I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings years before the movies made them more well-known. Even though one part of me is happy Frodo, Gandalf and Gollum are now household names, the other part of me misses not having to share them with the rest of the world.
Just the other day one of my co-workers–who is pretty well-read–loves LotR, but says he finds parts of the story irritating. I admit some aspects of Tolkien’s storytelling is much different than fiction writing in the 21st Century. He uses a lot more description. His characters break into song. Long songs. Not a lot of female characters.
But it’s okay. It’s the original fantasy. A whole new genre became more solidified and fantasy novels bring hours of entertainment to people all over the world.
I’ve read LotR a couple of times over the years, but last year I listened to them as audiobooks, and I have to admit I enjoyed the experience even more.
I found this infographic called Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers. It has some interesting quotes on Tolkien’s perspective on the writing craft and himself as a writer.
And, I found this article about a book coming out soon called The Worlds of JRR Tolkien. I think I’m going to check it out. It’s a little pricey but I bet it’s interesting.