Fredrik’s Experience — Tolkien Experience Project (150)

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 fan.

To see the idea behind this project, or if you are interested in sharing your own, visit the project homepage. If you enjoy this series, please consider helping us fund the project using the support page.

I want to thank Donato Giancola for allowing me to use his artwork for this project. Prints are available on his website!

Now, on to Fredrik’s responses:

1. How were you introduced to Tolkien’s work?

A friend introduced me to the Swedish tabletop roleplaying game “Drakar och Demoner” and since I enjoyed it he suggested that I should read The Hobbit and LOTR. I was about 9-10 at the time and really liked the books.

2. What is your favorite part of Tolkien’s work?

I must say LOTR. It is the work I enjoy the most.

3. What is your fondest experience of Tolkien’s work?

All hours spent reading and loving the books. Also playing games related to Tolkien’s works, most of all Lord of the Rings Online where I made new friends who also liked Tolkien´s work.

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

Yes, growing older (I’m 48 now) and learning more about his life’s work have made me love it even more. I wrote a Bachelor thesis at University about Tolkien’s use of OE [Old English] words as names but for the last couple of years I have most listened to podcasts as a way to learn more. Especially podcasts like Exploring the Lord of Rings with Corey Olsen and The Prancing Pony Podcast with Alan and Shawn have been important for me in recent years.

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

Of course 🙂 It is so much more than LOTR, it is a wonderful world, mytholgy and a great community.

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