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Postby mccoyle13 » Wed Nov 26, 2003 12:09 am

I am a student at Northwestern University, near Chicago, IL USA.<BR>The paper I am doing for my media class is about Tolkien/LOTR fans.<BR>Can you help me? Along with doing research about Tolkien, his works and his fans, I would like to incorporate some fan opinions.<BR>Can you post your opinions/views to help me?<BR><BR>Things of interest to me/relevant to my class assignment are:<BR>1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?<BR>2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?<BR>3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?<BR>4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?<BR>5. Do you own LOTR movies?<BR>6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?<BR>7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?<BR>8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?<BR>9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?<BR>10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?<BR>11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?<BR>12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you? <BR><BR>Thank you SO much for any help. Your answers will be incorporated into my paper collectively - no individual personal information will be used. <BR><BR>I will be happy to share my results online if anyone is interested.
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Postby Mahima » Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:23 am

Hi <b>myccole</b>! Welcome to TORC and the VTSG.<BR><BR>I think most of us will not mind answering these questions at all, but may I suggest you create this thread in "The Bird & Baby" forum, as you will get a more mixed set of people there, and a larger population to take your opinions from.<BR><BR>Most of the people in the VTSG are book-orinted, and will have read the books before the movie, and hence you might come to this conclusion about all Tolkien fans. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Anyway, I will answer the questions:<BR><BR>1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?<BR><BR>~~~ Books<BR><BR>2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?<BR><BR>~~~ Read the Books first, then saw the movies<BR>3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?<BR><BR>~~~ Have read countless books, and yes more than one time. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Including Tolkien books.<BR><BR>4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?<BR><BR>~~~ Rarely.<BR><BR>5. Do you own LOTR movies?<BR><BR>~~~ Yes, FOTR<BR><BR>6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?<BR><BR>~~~ BOOKS! BOOKS! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?<BR><BR>~~~ Hmm, not completely.<BR><BR>8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?<BR><BR>~~~ I don't, but thats because of geographical constraints.<BR><BR>9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?<BR><BR>~~~ No. sigh, some more geographical constraints.<BR><BR>10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?<BR><BR>~~~ No.<BR><BR>11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?<BR><BR>~~~ Yes, Calendars and stamps.<BR><BR>12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you? <BR><BR>~~~ Well, for me the most important part is to forever seek and try and understand and learn the different facets of Tolkien's beautiful created world.
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Postby starlin » Wed Nov 26, 2003 8:54 am

I'll be glad to answer your questions <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>...<BR><BR><i>1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?</i><BR>I'm more a fan of the books. And I consider myself a beginner tolkienist.<BR><BR><i>2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?</i><BR>I read the books first, then saw the movies.<BR><BR><i>3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?</i><BR>I've read LotR twice in lithuanian (my native language) and twice in English, currently re-reading. I have read the Hobbit some 5 times in lithuanian and once in English, then Silmarillion, Unfinished tales in english (once), half of the Letters and some of the non-Middle-earth works.<BR><BR><i>4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?</i><BR>Not to the cinema. But I watched the movies on DVD, VHS and my PC. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><i>5. Do you own LOTR movies?</i><BR>Ehm... Yes... if illegal copies do count... *blush*<BR><BR><i>6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?</i><BR>The books.<BR><BR><i>7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?</i><BR>The movies follow the rule of Applicability. They're PJ's and all the crew's interpretation of Tolkien's work. This interpretation does not appeal to me in all aspects but it's visually very beautiful and helps to creat the "tolkien" feeling for me. However, the message not always is regarded. Sometimes the commercial thing takes over <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR><BR><i>8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?</i><BR>Nope, for a very simple reason: there are no such things in my counry. The Tolkien community is just beginning to form. However, I would go to meetings, for sure.<BR><BR><i>9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?</i><BR>OK, there are no events, but I try to feel "in character" whenever I want it, i.e. at school. I'm sewing myself a dress suitable both for school and Tolk-event currently - just to keep the style. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> And I sometimes carry the Tolkien Estate badge on my rucksack.<BR><BR><i>10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?</i><BR>Only online.<BR><BR><i>11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?</i><BR>No. But I draw the Tolkien sign on various knick-knacks when I feel the need <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><i>12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you?</i><BR>Being a fan means having particular affection towards Tolkien's works. I don't know why I have this affection, but I like it as it makes me feel a part of a bigger community and it's also some kind of escapism... I like the "taste" of TOlkien, if you know what I mean. Being a fan is just being a fan. It cannot be explained.<BR><BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif"border=0>Starlin<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif"border=0><BR>
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Postby Novice » Thu Nov 27, 2003 5:49 pm

1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?<BR><BR>-- Primarily, the books. For me, the movies are a novelty which enrich my experience, and I'm thankful for them because they have 'spread the word' and made Tolkien mainstream.<BR><BR>2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?<BR><BR>-- Books first<BR><BR>3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?<BR><BR>-- I have read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, in that order, commencing with The Hobbit when I was about 12 and then going on to the others.<BR><BR>Since then, I have read LoTR approx 40 times, The Silm around 10, The Hobbit about 15.<BR><BR>In addition, I've read other Tolkien books -- Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Leaf by Niggle, Unfinished Tales, Lost Tales and various other volumes from the History of Middle Earth series, Roverandom...his essays 'On Fairy Stories'...other books and essays whose titles slip my mind <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif"border=0> (I'm not at home, so I can't check my shelves)<BR><BR>In short...everything I could get my hands on, some several times over.<BR><BR>4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?<BR><BR>I have seen both the released movies (ROTK not out yet) twice in the cinema, <BR><BR><BR>5. Do you own LOTR movies?<BR><BR>Yes, I have Fellowship on video, Two Towers on DVD...but I think I've only watched them 3-4 times.<BR><BR>6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?<BR><BR>Books<BR><BR>7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?<BR><BR>The movies are true to the spirit, though the director has rewritten the story and action substantially, corrupting some of the characters in my opinion.<BR><BR>8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?<BR><BR>I have met several TORC members; I organised a mini-gathering in my city at the beginning of this year (2003) so we could all see the two movies together and generally socialise. I hope to meet them again (and others) as they have proved to be lovely people. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>When I travelled overseas last year (to Europe from Australia, which is a L-O-O-O-N-N-G way) I purposely included Oxford, so that I could meet three particular TORC friends in the city which Tolkien loved and lived in for much of his adult life.<BR><BR>I am not going to the Gathering; too far and too costly, though if it were feasible, I would do so.<BR><BR>9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?<BR><BR>No, I have not, and I would not! I think I'd feel silly. <BR><BR>10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?<BR><BR>I have recently begun to write collaboratively in the TORC Roleplay forum. I don't consider these games though; they really are stories written collaboratively. I feel more comfortable divorcing myself from the charactors I write as I like to have a nice solid line between real space and fantasy.<BR><BR>11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?<BR><BR>No...though my son has an Aragorn movable model (he's lost the sword and all the arrows though <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> )<BR><BR>12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you? <BR><BR>I feel uncomfortable with the term fan; I almost didn't respond to this request because the term 'fan' is included in the title. I don't have any secret desires to live in Middle Earth or step into one of the character's shoes (maybe that was true when I was an adolescent). My appreciation of the books is, I think, because of their consistency, their great imaginative creativity, because the underlying themes and concerns speak to my own interests, because they can be escapist when I need distraction....because they are very long and intricate and satisfying.<BR><BR>----------------<BR><BR>I would also suggest you ask in the Movies forum (several of the posters there never leave the security of that forum) and in the Books forum...you'll get MANY more responses.<BR>
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Postby Harvestar » Thu Nov 27, 2003 11:35 pm

1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?<BR>Yes. More a book fan, but also a movie fan.<BR><BR>2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?<BR>Books first, then movies.<BR><BR>3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?<BR>Yes, I've read them about twice (I like to reread certain parts), and I've read the Hobbit, FOTR, TTT, ROTK, Sil, and some of JRRT's Letters, the Tolkien Reader, and part of Unfinished Tales.<BR><BR>4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?<BR>Yep. FOTR 5 times, TTT twice in the theater, and once more on video.<BR><BR>5. Do you own LOTR movies?<BR>yes.<BR><BR>6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?<BR>I'd have to go with the books, but I'm amazed at the amount of detail in the movies. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?<BR>For the most part, though I have some reservations. <BR><BR>8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?<BR>Yep! I've been to a local Tolkien symposium at a university and I'm on the committee for the Gathering.<BR><BR>9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?<BR>I haven't yet, but I have a "costume" of sorts for the Gathering, not sure what to call it though. I'd love to make myself an Eowyn dress.<BR><BR>10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?<BR>Well, an EXTREMELY high level D&D game, but I play a good Balrog. <BR><BR><BR>11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?<BR>Yes. Arwen's sword.<BR><BR>12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you? <BR>Pehaps I can answer the question of "what does Tolkien's works mean to you" better... These books came at a depressing time in my life and really seemed to speak to me of the essence of the world. They helped keep me on an even keel and lead me to a new world. <BR><BR><BR>
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Postby eowyn4ever » Fri Nov 28, 2003 3:25 pm

Here r my replies, hope they come in use:<BR><BR>1. A fan of the books and the movies<BR>2. read the books first<BR>3. read all the books numerous times<BR>4. yes FOTR 4 TTT 3<BR>5. Yes<BR>6. Books<BR>7. no<BR>8. no<BR>9. no and no<BR>10. no<BR>11. yes, evenstar pendant<BR>12. the books have had a profound effect on me. they touch upon all the themes that we realize everyday. that is what it means to me as a fan.<BR><BR><BR>hope this helps!
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Postby Gorhaur » Sat Nov 29, 2003 12:51 pm

Hello there <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>! I'll answer the questions to my best ability:<BR><BR>1. Both.<BR>2. Read the books first.<BR>3. I've read them all! I read certain chapters that I enjoy over and over, but not the ENTIRE books.<BR>4. Yes!<BR>5. Yes.<BR>6. The books.<BR>7. Just a message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?<BR>8. Unfortunately, no.<BR>9. Never.<BR>10. No.<BR>11. No.<BR>12. It means understanding Tolkien and his writings and spreading my feelings to other people so they can get interested in LOTR <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>. Also, it allows me to become friends with new people who share my same interests!<BR><BR>-Gor
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Postby elenath_am_aduial » Sat Dec 06, 2003 7:09 pm

1. i consider myself a great fan of middle earth and therefore i am also a fan of tolkien, but specifically of his works pertaining to middle earth.<BR><BR>2.i read the books before the movies <BR><BR>3.I am not a very commited reader at the best of times, i read the hobbit and the three LOTR books in succession, but that took me several years to get around to finishing.<BR><BR>4. I have seen the first two several imes on DVD, i plan to see the third at the cinema though.<BR><BR>5. Yep, first two DVD extended editions.<BR><BR>6. I enjoyed both equally, i regard them as two different looks at the same universe, but if i was forced to pick a favorite then the books as they are more comprehensive.<BR><BR>7. It is my oppinion that tolkien created middle earth as a history rather than a story with a great message, but yes i would say the movies are very accurate.<BR><BR>8. No, i may consider it sometime in the future though.<BR><BR>9. I would certainly enjoy a LOTR costume if i has the resources to make a decent one, it wouldnt be after any specific charachter but rather an original work that was, i guess historically accurate is the best term i can think of.<BR><BR>10. nope, i dont think i would bother with a pure RPG, but if it was a game with a tolkien theme to it i might be intrigued.<BR><BR>11. i mostly have a few calenders diaries and books, im not really into figures and stuff but wouldnt mind a few middle-earth objects around.<BR><BR>12. I find middle earth an interesting recreational persuit because it is living art, the languages costumes locations and stories are more beautiful than any paintings in a gallery to me, and the sense of depth you get when looking into middle earth is unique.
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Postby Arvegil » Sun Dec 07, 2003 9:22 am

1. Yes<BR>2. Books first<BR>3. Yes; yes.<BR>4. Yes<BR>5. Yes<BR>6. Books<BR>7. Mostly<BR>8. No.<BR>9. No.<BR>10. No.<BR>11. No.<BR>12. I appreciate the books as alternate mythology.
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Postby Eruname127 » Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:45 pm

I don't know if this is too late to help you out, but I'll post my answers anyway.<BR><BR>1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?<BR><BR>-Both. I love reading the books but I also do love watching the movies despite the changes. I've always had a hard time visualizing what I read. The movies have helped bring the books to life for me. Plus it's easier to get a LotR fix by watching the movies. Reading the books takes a little time.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?<BR><BR>-books first<BR><BR>3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?<BR><BR>-I've read The Hobbit, LotR, The Silmarillion, HOME Vol. 1, and have begun The Unfinished Tales. I have read LotR and the Silmarillion more than once.<BR><BR>4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?<BR><BR>-Yes. Seen the movies many, many times.<BR><BR>5. Do you own LOTR movies?<BR><BR>-Yes<BR><BR>6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?<BR><BR>-Hmm...tough to say. They each have their great qualities. I love all the detail of the books, but yet I love how I can visually see everything in the movie. I guess I'd have to go with the books though.<BR><BR>7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?<BR><BR>-Well I don't think they are quite true to the story. For the most part the movies are true to the big or most important parts of the story, but they most definately are not true to the smaller parts. There have been too many changes to say the book was true to the story. But, I do think the movies are true to the message of the books. The changes made in the movie were made to enhance the message and feeling of Tolkien. <BR><BR>8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?<BR><BR>-I will be attending the TORC Moot in Liverpool this February.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?<BR><BR>-No! And no again! I'm not <i>that</i> big of a fanatic!<BR><BR>10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?<BR><BR>-Haven't gotten into RPGs yet but I would like to.<BR><BR>11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?<BR><BR>-All I have is the Evenstar pendant. If I had more money I would definately get more collectibles!<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR><BR>12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you? <BR><BR>-Like Novice, I don't like to use the word fan for how I feel about Tolkien. It seems to equate me to the girls who scream and cry for Orlando Bloom.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> Tolkien's works have brought me a great amount of enjoyment and fun. Reading his books relaxes me. I want to keep striving to learn more about his world everyday.
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Postby Arwen#1 » Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:04 pm

1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both? Yes, both<BR>2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?read, then seen the movie<BR>3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?Yes, and Yes<BR>4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?yes<BR>5. Do you own LOTR movies?Unfortunatly no<BR>6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?Books<BR>7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?neither really, kinda true, but took out some really good parts<BR>8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?No, Where I live we don't know about these things so the most I do is dress up when going to see the movies<BR>9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?yes, any<BR>10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?yes<BR>11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?Yes, anything I can find<BR>12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you? <BR>It means you love it, and collect stuff from it and are almost obsessed or are obsessed with it and love to talk about and be with fans that are the same way. Also, I kinda agree with Eruname. You know?
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Postby Cemenamme » Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:27 pm

<BR>I hope you still need responses - here goes... : )<BR><BR>1.Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both? Both<BR><BR>2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books? Books first<BR><BR>3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time? I've read Simarillion, The Hobbit, and LOTR several times each.<BR><BR>4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time? Oh, yeah...(lol)<BR><BR>5. Do you own LOTR movies? Edited and extended versions of both so far, and I'm sure I'll get more as time goes on.<BR><BR>6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more? Books, although the movies were very good.<BR><BR>7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created? I think Peter Jackson and his writers took liberties, but overall kept enough of Tolkien's vision to make lit fans happy. (If Arwen had been at Helm's Deep, there would have been a riot!)<BR><BR>8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie? No, but I did see the rereleases in the theater before ROTK. I have been to Mega Con, a convention of Sci Fi and comic nuts.(Wormtongue came this year! Thanks Brad!)I would love to go to the Toronto gathering 2005.<BR><BR>9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character? No, not yet, but if I did, I'd be a hobbit!<BR><BR>10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types? No<BR><BR>11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds? Yes, I have framed movie posters, an elvish love ring, and even a lithograph from Elijah Wood's turn as the King of Bacchus this year at Mardi Gras. I like the fact that these products actually exist now! I've wanted a ring with elvish inscription since I was 15 years old...I finally got one!<BR><BR>12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you? The books made a big impression on me as a young girl. The story comes down to some very key points on top of all the history and myth - loyalty, conservation of nature, tolerance to other cultures, faith and strength of character, and a belief in a bit of magic all make for a wonderfully poignant reality as well.
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Postby Alcina » Sun May 09, 2004 1:16 pm

1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?

A Tolkien fan.

2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?

Books first

3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?

I have read LotR at least 20 times through (ie, starting on page one and continuing to read each page in numerical order until I reached the end). But this isn't the usual way I read it; I usually either open it at random or read a bit I particularly like (or one that my attention has been drawn to by something, or one that makes me feel good when I'm down)

I have read the Silm (only once through, although I often refer to it; I think of it more as a textbook than a novel), the UT and all the volumes of HoME (again, only read through once, after that use them for reference.) I've read the Letters at least 10 times, studied the Pictures carefully.

I've only read the Hobbit twice becasue I think it's rubbish...

4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?

Yup. About 6 times each.

5. Do you own LOTR movies?

Yup.

6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?

Books

7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?

No.

8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?

In the past. Not recently.

9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?

Not exact costume. I do wear T-shirts painted with the Eye of Mordor, though.

10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?

Nope.

11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?

Not unless you count board games or posters?

12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you?

Where to start? It's got me through every horrible period of my life, from my divorce to my school exams. It's something I can cling onto when the life I'm living isn't worth living.

It's a loyalty that lasts when all other loyalties desert me. The loyalty I feel to Mordor has lasted nearly 20 years, while almost everything else has been taken from me. It sustains me when nothing else can.
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Postby Lavi_of_Lothlorien » Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:24 pm

Hi mccoyle!

1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?

Well, I was a movie fangirl, and I think, though I have come to appreciate more than what's on screen, that I am still unfortunately a fan of the movies.

2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?

I saw the movies first.

3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?

I've read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I can't remember exactly how many times I read the first two volumes of LotR, but I've only read RotK once.

4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?

Of course. At least twice in the theater for each movie. I don't know how many times I've seen the movies altogether. I was counting, and got to around 13 with FotR, when I figured out that counting was pointless and fangirlish.

5. Do you own LOTR movies?

Only the Extended Editions, none of the originals.

6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?

I don't know. I've never actually thought about that though. I will give it to the books, though, there's no stupid Legolas moves in them.

7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?

Sometimes, sometimes not. Tolkien created a world of nobility and truth and strength that Hollywood can't seem to stick with today, brilliant as P.J. is Pity.

8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?

Nope.

9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?

Umm...I went to the Return of the King in some nondescript costume. That's about it, unless you count me and my girlfriends dressing up all the time.

10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?

No. If I have to be creative like that, I want to control all the characters and the whole story.

11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?

My sword (Glamdring), costume, and some posters. That's about it.

12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you?

Good question. This age of information produces curious readers who are always looking more and more indepth into things. This, I believe, is one thing no one will ever get to the bottom of because of the depth of Tolkien's world. It represents a mystery.
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Postby Tuor Elendil » Fri May 01, 2009 10:23 am

1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?

Both

2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?

I saw the movies first, and I am reading them now

3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?

No. I always read one at a time

4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?

I watch the extended edition once a week :lol:


5. Do you own LOTR movies?

The original edition and the extended edition


6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?

As for the books, I havent finished the Fellowship, but it is very addicting. Also, I like the Fellowship movie.


7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?
Well, there was some editing in the movies. So not really, however, 90% yes, they are true.


8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?

Unfortunately, no, this is due to the fact that I am in Kuwait

9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?

No

10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?

Yes


11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?

No, but Im ordering some this month.

12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you?

If you've got interest in Tolkien and his fiction, and really love it, than you're a fan. you should have great respect. It has a meaning because Tolkien's work are very different from other kinds of ficiton. His details of the stories and history is amazing. So, I do have very much respect for Tolkien and his works.
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Postby Mithnen » Fri May 01, 2009 11:47 am

1. Do you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, i.e. his books or a LOTR movie fan - or both?

Both.

2. Did you read the books first then see the movies, see the movies then read the books or just see the movies but haven't read his books?

The Hobbit first & loved it, it's still one of my favorite books. Then read the Two Towers & didn't enjoy it (duh, I probably should have gone in order). Then the movies came out & sparked my interest once again.

3. If you have read books, have you read more than one and have you ever read any more than one time?

I have read all three LOTR books three times, The Silmarillion once (with a bit of difficulty :| ), and Unfinished Tales once.


4. If you have seen the movies, have you gone to see one more than one time?

I saw FOTR twice, TTT twice, and ROTK 4 times.

5. Do you own LOTR movies?

Yessum. All three extended editions.

6. If you have both read books and seen movies, which did you enjoy more?

I can't answer that. The movies keep my ADD-riddled mind occupied easier, but the sheer scope of the books fascinates me. I don't compare the two, I enjoy both of them. They're both counted as "favorites" in their respective mediums.

7. Do you think the movies are true to the real story and/or message of Middle Earth and the characters Tolkien created?

Not necessarily ALL of the messages & themes that JRRT presented in LOTR, but how could all of them have been crammed into one movie A(or three movies, hahaha :P )without losing sight of one or more of them? I think the filmmakers did a good job of portraying the main theme of perseverence & did a decent job of portraying the story at hand.

8. Besides online fan club, do you ever attend Tolkien or LOTR meetings or gatherings? Do you participate in things like the Gathering coming up in Toronto in December or the movie marathons planned for different locations as kickoff for the third movie?

Nope. I've wanted to but never have.

9. Have you or do you enjoy attending events in LOTR costume? Which character?

No. But I have never attended a LOTR event at all, so of course I've never attended in costume :P

10. Are you involved in role play games based on Middle Earth or similar types?

Nope.

11. Do you own Tolkien or LOTR collectibles? What kinds?

Posters. Trivial Pursuit. Oh, I got a cardboard cutout-thing of Orlando Bloom as Legolas for Christmas about 5 years ago :D

12. What does being a fan mean to you? Why does it have meaning for you?

Being a "fan" means more than just respecting Tolkien's work. To me, it means being affected by it.
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