Always1957’s Experience–Tolkien Experience Project (26)

This is one in a series of posts where the content is provided by a guest who has graciously answered five questions about their experience as a Tolkien reader. I am very humbled that anyone volunteers to spend time in this busy world to answer questions for my blog, and so I give my sincerest thanks to Always1957 and the other participants for this.

To see the idea behind this project, check out this page

I want to thank Donato Giancola for allowing me to use his stunning portrait of J.R.R Tolkien as the featured image for this project. If you would like to purchase print of this painting, they are available on his website!

If you would like to contribute your own experience, you can do so by using the form on the contact page, or by emailing me directly.

Now, on to Always1957’s responses:


How were you introduced to Tolkien’s work?

Apparently, my father had heard of the books through Princeton University and got them in his study. I was not supposed to read them, but I did, between the ages of 10-16, perhaps.

What is your favorite part of Tolkien’s work?

Certain chapters stand out: the Council of Elrond, the Mines of Moria, the Pellenor Fields, the Grey Havens.

What is your fondest experience of Tolkien’s work?

The movies were good, but I persist in liking the reading of the books, and I reread them all the time.

Has the way you approach Tolkien’s work changed over time?

Yes, indeed! By now, I’ve read most of the History of Middle Earth plus other things that Christopher has printed. We know a lot more of how Tolkien’s mind worked, and how he thought of things.

Would you ever recommend Tolkien’s work? Why/Why not?

Yes. I might, however, warn the potential reader of some politically incorrect or dubious things in Tolkien beforehand.

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