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Love the LOTR movies, but not the books. Am I still a fan?

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Oct 6 2016, 4:05am

Post #1 of 11 (1398 views)
Love the LOTR movies, but not the books. Am I still a fan? Can't Post

I consider myself a big fan of LOTR. I've seen the movies (extended editions) about 20 times and love talking to others about the themes, character arcs, and metaphors of LOTR. The thing is, I haven't been able to get through the books - I only read a third of the Fellowship and stopped because I just couldn't into it. I got into an argument the other day with someone who told me I couldn't consider myself a fan without having read the books. What are people's thoughts on this?

(This post was edited by Silverlode on Oct 6 2016, 6:00am)


Oct 6 2016, 5:05am

Post #2 of 11 (1346 views)
Well, [In reply to] Can't Post

You can sit in the corner with me.
And welcome to TORn.


Oct 6 2016, 8:20am

Post #3 of 11 (1333 views)
I think you're a fan of the story as told on film.... [In reply to] Can't Post

...nothing wrong with that - and welcome to TORn!

You'll find all shades of opinion here. Books but not films, films but not books, one film trilogy rather than the other... I'm just weird - I love them all! Tongue

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood and every spring
there is a different green. . .

(This post was edited by dormouse on Oct 6 2016, 8:22am)


Oct 6 2016, 12:29pm

Post #4 of 11 (1303 views)
Even as a big reader... [In reply to] Can't Post

...there are some books I haven't been able to get into, and I definitely understand having trouble with LOTR. The books are pretty dense and Book I of FOTR in particular is very slow.

I don't like how some people try to classify who's a fan and who's not; that all seems ridiculously judgmental to me. Unsure You love the story of the films, which is by and large the same story Tolkien told... so of course you're a fan.

That said, the books are even richer than the films, and if you try again and are able to get into them, it is a wonderful experience.

Welcome to TORn, by the way!

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But the men that drink the blood of God
Go singing to their shame."

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Oct 6 2016, 12:31pm

Post #5 of 11 (1301 views)
You are still a fan! [In reply to] Can't Post

It depends if you are in to the story as told by Tolkien, or PJ's version. There is nothing wrong with just loving the movies. My best friend can't get through the books, but enjoys the films. Same with my sister, who prefers the Hobbit films and book to the LOTR, but is still a fan of both!

I am into both, but that is just who I am.

Welcome to the forums!Smile

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Oct 6 2016, 1:23pm

Post #6 of 11 (1311 views)
NARF! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congratulations!! You are now hereby admitted to the Noble Band of Brothers (and Sisters) of NARF, the members of which all have been called Not A Real Fan (NARF) by A Real Fan (ARF):

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we narfy few, we band of brothers (and sisters);
For he (and she) that loves LOTR
Whether film or book, shall be my brother (or sister);
That act shall gentle his (or her) condition:
And gentlemen (and gentlewomen) now reading YA novels
Shall think themselves accursed they were not there,
With those who post on TORn!

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(This post was edited by Darkstone on Oct 6 2016, 1:36pm)


Oct 6 2016, 3:35pm

Post #7 of 11 (1269 views)
Of course! [In reply to] Can't Post

You're still a fan! Smile I've heard of a few people struggling to get through FOTR book 1, and being deterred by that. Maybe if you wanted to give the books a go, you could skim-read Book 1, and after that it picks up and gets more exciting (although personally I enjoy Book 1). But it's perfectly ok to prefer one medium over another, and the LOTR movies stay pretty close to the books anyway! Welcome to the forums (although I'm still pretty new here myself )Wink

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Oct 7 2016, 3:26pm

Post #8 of 11 (1181 views)
if you can make it to Bree, things pick up. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've heard your same story quite a bit from others. And to be frank, the section in the Barrows and Bombadil can be quite slow. But once they make it to Bree, hook up with Strider, and get to Weathertop it really starts to pick up in intensity.

The same goes with the Sil. The first section took me I don't know how many different tries; it wasn't until I realized that it was the 'Genesis' story of ME that that first section made sense to me. After that it gets into 'normal' stories and storylines.



Oct 10 2016, 5:59am

Post #9 of 11 (1083 views)
Of course you are a real fan [In reply to] Can't Post

You are a fan of the movie version. I'm a fan of both.

That said, I hope you don't entirely give up on the books, and give them another chance some day, if only because some things in the movies make more sense when you've read the books.

One of my friends who could never get through the books fell in love with Tolkien's version after listening to the unabridged audio version.

Some people call it fanfiction. I call it story-internal literary criticism.


Oct 10 2016, 3:12pm

Post #10 of 11 (1066 views)
You love Middle Earth, its characters and stories, so YES [In reply to] Can't Post

You are a real fan! Like many here, I also had a hard time getting through the first part of Fellowship. I remember starting and finally it just fell off my radar for a year or so, but once I pushed on, I finished it and the next two books within a few months, and then "The Hobbit" a short time after. When "The Children of Hurin" came out, I bought it and finished it the same day it was released.

Since then, I have been sucked in--having now read "The Silmarillion," "The History of the Hobbit," a few volumes of "The History of Middle Earth," "The Frodo Franchise," "The Music of Middle Earth," and some other books about the franchise. So be warned--there is a threshold you can cross from which you will never return!


Oct 15 2016, 12:57am

Post #11 of 11 (1008 views)
what I'm curious about [In reply to] Can't Post

is your website, which looks like a spam site, so . . . I'll ask YOU: are you in fact a Tolkien fan?

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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