Meghan is full-time student and fangirl. When she’s not busy studying or writing posts for her book blog Coffee and Wizards, she likes to imagine a great wide somewhere.
When I was nine years old, my parents bought me the Lord of the Rings box set. By that time I was already reading high fantasy in the form of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, so the thickness of the books didn’t put me off, nor did the small size of the print. However, every time a character began singing I would cringe and find it harder and harder to continue reading. I finished the books, but they didn’t impress me: I preferred The Hobbit, which seemed to have more action.
Two years later The Fellowship of the Ring came out in theatres, and my whole outlook on the story changed. I had never been so awed by a movie before. The characters were so real. Gimli made me laugh and Legolas made me squeal. I wanted to be as beautiful and fierce as Arwen, though I couldn’t understand why she’d choose a scraggly man instead of a graceful elf.
I can still remember sitting in the theatre for the final movie and watching the credits all the way to the end, crying because it was over and because of that final look Frodo gave Sam. You know the one; it said “I’m happy now and I want you to be happy, too.”
The Lord of the Rings movies are still some of my favourite movies. I’ve watched hours of commentary and special features, and I love the movies both for the story they told and for the stories of the individuals behind the story. To this day I will still watch a movie or television show simply because one of those actors is in it. I feel strangely connected to them, as if I was somehow part of their journey.
After the movies, I reread the novels, and suddenly had more of an appreciation for them. I’m not sure if it was because I was older or if it was because the movies helped me to see what I couldn’t before. I still prefer the movies, and it’s the only movies that I have ever preferred to the books, but I don’t think I would have given the books another chance if it weren’t for the movies. Peter Jackson loved the books and he made me love them, too, and I think that’s what book to film adaptations should be about.
When The Hobbit comes out this year you can bet I’ll be first in line, and I hope to see a new generation of fans right there with me.