-op classmates. So I did. The first read, I was just trying to get through it. I read it again, then moved on to The Lord of The Rings. Like my brother, I read for a bit, but then dropped it. It was out of shear determination to finish the series before seeing the movies, that I picked it up again a few months later. I enjoyed it from then on.

    Wow, that was a little longer than I intended... :/

    Hope you enjoyed hearing/reading my saga of discovery. :)

    1. Epic! I'm always in the mood for a good story :)

  3. I grew up with LOTR as well. It was my father's rule that we had to read it before watching the movie so I picked it up at about 6-7 years old and read it. I'm not sure how much of it I understood though I definitely got the gist of the storyline. Since then I've read it about five times now. It's only been in the last couple times that I've really come to love it and now I can't get enough of Tolkien. :)

    1. Wow, that's impressive that you read it at such a young age! I know for me, it was helpful to know the plot line from the movie as I went through the books, but I've always wondered what it would be like to have read the books first. Thanks for sharing!

  4. For the longest time my family didn't read/watch anything Fantasy because my mom wasn't interested in Fantasy. However, my older sister, Mel, has always had a fascination with it.

    About 4 years ago, Mel borrowed the LOTR books and movies from a friend and watched and read them. A year later (March 17, 2013) Mom decided to watch the LOTR movies.

    They got all set up in the livingroom to watch FOTR and Mel told me not to sneak in and watch it. I (who had heard her read the story of Aragorn and Arwen to Mom on the way to town one time), told her that I wanted to see Aragorn and Arwen. To which she responded, "OH! NO!!! We don't need you having a crush on Viggo Mortensen!!" I informed her that that was an insult because I don't 'do' celebrity crushes!! Well they started watching, and I was really, really sweet to them. I made them popcorn and hot chocolate, and then sat down on the floor in front of Mel and they didn't kick me out. I was ENTHRALLED!!!! I wasn't allowed to watch orc/Nazgul/bad guy/Gollum, parts (I had been known to have nightmares from those things, but I am proud to say that I have never had nightmares from Tolkien's works), but I did watch the rest. I was enchanted and sucked into the Wonderful World of Middle-earth!!

    The next day Mel told me most of the story of the War of the Ring (she wouldn't tell my Gollum's end though) while we were butchering a deer. Two days after that, I was informed that I wasn't supposed to have watched it. I didn't watch the rest of the movies with them.

    That Friday (March 22, 2013) Mel, Nan, Bobbie and I, watched FOTR again. April 5, 2013, we watched TTT and April 12, 2013, we watched ROTK. Two weeks later, we watched An Unexpected Journey. (All of the movies were borrowed form friends.)

    Then, after I had watched all the movies that were out, I read the books. And I think that I read all 4 books within 2 weeks.

    So kinda long, but that is my story. Now I own the theatricals of TTT, ROTK, AUJ, DOS and the EE, of AUJ. Other members of the family own, the EEs of FOTR, TTT, ROTK and the theatrical of TTT and BotFA. And I own copies of all 4 books, as does Mel and Mel owns the Silmarillion......WHICH SHE STILL HASN'T FINISHED SO THAT I CAN READ IT!!!!

    My little siblings have heard The Hobbit, seen the less scary parts of the first two Hobbit movies, and later this year will be able to hear the LOTR books. Mel (and I) have created a monster and we are very proud of it!!

    1. That's fantastic! (Pun intended ;)
      Wow, that's impressive that you read the books so fast for your first time! Thanks for sharing.