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 David’s responses:
1. How were you introduced to Tolkien’s work?
My Dad had Nicol Williamson’s dramatic reading of The Hobbit on record, and the BBC Radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings on tape. After listening to those, I read the books. I was 7-8.
2. What is your favorite part of Tolkien’s work?
The (apparently endless) depth.
3. What is your fondest experience of Tolkien’s work?
Maybe having my book published? Or, more practically, having an eye-opening spiritual experience (hearing God speak, etc.) while reading the Council of Elrond, in New Zealand in 2004.
4. Has the way you approach Tolkien’s work changed over time?
I rarely read the books from start to finish now – I tend to dip in and out.
5. Would you ever recommend Tolkien’s work? Why/Why not?
Yes – but in practice I tend not to, because I prefer to discover things for myself, and I presume others are like me.