It’s been several years since I last read Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, so yesterday I decided it was time to give it a readthrough again, starting with The Hobbit. Since the story is on my mind, I invite anyone who is interested to share their thoughts on the books – or the movies, if you’re more familiar with them.
Do you enjoy Tolkien’s books, or are you not so impressed? If you traveled to Middle-Earth, where would you like to visit? Anyone in particular you’d like to meet, or avoid?
Personally, I fell in love with the books when I first read them many years ago. I’d gladly visit the Shire and meet the hobbits. I’d also like to visit Tom Bombadil. I found him quite the intriguing character. It’s a pity he was cut when they made the movies, although I can understand why they chose to do so.
Any thoughts from you?
I wouldn't say the what the movies did to The Hobbit horrified me, exactly, although I would have been happier without all the changes, many of which seem to be to have been made simply to make three movies out of the book.
I've only read the Hobbit and that was when I was a real youngling. I can't remember too much of what actually happened but I'm pretty sure the world influenced me a lot in my illustration. I had the movie thing? On VHS. Watched it religiously.
Wait, the Hobbit is a prequal, right? I just walked into my roomate's room and she has the entire collection in a neat little box. I'ma pounce on dat (right after I finish Narnia).
Tolkien wrote The Hobbit first, and it covers events that took place bore LOTR. They made the movies in the other order, though.
Loved Redwall as a youngling. Those books influenced me waaaay more than most anything else... For years, all I drew were mice with tiny swords. Had this program back in the day called "Little Authors" or something, I was elected every year. After reading Redwall, I only ever entered books about a Hedghog lady named Humney and her quest to restore the Hummingbird's Gentian crystal back to the royal family. There was a final fight with an evil shrike and everything. My sister went to the same convention -- Her stories were similar, all about a legendary bunny hero named Jeremy and his fight with the barbaric wolf Scar... She only wanted to here stories about animals.
I don't think I had fun reading Watership Down, but I certainly have fun remembering it. Isn't there a movie? I wanna see it. Gimme gimme.
Now I gotta see, what the hell.
I enjoyed Redwall and the Narnia books. Wasn't too keen on Watership down, though.
:D I love C. S. Lewis’s Narnia books too! They are so awesome!
5 years ago I posted a passage from LOTR I dug it back up to dump it here.
" The drums rolled louder. Fires leaped up. Great engines crawled across the field; and in the midst was a huge ram, great as a forest-tree a hundred feet in length, swinging on mighty chains. Long had it been forging in the dark smithies of Mordor, and its hideous head, founded of black steel, was shaped in the likeness of a ravening wolf; on it spells of ruin lay. Grond they named it, in memory of the Hammer of the Underworld of old. Great beasts drew it, Orcs surrounded it, and behind walked mountain-trolls to wield it. But about the Gate resistance still was stout, and there the knights of Dol Amroth and the hardiest of the garrison stood at bay.
Shot and dart fell thick; siege-towers crashed or blazed suddenly like torches. All before the walls on either side of the Gate the ground was choked with wreck and with bodies of the slain; yet still driven as by a madness more and more came up. Grond crawled on. Upon its housing no fire would catch; and though now and again some great beast that hauled it would go mad and spread stamping ruin among the orcs innumerable that guarded it, their bodies were cast aside from it; Grond crawled on. The drums rolled wildly.
Over the hills of slain a hideous shape appeared: a horseman, tall, hooded, cloaked in black. Slowly, trampling the fallen, he rode forth, heeding no longer any dart. He halted and held up a long pale sword. And as he did so a great fear fell on all, defender and foe alike; and the hands of men drooped to their sides, and no bow sang. For a moment all was still. The drums rolled and rattled. With a vast rush Grond was hurled forward by huge hands. It reached the Gate. It swung. A deep boom rumbled through the City like thunder running in the clouds. But the doors of iron and posts of steel withstood the stroke. Then the Black Captain rose in his stirrups and cried aloud in a dreadful voice, speaking in some forgotten tongue words of power and terror to rend both heart and stone. Thrice he cried. Thrice the great ram boomed. And suddenly upon the last stroke the Gate of Gondor broke. As if stricken by some blasting spell it burst asunder: there was a flash of searing lightning, and the doors tumbled in riven fragments to the ground.
In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl. A great black shape against the fires beyond he loomed up, grown to a vast menace of despair. In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl, under the archway that no enemy ever yet had passed, and all fled before his face. All save one. There waiting, silent and still in the space before the Gate, sat Gandalf upon Shadowfax: Shadowfax who alone among the free horses of the earth endured the terror, unmoving, steadfast as a graven image in Rath Dínen.
'You cannot enter here,'
said Gandalf, and the huge shadow halted.
'Go back to the abyss prepared for you! Go back! Fall into the nothingness that awaits you and your Master. Go!'
The Black Rider flung back his hood, and behold! he had a kingly crown; and yet upon no head visible was it set. The red fires shone between it and the mantled shoulders vast and dark. From a mouth unseen there came a deadly laughter.
'Old fool!' he said. 'Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!'
And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade. Gandalf did not move."
- From The Return of the King
:D I love The Lord of the Rings, it is an epic masterpiece! The Hobbit is awesome too! It has been a long time since I have read any long story, yet I remember these well.
I definitely enjoyed Tolken’s books and was impressed. The characters felt so real that I would have loved to meet all the good guys in the stories. I would have loved to visit all the places (The Shire for sure!) in the stories including the dangerous ones, if I could safely do so. It would definitely be awesome to be able to visit Bombadil, Goldberry, Gandalf, Strider, the elves, and all the hobbits!
P.S. There really was a race of hobbit-like people on earth at one point.
You definitely should visit the places! They don't disappoint and you can do the Tongariro Crossing- which is very safe and popular- and you can go to Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe)! The Shire is awesome, it is a complete set, not halfdone backdrops and it really felt like it was real and hobbits lived there. Exploring the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings locations also brings you to the most stunning places in New Zealand, like the Sounds/ Fiordland.
Edit: Oops, didn't realise how old this thread was eek
As a country we are very proud of being the filming location! In fact the airport in our capital city has Smaug, which is almost the same size as in the films placed in the entranceway as well as a giant Gollum hanging from the ceiling! Gollum is about 12m long and actually quite scary as he looks down at you. There is also two giant eagles from the ceiling with a 15m wingspan, one of which carries Gandalf.
The Shire is really quite amazing. Sir Peter Jackson's attention to detail is incredible- he even paid people to walk in between clothing lines to make it look like it was in use. It is just like how it is in the films, I was half expecting to se Bilbo or Frodo come around the corner. As for costumes, heaps of the staff dress up, but tourists go all out with elf costumes, wizard costumes and of course hobbit costumes. It isn't so much a cash making thing- its more that we are insanely proud of being the location and take joy in sharing the amazing sets.
Personally, I think it is pretty cool that I can say I have conquered Mt Doom!
It's the first time I want to visit a country for its airport.