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.
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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 Nate Gordon’s responses:
1. How were you introduced to Tolkien’s work?
I think it was 2nd or 3rd grade (late 70’s) when my parents turned the channel to the Rankin-Bass Hobbit movie’s TV airing. A few days later, I was in the school library, and a friend said he would check out the book version of it. My reaction was, “There’s a book?” it all followed from that.
2. What is your favorite part of Tolkien’s work?
The gradual elevation in the language throughout LOTR – from the informal Hobbit language in the opening chapters to the high speech of Gondor.
3. What is your fondest experience of Tolkien’s work?
A long road trip when I listened to the audiobook FOTR – particularly the joy of hearing Rob Inglis sing the first lines of Tom Bombadil.
4. Has the way you approach Tolkien’s work changed over time?
I look more now to the connections and the subtle aspects hidden behind the main story arcs. Little details, such as a recent realization that the “Lords of the West” who sent the messenger Eagle to Gondor was not a reference to Aragorn or Gandalf.
5. Would you ever recommend Tolkien’s work? Why/Why not?
Why wouldn’t I? It would never occur to me not to.
You can see more from Nate Gordon on his Instagram!