My first post of the year! Been busy. Sorry. Anyway, here goes.
I had a bit of a The Lord of the Rings craze last year. I rewatched the Peter Jackson LOTR movies, watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, reread The Hobbit, and am now most of the way through a reread of The Lord of the Rings. I put aside my Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 armies for a while in favour of painting a ton of beautiful GW LOTR models. I suppose I did that mostly because I’m writing so much set in the Warhammer worlds, and gaming in them is bit of a busman’s holiday, but there’s more to it than that, enough for another blog post, in fact.
I first read The Hobbit when I was seven, I read some of it and my dad read bits of it to me (he mentioned this to me a few months ago. I’d built my early reading of the book into my personal mythology, but I think he’s right, I think he did read a lot of it to me). I read The Lord of The Rings when I was nine or ten, and then read it pretty much every year or so until I was 24. My last two attempts faltered, and I haven’t read it since. After playing so many games set in Middle-earth, I figured it’d be time to go back and read it with adult eyes. The inevitable comparisons with the movies came up.
Anyway, here’s some Hobbity thinks on all things Middle-earth. Films versus books. We’re talking mainly about the LOTR movies. I’ve not seen the second Hobbit yet. My opinions on that probably require another post. (more…)