Monday, September 23, 2013

Favorite Tolkien Memory

Tolkien week began in 1978 and is observed every year in September, falling on the week containing September 22 (Hobbit Day). It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien (along with his son, Christopher Tolkien) and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

To continue the celebration of Tolkien Week, today I'd like to share my favorite Tolkien memory with you. I read "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy when I was in 8th grade, at age 13. It was a little deep reading for a preteen, but I fell in love with Tolkien and the world he created.

My childhood best friend, Molly, and I both love Tolkien. We even wrote some awful (no you can't read it) Lord of the Rings fanfiction together. Trust me, it's awful. We wrote an entire fanfiction called "Wait for Me". We were two elven princesses, who fall in love with Legolas and Gimli. Yes, I was the nice one. I knew Molly liked Legolas so I let her marry him. I married the dwarf. Yeah, meh.

My favorite memory was when Molly and I went to see Return of the King in theaters. It was the opening night, a cold December night in 2003. Our town theater received the movie late since they only had one screen. Molly and I went 30 minutes early because we wanted to get good seats. The theater lobby was empty. We were just early. Molly and I sat in the front row, waiting for the 7 pm showing to start.

But no one else came.

Molly and I saw the opening showing of Return of the King in an empty theater. It was wonderful! We both bought candy because we felt bad for the workers since they weren't making any money on just two guests. We laughed at the lines and squealed at the fangirl moments. Molly and I stayed through the entire credits. It was the best showing ever! We found out from a friend that the 10 pm showing was sold out that night, but no one came to the 7pm. To this day, we have no idea why no one came, but we saw the last Lord of the Rings as best friends and little book nerds. :)

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Did you go see any of "The Lord of the Rings" in theaters? What is your favorite memory of reading or watching Tolkien's creations?


  1. I can't believe no one went to the 7pm! Maybe everyone thought that's when everyone would go so they all unknowingly went to the late one, lol. I've been to movies a couple times when no one else was there. That's always cool!

    My favorite Tolkien memory is watching the trailer for the films in 2000 with my big brother, who is a huge Tolkien fan. I remember the excitement he exuded while showing me the trailer, and it made me super excited, too. I didn't think I'd be able to wait an entire year to see Fellowship of the Ring! (And now here we are, twelve years later. Time flies!) After watching the trailer I read the books for my first time and loved them.

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  2. I saw all three in the cinema, but not in an empty one. That would be really cool!

    I think my favourite memory would be discovering The Hobbit at age 10 or 11. I just find it amazing how he created a complete world with landscape, languages and history. Definitely inspiring!

  3. Empty? At 7pm? That's crazy! Would never happen here.

    I went to all of them in the cinema. And every single one was packed.