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Getting acquainted [Jan. 30th, 2008|11:23 am]
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I just thought I'd post a few questions to others, so we can get acquainted with some of our newer friends!

1. Have you read LotR before, or is this a first time reading for you?

2. Did you read the books before the movies? If you read the books *after* the movies, how surprised are/were you at some of the changes?

3. If you read LotR before the movies, how did they affect your enjoyment/perception of the books?

4. If you've read the books before, what was your motivation to join a group for reading it yet again?

5.Tell us a little bit about yourself.


And I'll answer them myself, behind the cut.


1. Umpteen times. I lost count at 53, and that was over twenty years ago now. I read it for the first time 40 years ago. I've read The Hobbit about a dozen times, but the Silm only two-and-a-half, and Children of Hurin just the once.
2. N/A
3. I think they enhanced the books for me, for the most part. PJ's brilliance in capturing the visual essence of Middle-earth, combined with Howard Shore's incredible score made subsequent re-readings even more enjoyable. Which is not to say I don't take issue with many of the flaws in the *script*!
4. I am always up for discussing the books. I love them and cannot talk about them enough.
5. I'm 55; my husband is an RN in home health, and I am currently retired. I love all sorts of crafts (especially calligraphy) and needlework, and am also a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which are my other hobbies. We recently moved to Oklahoma, after living 30 years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


(Cross-posted to the Yahoo!group)
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[User Picture]From: coonzalas
2008-01-31 03:08 am (UTC)
1. I've read LotR several times, although definitely not 53!
2. I saw the first movie a few months before the Two Towers premiered, and that movie convinced me to read the books.Finding the wealth of information and story not included in the movies delighted me. A big history buff, I loved the culture that clearly influenced the style of the books. I understood why the changes in the movies were necessary, but I was very excited when I saw the extended editions.
3. N/A
4. I am rather young, and I haven't found a lot of people who love the same kind of thorough discussion that I love. I'm hoping this group will provide that.
5. I am a freshman at a Pennsylvania college, a History major :)
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[User Picture]From: mistry89
2008-02-02 08:30 am (UTC)
1. I've read LOTR a few times (I was 14 the first time), TH several times (was 8 the first time, and read it to my son when he was 8 - they had just bought out the beautiful 50th Anniversary Edition, so I used that as an excuse to buy it). Was given Sil by mother when it first came out (I think that was it's first release, I was 16 – it was “borrowed” before I finished it. I have since bought a paperback copy which has not been read … there is so much wonderful fanfic to read!).

2. I re-read LOTR before FOTR was released, I belonged to several newssgroups, some of which were JRRT-centric. The mood in the groups was mixed pre-release ... will leave it at that :)

3. The films did not and have not affected anything about my view of the book. I enjoy both, if on different levels. That said, The lush visuals and sound did add to my “picture” of ME, although there are things I wish had been included or not added to the films, I tend to regard it as another part of the fandom – a really long fanfic by PJ . I probably worried more about the release of the films than some – not because I am a purist, but because I am a Kiwi …

4. I joined the group because I wanted to discuss the books with like-minded individuals :) I'm sure there is a considerable number of things I've never consciously thought about, and relish the opportunity to do so.

5. I'm in my forties, have an 18 yo (who went to Ireland last year to spend some time with his father, he plans to go to university there and I am told to expect him home shortly for a month or so ). I have two cats and live on the same property as my father and step-mother. I work for a small firm with a very eclectic mix of people and thoroughly enjoy it. I have always been a reader - particularly of fantasy.
(will cross-post this to both the yahoo group and lj comm)
Cheers!
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[User Picture]From: pearltook1
2008-02-05 03:49 pm (UTC)
Pearl Took here :-)

1. Have you read LotR before, or is this a first time reading for you?

Yes, I've read it before. I first read LOTR in fall of 1966 when I
was in 7th grade. That makes it 41 years ago - YIKES!


2. Did you read the books before the movies? If you read the books
*after* the movies, how surprised are/were you at some of the changes?

I was surprised only a little. I know movies are never ever the same
as the book they are taken from. If anything, I was impressed by how
well they stuck to the original story, if not always in actual
content, at least in the feel and spirit of the work.


3. If you read LotR before the movies, how did they affect your
enjoyment/perception of the books?

This is an odd question. I haven't "read" the books since the movies,
I've only been using them for research for fanfic. I have been much
more aware of how little description Tolkien gives of many things, yet
I had always thought there was a great deal of description before. so
that has been odd.


4. If you've read the books before, what was your motivation to join a
group for reading it yet again?

As mentioned in my answer to #3, since the movies, and especially
since starting to write fanfic, I haven't actually "read" the books at
all. I joined so I would actually read them again.


5.Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm a rather Tookish Hobbit with green-hazel eyes. I'm 5 foot 1 inch
tall and padded. I'm 53 years old. I have long dark blonde/light
brown hair with grey mixed in - especially at the temples. I love
mushrooms. I've been a homemaker pretty much my whole adult life. I
read mystery books, some history and bios, occasional scifi. Tolkien
is nearly the only fantasy I've read other than Chronicles of Narnia
and the Harry Potter books. I do various types of art. I do various
types of fiber crafts. I fence (swords). I'm learning to play
fiddle. I write Tolkien fanfiction. I have a loving hubby and 2
grown kids.
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