I have devoured all things Tolkien since I first
discovered Middle-earth just about 35 years ago (I was in 8th grade),
and haven't stopped since. Because I was living overseas I did not know
about the movies coming out until I happened to see something at the
Decipher website (my first time ever on the internet!!!) about getting
the rights to the movie for a trading card game. I said to myself
"Movie? What movie? This could be interesting if they can pull it off!"
We returned to the States a few months before FOTR came out, and I
started hearing a bit more, but it wasn't until I saw one of the TV
specials on the upcoming movie that I was hooked into investigating the
films more thoroughly. I could hardly believe it, but those people they
had chosen for the Fellowship matched my imagination of them -- and I
can tell you, my imagination was pretty much set in stone after 35
After seeing the movie (my greatest fear being what will they do with
Boromir, because I was already a confirmed fan of his), I was hooked on
LOTR, even more than before, it that is possible! I still did not know
about this fanclub however.
I think I found this messageboard because I was investigating
subscribing to the fanclub so I could have the magazine come to me when
I returned overseas. I had little hope of seeing the remaining two
films where I was going, and I wanted something that would help me keep
track of what was going on. I joined the club a month or two after the
first film came out, and signed on as Linaewen in order to take part in
some really fascinating discussions that were taking place here at the
time... on Aragorn and Frodo, as I recall.
I was impressed with the quality of the discussion and the knowledge of
Tolkien on this board, and the willingness on the part of the community
to share with one another. Although I was part of a Tolkien discussion
group in high school, there had been nothing since, and so I really
latched on to this place as somewhere where I could talk about
something that was very important to me; not just the films, but the
books, because they were my first love.
I have stayed because it is just that; a community of people that I
care about and whom I consider life-long friends, no matter what
happens in the coming years to this particular site. I continue to be
able to share my views and insights, as well as gain insight and
encouragement from others. It has become a forum for me for exercising
my creativity with my inkling writings, as well, because the openness
of people here allowed me to overcome my shyness at writing something
and putting it out in "public" for other people to read.
My love of Tolkien led me to the films, which led me here, and now that
I am here, I won't be leaving until they show us all the door. At which
point I trust we will find a new home for our family -- because that's
what we are, a family, even if some of us don't ever meet. And that's
why I keep coming back. It's definitely more fun and more fulfilling to
enjoy this thing we love -- Tolkien, the films,the characters, whatever
As usual, Linaewen waxes eloquent! Thanks for listening!