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Old 11-26-2002, 01:12 AM   #1
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Tolkien How were you introduced to Tolkien?

When did you first read the books and who introduced them to you. My mother practicly read the LoTR and The Hobbit to me when I was in the cradle and read it to me countless times. When I could read I began to read them anually. It wasn't untill a year ago that I really started reading the Sill and the Book of Lost Tales (and how cool they are). How did you start on Tolkien?
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Old 11-26-2002, 02:29 AM   #2
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Three years ago Barrow-wight said "hey, read this," and I was all "huh? ok."

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Shame on me - I read the books when I first saw the movie trailer. I wasn't much of a reader before, but now that I'm out of school, I read ALL THE TIME.
I was amazed at the trailer and decided to read the books before I saw the film. Fell in LOVE with them and now I'm addicted.
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I read The Hobbit in 6th grade and I am thankful to say that i read LotR before the movie.
I have read the Silmarillion ( which is the best of all Tolkiens books ) and in the process of reading Unfinished Tales. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 11-26-2002, 04:00 AM   #5
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Ohh whoops! [img]smilies/frown.gif[/img] I forgot the actual topic. My father introduced it to me.
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Old 11-26-2002, 04:50 AM   #6
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I saw the FotR first... [img]smilies/frown.gif[/img] naughty I know...
Then I read the books twice and I am half way thoroug the Sillmarillion, but I cant get a hold of the books of Lost Tales! [img]smilies/mad.gif[/img]
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Old 11-26-2002, 09:14 AM   #7
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My dad always read to us when we were little: Chronicles of Narnia, Hobbit, etc....He recommended LoTR to us, and I was the first of us kids to get through it. I loved it so much, I then proceeded to consume the Lost Tales, and afterwards tried the Silmarillion. I dead-ended there 'cause I think it was a bit too complex for me at that point. I have now re-read the Hobbit 2 more times and the same with the Lord of the Rings, only I listened to it the 3rd time through: Ever listened to the unabridged version read by Robert Inglis? It is so good....It was such a good way to go through the book that now I'm trying the same thing for the Silmarillion (different reader, but very good!).
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I had a record that my dad bought when I was little that told the story of The Hobbit, and when I was eight my dad and I read The Hobbit. When I was twelve, my dad and I started reading LOTR together. In the middle of high school I read it myself, more slowly, and I really started to get into it. I owe my Tolkien experience to my Dad.
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Old 11-26-2002, 11:44 AM   #9
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My dad got me addicted to Tolkien very early on. He read the Hobbit to me the first time when I was maybe six, then I read it myself continually between the ages of eight and, um, well I'm still reading it constantly. Dad tried reading the Trilogy to me for the first time when I was eight, but I really didn't have the attention span to handle it then. When my dad found out that LotR was being made into a movie (movies, sorry), he insisted that I read the books. I had no objections; I had been meaning to read the books for ages. I was about 3/4 of the way through Fellowship for the first time when I saw the Movie. Then, when I got home, I cheated and read ahead into TTT to find out what happened to Merry and Pippin. As of currently I have read the Trilogy six times, and am on my seventh time through, and am half through the Silmarillion. After that, Lost Tales is next on my reading list!
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Old 11-26-2002, 12:03 PM   #10
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Oh, I'm so embarrassed! I saw the movie, then read the books... But I love it and am on RotK foe the 2nd time now. [img]smilies/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 11-26-2002, 02:07 PM   #11
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i was about three when i first heard the stories. its actually one of the earliest memories i have of my life. god knows who read them... some family person...
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Old 11-26-2002, 02:08 PM   #12
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Well from what i'm reading here a lot people started LoTR because of the movie. Even if I have an axe to grind against Peter Jackson I am glad that his movie has introduced so many to the world Tolkien. My good friend who had been interestd in LoTR but didn't want to read it is now devouring the trilogy.
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Old 11-26-2002, 03:40 PM   #13
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My parents also read to me. They read me the Hobbit and LOTR. Latter I read it to myself. Then I watched the movie and read LOTR a couple more times along with the Sil and UT and various other books by Tolkien.
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Old 11-26-2002, 03:47 PM   #14
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am i the only person who found the silmarillion boring?
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Old 11-26-2002, 04:10 PM   #15
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I was introduced to Tolkien when my fourth grade teacher read the class "The Hobbit". She didn't read the last chapter (she did that for every book she read to us [img]smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) so about a year later I checked it out of the library and read the whole thing.
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Old 11-26-2002, 04:46 PM   #16
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I found out about LotR in fourth grade, when i was reading a bo on C.S Lewis, but the author of the book made it sound long and boring. I took me a while to commit to reading them, now I reread about twice a year. [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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i started to read LOTR on the prompting of a friend, Nytesky on this site, around the time the first movie came out, and read through the series a couple times. then i read the Silmarillion a few months later at least 2 times, and realized i had arrived in middle-earth and was not going to leave. surprisingly, i only read unfinished tales once-shame on me. ironically, i read the hobbit only a couple months ago, and because it was for school-shame on me! oh yes, my dad is being a heretic-he says FoTR is boring-which is only because of the hobbit's singing! i can sort-of sympathize-it took an agonizingly long time to get through the section on the barrow-downs. it was rather boring, IMHO-don't tell BW! i'm also trying to get a copy of the sil so i can reread it again...DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT!! i'm one of those weird people who absorb long and to most people boring histories-i don't even study for my advanced placement history tests and ace them. i'm also curious about these other books other than the ones mentioned above that i keep hearing about. can someone explain?
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Old 11-26-2002, 09:27 PM   #18
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Collette took me to see the movie with her and I instantly feel inlove! Sadly I didn't know there was more, and I got really mad because of the ending, but the Collette told me there was going to be 2 more movies because its a book trilogy! Right after the movie I went straight to Borders book store which was right next to the movie theater, and bought the books!
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Old 11-27-2002, 04:40 AM   #19
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My grade 6 teacher read the hobbit to us. my friend read the lotr books and she lent me the books, then i bought the books. i read the books. i luved the books. [img]smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Well for christmas my cousin gave me a puzzle of Lotr (woth the movie charctars on it. At that time lotr did not came into my vocabulary. Then my mother sayd:"why don't you go see the movie"(bless my mother) So I went. I loved it. ANd 2 weeks later I barrowed the book from a friend. And now I am reading it for the second time.


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Old 11-27-2002, 02:17 PM   #21
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I was told many times about it at my friends house, because they've all read it, but I was prompted into actually reading it by the movie. I've only read the trilogy, my sister's stolen the hobbit (even though it is her's) and taken it away to university with her.
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When I was in sixth grade, we had to read a small excerpt of the hobbit as an assignment, but I didn't pay much attention to it. But last year, in August, some people in my guild (I still play on neopets. :rolleyes [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img] were talking about how great LotR was, and I decided to read it, and I loved it!

I have read LotR and the hobbit a bunch of times, and the Silmarillion twice.

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Old 11-27-2002, 09:33 PM   #23
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When my brother and I were little, my mom read the Hobbit to us in bed every night. It took a couple of weeks to get through the whole book (we had short attention spans), but it was worth it. We loved it. Right after that, Mom attempted to read Fellowship, but we only got to "Strider." Le sigh. So it was several years later that I read Fellowship after that--shortly before the movie came out--and I finished TT and RotK not too long after. I've been totally hooked ever since!

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Old 11-27-2002, 09:51 PM   #24
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My mum wouldn't read to me once I learned to read myself.... I could read faster on my own and got fed up with the reading out loud part. But whenever I went to her asking for a new book, she'd give me a nice thick one (well, was at the time) such as The Hobbit. I got through it and was bored. Years later (four years ago?) I started on Lord of the Rings, and gave up just at the start of RotK- I'd read the first two in less than a week. Picked up the book six months later and had forgotten all the names. Reread them from the start and loved every minute. How odd. I need my own copies of The Sil and Unfinished Tales... Christmas is coming....
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My mum read the hobbit and lotr to me when I was about 6 or 7. I could have read it for myself but it was a bit complicated for me. I've been hooked on it ever since, I've read LOTR about 5 times (I'm on the 6th time at the moment) and I've read the hobbit 3 times . I really wanna read the Silmarillion and all the other books but I can't find them any where!
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I read the Hobbit when I was in 9th grade after playing D&D for the 1st time. That was 21 years ago!
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My dad used to read it to me all the time too [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img] I guess i was under his influence then [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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My Dad checked out the Hobbit audio cassettes from the library and we listened to it on a long car trip. I absolutely loved it! A few years later, someone gave me LOTR for my birthday. I started reading it, but I thought it started out kind of slow at the time, so I stopped. Then I saw FOTR, ran home, and read the the trilogy in about a week. Then I read the Silmarillion and the Hobbit. I need to read the Lost Tales or whatever it is they're called.
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Hmmm....

I read the hobbit when i was in i believe 6th grade for the first time... i ran across it when i was looking at D&D stuff for the first time. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]

Then in 7th grade my literature teacher had us read the Hobbit and critique it and do a project based on the story. (he was pretty cool indeed).

I then proceded to read through the trilogy over the next year.
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I was introduced to the book "The Hobbit" by my sixth grade teacher Mr. Brown. I thought it was a great book. I read the LOTR trilogy when I heard they were going to make the books into a movie.
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my pa started reading the hobbit and i was like why would read that kind of crap. but know i am sooo amshamed of myself for thinking that cause after my dad introduced it to me ive been hooked. i read so much know and tolkien is the greatest!!! right now im reading the sill and i got to say at first it was kind of hard to get past the first couple of pages but....this is the BEST book ever. u gotta read it. ok we enough of my bordem.
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I was (as most people here it seems) introduced to the books by my dad. Though, to tell the truth, I did see the movie before I read the books. Yet, the thing is, when I first saw FotR I wasn't all that impressed. I thought it was a good movie, but it wasn't what started my obsession. What started it was when my dad and I where (for some odd reason) talking about riddles. So my dad comes out with "The Hobbit" to show me some good examples. I read them and was intrigued, so, I read the chapter. I loved it and its now my favorite chapter ever. I especially liked Gollum, and wanted to read more, so I did, and it went on from there. And that is how it all started for me, I saw the movie again and it then became my favorite movie. I really do have to thank my dad for bringing it all to my attention.
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lets see....ummm...a year or so before the movies came out....then again when i heard they were making a movie (and saw it)...and then again over the summer hols... yup... [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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I was introduced to Lord of the Rings through my best friend, who made me read The Hobbit a few weeks after FOTR came out in theaters. We then went and saw the movie, and read the LOTR Series. I have been hooked on LOTR ever since.

It is an addiction!! [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img] [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] I LOVE LOTR!! I am sorry now that I never heard about Tolkien before the the FOTR movie came out, but oh well.... *sigh* [img]smilies/frown.gif[/img] [img]smilies/redface.gif[/img] [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] I LOVE LOTR!! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]smilies/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 01-12-2003, 08:16 PM   #35
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i saw FOTR first then I read LOTR, the hobbit and SIM. I liked the movie better.
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When I was 10 (in a previous Age!) I was annoying my older cousin - he gave me LOTR and told me to sit down and read it or he was going to kill me. I took him at his word, and started reading. I was instantly hooked!
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At 13, I read about the books, actually in an article about a one-man-black-metal-band called Burzum. It was about a guy that shot another black-metal guy. The murder was calling himself "Grishnakh". Before I read LotR, I thought it was a satanic story (silly me!) but I was suprised positively.
Since then I can't let go of LotR and Middle-Earth.
I also think of it as something real, by now. Sometimes it helps me to escape reality (better than drugs, I guess).
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I'm the consumate Star Wars junkie, but my little brother is into the fantasy genre. He got the LOTR book about a year before the first movie came out and started telling me about it and I got interested. So I bought the book and was hooked from the start. Now I've read more than he has on it! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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I was introduced to Tolkien by a childhood neighbor who read the Hobbit to me and her kids. At the time I didn't really remember the story but they lived on a Girl Scout camp so we had quite a bit of fun playing dwarves. She never got around to reading LOTR to us as the dad died of cancer & they had to move. I think from there the local librarian who was a friend of my moms saw me returning the Hobbit one day and handed me the other ones saying I should try them. At as it goes, history became legend, legend became myth...
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Old 01-14-2003, 10:53 PM   #40
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My friend must have known about the movie coming out, because he kept bugging me to read them, and it wasn't until after I finished the Hobbit (and was waiting for Santa to deliver the rest) that I found out about the movie.
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