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 Jon 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 Jon B’s responses:
1. How were you introduced to Tolkien’s work?
My parents had a copy of The Hobbit sitting on a bookshelf, and a thought I’d give it a try. Over 40 years later, I’m still obsessed.
2. What is your favorite part of Tolkien’s work?
I love Tolkien’s world-building. You really get a sense of each story taking place in a world that’s much larger than the individual story. I’ll also take the opportunity to plug my favorite somewhat obscure Tolkien story – “Athrabeth Finrod Ah Andreth,” from Morgoth’s Ring.
3. What is your fondest experience of Tolkien’s work?
Seeing the film of The Fellowship of the Ring, and being amazed that somehow Peter Jackson had gotten into my head and produced the look and feel of Middle-earth perfectly.
4. Has the way you approach Tolkien’s work changed over time?
I have begun in recent years to try to consider Tolkien’s actual philosophy and thinking rather than just reading the stories as stories.
5. Would you ever recommend Tolkien’s work? Why/Why not?
Absolutely. I get such joy out of it – why wouldn’t I want to share that with others?