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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
PostPosted: June 27th, 2013, 3:40 pm 
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I was in third grade when I first read The Hobbit.. Gosh, so that must have been when I was eight. I read it in about two days. I went straight on to read the Fellowship series (and the Silmarillion and several of the other Histories) but they were a little more challenging for me.

I went back to them when I was eleven (it was 2001 - the first LOTR movie had just come out) and found them much easier to understand. I've been periodically rereading all of the books ever since.

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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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I actually only first read LOTR last year. I know that seems late, but I wanted to read it when I felt ready for it. When the movies first came out, I never paid any attention to them, nor did I pay attention to the book (or books, if you prefer to count the three volumes separately). My brother and sister were Lord of the Rings fans before me, while I was busy with Disney Pixar, Shrek, and Scooby-Doo. It wasn't until I read a discussion that some members were having talking about the book on another forum that inspired me to want to read it, so I bought a copy at a secondhand store. I loved it immediately. Now it's my favorite book and of course the movies are my favorite too now.


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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
PostPosted: July 25th, 2013, 10:50 pm 
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I think I was around nine, I'm thirteen now, and LotR crazy.


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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
PostPosted: July 26th, 2013, 1:18 am 
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NienorNeniel wrote:
I think I was around nine, I'm thirteen now, and LotR crazy.

Lol same here, except for the 9 years old part.
I read it JUST BEFORE I turned 13 :P

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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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I was 17 when I read The Hobbit, and started reading Fellowship of the Ring around my 18th birthday.

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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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I read both the Hobbit and LOTR when I was about 14/15.

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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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I was about 10 when I read Lotr, but 12 when I read the Hobbit.

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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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I had to read the Hobbit for school in fifth grade, but I honestly didn't remember much of it. I started read LotR when I was 12, but I got stuck trying to get to Bree. When the first Hobbit movie was going to come out, I reread the Hobbit, and shortly thereafter I picked up LotR again. That's the only thing I'm thankful for about those movies: they got me back into LotR. When I finished them, it was around March of 2013, and I've been completely obsessed with them ever since!


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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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I was 27. I know I'm kind of a late fan but thanks to the movies it got me interested. So this year was the first time for me.

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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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I was in my early 20's when I first read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The Silmarillion came along a few years afterward.

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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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About 19 when I read the hobbit. Still have not got theough the trillogy, honestly. I am a verry slow reader and have very little time kn my hands.

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 Post subject: Re: How old were you when you read LotR for the first time?
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Hanasían wrote:
I was 17 when I read The Hobbit, and started reading Fellowship of the Ring around my 18th birthday.


Thought I would elaborate a bit more on this.... It was Summer of 1975 and I was walking about with my neighbor one night. As we shared some pipeweed all rolled up in a ZigZag, he told me about this book he just read and enjoyed very much called The Hobbit. I asked what a Hobbit was, and he told me they were a fantasy care-free folk who like eating, drinking, & smoking! He loaned me the paperback while he started on the Fellowship. Read through it and loved it, then read Fellowship as he had finished it. I then read Two Towers as he had finished it. By this time I was eating the tale up, and I finished Two Towers while he had stalled a third of the way into Return of the King. After a couple weeks of bugging him about whether he finished it yet and he getting annoyed at me, I checked out an old 1957 copyright hardback out of the library and read on through. Loved that big fold-out map that was in the back of that hardback edition, so when I returned it I checked out Fellowship and Two Towers hardbacks and started reading the Trilogy all over again! When I checked out Return of the King the second time and finished it, I delved into the appendices and all they had to offer. Started learning the elven scripts and, lo & behold, I met Tolkien geek babe not long into my senior year in high school. We would practice our scripting and pass notes to each other, and sit by the flag pole at lunch telling Middle earth tales to each other. Later that year, they started doing some renovation work on the bus-loading zone near the flag pole. We saw they had just poured fresh curbing, so we decided to cut the class after lunch and imprint 'Friends' in Tengwar into the curb. We made a couple mistakes, but it remained in that curb until 2005 when they totally renovated the school and dug up all the curbs and the flagpole.

So yeah, I was a Tolkien geek since the summer of 1975. When word got out that the Silmarillion was going to be published, we geeks were overjoyed! Went to a book release line party and got my copy! Tried to read it, and couldn't get into it at all. I finally skipped the biblic creation beginning and got into the meat of the book. It never did that much for me other than give a rich history of Middle Earth. In 1982 I found The Unfinished Tales paperback on a book-rack by the checkout at a grocery store and I bought it. It was a great background and filled in some gaps in Lord of the Rings. Loved that book. I enjoyed Children of Hurin when it came out, but I will always come back to read the Trilogy every now and again. I think I'm up to 12 full readings and countless partial or specific chapter readings in 41 years.

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