Various musical instrument interpretations, electronic gadgets and knicknacks, I also harbor a secret love of writing fanfiction though I haven't posted anything online in years (Iusually just keep it in my notebook)
First Lord of the Rings reading experience:
My mom bought me a box set when I was 10yrs old including the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. I didn't read the Hobbit until I was 11 and I admit it didn't immediately stand out to me, but I liked the book. I tried to read the Fellowship at that time, but I couldn't get past the meeting of Tom Bombadil. I guess I just didn't comprehend it very well then. When I was a freshman in high school I found we were going to play The Lord of the Rings for our marching show (this was about a year before the films, Howard Shore's music wasn't around then). I spent about 3 days trying to read the Fellowship, pushing my way through. When I got to the Council of Elrond, everything just seemed to click and I read all the way through the trilogy in just under a week. You can imagine how excited I was to hear that the first of the films was coming in just under a year after that. My love of Toilkien's works has only expanded since then.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Before I even knew who Orlando Bloom was, I liked Legolas's character the best. And not in a omg-he's-so-hot-I-just-want-to-drool kind of way (that came later when I saw Orlando's enterpretation ;)
It was because Elves were immortal, beautiful, highly intellegent beings, and they were so intune with art, music, and nature. Really they were intune with themselves. I loved the Elvish alphabet as well, the letters were so artistic which appeals to me as I love caligraphy. Legolas was the one Elf I "saw" the most of in the books. Sure at first he was a little arrogant towards Gimli, but he showed nothing but kindness to the hobbits, and eventually overcame any enimity towards Gimli as well.
I also thought archery was one of the coolest things then too.