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Are you … A Tolkienist or a Ringer?


Tolkienist = an individual who studies, and is a fan of the works of J.R.R Tolkien

Ringer = an ardent reader of The Lord of the Rings – but more specifically, a fan of the films

A few days ago, I came across a post on an online forum with reference to my blog. The user kindly linked A Tolkienist’s Perspective to the post, under the heading “… very interesting Tolkien blogs”.

However, the user also went on to say about the blog:

“I think it’s a bit of a stretch to call yourself a tolkienist when you are so enthusiastic about the films”.

I have nothing against this individual whatsoever – and am thankful he or she posted the link to this blog. I also think there’s nothing wrong with what was written.

However, what confuses me is: why does someone have to be either a “tolkienist” or a “fan of the films”? Why can’t they be both?

I admit that it is thanks to Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings that I am here, right now, writing this post.

Without seeing The Fellowship of the Ring back in 2001, I would never have picked up a book (let alone a set of Tolkien books filled with thousands of pages of material, strange names and unimaginably-complex storylines).

It is perfectly possible to be able to separate  the books from their adaptations. I’m both a film fan in general and an ardent reader.

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