Anyone here read Tolkien as an adult?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by glocke12, Mar 19, 2013.

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Yes, I've read Tolkien as adult, my age range is:

  1. 18-29

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  2. 30-39

    1 vote(s)
    7.1%
  3. 40-49

    4 vote(s)
    28.6%
  4. Over 50

    2 vote(s)
    14.3%
  5. Gollum, Gollum.....

    1 vote(s)
    7.1%
  1. glocke12 macrumors 6502a

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    Just watched The Hobbit, and as I did when I saw the LOTR, I briefly thought about reading the Tolkien books again, but quickly dismissed it because I knew Id never finish...
     
  2. decafjava macrumors 68000

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    Not sure what you mean. I read it when I was a kid, junior high? I am now 46, and if you meant read it recently well no. I saw the movies, all of them and the Hobbit to boot. Thought about reading them again but have depended on various wikis to fill in the details as I would not have the energy to read them again.
     
  3. glocke12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Whats confusing ? All I am asking is if you have read Tolkien as an adult....:confused:
     
  4. decafjava macrumors 68000

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    Read it too quickly sorry. Anyway, no I have not. :D Loved them and the films though.
     
  5. twietee macrumors 603

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    Yup. Read The Hobbit as a child (LotR too) but in German. Took the last movie as an opportunity to read it in English. It's quite nice, but also quite different than the movie, more humorous. Compared to LotR, it's nothing more than a short story, you can read it in one weekend I'd guess.
     
  6. glocke12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The Hobbit? In one weekend ? Probably not these days...Too busy, too stressed, and I don't have that kind of attention span I used to..
     
  7. sagar4995 macrumors 6502a

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    beautiful books. read em all when i was 20. so, a decade ago :eek:
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes.

    Actually, I had never heard of Tolkien until I was an adult; actually, more accurately, I had never heard of him until I was a graduate. Then, some of the nerdish guys (it is always guys) I used to socialise with in college (and elsewhere) recommended him highly (as in 'you haven't lived until you've read this' type of recommendation). One chap insisted that I start with 'The Hobbit' and then proceed to TLOTR. I did. Three times, cover to cover, over the past (um, few) decades, most recently when I had a bad cold some years ago and spent a week in bed. And that is it.

    Another very good friend of mine, who holds a senior position with my country's Finance Ministry (a career public servant) spends a surprising amount of time each and every Christmas re-reading TLOTR. Personally, I draw the line at that.......
     
  9. ucfgrad93, Mar 20, 2013
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    I have read Tolkien several times through out my life. First read him as a teenager. I read the Hobbit again last fall before I went and saw the movie.
     
  10. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

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    I originally read The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy as an 11 or 12 year old. About 14 years ago I reread the LOTR trilogy shortly after my son was born. I'd really not given much thought to The Hobbit until after seeing the most recent film in the theater. Since it had been nearly 35 years since I first read the story, I had a hard time matching up the film with my memory of the book.
     
  11. twietee macrumors 603

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    I'd say that this is most likely less because of your brain capacities than Peter Jackson's stretched way of interpretation. But a very humble way of putting it...:D
     
  12. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Although I have read the trilogy as an adult, I first read them when I was in elementary school. Then I read them when I was in college and finally read them just before the films came out to refresh my memory of all he little details. :)
     
  13. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Yes. Several times. Most recently just after seeing the film. Which initially made me think the film had taken too many liberties... but then I decided that they had instead used action instead of narration. And they also pulled material from, I believe, the Silmarillion. Still need to find my copy to confirm. It's about a weekend of reading to get through the hobbit, so no biggie.

    My NY family have a tradition of going through the entire LOTR movie set at Christmas. From start to finish. I have no idea if they are adding the Hobbit - but it is already a marathon.
     

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