Calapooia Family Dental - March 2020

‘Are We in Mordor, Yet?’ WHY I LOVE ‘THE LORD OF THE RINGS’

Brian R. Summers, DMD, PhD Patrick V. Hagerty, DMD

W hen I first heard they were creating and releasing “The Lord of the Rings” movies in the early 2000s, I figured that was as good of a time as any to finally read the books. I quickly breezed through “The Hobbit,” which is more of a kids’ book anyways, and when I began “The Lord of the Rings” series, I was addicted. I couldn’t put the books down! Thus began a journey into a world I enjoy venturing into to this day. With March 25 being Tolkien Reading Day, I knew there was no better topic I could highlight than my appreciation of “The Lord of the Rings.” Tolkien’s writing style places you directly into the world he created, with such vivid detail that you can visualize yourself right in the thick of it. The “Game of Thrones” series is fairly similar, but I feel as though nothing can compare to the descriptive, yet captivating, nature of Tolkien’s writing. The movies did a great job of attempting to create Tolkien’s world, too. But ultimately, nothing can really compare to the books. One of the best parts of the story is the relationship between Gimli, a dwarf, and Legolas, an elf. In the series, elves and dwarves never get along. There’s this real, visceral hate among the two species, yet Gimli and Legolas develop an almost brotherly relationship. It’s a cool example of putting your differences aside and working together to achieve the greater good. When the first movie did come out, I had worked my way through the book series and was excited to see it play out on the big screen. My wife, Rebecca, and I were watching the movie unfold on the screen, and around the three-hour mark, Rebecca turned to me and said, “I don’t understand. How are they going to get to Mordor by the end of the movie? They’re not even close!” Of course, anyone who has read the books or is a fan of the series would know there was no way they could pack the entire journey into one movie. I tried not to laugh too much as I said, “You know there’s going to be three movies, right?” If you’ve never read the books, I highly recommend checking them out. J.R.R.

Calapooia Courier March 2020

“J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S WRITING STYLE PLACES YOU DIRECTLY INTO THE WORLD HE CREATED WITH SUCH VIVID DETAIL THAT YOU CAN VISUALIZE YOURSELF RIGHT IN THE THICK OF IT.”

She lost it! We still laugh about that to this day.

Today, I still really enjoy reading “The Lord of the Rings” series. I’m sure once our kids reach the young adult fiction range, I’ll push “The Hobbit” onto them. With as young as our kids are, we’re still in the beginning stages of reading. We usually read three stories to the kids each night before bed, and Norah has reading assignments she has to finish. I can’t wait to see what stories she finds herself lost in as her reading improves. Who knows? Maybe she will get just as entranced by Tolkien as I did.

(A dad can only hope!)

-Dr. Brian Summers

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