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Hardraada
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I am 14 so you may think film.

I finished the Return of the king February 2001 so I just grasp the book generation. Never seen the Bakshi film, were they the cartoon ones?

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[] Definately the book generation!! []
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I'd have to say book generation, though I actually didn't read the books til '97! (I've made up for lost time by reading the series 3 or 4 times a year since then.) A boyfriend, now defunct, got me to read them in exchange for him reading another book. The boyfriend is gone but the books remain:)

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Both actually. I heard part of LOTR at a friend's house at a sleepover a year or two before the movies were ever announced, and was intrigued. I saw the first one, LOVED it, bought and read all three of the books before FotR was ever out of theaters, and have moved on to read the Silm and part of UT.
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Well, I read The Hobbit and LOTR in 1975 at the age of 23!!! Up till then I had been fascinated by SciFi books for several years. The transition to Tolkien was very comfortable for me. I loved JRRT's stories then and moreso now. The settings and characters are so rich in details. Not to mention the complex histories of the peoples of ME are thoughtfully crafted. In the years following my first readings animated cartoons were rendered and I ignored them because I figured it would be a travesty of JRRT's works. When I heard about Pj's movies I was mildly interested. When I saw FOTR I was amazed at how well he captured what I remembered to be the books' storyline. However, it was not till after seeing FOTR-EE and TTT that I picked up and reread the books again (28 years later!). Upon rereading I discovered how much I had forgotten and how much PJ had modified. Disappointed? Annoyed? Not at all. I accepted PJ's license to change and I enjoy these movies immensely. Among many benefits to me after seeing the movies is that I now have "faces" to go with the book characters.

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Dondur
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Defianlty the book genaration its so mush better than in the movies. There is a lot more in hte books for a start and more emotional as well.
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I'm of the movie generation and proud of it, although I read LoTR before watching the movies.
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I read the Hobbit long before I saw the movies, but that's a little different. So I guess technically I'm from the movie generation. I guess I would say that the movies were my first love. Nomatter how much in love you are with the person you are with, maybe that person is even "the one," you'll always look back fondly on your first love. I'll always love the movies, but the books mean so much more to me now.

Edit: sentence structure

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I read the Hobbit and the first few chapters of the Silmarillion long befor the LotR movies came out. The Hobbit was (and still is) my second favorite book and I read it many times. I also knew about the LotR trilogy but never read them. I even thought the order went as follows: 1) LotR; 2) FotR; 3)RotK. Then I watched the movie, and I barely even saw it. I told my dad that I didn't want to go see it with him and my uncle, but I made the last minute decision to go. If I hadn't I don't think I'd be here today on MT.

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Read "The Hobbit" when I was eleven, in 1990, liked it a lot.
Then, when I heard that the movie was going to come out, I regretted not having read LOTR before, I knew so many others that had.
I bought the illustrated mega-edition and paved through it just one month before the premiere of "Fellowship".

Some of you book-gens might feel it was a loss for me to see Alan Lee's illustrations and get a subjective view of things, but I'll tell you, finishing off the book a week before the premiere, then going to the movies and seeing Alan Lee's creations implanted directly in the movie, from Orthanc to Moria to even Galadriel's silver ewer...that was bliss for me. It was so faithful.

Then I bought and reread "The Hobbit" in english, followed by the new Silmarillion. Simply wonderful.

Currently I've bought volume two and three of the Complete History of Middle Earth.
Volume one was out so I haven't started on them yet, I like to read them in order.

Maybe I should read Unfiníshed Tales while waiting for CHoME I to arrive?
Or is that perhaps unwise, chronologically speaking?

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Absolutely, go ahead and read Unfinished Tales. [] It mostly deepens the stories and characters in the Silmarillion and the LOTR.
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Books. I first read The Hobbit as a small child and LotR at about the age of ten. I read The Silmarillion, Letters and UT as soon as they were published and at various stages the 'smaller' stories (Leaf by Niggle, Farmer Giles of Ham, etc). I have read the first three parts of HoME, plus WJ and MR and found them interesting, but less enjoyable - the Lays is probably my favourite of those, though sadly all the HoME volumes plus Letters disappeared in one of many house moves. [] The one I enjoy most varies with my mood, but it is usually The Hobbit.

I enjoyed the movie of FotR, TT less, though it was ok - I don't have particularily strong feelings about them, except that it is a good thing that they have introduced many more people to the books. By the way, you can keep Legolas (cute though he is) - I'll stick with Aragorn ... or maybe Eowyn ... no, Aragorn ... no, ... []

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Erúvë The 3/4 Wit
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I remember reading The Hobbit before I even heard of the movies, then, the school year ended and I completely forgot about the trilogy. Then I saw a bit of The Fellowship, but not with much interest. It was the fact that everyone in my 'especially talented class' had read or was reading Lord of the Rings, so I didn't want to look stupid. I read the trilogy, and every now and then watched the movie while reading it... so I don't know if I'm in the 'movie generation' or 'book generation'.
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Erúvë The 3/4 Wit
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I remember reading The Hobbit before I even heard of the movies, then, the school year ended and I completely forgot about the trilogy. Then I saw a bit of The Fellowship, but not with much interest. It was the fact that everyone in my 'especially talented class' had read or was reading Lord of the Rings, so I didn't want to look stupid. I read the trilogy, and every now and then watched the movie while reading it... so I don't know if I'm in the 'movie generation' or 'book generation'.
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I've been reading the books since 1998.
I loathe the movies.
I despise them.
I cannot believe a true fan of Tolkien's works could've made them.

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Ya, I'm definently the book generation, though my citizen number suggests otherwise. It went like this. I read the books in middle school a few years back and liked them. I then read them over, read the Hobbit, and the Sil. I tried to read HoME but I thought it was boring. About maybe three months after I finished my readings on Tolkien, I learned that PJ was making movies. It was quite a surprise for me.

Bahksi? Bakshi? Some spelling, I don't know it, I watched the cartoon movie by him when I learned the FotR was coming out later in that year and hated that toonie film. That balrog scarred me for life...

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I'm book generation too, although I was about 17 before I came across LOTR - I've read it many times since then, plus The Hobbit, The Silm, UT, Farmer Giles, Tom Bombadil and others.

I have mixed feelings about the movies; I did enjoy them, but some of the changes made me very annoyed.

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Hey, Elf Queen of Mirkwood!!! It's me, Firien...remember??? Hehe. [] Better have not have forgotten my new screen name. Ahem. Back to business. Well, i learned it from Elf Queen of Mirkwood and Astar..l the Sorrowful. Hmmm, i forgot her screen name. []
I consider myself both. I love the movies, and the books are awesome. In my opinion, you can't compare the two, 'cause they're two different categories: the movie is the visual, the book is the origional.
Oh yea, i love the Sim., and the Histories.

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Who can say where the road goes, where the day flows- only time.
And who can say if your love grows, as you heart chose- only time.
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Who knows?- Only time.

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I think I would have been from the movie generation, but sadly enough my dad showed me enough stupid movies I didnt want to watch them!

Like Pip said, people started reading the books AFTER the movies. But personally, I dont think that should be. I mean, ya the movies are great. But when you read a book, you have your own way of imagining everything. If you see the movie first, well there goes that. Which is why I made sure to read LoTR a million times before seing the movies. []

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You're a good and wise woman Guinevere! It is a point truely reflected in much of the fan-art I've seen since the Fellowship came out in 2001. Used to be many an artist would draw pics of Aragorn, Legolas, Arwen, Eowyn, etc that looked different from each other because the characters were pictured as the artist's minds saw them from their reading. Now, So much looks like Viggo, Orlando, Liv, and Miranda.

One thing is there are alot of Tolkiens world that is never touched on in PJs fanfic, and that is what defines a 'bookie' from a 'filmie' []

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Hardraada, I'm in the same boat as you, only forteen. Though I had read the books by late 2000. Re-read them many times by now, however.
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quote:
One thing is there are alot of Tolkiens world that is never touched on in PJs fanfic, and that is what defines a 'bookie' from a 'filmie'
Does watching the films over and over to see all the hot guys make me a filmie? []
I sure hope not.

Hehe only fourteen. Im such a youngin. Of course Ive read the books a million times over, but I dont think that just reading them once is wrong. Its if someone enjoys them and understand the meaning of them. And yes, the characters in the movie look different from in the books, but hey, I dont see any real elves out there. Do you?!?!

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well, erm, I can be called, moreorless the Internet generation. I heard about The Hobbit from a website. Found it intresting and read it. From there I gained familiarance with Lord of the Rings and since the movie had re-established it's fame, it was easily avalable in the market and spurred by all the publicity I read it although I never watched the movies until after I was well into Tolkien's world.

I have read Lord of the Rings twice and The Silmarillion twice too and am currently on my third re-reading of Unfinished Tales.

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I believe that the book generation shall prevail as where else can you see the satisfaction in picking out PJ's mistakes.... []

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I am from the book generation for sure. My mom imported the UK LOTR to the US before it was widely available - late 50's, and read it to her kids aloud cover-to-cover maybe 5 times before we left home. One of my first homesick requests from college was my own hard cover copy, which is now all taped together and read to my kids (middle of the third time read-aloud, not counting when they sneak it off to read to themselves). I can do purist rage pretty well, but have in the end enjoyed the movies and resulting discussion - brings fresh appreciation, in the form of both insight reflected from the movie (many insights, now that I think about it) and relief/ renewed pleasure in the beauty and vividness of Tolkien’s own words.
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