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Postby Duilus » Wed Jan 03, 2001 5:04 am

How many people are you responsible for turning on to Tolkien in any way? Who are they? How did it happen?
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Postby Elbren » Wed Jan 03, 2001 5:34 am

Hmm, let's see:<BR><BR>a very good friend of mine saw all of my Tolkien maps in my office at home and then he read The Hobbit, LOTR, and Sil in succession in about a 2 month period; we're going together to see The Hobbit in Atlanta in a few weeks <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>my niece and nephew first read The Hobbit about 3 years ago, a gift from me<BR><BR>a former girlfriend's two sons read The Hobbit as a gift from me<BR><BR>took former girlfriend to Chicago last February to see Two Towers on stage<BR><BR>got my mom to read LOTR, (my brother and I together persuaded her)<BR><BR>I read Riddles in the Dark to my class when I was a student teacher in college, (I do computer programming now)<BR><BR>I think that's it...<BR><BR>
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Postby robo » Wed Jan 03, 2001 8:38 am

"Two Towers" on stage in Chicago? Where? When? Sounds interesting. Was it any good?
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Postby Melawen » Wed Jan 03, 2001 8:43 am

As for me, the answer is, to my shame, NOBODY! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR>It's not like I did not try... I only succeded in having my sister reading LOTR until "The council of Elrond" (she said that she "got bored of all that talking and all those dames"! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-mad.gif"border=0>), and a friend reading "The Hobbit", which he appreciated, but he was then scared away by the size of the LOTR <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0>
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Postby Eric_Reese » Wed Jan 03, 2001 4:14 pm

Nobody. I've tried, but no successes thus far. Well, maybe one person I know online, but I don't really know if I influenced him to read it or not.
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Postby Elbren » Wed Jan 03, 2001 7:46 pm

The Two Towers was showing at a little theater in Chicago last February; took my g/f up there for Valentine's Day and we had a blast! I found the play listed over at TORN and took a chance; it was delightful!!
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Postby Samwise-JR » Wed Jan 03, 2001 7:56 pm

I only got one friend interested in Tolkien, and he got all the books for christmas from his parent's!! I felt pretty good about that! Other people i've tried to get to read it have either already read it, or are scared by the mear size of LOTR. They always' used to ask "You still reading that book!" and i'd reply "for the fith/sixth/seventh time ". They couldn't fathom it !!!<BR><BR><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0>
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Postby Scatha » Wed Jan 03, 2001 8:23 pm

Not yet, but I'm still trying. It would be cool to have some friends who understand what this is all about.
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Postby Bombadillo » Thu Jan 04, 2001 4:31 am

I've given out LOTR trilogies like Christians give out Bibles. I personally know of at least 10 people to whom I have given the "good news" and any friend I make HAS to read the books, if for no other reason than to get me off their backs about it. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Fatty » Thu Jan 04, 2001 6:45 am

Even though I've given out many copies of the Lord of the Rings, I don't recall a friend ever reading them! Since most of my friends don't read much, that may be the reason. My few friends that do read all like Stephen King, who refers to Lord of the Rings many times in his works. I don't get it.<BR><BR>I am in the process of corrupting my two young nephews (5 & 8 years old) into Tolkien fans, against the wishes of my sister. One hour-long movie should does help! He He He He. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-devil.gif"border=0> The oldest is getting my just-finished copy of the Hobbit this weekend.
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Postby Treagol » Thu Jan 04, 2001 8:44 am

I got my wife to read them and she fell in love with it just like me.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>Elbren, it's good to see another Georgian on the board. You are the fourth that I know of.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif"border=0>
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Postby Elfstone » Thu Jan 04, 2001 10:32 am

Most of the friends I grew up with read it, though I don't know that I was exactly the cause. I had several girlfriends that I tought how to write in Angerthas so we could pass secret notes in school. I recently spent a year back in California, and reestablished contact with many of the folks I grew up with. A wonderful lady who came into that circle of friends during that year was so intrigued by our constant references to Tolkien that she decided she had to read the The Lord of the Rings just to be able to keep up with the group. I loaned her my paperbacks, and when she finished I bought her the big red collector's edition as a gift. She is an amateur painter, and for my birthday she gave me a painting of her version of Aragorn: she took a freeze frame of Viggo Mortensen from GI Jane, and used that as a model, then dressed him in a green hood. She asked me if there was one line from the books that really stated what Aragorn was all about, and I told her that "I am Aragorn, Son of Arathorn, and if by life or death I can save you, I will" was a pretty good one. Well, she put those words around the picture she painted. Then she scanned the painting and had it printed on a t-shirt, which she also gave to me on my birthday. Get this... one of my old girlfriends came to my birthday party, walked through the door just as I was putting the t-shirt on; she gave me a hug, held me at arm's length to get a look at the t-shirt, then read aloud "I am Aragorn, Son of Arathorn, and if by life or death I can save you, I will". That blew away a lot of the people who were there who hadn't known us back then.<BR><BR>Well, as always, I'm rambling again...
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Postby dogstar » Thu Jan 04, 2001 10:41 am

i only ever tried to turn one person on to tolkien - Alison, who once upon a time posted here at TORC. but she never took my advice. she found this site one day and the white council succeeded where i had failed.
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Postby Fantoft » Thu Jan 04, 2001 4:34 pm

I have been trying to persuade some friends without success though..<BR>Only my girlfriend is constantly feeling Tolkienean vibes sent by me and at the moment I'm finishing The Hobbit together with her (her first time)...now I'll try to persuade her to read LotR so I'll see if it works...<BR><BR>But she loved the Bakshi cartoon movie, though!!!
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Postby Elemmire » Fri Jan 05, 2001 12:12 pm

I have been trying to get my sister to read it for over a year now, but her argument is that hobbits are stupid. Not that she has ever deigned to read ANYTHING about them, she's only seen the movie, The Hobbit. Oh well, I keep trying.....
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Postby Niphredil33 » Fri Jan 05, 2001 5:49 pm

My nephew is four in February, and I gave him "The Father Christmas Letters" and "Mr Bliss" for Christmas.<BR><BR>We shall see! But I'm not trying to indoctrinate anyone! (honest!) I like Verlyn Flieger's way - she says she doesn't recommend Tolkien, because she'd rather have people discover it, and she doesn't know whether they will like it or not.
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Postby Pellin » Fri Jan 05, 2001 9:26 pm

Well, my roommate, the guy across the hall, a Midshipman officer... back home, I got my little brother in on it (little, ha, he's 17). And my aunt and uncle know more about LOTR than anyone who'll just see the movie!<BR><BR>I myself got turned on to it by my mum forcing me to read "fellowship". I was like NO, but cause i was like 11 and she was my mother, i started it... and liked it... and been a frikkin addict ever since!
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Postby MithLuin » Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:04 pm

If people will not read it, read it to them <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I read The Hobbit to my brother when he was five. I had trouble keeping his attention. He liked Gollum, and I siked him into liking Beorn, but after that he fell asleep alot. I tried to read Fellowship to him right after that, but he was a bit young. He fell asleep three seperate times on the same page..."Light, light of sun and moon, he will always fear, I think" - we didn't get too far. Then, this past summer, I started reading LotR to my 2 younger brothers, now aged 10 and 12. It's going much better. We got to the end of TT by the end of the summer, and I just read the first three chapters of RotK to them this week.<BR>I have also read them Farmer Giles of Ham and Smith of Wooton Major. I have Roverandom from the library (which I have not read yet), so I might try to read that to them. I have also told them many stories from the Silmarillion. I am a rotten story teller, and take forever, but they like it.<BR><BR>I dated a guy for four years, and he felt the need to read Tolkien in order to converse with me <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>. He read LotR on his own. Then I read him The Hobbit, and started on Silmarillion. I bought him his own copy of LotR, which he has re-read, but we broke up before I finished reading Silmarillion. I doubt he will ever finish it.<BR><BR>My brothers are Tolkien fans, my ex is not. (But at least he is familiar with it now).<BR><BR>Obviously, you can't read the books aloud to friends, but I definitly recommend it for younger family members. Reading books aloud is fun, and helps long car rides go more quickly.<BR><BR>I have also taught various friends runes and Tengwar, though they haven't all read the books.
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Postby Duilus » Sat Jan 06, 2001 12:00 am

Well, I suppose it's time to answer my own question. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>I have my aunt reading "The Hobbit," mostly because we're both big movie rats, and with the LoTR movies coming up this year, I insisted she get herself initiated.<BR>Aside from that, nothing yet. A friend of mine is a big fantasy fan, into D&D and all, but she "doesn't have time to read." I'm giving her a copy of the audiocassette version of The Hobbit to find out if this is just a lame excuse. And when the movies do come out I'll be dragging many folk to see them, though I'll feel dirty for knowing that many of them probably will never get around to the books... *sniff*
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Postby Elfstone » Sat Jan 06, 2001 9:20 am

Ellemmire, I love your quote. One of the greatest, if not the greatest, books in my collection is a signed copy of The Prophet. Just had to admire your quote! (I know, it's off topic).<BR><BR>And MithLuin! You've read Tolkien to your boyfriend! Where have you been all my life? Oops, I'm married, and probably much older than you... I can tell already you will make a fine catch for a handsome young Tolkien fan out there.<BR><BR><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby MithLuin » Sat Jan 06, 2001 10:27 pm

I'm sorry Elfstone... maybe you can read Tolkien to your children, if you have any <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Elfstone » Sun Jan 07, 2001 6:04 pm

I have two sons, 7 and 13. We just finished The Hobbit today. I put together a little quiz on the book, and my 13 year old got a 90 on it. We will start The Fellowship of the Ring this week. Gotta finish LotR by December...<BR><BR>
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Postby Nerdanel » Mon Jan 08, 2001 3:43 am

My mother met once one of her friends from work at a bookstore. She was looking for a Christmas present for her teenage daughter. Because of me, my mother recommended her The Lord of the Rings, and that was what her friend's daughter got. I don't know if she liked it or not.<BR><BR>I have once gotten my mother to start reading the books, but that came to nothing, since that was before she got her bifocal lenses and the text in my one-volume edition is very small. She has professed the intent to read the books before the movies come out, but at the moment she has not done anything about it.<BR><BR>Just recently we were shopping for a birthday present for one of my cousins, and would have bought either The Hobbit or The LotR, but they were both sold out. We bought Harry Potter instead, and of course she had gotten that last lacking Potter of her collection a couple of days before as a Chrismas present...
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Postby Fantoft » Mon Jan 08, 2001 6:21 am

My sister suddenly borrowed The Hobbit yesterday...mainly because she already handed in an extract of the book at school for her exams. But who knows, maybe she will like it!
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