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What time of the year do you usually read The Hobbit and/or The Lord of the Rings?

Elessar
Valinor


Sep 1 2013, 12:04am

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I'm curious to see what time of the year you all tend to read these? For myself I tend to start reading The Hobbit first then The Lord of the Rings in or around the start of November. Then I follow that up with watching the movies. This has been my pattern for basically the last 12 years.



Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 1 2013, 12:42am

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I start somewhere around Halloween Elessar [In reply to] Can't Post

and watch the films at Christmas - very similar to what you do.

TH was always a bit of year-round, open and read from any spot. Its also my 'travel' book (ie: its been to Disney many times.)

Even before the films I read them in the fall every year - but after the films it really got 'set' that way and Christmas just feels right with finishing ROTK and watching all the movies.

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Elessar
Valinor


Sep 1 2013, 1:13am

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I'm thinking lots of folks will be like us. I just found myself thinking how many might be. No real reason other than curiosity.

I agree. Starting in the Fall and finishing with watching ROTK just feels right. It really helps set in the relaxation of my Christmas break and the lovely catching up with an old friend. It just feels right as you said. Cool



Meneldor
Grey Havens


Sep 1 2013, 1:59am

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was a Christmas present, so I think of it as something to read in a big comfy chair, wrapped up in an afghan with snow outside. But that doesn't stop me from reading it at any time of the year.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Elessar
Valinor


Sep 1 2013, 2:05am

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It does make the weather feel warmer when jumping into that world. The nice comfy afghan doesn't hurt either. I could probably read the books a couple times a year (and have) but I'm afraid of overdoing it.



noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 1 2013, 8:09am

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At all or any times of year! [In reply to] Can't Post

No seasonal pattern for me, as far as I'm aware!

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


IdrilofGondolin
Rohan

Sep 2 2013, 12:32am

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I begin reading TH the day after the semester ends in Spring -- some time in May. After that I go right into LOTR and then the Silmarillion. This takes up my entire summer. I have been doing this for at least 20 years. Soon I will be adding The Children of Hurin to this.


Elessar
Valinor


Sep 2 2013, 6:50am

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Last year I did the whole The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Sil (first time reading it), and then read The Children of Hurin. I don't see myself reading the last two again this year but may next year.



Meneldor
Grey Havens


Sep 2 2013, 4:15pm

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Last year I did the whole The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Sil (first time reading it), and then read The Children of Hurin. I don't see myself reading the last two again this year but may next year.

I've noticed that Sil gets better with rereads. JRRT often includes passing mention of places and characters that will become prominent later in the story, and the whole arc is more meaningful when I understand the allusions.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Elessar
Valinor


Sep 2 2013, 4:37pm

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Being the case. It was a bit of a rough read in spots the first time through but now I will know where some dry spots are and will learn to enjoy them. Plus enjoy the spots I did enjoy the first time more.



CuriousG
Valinor


Sep 2 2013, 8:19pm

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The Sil as great browsing book [In reply to] Can't Post

The Sil seems more episodic than LOTR, so it's easier to jump in and read a favorite part and leave again. It's rare that I reread the entire thing. When I browse LOTR to "just remember a little scene," I usually get glued in for a chapter or two. Not that I regret it, it just wreaks havoc with time management.

For some reason, the autumn appeals to me as a time to read LOTR since that's when Frodo sets out, and more largely, it's the waning of the 3rd Age. But sitting outside in cheery summer weather and reading it works too: that feels like the Shire, and it puts a dent in the dire circumstances like Caradhras and Mordor.

The movies seem like something to watch in the winter, since that's when I first saw them.


Elessar
Valinor


Sep 3 2013, 1:46am

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It did seen that way to me. I may pick and choose bits the next time but I did want to read it from cover to cover once.

I love seeing what time you all read. I can see all of those times being good times to read it. I think I just associate Nov/Dec with Middle-earth reading/watching time.



Arannir
Valinor


Sep 4 2013, 11:21am

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Autumn and Winter :) [In reply to] Can't Post


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I'm curious to see what time of the year you all tend to read these? For myself I tend to start reading The Hobbit first then The Lord of the Rings in or around the start of November. Then I follow that up with watching the movies. This has been my pattern for basically the last 12 years.




“A dragon is no idle fancy. Whatever may be his origins, in fact or invention, the dragon in legend is a potent creation of men’s imagination, richer in significance than his barrow is in gold.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Words of wisdom that should be remembered - both by critics, purists and anyone in between.


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Tol Eressea


Sep 4 2013, 12:51pm

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Usually Autumn/Winter, [In reply to] Can't Post

I can read them anytime of the year, but I tend to read a lot of fantasy/adventure at this time of year. Case in point: I just started reading Fellowship a couple of days ago. Tongue

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sador
Half-elven


Sep 4 2013, 2:48pm

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Whenever I find the time. [In reply to] Can't Post

Which is not pretty often nowadays.
I am also in quite a quandary, as my old paperbacks are in a pitiable shape. I have recently received as a present the hardback 50th anniversary edition, but it looks too nice and pretty for any reading which is less than reverent and ceremonial.
Also, I have recently picked up in a second-hand bookstore (an old hobby I have no time for, either, but I was taking Belladonna to a dentist next door) a complete edition of Plutarch's Lives in Dryden's translation. I have only finished the comparison of Aristides and Cato the Elder, and by the rate I am going, it will be some time yet.


(This post was edited by sador on Sep 4 2013, 2:50pm)


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Sep 4 2013, 6:40pm

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Whenever the muse takes me [In reply to] Can't Post

Or I feel de-Tolkienised( when I feel that it's been too long)

When I need to feel that there is still Great Lit. out there, amidst the sea of mediocrity that passes itself off as literature.

Or I have a relevant thought that needs confirmation from the source

Or just about any time I can!


Dame Ioreth
Grey Havens

Sep 5 2013, 4:21pm

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Anytime... [In reply to] Can't Post

...I'm feeling like I'm the only one wandering...
...or when I see big people picking on little people,

I pick up these books to remind me of courage in small packages and wanderings without being lost.

In these books, I see the value of humility, the fellowship of friends, examples of true leadership at its best, and the benefit of stepping outside one's comfort zone, among many other things.

It may sound funny to say this about a bunch of stories filled with doom and bane, but for some reason, Tolkien always gives me hope.

So my prescription for life:
Treatment: Tolkien books
Sig: prn (read as needed)
Amount: # qs (as much as needed)
Refills: prn

Signed : Dame Ioreth


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 5 2013, 4:52pm

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Welcome Dame Ioreth! [In reply to] Can't Post

I like your scripts! Smile Welcome to TORn and the Reading Room!

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Elessar
Valinor


Sep 5 2013, 5:14pm

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Your post is a good chunk of why I love reading Tolkien. Pretty spot on post for how I feel.



Dame Ioreth
Grey Havens

Sep 5 2013, 5:57pm

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I've come home after wandering in the wilderness of real life with 5 children where Tolkien kept me from getting too lost in the things of life. I was a member of the old site back when Reverend was in the Reading Room and I was pregnant with my youngest when I drove 7 hours for Trilogy Tuesday with my older girls. Now, she is reading The Hobbit and I get to see these stories through the mind of a (very intelligent) child.

I'm looking forward to delving back in to the world of Middle Earth and wandering here for awhile!


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 5 2013, 7:20pm

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Wonderful to see you back! [In reply to] Can't Post

I wandered off for a bit myself, and then wandered back... and wasn't Trilogy Tuesday a hoot? I'm hoping and campaigning (Hullo SPJ!!! *waves*) for another one...SmileWink

I too am deeply loving sharing ME with my son as well. What a great legacy.

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Dame Ioreth
Grey Havens

Sep 5 2013, 9:38pm

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Trilogy?! [In reply to] Can't Post

I want a hexalogy!

My family is already planning a marathon (complete with Lembas and Entdraught) of the 3 Hobbit films followed by the 3 LOTR films (all extended editions, of course) if the silly people at MGM/New Line/Wingnut films can't deliver. We figure it will take and entire weekend if we decide to sleep.

And I just realized that I hijacked this thread. My apologies to Elessar!

“Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


Elessar
Valinor


Sep 5 2013, 11:15pm

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I hope we get hexalogy or at least a Trilogy Tuesday for The Hobbit.Cool


 
 

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