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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
Community nurse once upon a time, now Shire-dweller & Dartmoor wanderer usually with book in hand or quilt in mind...
Interests: reading, quilting, books, walking, gardening,
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Thank you for your comment Catherine...I love the way this thread pops up from time to time with another wonderful story and with news of Miss Noblett's incredible skill and dedication. So good to read about Scott's successful treatment.
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Susan I'd read those for comfort too! I think perhaps you either get the whole fantasy/magic world or you don't...and I'm not sure I've entirely embraced it down the years either. Mind you I am now thinking LOTR would be perfect listening on my next flight to New Zealand.
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Didn't keep a recording??? Oh for goodness' sake BBC! I don't remember it but I'm wondering too whether that was about working class fears about being out of our depth...thinking about comments above. Tolkien = Oxford = Difficult. And maybe it was surmounting that obstacle that made my Dad read them in later life? I wish he was around for me to ask him now...and to talk about Tom Bombadil who was one of his favourite characters.
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And I'm thinking it was probably quite unusual to be read to at any length by the second year. I would have loved that too.
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How lucky were you! All I can remember is The Prince and the Pauper and John Halifax Gentleman from the 1st year at secondary school. Imagine how exciting The Hobbit would have seemed in comparison.
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The tradition of taking my Dad to see each film as it came out and then go for a meal was one we all loved and so did he. It's such a wonderful memory and we always knew we could buy my Dad any Tolkien related book and he would love it.
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We have quite a few versions here too, thanks to my Dad. We keep it all on a special LOTR shelf as a reminder and not forgetting the 3D layered sculpture jigsaw puzzle of Gandalf's head which props the books up. The Kayaker bought two of them in a sale and we had a race with the Tinker to get them done.
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Exactly, Rob Inglis a fireside story-teller and he creates such an atmosphere too. I'm also thinking he would be in his early seventies when he recorded these, no mean feat but also one that requires extensive experience. I'm reminded now how much I enjoyed Roy Dotrice reading the first book of Game of Thrones. He was in his nineties and did hundreds of different voices.
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It would probably have been the BBC version Janet and now that I'm listening to the books they are far better than the films.
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I'm not sure I could watch them again now Erika.
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I'm intrigued about the class idea too. Thinking back I have no recollection of LOTR being a must-read/cult book while I was at school and that is strange because by all accounts it should have been. The key to the memories are that for sure it would have featured in some sort of spoof version in our 6th form entertainments. For those that don't know about such things it was the responsibility of the U6th to send the school home at the end of each term with an afternoon of sketches and general merriment. We would never have missed the chance for some dressing up as hobbits, ethereal elfin beauties and bearded wizards for sure.
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You’d love the audio Fran! The minute I switch it on I’m back there and straight into the plot again. Have to agree about the films, very exhausting.
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So many lovely comments sharing these moments Ann and how the book was given as a special gift. The follow-up with chocolates just genius and I’m guessing the books probably even more special now x
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Oh yes, pull them off the shelf and disappear in Ceci. I think our children absorbed the love and association from my dad. One went to to New Zealand and brought him back a lovely book from the film set which I’ve just found. He’d written a lovely tribute to his grandad inside thanking him for all the LOTR love.
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Jerri, you will know exactly why I am so enchanted by it all that the moment if you have also loved the Rob Inglis version, he really is so good. What a wonderful lifetime of LOTR enjoyment you have had.
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And wasn’t he brilliant!
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And how special the gift becomes, no matter what it is, if the giver is of that ilk Penny. Loving the hobbit up the tree moment!
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I’m trying to remember how it crept into my consciousness now you mention. It Jan. I don’t think it was doing the rounds at school in the 1960s, we were too engrossed in Anya Seton’s Katherine and borrowing the single copy of Gone With the Wind that was being borrowed around the class.
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I’m good with audio books if I’m sewing, somehow it slots into the flow and I disappear into it. I well remember it being part of the 1960’s cult reading too. I had the big single volume paperback but never quite managed it.
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Wonderful time to read it Erika and yes to all the mythologies. And nowadays it’s clear that Game of Thrones has pillaged quite a few of the tropes and so it goes on.
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John that is the set that my dad listened to and loved. I remember him lending it to us once with great trepidation for fear we let it unravel in the machine or something. In the end I think I was too worried it might to play it. It was definitely his ‘Precious’!.
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I think my dad took great comfort from it too Lydia and I can imagine it making very sustaining listening through sleepless nights. So pleased you emerged on the other side and made it x
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In really looking forward to Horizon Jude and also to investigating Cook’s sojourn in Plymouth before he set sail. There are plaques various that I’ve seen in passing and which I need to go back and explore. The city museum has been closed for two years for a revamp so I’m looking forward to it opening again and discovering more. How wonderful to have read LOTR at eleven, what a magical age to absorb it and keep it there.
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Sula I find so often that books work better in audio than read and I think this might be one of them. Someone else demystifying the pronunciations and creating something very lyrical which must surely have been Tolkien’s original intention. Rob Inglis sings the songs too; not an effect that my reading could ever reproduce.
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Val, I’ve been touting them as perfect long journey listening here too. We’d be in Orkney in no time and imagine your mind filled with all that myth and magic as you arrive.
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