HONORING TOLKIEN MY UNEXPECTED JOURNEY INTO SCI-FI AND FANTASY READING
When I found out that March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day, I knew just what to write about this month.
I became hooked on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fascinating stories when I first saw “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” after it premiered in 2001. The fascinating journey into an unknown world blew me away, and I knew I had to learn more about this story. I picked up the books and read them right after seeing the first movie. This was a bit of a deviation from my standard mystery and crime novels, but I found the more I read “The Lord of the Rings” series, the more I enjoyed sci-fi and fantasy. It’s opened up an entire genre for me when it comes to reading. To this day, I’m still amazed by Tolkien’s ability to create a whole other world. He just came up with all these languages and invented entire cultures. Imagine what kind of mind he must have had. His ability certainly made for compelling stories both in the books he wrote and the movies. One of my favorite aspects of the story is the relationship between Sam and Frodo. Frodo is not your typical main character. He’s not a strong warrior with godlike strength. He’s not particularly outstanding or fascinating; he’s an unassuming character who becomes a hero. He diligently follows through with the mission and teaches audiences a powerful lesson. People don’t have to possess super strength, athleticism, beauty, or even overwhelming intelligence to make an impact. Sometimes your average Joes are pretty spectacular, too. Sam provides another impactful lesson. He sacrifices his comfortable life in the Shire (his village) and dedicates himself to Frodo so the mission can succeed. He epitomizes what it means to be a good friend and live unselfishly. While you don’t necessarily have to give your life to be a true friend, Sam shows us what it means to have a strong devotion to someone.
Of course, like any book turned movie, I think the books are better than the films, but on their own, the movies are a great adventure. My boys and I enjoy watching them and “The Hobbit” movies when we can. Although, they have all come to agree that most stories are better told in book form. Reading was always a big part of our kids’ lives when they were younger. We were mindful to encourage them to read, regardless of what they chose. Our house is a big “Harry Potter” and “Percy Jackson” house. My boys loved the “Harry Potter” movies, and after we encouraged them to read the books, they were even more interested in the stories. As they grow, I’m sure they will find more genres and series they are passionate about. If they can find a series that takes them on a journey like the one I had while reading Tolkien’s books, I know they will be hooked. Of course, little can compare to the unexpected journey you take inside Tolkien’s world. –Mark Nowlin • 1 (714) 557-2100
Published by The Newsletter Pro | www.TheNewsletterPro.compowerptsm.com
Made with FlippingBook Learn more on our blog