Essay by Rosie
The animated versions of the Hobbit and ROTK are a part of my earliest
childhood memories. They awoke in my imagination a wistful feeling I
never quite understood, but always felt pierced me to the very center.
As a young teen I read the books over and over again, as an escape from
a disfunctional family situation. The characters were some of my best
friends. I rediscovered the books in the summer of 2000. I spent the
entire summer with my nose in a book, and read it 4 or 5 times. I
bought the Bakshi cartoon, and the other animated versions and thought
to myself... Why has no-one ever made this into real a movie??!
The very next day, I saw a quick glimpse of the
ending of a movie trailer... and thought it was my imagination that was
seeing 'The Lord of the Rings.' I got online immediately, and was
astonished to find it was true!! It changed my life forever.
I downloaded the trailer and watched it over and
over again in disbelief... turning those wistful longings for the world
where Hobbits lived into a passion! I devoured every scrap of
information I could find, and was one of the first posters on this MB.
It was magical... spending hours every day with people who understood
the way middle earth moved my soul! I was very much into talking about
the cast, books, and filmmakers until I met up with Stef Baggins, and
we drove to LA to see Peter Jackson and co. That's where I developed
the love affair I have with the fans, and they are truly the best
friends I have ever had!! Especially the one I married! :)
I'm not sure how to explain it, but when I am involved with these films
or this book, it is like re-discovering a part of myself. I know in my
mind it is a fantasy... but in my heart there will always be a