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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
PostPosted: March 16th, 2014, 12:22 am 
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Books came first. Was 7-8 when I read The Hobbit and 10 when I read LotR.

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
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Movies came first. haven't read the books, but I'm sure they are just as great from the parts I have read.

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LotR: Movies first, yet to finish FotR book.

The Hobbit: Book first, then movies.

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
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Well, The Movie, Then Book I, MovieII; then Book II; Lastly the Movie; Book at the same time:)!!

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
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I read the kids version of the hobbit as a wee little lad, then we watched the movies of the trillogy when they came out, then I read the hobbit, then watched the hobbit. ;)


So a mixture. Have yet to read the trillogy books yet actually but I will be working on that soon enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
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I saw all three LotR movies before I read the books. I was surprised at the changes PJ made in the movies.

I read the Hobbit before I saw all three movies and I know this is akin to sacrilege but I was not fond of any of them.

So movies before LotR and book before the Hobbits.

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
PostPosted: October 16th, 2015, 5:40 pm 
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My mom read me the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings as bed time stories when I was a child. I still remember when she told me they were being turned into movies. Ahhh good memories :)

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
PostPosted: October 16th, 2015, 9:56 pm 
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PJ did make a lot of changes Starshine. Some kind of necesarry and some i wish he would have left out.


Yeah, Banana. My older siblings had read the books long before the movies were out and ao they told me a lot aboutnit. So even though I had not read the books O was pretty excited when they came out in movie form too.

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
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English books long before PJ's movies, 1985 or so, but I saw Ralph Bakshi's 1978 semi-cartoon version (the technique is apparently called Rotoscoping) in early 1983 before I read the German translation of LoTR.

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
PostPosted: March 14th, 2017, 1:41 pm 
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Movies were first for me, but I have now read the books so I'm glad he made the movies because I probably would have never discovered the books if it wasn't for the movies.

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
PostPosted: March 14th, 2017, 3:06 pm 
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There's no question the movies gave the book sales a hefty boost. At times, the big book piles in our bookstores in Germany were pretty much LoTR and Harry Potter.

But I'm wondering if the grumblings about the movies by old goats like myself (LoTR sales had passed well beyond 50 million for the "trilogy" by the time the movies premiered) also had their effect, making some moviegoers curious what all the grumbling was about. However, not in my circle of friends and acquaintances, as far as I can tell, I seem to be the "oddity" in that sense. :medieval: :viking:

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
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Books, books, books! I used to have a distinct vision of what the characters looked like and was concerned when the movies came out that I'd lose them. I did lose some, but when I reread them now, I am returning to my original visions. :D

Gandolorin, I'm the oddity of anyone I know. I was so happy to find LotR sites back in early 2003 and know that I wasn't alone with my addiction love of all things Tolkien.

I never saw the Bakshi movie but I feel that any way people find Tolkien is good.

Just as an aside, I DO think the Harry Potter movies were much closer to their books than the LotR or Hobbit movies. I think PJ missed SO much that was SO important in all the books! Especially The Hobbit. I saw the first two movies but it seemed that they were about the dwarves more than The Hobbit for which it was named. There was so much growth that Bilbo went through that could have been capitalized on and been real in-depth movies.

I suppose this should go in the Rant or Movie forums, so I'll end it with I love the books!!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Books or the Movies? Which came first for you...
PostPosted: April 1st, 2017, 7:20 pm 
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Findë wrote:
... I never saw the Bakshi movie but I feel that any way people find Tolkien is good...

I have the Bakshi movie on DVD by now too, it gets to the Battle of Helm's Deep in just over two hours, so obviously much was cut. But It stays much closer to the books, does not introduce ideas alien to the books like PJ did.

But my real interest in JRRT started with my English version of LoTR. Just looking at the publishers of the next books I bought, I must have had rare good luck in finding English paperback versions of The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Unfinished Tales and The Book of Lost Tales volumes 1 and 2. German translations were then only available for LoTR, Sil and TH. Also got on the track of Humphrey Carpenter and Tom Shippey, and on other books by JRRT. Besides a large haul (5 books?) of The History of Middle-earth volumes during a vacation in Ireland in the early 90s, I had to order practically everything (this are pre-Amazon times!), as I wanted the English originals, and very many books have never been translated into German. As I mentioned in my introduction, books relating (sometimes a bit widely) to JRRT now number over 70 in my "library", and I'm not counting multiple copies of some books. That would make me an oddity this side of any place I could be, with the exception of the Tolkien Society in England (of which I am a member since 2013) or similar societies world-wide.

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