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The Shire

Nov 2 2012, 5:41am

Post #326 of 663 (89328 views)
Thank Goodness [In reply to] Can't Post

Haha I thought so from my lurking... so glad to hear it confirmed ;).

Don't really know where to start. Just been posting on things which take my fancy so far and I'l work up the courage to start a thread sometime.


Nov 11 2012, 12:48pm

Post #327 of 663 (86053 views)
Old newbie. No wait... new oldbie.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Been wondering if I should reintroduce myself after being away from TORn since...oh, 2006ish. Knew Hobbity goodness would haul me back.

In brief: I'm a 'movie-firster' who wasn't originally into fantasy, but being a Kiwi with a member of 'the whanau' heavily involved in the film production, I initially watched the movies to support his work. And that's where it all began. A late-starter, me.

I first joined TORn back when ROTK had just been released, and bemoaned the fact that I hadn't been able to participate in the anticipation of the movies. But ... well...I find I haven't exactly been here speculating on The Hobbit. I guess in reality, I would rather discuss it once it has been seen. So I will be here more often from mid-December. Besides, am currently in the throes of Nanowrimo!

As I like to joke with people... if the world is supposed to be "ending" on Dec 21st this year, I'm making darn sure I see The Hobbit before it does.

'O' is very useful. You use it when you say... "Oscar's only ostrich oiled an orange owl today."


Nov 12 2012, 2:11pm

Post #328 of 663 (93606 views)
Hello from Pakistan ! [In reply to] Can't Post

I have been lurking here for about three years now. Joined the forums last year in july I think. Was quite active back then and also started some threads. Thought I should introduce myself here. I am a 20 y/o full time student from Pakistan and a first saw the LOTR movies and then read the books..

The Shire

Nov 12 2012, 7:27pm

Post #329 of 663 (83727 views)
Hi [In reply to] Can't Post

My name is Simone, I'm 23 years old and I'm from Germany. I hope my English isn't too bad :)
I've been a fan of LotR ever since I read the book for the first time when I was 12.


Nov 12 2012, 9:25pm

Post #330 of 663 (83536 views)
Welcome! [In reply to] Can't Post

And it seems you are a fan of Doctor Who too! That's great! I hope you enjoy it here.Smile

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The Shire

Nov 13 2012, 10:31am

Post #331 of 663 (82257 views)
Back again [In reply to] Can't Post

after an absence of a few months. It was about time I returned to middle earth.

Never ask an Elf for advice, for he will say both 'Yes' and 'No'.


Nov 14 2012, 12:37am

Post #332 of 663 (84413 views)
hello, may i introduce myself :) [In reply to] Can't Post

hello, thought id join TORN as i always check this place out, since the lotr films i think!

once i found a dusty old book that i couldnt even read with maps and funny writing in it, i was hooked, it wasnt till i was a teenager i could actually read the thing! and now many years later here i am!

big tokien fan, i love collecting old tolkien books, and even though i detest the changes in the film i still love them, though i actually prefer the bbc radio version :P

i spend alot of time on film sets as an extra/special action! though i did consider moving to new zealand for a year to try and get work on the hobbit , it was a bit far. ive done lots of cool films, lots of fantasy stuff and recently comic book adaptions!

i have to admit most nights i play lotr /hobbit/silmarillion audio books to send me to sleep!

looking forward to meeting some like minded people from across the globe!!

Registered User

Dec 13 2012, 12:12am

Post #333 of 663 (88674 views)
Greetings! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm new here, but I've been reading Tolkien's works for about twenty years now and have been visiting TORN since before FOTR was in the cinemas. It seemed about time to show up in the forums!

I work in Scottish heritage and love history, literature and art. I really admire Tolkien's drawings - they look like they belong in illuminated manuscript and I just wish it was easier to find prints of them. Also, the detail and sense of reality you get when reading about Middle Earth has never been matched (I think, anyway) by another author. Fantasy needs to feel grounded in reality and LOTR does this.

One thing that I'd like to say straight away - my favourite film so far is FOTR, which I gather is unusual. I'm not really into battle scenes, but I think the character development you see in the first film and the quiet building up of the story are phenomenal.


Dec 13 2012, 8:09am

Post #334 of 663 (98496 views)
Welcome to TORn Banrigh :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

So, do you have your tickets booked for The Hobbit?

I'm assuming you live in Scotland, if that's your job?(probably wildly off). Wink

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Registered User

Dec 14 2012, 4:21pm

Post #335 of 663 (102098 views)
Greetings from Zagreb! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi everyone!

My name is Veronika (Vika for everyone or just V). I started visiting TORn a few years ago, but I have never joined it „officially“. So here I am!

I was born in Argentina, but I live in Croatia now. I´m an actress and film maker, though I also have to search for other jobs... Someone has to pay the bills, right?

I´m also a vegetarian, love to travel, nature, photography and cooking :)




Dec 14 2012, 7:09pm

Post #336 of 663 (99759 views)
Welcome to TORn! And what an exciting time to join! [In reply to] Can't Post

Was it The Hobbit that finally made you join? Is there much of a "fanbase" in Croatia?


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Registered User

Dec 14 2012, 7:43pm

Post #337 of 663 (97932 views)
Thanks for the welcome! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, I could say so.

I don´t think there´s much of a fanbase here. I remember when I was still living in Argentina and FOTR was released... You could feel all that "Tolkien energy", it was all around. It´s not the same here.

It was quite impressive, though, to see such a lot of people the other night at the movie theatre, there was no empty seat :)

Registered User

Dec 21 2012, 8:39pm

Post #338 of 663 (101552 views)
Hi from the southeast US [In reply to] Can't Post

Galadhrim here. I'm brand new to TORN, though I have lurked off and on for a while. Been a Tolkien geek since college when I first read 'The Hobbit,' then it took me a long time to get throught LOTR books. Took me until about 2005 to see all the LOTR movies, and was sorry I waited so long. Have now read LOTR about four times and have about four more Tolkien works on my shelf just waiting to be read. (The Sil, Children of Hurin, Unfinished Tales, etc.) That probably makes me a piker in comparison to most of you, but hoping to learn more in the company of kindred spirits. :)

I love to read - mostly nonfiction. I like books and movies that will make me smarter, make me think, or make me want to be a better person.

Two kids (boy and girl) and a lovely husband, no pets. I'm a nurse by trade, but one day am going to be independently wealthy and travel the world. LOL

"But you have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.' - Gandalf the Grey

Registered User

Dec 24 2012, 1:47pm

Post #339 of 663 (100459 views)
Greetings from South Africa [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi everyone!

My name is Liesl, I'm 28 years old and I'm from South Africa.
I've been a fan of Tolkien's ever since I read LotR for the first time when I was 13.

I'm a photographer and a mom to a gorgeous little girl (whose favorite bedtime story is Roverandom)

<a href="http://s49.beta.photobucket.com/user/Photo-Grrl/media/My%20work/n538232124_72183_389.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f280/Photo-Grrl/My%20work/n538232124_72183_389.jpg" border="0" alt="Me and a cheetah 2"/></a>


(This post was edited by Liesl on Dec 24 2012, 1:48pm)

Grey Havens

Dec 24 2012, 3:13pm

Post #340 of 663 (99495 views)
New to forums [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi! I joined TORn after seeing the Hobbit movie. I've been a Tolkien fan for most of my life, having read "The Hobbit" and "LotR" for the first time some 35 years ago. I discovered the whole idea of online fandom far more recently, and through the "Harry Potter" series, hence my username. My favorite characters include Sam, Aragorn, Bilbo, and Thorin.

I live in the Northeastern USA, and have two sons I am raising to be Tolkien fans as well. I have a mathematics background and work as a statistician.

I'm enjoying the Hobbit movie discussions and speculation regarding the upcoming second and third parts!

Liesl, Snape is one of my favorites in the Potter series, also!


Dec 27 2012, 6:20pm

Post #341 of 663 (81784 views)
Just found this thread [In reply to] Can't Post

to properly introduce myself. I've been a Tolkien fan since I was 25 or so which is a long long time ago. I found this site little after Fotr came out but never joined until now.
I have three grown up children and one grandson. All the children have had their share of Tolkien.
I love reading, good food (too much) and cats (I have three).
I live in southern Finland, where there is now quite cold and lots of snow.

Registered User

Jan 4 2013, 2:13am

Post #342 of 663 (78963 views)
New [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi, my name is Henry and I'm 19. :)

My mom grew up as a serious Tolkien fan, and I first was introduced to the mythology in a Disney magazine for kids that had promotions for The Fellowship of the Ring back in 2001. I saw the movies in theaters with my mom, played the games - but never really got into the literature side - although I was heavily into the Forgotten Realms series and numerous other philosophical subjects and various works of literature.

I do have a great appreciation for the extended versions of the movies - having seen each extended version over twenty times each, easily. Entire weekends devoted to the films..

Recently I got deeper into it all. I read The Hobbit in middle school and started The Fellowship of the Ring in 9th grade - finishing it a few months ago. I'm more than halfway through The Two Towers as of right now.

I own the LOTR trilogy, The Hobbit, The Sil, The Tolkien Reader, The Guide to Middle Earth etc, and hope to prove myself as a true fan of Tolkien's unique vision.

(This post was edited by Eonlum on Jan 4 2013, 2:18am)

Registered User

Jan 5 2013, 9:04pm

Post #343 of 663 (82553 views)
... And this is me! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi everybody!

My name is Erika and I'm from a little town in the north of Italy. I've been lurking around TORn in the last few months then I decided that it was time to make my move and introduce myself to this lovely world and to you, lovely people.

I'm a huge LOTR fan, from the book to the movies... and I'm falling for THE HOBBIT movie too.

I'm also into tattoos and the last one (but it's still a work in progress) it's a note of how much I love Tolkien's work. And yes, my friends tell me I'm quite a geek. :)

And this is me, in a very silly picture. ;)

Registered User

Jan 9 2013, 7:33pm

Post #344 of 663 (78934 views)
Greetings to all Free Peoples of Middle-Earth ! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi girls and guys !

My name is Sebastian and I'm a Law student from a beautiful Gothic town in northern Poland,called Torun(or Thorn),where a descendant of noble Noldor,Nicolaus Copernicus,has forever changed Arda by stopping the Sun and moving the Earth Wink

I've just recently started to browse these forums and decided to participate in the passion for Tolkien-related works.
It's been about 15 years since I first heard about the books,early in primary school.My fascination with them began with the name "Gandalf" that I had spotted in "letters from readers" section in a magazine reviewing video-games,mind you.And they say that games don't educate Wink Here I am now,after thousands of pages filled with Middle_Earth and countless rewatches of PJ's craft ,still no less enamored by it.

I ,like Bilbo, have more sides to myself than one. Probably an elf from appearance ,tall and slender tennis aficionado,with inquisitive approach and love for unspoiled nature ,but cannot deny dwarvish stubbornness and an unquenchable love for mountains.Yet there's nothing more relaxing than a glass of wine,good food and a brilliant film in the comfort of your own hobbit hole Smile

Thanks for accepting me to your community and wish You and myself many fruitful and enjoyable discussions.

“For so sworn good or evil an oath may not be broken and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker to the world's end.”

Registered User

Jan 9 2013, 9:24pm

Post #345 of 663 (79784 views)
oh hai! [In reply to] Can't Post

oh hai!

i'm a 33 year old outcast living in sweden

when i first got my hands on tolkien

i was 16 years old

stole "the hobbit"

from my cell

in a juvenile prison

when i escaped

have had the book

since that

it is pretty worn

i am identifying

with it

very much


it tells me


of what i am

a drifter

a forger

of dreams

Registered User

Jan 11 2013, 4:46am

Post #346 of 663 (79731 views)
Hi :) [In reply to] Can't Post

So. Hi! My name is Pip and I'm 26 years old from Scotland :) I've been sort of lurking on and off of this site for years but never actually signed up for some reason.

I'm never really sure how to introduce myself to be honest. My nickname 'Pip' does come from Pippin Took (I know you were thinking it!), and it's a name I've been called for over 15 years now. I've been a fan of Tolkien's works for over 20 years, even since I was a bairn and my parents sat me down to watch the 70's animated movie :)

There isn't much more to say, really. I love punk rock, tattoos and horror movies. I'd rather spend a night in with my DVD collection than out at a club (well, sometimes ;)). I go to the cinema like it's church, and I spend too much time in comic book stores :)

Hi :D

Registered User

Jan 21 2013, 10:11pm

Post #347 of 663 (79822 views)
greetings~ [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi Everyone!Heart

My name is Yasmine from IndonesiaSmile
I have a degree in Linguistics and currently studying Mandarin Chinese.

I've been a fan of Tolkien since 2001~

i like anime, fantasy novels, sci-fi films, pop music, star-gazing, yoga, swimming, yogurt n cerealSly

c'est moi

(This post was edited by ringeril on Jan 21 2013, 10:16pm)

Registered User

Jan 22 2013, 4:57pm

Post #348 of 663 (79937 views)
Hello all [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello all,
I'm Toska (or Kelz if you wish). I'm 22 and live in Queensland, Australia where I run my run costume design/making business and amatuer SFX artist.

My first experience with Tolkien was seeing FOTR with my mum (who is a massive Tolkien fan herself) when I was 11 and fell in love with the movies.
It was November last year when my interest was reignited when I ran into the owner of the largest Tolkien collection in Australia at a pop culture expo where he was promoting the new movie. Then in December I got an invite from him to go and see the Queesland premiere of 'The Hobbit' in return for dressing in costume, so I threw together (on a weeks notice) hobbit costumes for myself, my mother and my boyfriend and we got to see it a week before the rest of Australia. From there obsession has really taken hold. I have since read 'The Hobbit' twice (I'm half way through my 3rd reading now) and have seen the movie more times than I care to admit. I have even joined 'The Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship'.
I am also working on a number of dwarf costumes for myself and some family and friends for another pop culture expo in April and spending alot of time obsessing over little details like exactly how the ties on Bofur's under shirt are meant to look.

I have set myself the goal of reading LOTR before the end of the year, something I have tried to do many times before, but I now have a new found determination.

The Shire

Feb 2 2013, 5:24am

Post #349 of 663 (80538 views)
Hi, y'all! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hola! My name is Andrea and I am a week from being 24. :) I am a Costa Rican citizen who moved back to her home country after living in the US for ten years. Short, brunette and quiet (though only around strangers!), I enjoy singing, knitting, gardening, baking and learning about cultures.

I was introduced to the world of Tolkien at around 11, when my parents randomly rented the cartoon movie from the library and sat me and my siblings down to watch it. I believe FotR had just come out and they wanted us to be introduced in a more kid-friendly way! Can't believe it was that long ago! From there on, I attempted to read the trilogy, but didn't really get much from it (as I had other things in my mind those days). I watched all three movies and instantly fell in love with all the characters and the world in itself. I remember coming out of the RotK in a haze, refusing to believe it was all over.

Last year, I read The Hobbit and I've been re-enamored with Tolkien ever since! Hobbits would have to be my favorites. Heart

I sincerely hope to meet awesome people while I'm here and maybe even join an event or two! In Costa Rica, there is a big Tolkien Club but I've always been much too shy to ever go to a meeting.

Anyway, peace!


Feb 2 2013, 9:47pm

Post #350 of 663 (78564 views)
Welcome Anagum [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope you enjoy your time here on TORn. I too love gardening - we have a gardening thread in Off Topic so I might see you there sometime.

It's nice to have someone from Costa Rica - I'm from New Zealand.

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