Thursday, February 11, 2010

LOTR Read-Along: The Fellowship of the Ring Intro Post

I'm getting caught up enough this month to start thinking about reading The Fellowship of the Ring for the read-along so I thought I would answer Clare's intro questions to get in the mood.  I think I will get to start reading it in a week or two and I'm excited!

When did you first hear of The Lord of the Rings?
I heard about the stories when I was a kid through the animated movies but didn't read them until years later.

Have you read The Fellowship of the Ring before?
Yes, I believe I've read it twice -- once in college and one right before the films came out.

What’s your plan of attack, now that we’re dealing with more “mature” literature?
I still plan to read this straight through.  I have a hard time metering out books and just reading a chapter here or there.  But I also plan on savoring it because it has been quite a while since my last reading.

Have you ever seen the movies? If so, do you think they’ll influence your reading? If not, well, why haven’t you seen them?
Yes, I have seen the movies MANY times.  The third film was actually the last movie I saw in the theatre while I was pregnant with Z and then I didn't get to go to another movie for a couple of years.  I own the beautiful box set of DVDs and they are films that I love to put on somewhat regularly.  I don't think that they will affect my reading very much except for maybe fleshing out some of the settings.  I tend to have my own mental pictures of characters even if I have seen a film version of the story.  However, it's impossible not to be influenced, isn't it?

Getting ready to head out of the Shire again,


  1. I love the extended versions of the movies (excepting a couple of minor gripes).
    I worried when they came out that they might influence my mind's eye version of the characters. No change though I guess I have just been imagining them one way for too long to change now.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are some of my favorite movies ever!! I really need to think about re-reading the books one of these days.

  3. I saw the movies first, so I had the movie characters in my head when I was reading the books. I guess I got my character visions influenced. :)

  4. Al - That's good that you can keep your own mental pictures. It makes it easier to appreciate the books and the movies separately.

    Tif - I want to re-watch the movies now but I guess I will wait until I've read through the books! Argh!

    Aths - Interesting! They didn't do so bad with the casting either so those are some nice mental pictures. Oh Legolas!