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 Dean 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 a 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 Dean Abercrombie’s responses:
1. How were you introduced to Tolkien’s work?
My father introduced me to it when he was reading The Hobbit and LOTR in the late 1970s. He also had a copy of The Hobbit illustrated with images from the Rankin and Bass film. I was about 10 years old at the time and not familiar with the fantasy genre. I was initially drawn to the illustrated edition.
2. What is your favorite part of Tolkien’s work?
Before I read The Silmarillion, the courting of Faramir and Eowyn was probably my favorite. Currently, I most enjoy the Ainulindale.
3. What is your fondest experience of Tolkien’s work?
In my second reading of LOTR, when I was in college, I experienced my first real emotional connection to Tolkien’s writing. The farewell at Grey Havens saddened me significantly because I felt like I had really come to know the characters and the realization of saying goodbye to them was emotional. I had not previously experienced such feelings from literature.
4. Has the way you approach Tolkien’s work changed over time?
Yes. In the last year or so I have been trying to take a more academic approach. While not a writer myself, I have become very interested in Tolkien’s writing process, as well as the influences and inspirations that contributed to the lore he created.
5. Would you ever recommend Tolkien’s work? Why/Why not?
Certainly. I have purchased The Hobbit and LOTR for my own children, my siblings, and their children. Tolkien has created a world that I find engrossing and I am proud to share with others.
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