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Opinion may be divided as to whether Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy does a good job of interpreting J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, but how many of us in the group found Tolkien as a result of watching those films?

I read The Lord of the Rings before seeing Jackson's films
 
  74 votes, 62.2%

I read The Lord of the Rings after seeing Jackson's films
 
  45 votes, 37.8%


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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I read LotR when the Ballantines first came out. ;]
And yes, I've seen everything. After some of the other stuff, Jackson actually comes out looking pretty good.
"Where there's a whip, there's a way". If you don't understand, count your blessings.
I did notice that some of the young people at the movies were reading the books for first time. That did make me happy.


message 2: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn I watched pieces of the movie as a child only remembering Gandalf becoming White, Shadowfax and Sam Gamgee saying Taters.
But when I started reading the book, after reading the Fellowship, I watched the three movies as I read Two Towers. Does that mean I watched the films first or read the books?


message 3: by Gundula (last edited Jul 17, 2012 05:31AM) (new)

Gundula Even though I had read LOTR prior to the movie trilogy, I reread LOTR twice before going to see the movies. The first time I read LOTR was when I was a young teenager and had recently immigrated to Canada with my family (and my English, or rather the amount of English vocabulary I knew was simply not sufficient to really do justice to the book, I read it through, but realised that I had missed quite a bit of the plot).


message 4: by Sunny (last edited Jul 17, 2012 05:33AM) (new)

Sunny Books always become more popular when movies are being made about them. I work in a library, and circulation on those items shoots up drastically, and there are waiting lists a mile long. That alone should tell you that yes, movies DO influence readers. I do find that fans who read the book first tend to be more knowledgeable about the story and more loyal to the books, though. Some people who see the movies first (or only) are fair-weather fans, and they are less immersed in the story and sometimes leave the fandom when it's no longer popular. This is generally the case, with the exception of a small percentage for whom the story changed their lives. Those few are fans forever.


message 5: by Pallavi (last edited Jul 17, 2012 05:38AM) (new)

Pallavi I read "The Lord of the Rings" in the summer vacation of 2000 when I had just finished the 11th grade. I only saw all three movies in 2005 and loved them. I think because the gap was so long, I had forgotten the details and therefore did not judge the movies based on their divergence from the books. It was only when I skimmed the books sometime later that I noticed some of the many differences. I can't wait to re-read the books with the group next spring!


message 6: by Marisette (new)

Marisette Burgess I had read the Hobbit before, but not the Lord of the Rings. After the first movie, I loved the story line and began to read the series. Then when the second movie came out I took a college course title Tolkien literature and we really dove into the books. One of my favorite courses in college!


message 7: by Lesa (new)

Lesa Neace I read both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings prior to the films (twice actually). The books are far superior, but that's more an issue with the differences in the mediums. A film just can't capture the sweep of the novels. Jackson's films are good on their own merit. They only suffer in comparison to the books.


message 8: by Dena (new)

Dena I first watched Lord of the Rings about 3 years ago and am now a LOTR fanatic. Before that I had never read the books. I didnt even know what Lord of the Rings was even about before I saw the movies. I read the books after I saw the movies.


message 9: by Anne Marie (new)

Anne Marie Gazzolo Mod
I came to this wonderful world through the films. I love them, they are magnificient, but I am more loyal to the books which I read for the first time in 2004 and it bothers me more now to watch the films and see all that is wrong. But still there is much that is beautiful in them and I thank God for them and everyone in it!

Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie :)


message 10: by James (last edited Jul 20, 2012 01:50AM) (new)

James I read LotR when I was 13. I had watched Bakshi's animated film after I had been read The Hobbit at school when I was 10 but it was my love of The Hobbit that led me to read the books. I should note that was in the dark ages (the 80s) :)


message 11: by Deniz (new)

Deniz Long loooong before. I was 11 :-) I reread them every year...


message 12: by Marjorie (new)

Marjorie Fisher I was required to read the books before seeing the movies, though even if it hadn't been a rule, I would probably have read them considering I almost always prefer the book to the movie. For the most part, it's a family rule that I have to read the books before seeing a movie and LotR was no exception. So, my mom read them out loud when I was about 10/11 and after each book, I was allowed to see the movie, though considering my age, it had to be with my dad, so each movie took several evenings as we were watching the extended versions.

Well, okay, I saw the first bit of FOTR before reading the book, but I had read the Hobbit at that point. My dad said I could watch the first bit because it was about Bilbo, so I saw up until Frodo and Sam left the Shire, then read the book, and saw the rest of the movie.


message 13: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah I'm pretty sure I saw the Fellowship of the Ring before reading the books, although I knew about the trilogy and wanted to read it at some point. After seeing FOTR I immediately bought and read the Hobbit and the trilogy before watching The Two Towers and The Return of the King.


message 14: by Marisoul (new)

Marisoul I read Lord of the Rings after the films but I read The Hobbit way before.


message 15: by Cori (new)

Cori I read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in high school (my older sister bought me the boxed set because she loved it so much). In my early twenties, I revisited, reading the whole trilogy. When I heard the movies were coming out, I wanted my five children to experience the books first. Each year, before each movie, our family read-aloud time was spent going through The Hobbit and The LOTR trilogy. We were all pleased with the work Peter Jackson did. Considering the magnitude of the story coupled with zealous Tolkien fans, he put together three masterful films. I own all three extended versions and watch them once a year.


message 16: by James (new)

James I think I'm in a minority in preferring Bakshi's unfinished animated version. I find that truer to the books, and the rotoscoping used for the orcs makes them really freaky.


message 17: by Michael (new)

Michael Mod
Cori wrote: "I read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in high school (my older sister bought me the boxed set because she loved it so much). In my early twenties, I revisited, reading the whole trilog..."

Cori, that pretty much reflects my own experience - first read the Hobbit about age 9-10, first read LotR about age 14-15, then many times thereafter. Then, read each book to my elder son in the year before the Jackson films came out.


message 18: by Michael (new)

Michael Mod
James wrote: "I think I'm in a minority in preferring Bakshi's unfinished animated version. I find that truer to the books, and the rotoscoping used for the orcs makes them really freaky."

James, I've only watch the Bakshi film once and my disappointment was more from the fact that it was incomplete than anything else. Obviously, it's on a very different scale to the Jackson films, so the two aren't really comparable. For me, Jackson's films are better realised and truer to the spirit, if not always the text, of Tolkien's vision. But that's all a matter of taste, not right and wrong :-)


message 19: by Reno (new)

Reno (Falling Letters) I was introduced to Tolkien through the films - when they were first released, I wasn't mature enough to read the books (I had tried, and I could sense a lot was going over my head - I decided to save them for when I was more 'grown up') but I was old enough to see the movies. So, for a few years, I adored the LotR movies and The Hobbit book (that didn't go over my head ;P). Eventually I was ready to read the books and now I love those more than the films. I think a lot of young people may have bypassed Tolkien without the signal boost from the movies...


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