Comment how Tolkien changed your life

Comment how Tolkien changed your life


Comment how Tolkien changed your life

3 months ago
  1. “I never called Edith Lúthien – but she was the source of the story that in time became the chief part of the Silmarillion. It was first conceived in a small woodland glade filled with hemlocks at Roos in Yorkshire (where I was for a brief time in command of an outpost of the Humber Garrison in 1917, and she was able to live with me for a while). In those days her hair was raven, her skin clear, her eyes brighter than you have seen them, and she could sing – and dance. But the story has gone crooked, & I am left, and I cannot plead before the inexorable Mandos.” – Tolkien in 1971, 2 years before he reunited with his Luthien

  2. One way in which Tolkien has changed my life is that his works inspired me to love literature and my academic studies. I first encountered his works through Peter Jackson’s *The Lord of the Rings* trilogy, and soon afterwards, I picked up Tolkien’s writings. I was about 12 when I finished *The Hobbit*, and around 13 when I made it through both *The Lord of the Rings* and *The Silmarillion*. Through reading these stories (especially those in *The Silmarillion*), I first discovered how beautiful works of literature can be, and later in life, his writings helped me realize that books can give us vital insight into what it means to be human and what the nature of true goodness is. With these discoveries, I began to love my literature classes in Middle School and High School (I was educated in the United States), and now that I am a university student, I am majoring in English Literature. Without Tolkien’s influence on my life, I may not have the senses of passion and purpose that I do now, and my life would probably feel very aimless. So thank you, Mr. Tolkien, for teaching me to search of goodness, truth, and beauty through the study of works of literature

  3. I try to picture at times how my life would be, had certain events not happened. Had my father lived beyond my infancy, I reckon I’d be a much different person. And yet, it seems to me that without Lord of the Rings, I don’t know where my identity would be either. Would I value music less? Would I even like to read? What about my poetry? So much of who I am is owed to the Legendarium, and to the genius of the Two Tolkien’s.

    I wish I was a more well spoken man, so that I could honor Christopher and John better, and properly show how grateful I am for their work.

  4. Tolkien’s works is the interest I’ve had for the longest in my life. The Lord of the Rings was the first book I ever read, I learnt how to read with it, I learnt how amazing reading is and how far books can take you, and I learnt how great literature can be. I’ve never stopped being a massive fan since I was 3 or 4, and I can even be only 15 now, but a man that passed away 32 years before I was born brought something good in my life. I now love literature and I’m studying Latin and Greek, and I don’t think I’d be this passionate about it without Tolkien’s influence . So thanks, Tolkien 🙂

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