Sometimes those enthusiasism are fleeting. (Triathlon) Sometimes they last a life time. Lord of the Rings is one of those life-long ethusiasms. I started re-reading Fellowship this morning. It happened in conjunction with another enthusiasm - I was minding my own business drivng to work when a sign on a Jack In the Box controlled my mind and made me drive in, park, and get a pumpkin pie milkshake. It's not my fault, but I am half-an-hour late for work.
Anyway, in just starting to read the prologue I felt like I was visiting with a dear old friend I'd been too long departed from. The movies are all well and good, but the Professor's language is a soaring sort of beautiful that a visual medium simply can not convey. (And let me pre-empt wickedthought here with a happy "STFU!" As Mr. Tolkien himself says, "Some critics and readers have found my work atrocious or unreadable, by which I am bothered not at all. After all, I might say for myself the same about the type of writing which they prefer.")
So, I'm thinking of doing a re-read and writing a bit here as I progress. I'm inclined to do so out of a desire to share my love of the books, and maybe gain some additional insight from other's perceptions of the same. I don't imagine that I might enlighten anyone, but perhaps through drawing their attention to the works, they might find their own new discoveries as well. Such work is best done with friends, and altogether sort of pointless if done alone. If you folks, therefore, are interested, I'll comment here as regularly I can. If not, I'll keep my thoughts and enthusiasms to myself. In any case, all analysis will behind a cut so as not to overly clutter my friends' friends page.
So, without further ado, a poll:
Are you interested in reading thoughts on "Lord of the Rings" as I re-read it?
Yes, I am interested and will read your analysis.
No, I am not interested.
Yes, I am interested - and want to read along and participate.