…The premiere of the first film in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, took place. To mark the occasion, I’ve spent part (a lot) of my day reading some interesting writing on and about Middle Earth and J. R. R. Tolkien, and the academic scholarship that has grown up around it. Fascinating stuff! Lots of tea has been drunk, I can tell you.
Like many people, Tolkien’s work means a lot to me, and has shaped my reading, my imagination, my interests, and my own writing. Yes, I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to Middle Earth. Anything which contained two of my most favourite things in all the world – landscape and mythology – and is accompanied by beautiful languages and fascinating maps was sure to hook me from my first encounter with them. And it did! I have lost count of the number of times I’ve read them, but I clearly remember the first time I picked up a copy…Simply Magic.
I am actually planning my own 20th anniversary celebrations for later in the month, – after all, I went to the cinema to see the film (multiple times), not the premiere 😉 There will be movie watching, biscuit-baking, and any celebration wouldn’t be complete without going back to where it all began…the books!
I’m thinking of documenting my journey through the books on this re-read, discussing aspects of them which are important to me, or that I find inspirational. The plan is to read it slowly, savouring the detail, and pausing every now and then to admire the view. I’m naturally a quick reader, and am easily swept along with the story, with an in-built desperate need to read what happens next. So a little bit of mindful exploration of Middle Earth, and even a wander or two off the beaten track into essays and other writings that tie-in with the chapters I will be reading, will be a new, intentional reading experience for me, and no doubt an enriching one.
Anyone else want to come along? Just let me know 🙂