First few words, first post, first blog.
The name is James and I’m a self-confessed Tolkienist (aka a J.R.R. Tolkien fan); or even a “Tolkienite”, “Tolkiendil” and even a “Ringer” (yes, I’m also a fan of the films) – scrutinizing every nut and bolt of this author’s magnificent range of literary works. I’m a young man in search of understanding my own perceptions towards the way I see and read the words on the page or the frames on a screen. In short, I’m hoping to introduce my thoughts and purposes for this blog as clearly as possible within a few short paragraphs …
An average fan might find himself or herself poring over ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (and possibly even ‘The Silmarillion’). Needless to say, there’s countless blogs out there on everything related to Tolkien (or fantasy for that matter). Anyone can read the books, watch the films and write about what they see. But there’s one thing you can’t replicate in any way – perceptions. Each individual makes up his or her own journey through Tolkien’s works (or any other work, for that matter) and the emotions generated by such an experience are unique in every way.
Which is why I’ve decided to set up this blog and relate my own emotions and expressions to other like-minded individuals.
My intention is to provide a background for anyone interested in Tolkien’s works, particularly those who have yet to embark on a journey of their own, through Middle-earth and beyond. I will be offering my own thoughts and reviews on the books to read (with the How and the Why) and also “branch off” into other general discussions (such as films and other fantasy books) that somehow find a link with anything “Tolkienistic” (I should add that to my vocabulary of self-created words) …
So what’s so attractive about Tolkien?
Anyone who asks an avid reader what they find so interesting and alluring about Tolkien’s works will promptly reply with a floodgate of emotions on the richness of detail (mainly in Middle-earth), the extreme complexities of the invented languages, the vast history behind even the smallest and insignificant aspect (there’s nothing “insignificant” in Tolkien’s writing, but you get my point) … etc, etc.
My own reason is due to the seemingly simplistic skill of writing fluently and in such a powerful and descriptive manner. I mean, for someone to write in such a way:
“All was dark about it, earth and sky, but it was lit with light. Not the imprisoned moonlight welling through the marble walls of Minas Ithil long ago, Tower of the Moon, fair and radiant in the hollow of the hills. Paler indeed than the moon ailing in some slow eclipse was the light of it now, wavering and blowing like a noisome exhalation of decay, a corpse-light, a light that illuminated nothing. In the walls and tower windows showed, like countless black holes looking inward into emptiness”
(The Two Towers, Chapter 8 Book IV)
… phew! I mean, in order to describe what is basically an evil fortress in such a way, that’s pure magic in words right there. The way Tolkien weaves his word-structure and creates something so vivid and powerful is what delineates him from other writers.
Of course, there are many other reasons (too many to mention) and anyone will be able to find their own particular motives as to why Tolkien is so alluring and (yes, I’ll say it) addictive …
– What to expect from this blog …
As said above, I’ll be commenting, reviewing and simply presenting anything Tolkien, to you, in a (hopefully) fun and versatile way.
Sorry for the long post, but I had to introduce all the stuff and be clear about the purpose behind this blog.
But that’s it for now! And keep reading …
18 thoughts on “The Journey Begins!”
The Two Towers, Chapter 8 Book VI? Do you mean Book IV. perhaps?
Great blog though, keep it up. (smiley face)
Oh, you’re right! Many thanks for that – corrected. 🙂
Tolkien is one man, who, by the magic of his words makes one forget about the story too, so once I read something like this I read it ten times more just to appreciate it then read it again to get a grasp on the ongoing story
Could not have said it better! Tolkien’s level of description within his stories is simply superb …
Hey James, being a bit Tolkien fan I definitely appreciate your blog. I was wondering if you know of Corey Olsen “the Tolkien Professor”. It’s thanks to his podcasts that I was able to get through the Silmarilion without being utterly confused. Here’s his website if you’re interested http://tolkienprofessor.com/wp/
Hey! Yes, I actually have been through his website a few times and must say that he is definitely an indispensable resource … will probably do a post dedicated to his site in the near future.
Many thanks! 🙂
Awesome! You’re very welcome!
J.R.R Tolkien was a genius. From what I’ve read about him. I have no doubt about it. I hope I can learn more about the man as well as his works from this blog.
Many thanks for your kind comment! Tolkien truly was the man you say he was 🙂
Hello James! I just found your blog and I really like it and I will continue to follow it and read up on posts that I’ve missed so far. Been a lover of Tolkien’s work (and the Jackson adaption) since I was 9 and first read the Hobbit and half of Fellowship before the first film came out in 2001. I hope to get reinspired now when I’m taking a studybreak (I’m studying archaeology, scandinavian iron age, so I’m quite familiar with a lot of sources from which Tolkien have been influenced) to get back into reading, in particular Tolkien’s works. I hope your blog can get me more inspired to sit and research and be more actively learning/remembering what I read. I really mix up and forget a lot of the pre-third age families and events.
Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments 🙂
I’m really glad you’re finding this ridiculous blog interesting!
It’s great to meet other Tolkien/Jackson fans and I’m impressed by your research area of archaeology.
Just had a quick look at your blog and I have only one question: “Where are the updates?!” … it’s great that you were working on publishing a book – hope you still are! (that’s a particular dream of mine)
Anyways, thanks once again and stay tuned for more updates!
Oh, that old blog! Well, it was not my project. My friend had plans for writing up a childrens book and asked me wheter I could illustrate. Which I thought was a nice project. However, I ended up discovering that I couldn’t draw the main character at all (a cat, I can kind of draw cats, but I couldn’t create a fitting style). So it’s on hold or completely abandoned. We don’t live in the same place anymore and don’t have as much contact as before.
I didn’t know that blog could still be reached through my profile. 😛
Isn’t today your blog-iversary?
I would say there are many things about Tolkien that I love, but one that stands out to me is how real it is.
I feel for these characters as though they are real people, every moment spent reading is spent truly living these experiences. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading all things, but I have yet to find someone who’s work is as “real”. Rather ironic for a fantasy really. Of course, this can make reading Tolkien quite a large endeavor, as it means subjecting myself to much despair and grief. It is not something I would read lightly. But I always find myself learning so much about myself and the world, as well as going on such extraordinary journeys. I actually have a hard time mentally justifying re-reading Tolkien because the events of the book already happened! To live it again feels wrong, like I am wallowing in the past. But with enough time,and some rather entertaining mental gymnastics,(they include time travel:) I can live it again. To me, this(among other things) is what sets Tolkien apart.
O wow a reply to my first ever post over 4 years ago! Great post Meg, thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy reading the rest of my posts on this blog.