Hello, everyone. I'm very, very new: I've just registered and you're reading my very first post. I've been looking for a Tolkien forum-home, and haven't quite found the right place yet. I stumbled across this place and thought I'd give it a try.
So let's see... I've been reading Tolkien's works for about 18 years now. I've read The Hobbit
, The Lord of the Rings
, The Silmarillion
, Unfinished Tales
, The Children of Hurin
, and am currently working my way through Morgoth's Ring
, The Peoples of Middle-earth, and The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
I write a smattering of Tolkien fanfiction (and the occasional poem), mostly of the "Alternate History" variety, examining what might have happened if certain historical events had gone differently in Arda. I enjoy reading fanfiction set in Middle-earth as well, though I usually avoid stories with major emphasis on romance, "cross-overs" from other fictional settings, or original characters that could not or do not originate in Middle-earth (though I keep an open mind and have and do enjoy well-written stories that fall within those categories).
I'm a doctoral student in vocal performance/opera, and am actually considering doing my doctoral thesis recital on Donald Swann's "The Road Goes Ever On," which was set to Professor Tolkien's poetry and even includes a melody created by the Professor himself! (You probably all know about that work already, but I'm so excited about it!
I enjoy discussing Middle-earth history, discussing the philosophy of Middle-earth (both internal and external), learning more about the Professor's constructed languages, discussing the various opinions on the merits and flaws of the various adaptations of the books (film and otherwise), and sharing and discussing original works of art (visual, literary, etc...) inspired by the books as well.
So, I guess that's about all I can think of to say. I'd love to learn more about the ins and outs of the website and how I can participate and contribute in a meaningful way to the forum!