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What holds you to Middle Earth?

Aragorn the Elfstone
Grey Havens

Sep 7 2013, 4:26am

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I decided to take a little trip down memory lane tonight, and took a look at my hardback editions of Tolkien's books, and viewed some promotional material from the days of The Lord of the Rings films' theatrical releases (trailers, tv spots, etc.). What struck me was how emotionally I still respond to these stories, 12-13 years down the road. Though I revisit the films and read the books less than I did back then ("obsessive" was definitely the correct word for me back then Wink), I still tear up when I revisit, or even just think of, Middle Earth and the magnificent characters than inhabit it. I don't think my emotional attachment has ever waned in the slightest, and I think we can all agree that kind of emotional engagement in stories, whether film or literature, is rare. I've loved many other movies and books, but never has anything roped me in as Prof. Tolkien's creation has.

I've never been quite sure what it is that makes me respond so strongly, on a continual basis, to the work. Perhaps it was the combination of the creative genius of the story and coming across it at the right time in my life, when I was primed for something to make a strong impression on me. I do know that reading was never the same for me after the final words of Sam, "Well, I'm back". Likewise, my love of film was never the same after that afternoon in December of 2001. I often wonder what would have happened if I had never read The Hobbit in my high school English class. I cannot begin to think on such a thing. That event has had such a great impact on my life.

What is it that brings you back, or keeps you there?

"All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men. That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible."
- T.E. Lawrence

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What holds you to Middle Earth? Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Sep 7 2013, 4:26am
    Roots Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Sep 7 2013, 4:55am
        Hey, I made it to the Grey Havens! Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Sep 7 2013, 4:58am
            Congrats! // Kim Send a private message to Kim Sep 7 2013, 4:58pm
            It will be only a short sojourn. sador Send a private message to sador Sep 9 2013, 12:40pm
            Congratulations! // Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Sep 9 2013, 7:54pm
    I feel the very same way! RangerLady23 Send a private message to RangerLady23 Sep 7 2013, 4:37pm
    I'm actually a bigger fan of Sil, UT and HoME Semper Fi Send a private message to Semper Fi Sep 7 2013, 10:20pm
    Virtue IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Sep 7 2013, 10:32pm
        Essentially this! Thranderz Send a private message to Thranderz Sep 8 2013, 9:01pm
    I think... Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Sep 7 2013, 10:44pm
    Middle Earth is our world demnation Send a private message to demnation Sep 7 2013, 11:10pm
    What holds me to Middle Earth? KasDel Send a private message to KasDel Sep 7 2013, 11:21pm
    Applicability FantasyFan Send a private message to FantasyFan Sep 9 2013, 12:26pm
    I love the story. Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Sep 9 2013, 2:43pm
        It's really hard to explain Jay236 Send a private message to Jay236 Sep 9 2013, 7:38pm
    A ton... Donry Send a private message to Donry Sep 9 2013, 9:52pm
    I discovered Tolkien.... swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Sep 11 2013, 5:36pm


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