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 Shire!