As part of our Tolkien Reading Celebration, we’ll be interviewing different bloggers about their love for Tolkien and what makes his works so special for them.
Nevey (Seraphina) blogs at Seraphina Reads.
Tell us about yourself! How did you come to love Tolkien and what do you enjoy reading about his works?
I am Neveen (Pen name: Seraphina), a 28-year-old girl who is a math teacher by day and a Tolkienist for the rest of the day. I came to Tolkien not by the books –unfortunately- but by the films; I remember being 13 when I saw the poster for The Fellowship of the Ring. I was so excited to watch it. I was so excited to explore that fantasy because living in Egypt and not having a Tolkien fan or even a chance to learn about the man who inspired modern fantasy is like living inside a cage, but finally I learnt about him thanks to Peter Jackson and to the local newspapers that had full-sized pages with the film posters, which I kept on my wall. Unlike other teens, who had posters of bands, I had Lord of the Rings.
When I turned 17, I was finally allowed to explore the world on my own. So I took upon myself to buy myself The Lord of the Rings, and that’s when I learnt it’ s not about the trilogy but more books and many volumes. Out of excitement my journey began. Reading the rings spell for the first time brought tears to me; I could not believe that I was holding a book with all of this grace. Tolkien’s words felt like they had been only written to me. So pure and profound; that’s my true beginning with Tolkien.
What’s one thing you learned from Tolkien you think everyone else should know?
It’s not something about the novel itself but about the world building and how it took him 12 years to finish The Lord of the Rings and the deep secret about why the Fellowship is 9 not more and not less.
Tell us about one of your favorite passages or scenes.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“We have to decide what to do with the time that is given to us.”
It’s one of the deepest lines in literature. It has always inspired me and always will. I never gave up on living because of this line. I always see hope and brightness because of Tolkien.
Do you have any Tolkien confessions?
My confession would be that I watched the movies first . Also I used to turn guys down when I knew they were not Tolkien fans: “Never trust a man who never knew Tolkien.” That was until my perfect man turned to be not a fan of Tolkien, but he has respect for all my madness.
If you could visit any place in Middle Earth, where would you go?
I would have a full tour but rest forever in Lothlórien.
PICTURE TIME! SHOW US YOUR TOLKIEN SHELF OR SOME TOLKIEN MERCHANDISE YOU’RE EXCITED ABOUT.