"He's not quite dead yet!"
Nowhere on this blog (as of yet) have I offered you fine readers any background on how I personally came to Tolkien and what my thoughts, feelings, and purposes for reading the good professor’s works really are. Perhaps I’ll elucidate more fully on this in a future post if there is interest (ether from myself to do so or from readers who wish to know).
In the meanwhile, I cannot recommend the blog of Luke Shelton highly enough. Among many insightful posts about his own thoughts on Tolkien, Luke also has an ongoing series wherein readers are encouraged to answer a few simple questions that explain their unique background on Tolkien.
As it happens, Luke has this week offered up my submission to his wonderful project. (First time I’ve re-blogged anything on this blog, so hopefully this works smoothly.)
This is one in a series of posts where the content is provided by a guest who has graciously answered five questions about their experience as a Tolkien reader. I am very humbled that anyone volunteers to spend time in this busy world to answer questions for my blog, and so I give my sincerest thanks to Jeremiah and the other participants for this.
To see the idea behind this project, check out this page
If you would like to contribute your own experience, you can do so by using the form on the contact page, or by emailing me directly.
Now, on to Jeremiah B’s responses:
How were you introduced to Tolkien’s work?
My dad introduced me to Tolkien by sitting me down at about the age of 4 to watch the Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit, and I’ve gone ever-deeper into the legendarium from there. But…
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The only autographed book I own, via @tolkienprof. It may seem an odd thing to have written in a book concerning The Hobbit, but it was Professor Olsen who convinced me of the "no wings" argument. So I asked him to memorialize it.