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Manveri
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I read at on January of 2001, but only later on I found out about the movie.
Until now I only read LotR, The hoobit and now I`m reading The adventures of Tom Bombadil.

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I am, luckily I suppose, from both,

When I was 10 I read the War of the Ring in its entirety in a week, and reread it many times over the next few years. I am 16 now. I was a LotR fanatic before they even began to plan the films.

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Hmmmmmm... Interesting results
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I was in 4th grade when I first read LotR... that would have been... 1997? 1998? Whatever, definately book generation. I had read it three times before PJs FotR came out. I think I had the hobbit read to me before I could read...
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It's funny how things happen. When I was in the eighth grade, we read the Hobbit. My teacher, bless em', was a huge fan of the books, HoME and all, and encouraged us to go on and read the Lord of the Rings. I thought the Hobbit was amazing enough and that nothing could top it, but when I sat down and read it that summer I was proven wrong. The rest is history.

It's amazing that if I hadn't taken that class, I wouldn't be here right now...

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I read the hobbit in 3rd grade. I must say that a lot of the story was forgotten. But I reread it in 4th grade. It got me into playing magic cards (that brings back some memorys). Then the LOTR trilogy also got finished by 6th grade. Then I heard about the movies, reread them all. And I finished the Silmarillion a week before the first movie release. So, I am a book generation. And I am proud of all my friends cause they have read them all to due to my prodding
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Book generation definitely. A student friend said "You must read this" and bought me the books for my birthday. I've read them loads of times since. I adore the BBC radio adaptation, enjoyed the film in a different way, and even feel the old animated version had its good moments! But like with ANY story, I tend to regard the book as definitive, and the film/radio production as another way of enjoying it
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Book generation.

My grandmother worked at a bookstore, may she rest in peace. At every holiday, birthday, and special event my cousins and I recieved books as presents. We were definantly well-read little kiddies! It started with the Hobbit when I was in the fourth grade followed shortly by the LotR. I actually won a poetry reciting contest in the sixth grade when I recited Gimli's poem of Khazad-dûm! This was waaaaay back in the late 1970's!!

I, myself, bought the Silmarillion, UT and HoMe series... I love them.

What a great grandmother I had, don't you think!

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I'm really somewhere in between the two. I had been seeing our old copies of the books on our shelves for as long as I can remember. I had been meaning to read them for a while, I think, when I tried them at 12 years old in Nov. 2000. I was, at that time, really into action a la Star Wars. I was *Gasp* bored by the beginning so I started skimming, and very quickly got lost. I stuck with it until the end of the Fellowship of the Ring. Then I put them down, too mixed-up to go on. *Ducks* That's not the end, I swear! In Nov. of 2001, I picked them up again, wondering if they might be good for me now that I was a year older. By that time, I, along with everyone else, had seen the trailer for the FOTR movie, which was my "little nudge out of the door", to say it as Gandalf did, into the wide and beautiful world of Middle Earth. I fell in love right from the start, especially with Hobbits.
I got majorly into the book. I was lucky that it was a long weekend, and therefore I could read almost constantly. I cried so many times, all through the books, especially when, in 'The Black Gate Opens' chapter of ROTK, I thought my absoloute favorite character of Pippin had died. I seriously was histerical, and inconsolable. I nearly walked out on the book that night. But it called to me all through the dark as I lay in bed. I was up at 4:30 AM the next morning, reading frantically, hoping I hadn't missed much while sleeping fitfully. I finished the book the next afternoon and was again in tears by the end of ROTK. No book had made me cry before Lord of the Rings. No book has made me cry since. No book has made me leap up and down, dance in joy the way it has.
FOTR drew closer. I found Minas Tirith and immediately joined, thrilled that there was a community of LOTR fans out there. I sniffed around the web, looking for rumors. I was indignant about all the changes form the book, worried that Peter Jackson wouldn't do Tolkien justice. I was especially concerned about the leaving-out of Tom Bombadil, I remember.
I saw FOTR. The differences from the book never bothered me. The movie was te best movie I had ever seen.
Now you decide: Was I from the book generation or the movie generation? I, personally, would like to call myself of the book generation, but is that fair because it was, after all, the FOTR trailer that was my "nudge" to try Tolkien again?

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BOOKS!!!!! My Dad and sister made me read the hobbit when I was really little, and I read LOTR later on. My sister in effect made me read it, because she kept on talking about stuff LOTR related I didn't know about. So I read the books and recently reread them after seeing TTT. All three in, effectively, about four or five days (1 day or so for FOTR, 2 for ROTK, 2-3 on TTT)
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BOOKS!!!!! My Dad and sister made me read the hobbit when I was really little, and I read LOTR later on. My sister in effect made me read it, because she kept on talking about stuff LOTR related I didn't know about. So I read the books and recently reread them after seeing TTT. All three in, effectively, about four or five days (1 day or so for FOTR, 2 for ROTK, 2-3 on TTT)
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Book generation! I first read the Hobbit when I was 5, and then read TLOTR when I was 6 or 7 and have been obsessed ever since. I'd read them both about 8 times as well a the Silm. and LT1 and others before seeing the film(s).

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Movie generation, and not ashamed of it.
What she said.

Although I began reading LOTR before the first movie was released, I did not read them until I knew about the movies. And admittedly, when I first heard about the movies (back in late 1998, I think), I thought it was a really dumb idea. Not because I thought PJ would ruin it, but because I thought LOTR was dumb ( [] !).

But after seeing the internet teaser and the very first preview (with the Fellowship walking over the hill), I suddenly became very interested, and bought The Hobbit and FOTR, but I didn't read TTT until after; and I have to be honest, I actually haven't read ROTK yet--though I plan to, now that I've seen TTT. Don't ask, I have a very weird logic for this...

It's because of the movies that I became a fan. So yes, I'd have to say I'm part of the movie generation. []

[ 02-03-2003, 01:47 AM: Message edited by: Éomer Éadig ]

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I wish I could say I was from the book generation, but I saw the movie first. I saw the movie in January and didn't want to wait to see the other two movies to find out what happened, so I read the book. Since the movie has came out I've read The Silmarillion and am trying to read Unfinished Tales when I can find the time.
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Definitely book generation. I don't even remember for sure when I first read the Hobbit ... It may have been my dad reading it to me ... or perhaps one of my earlier reading endeavours ...

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My parents read to all five of their children (some from before they were even born!) and most of my family are avid readers. Like Singollo, we always used to get books as presents on every special occasion. The Hobbit came out when I was still in school, and I read it over and over and over. Needless to say, I fully immersed myself in The Lord of the Rings; then, The Silmarillion; then ... etc., etc., etc., including biographies of Tolkien, literary criticism, and anything else that interested me.

I saw all the animated versions ... trembled in fear that the Beatles might actually succeed in buying the rights ... despaired that no one seemed capable of bringing it to the screen (I'd thought George Lucas and Steven Spielberg might have taken a crack at it!) ... and feel absolutely indebted to Peter Jackson for finally having done so! PJ, hennaid evyr!

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Book generation.

I read Lord of the Rings in my teens, but was very aware of its existence a long time before that. Actually my attitude to the book was somewhat strange at first, because I knew this was supposed to be THE BOOK and everybody was supposed to LIKE it or at least have an OPINION about it, if you know what I mean. Heh, that definitely sounds like a rebellious teenager, doesn't it. :-) Anyway, as suspicious as I may have been when opening the book, by the time I finished it I had to admit the tale was absolutely fascinating.

Later on I read also the Hobbit and the Silmarillion which is probably one of the most beautiful compilation of stories ever written. And now I have proceeded to the other books published by Christopher Tolkien. And the movies then... yes, I would say that they have only increased my interest in Tolkien's world.

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Book generation...but have to say it was the Radio 4 production which really fired my imagination with the LOTR....it is awesome, I still love listening to it.
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BOOKGEN here, i read the Hobbit, LOTR before the films began, but the Silmarillion after.
the films are great as it shows how people think of the characters, i mean did any of us see frodo as Elijah when they first read the book?

oh and Alakturien you doubleposted.

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Technically book generation but the movie forced me to on here. Say, Eruatur, Im from Ri too! Ak! do you know of the other people on MT from RI, ZoSo mayhap? or did you just stumble upon this too?
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They made it into a movie? What were they thinking? Could they really do the books justice?

I've read the books more times then I kept track of. I have at least two copies of all of them (except HoME). One set by computer for the trivia boards here at MT and one in the bedroom. There are some spare copies in my kids' rooms and in the basement. There must be at least six copies of The Hobbit in the house.

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The smiley says it all!!!! []

Definitely the book generation...

I read the Hobbit when I was a child (around 9), then read LoTR when in high school... Became addicted...

I had read (almost) everything when the movie went on screen...

The only thing that annoys me with the movie is that some people think they know everything about Middle-Earth after only seeing the movie... [] And tend to say 'Of course there were Elves at Elm's Deep, watch the movie, you dumb!'

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They come in books?
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What? They made it into a movie? I must check it out!

On second thought, maybe I won't go see it. Whoever directed it probably butchered it. You know, changed things all around because he thought he could rewrite the story better in a matter of months than Tolkien could do over the course of many years. I mean, here we are, finally in the age where technology can create Middle-Earth on the screen and the director probably did something stupid like having Frodo show the ring to a Nazgul when he's in Osgiliath. Oh, wait a minute. Frodo was never in Osgiliath, was he. How silly of me. And if he showed the ring to the enemy, that would screw up the whole story. Guess I should leave the directing to the "pros." Obviously, the guy directing the movie isn't exactly some B-movie blood-and-guts horror film guy now is he? Sure glad I don't have to worry about my favorite books being mutilated because some director wants to get gratuitous action scenes worked in while neglecting the story.

Here's to you Mr. Jackson. You squandered a wonderful opportunity to create a magnificent piece of work. [] []

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The book generation although I am only 18. I have only read the Hobbit once. I should probally re-read it since i was in the 7th or 8th grade then. I am read the LoTR trilogy 6 time continous and my favorite parts times uncountable. I have read the Sim 4 time and am currently at book 6 of the HoMe series. While the movies were great the books are so much better. They never dull and are always entertaining.
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