Fellowship of the Ring Start

So, here I am ready to start The Fellowship of the Ring, this part of the read-a-long is hosted over at The Literary Omnivore. I actually started it a few days ago, so I have that going for me and I’m going to try my best to have it finished by the end of this month. I’ve spent the last few weeks moving and I’m certain that has to be some form of my idea of hell. I still have dreams where there is more stuff left to pack and I’m endlessly running around throwing stuff into boxes all night long and waking up more stressed then when I went to sleep. I’m settled for a little while though so expect a flurry of updates, including this one!

When did you first hear of The Lord of the Rings?

I’m certain that it was somewhere on my radar when I was younger, but I have a definite vibe that I found it difficult reading and so gave up on it. Probably around the time I was reading/listening to The Hobbit so we are talking late eighties here, early elementary school for me. But, the first time it really came on to my radar would have to be when the movies started to come out in 2001, finishing high school and starting college.

I was really starting to get into the online community and designing my own websites back then. I had a blogger blog for three years by that point and was starting to look at settling into my own hosting solution and getting a domain name. Oh, and switching over to greymatter, ha! And, around then I somehow stumbled across my first TCG. A TCG is an online trading card game run by average people like you and me. You make cards in a graphics program (generally sets of 5, 10, or 20) and have each card have a different image themed around a central theme. The reason I bring this up? The whole reason I got so excited about LOTR was because of the LOTR TCG someone started to run that I joined. As a member I got a “starter” pack of several random cards and then could play games to earn more and then trade with other members via email (or guestbook! remember those?) to get complete sets. I worked on collecting a set of Shirelings, everyone else was collecting Elves or members of the Fellowship.

So, I became a fan of the movies and went to see each and every one in theaters. My husband and I now own the extended versions and watch those every three months or so in a marathon. My husband is a huge, huge, huge fan, you have no idea how happy it makes him to have me participating in this read-a-long and finally reading the books. We have discussions about what’s going on every few chapters and he just gets so excited about it. I’m such a cruel wife that it’s taken me this long to read them.

Have you read The Fellowship of the Ring before?

No, never. Aside from faint memories of a false start when I was very young.

What’s your plan of attack, now that we’re dealing with more “mature” literature?

I wanted to give myself lots of time and really settle in and give this book undivided attention. I failed in the first but I am committing to the second. Normally I read several books at once, a few chapters here and a few chapters there. But right now The Fellowship of the Ring has my complete attention and deserves it!

Have you ever seen the movies? If so, do you think they’ll influence your reading? If not, well, why haven’t you seen them?

I have seen all the movies in theatrical, and extended, forms many, many, many times. They are definitely influencing my reading quite a bit! I can’t believe how very different things are and I keep reading the lines that did make it into the movies in the cadence that the actors said them. I’m also singing the songs in my head to the various tunes from the movies throughout the book. I’m such a nerd.

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