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Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for Lord of the Rings

Twenty-Six Days of Creative Inspiration

I admit it. I have an incurable obsession with any and all that is J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Above all else this work inspired me to put pen to paper as a writer. It gave me permission to build fantastical worlds, set forth on adventures, and create swoonworthy heroes (Aragorn, not Frodo).

Confessions of a LORD OF THE RINGS addict:
  • I immerse myself in the story every year by either reading the trilogy, listening to the audiobooks (appendices included – you haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the full story of Aragorn and Arwen), or watching the extended versions of all three films.
  • I own a cardboard standee of Aragorn (Thank you Peter Jackson for casting Viggo Mortensen.)
  • I still have nightmares about the Nazgul (Sauron I can deal with, but those nine riders FREAK ME OUT.)
  • I play the LORD OF THE RINGS slot machines (I'm working on unlocking the Helm's Deep bonus.)
  • I attended Trilogy Tuesday, December 16, 2003, and watched all three movies back to back in the theatre the day RETURN OF THE KING debuted (That’s a lot of popcorn. I’m on the left in the pic.)

Are you a Tolkien devotee? 

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  1. I haven't seen the movies or read the books, but I'd like to change that.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Always enjoy those movies. :)

    Looks like that was a stormy day back in '03. Lol.

  3. I like the movies, but wasn't a big fan of the books. They were required reading in high school. Maybe I will give them another try because I do love fantasy. Or- maybe I will try the audio. I love your passion for the books and movies!


  4. not that die hard, but love the series and looking forward to the hobbit on the big screen!

  5. I love Tolkien. Read the books in college about the same time I met my future husband. I put then-boyfriend on hold until I finished those books! The movies are great too.

  6. I would have loved to have attended Trilogy Tuesday! I found out about it too late.

    Have you read the Silmarillion? Even the wonderful appendices weren't enough for me, I had to dig into the depths of Middle Earth history.

  7. I haven't read the books or seen the movies, but I'm not a huge fantasy fan. However, I love your cardboard standee of Viggo. I could have used that back in middle school

  8. I have to say I'm not a Tolkien devotee, *hangs her head in shame*. I enjoyed the movies (well, kinda. I fell asleep during the first one) but I cannot read the books for the life of me. I just don't feel attracted by fantasy. I do, however, recognize the grandioseness of Tolkien's world. He created a world so vivid and complex, it has lived on through generations. I can only ssh one day I'll be able to pull the same trick, if only mildly.

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

  9. I LOVE LOTR! And I am so very glad that Peter Jackson directed the movies, because I think there probably wasn't a better person to turn the books into a movie. They're so good!