Truthful Tuesday — Pop Culture Phenom

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

What pop culture phenomenon have you bought into?

It’s been a long, long time since I “bought into” any pop culture phenomenon. But when I was in college, I was very into the whole Tolkien thing: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I had a large poster of the Middle Earth on my wall, and eagerly followed the adventures of the fellowship.

Were you hooked right away, or did it grow on you over time?

I was hooked right away and have reread The Hobbit and the trilogy three times over the years, the last time being when The Lord of the Rings movies were released. I may now give it a fourth reread.

Did you initially get into it because it seemed interesting to you, or did someone recommend it?

I honestly don’t remember if someone recommended Tolkien to me, if I read about it somewhere, or how I discovered it.

Was it just a passing fancy, or are you still a fan?

I’m still a fan.

13 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — Pop Culture Phenom

  1. Sadje May 11, 2021 / 11:54 am

    I’m a fan too. But I’ve read them just once. But saw the movies multiple times.

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  2. Marleen May 11, 2021 / 1:04 pm

    I find it “interesting” that there are people who have been told to like Tolkien because he was Christian, but then they don’t seem to grasp any portrayals in the storylines; such as the environmentally decimating and clearly dehumanized toil where the evil one/people are centered. I haven’t read the books, so I’m not sure that previous sentence adds up as a whole. I see the his writing as a major contribution our understanding of western (our own) culture.

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    • Fandango May 11, 2021 / 1:48 pm

      He was a very talented, imaginative, creative, and vividly descriptive writer and his works transported me to a whole different time and place.

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      • Marleen May 11, 2021 / 3:43 pm

        Yes, I think so too (although I haven’t read a lot of his writing but have seen the movies and studied, slightly, his relationship with C.S. Lewis and others). I read Lewis’ writing (not all of it) and have studied him more so. I understand the feeling of being transported. It’s wonderful.

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    • Fandango May 12, 2021 / 7:16 am

      No, that was when I was still in college, decades ago.

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  3. Melanie B Cee May 12, 2021 / 7:47 am

    I was a fan too, discovered “The Hobbit” when I was in my mid-20s. I read them all including the ‘last’ Simarillion (sp?). That one was a bit harder to digest though and clearly written after the original Middle Earth books. I still have all the paperbacks of the original four, Hobbit + the trilogy in a bound book set too. Amazing writing.

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  4. Stephanie Colpron May 15, 2021 / 2:12 pm

    Fellow Tolkienite… ❤️
    I have read LOTR on average 3 times a year since 1995 🤦🏼‍♀️ (both in French and English), read the Hobbit maybe 10 times and the Silmarillion probably 6 or 7 times, as well as Book of Unfinished Tales twice… I have yet to find a fantasy author who speaks to me the way Tolkien did; but I was a teenager and the book expanded my world in ways I couldn’t even articulate.
    I have loved Guy Gavriel Kay, Sharon Shinn and am discovering Le Guin (I know late), MacAffrey and recently S. Tahir’s work. But nothing ever quite compares – even though I’m very aware of some things lacking in the books 😜.


  5. leigha66 May 17, 2021 / 11:28 pm

    Harry Potter… read it with my daughter and we made it to opening night midnight release of the final movie. Movies were good but the books were so much better!

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    • Fandango May 17, 2021 / 11:36 pm

      Most of the time when movies are made from books, the books are better.

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