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    Posted December 7, 2012 by
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    'The Hobbit' is here!

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    My Life in Middle-earth

     
    From the moment I first discovered The Hobbit as a child, the world of Middle-earth has meant a great deal to me. J.R.R. Tolkien's work inspired my imagination and created a lifelong love of fantasy and mythology. I became a writer of fantasy myself and got a few works in print, thanks in no small part to Professor Tolkien's influence.

    It's been nine years since the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and I have waited all that time for The Hobbit. But in truth, this is a film I've waited for most of my life.

    In preparing for the movie, I've been spending a great deal of time in Middle-earth. I've reread many of the Tolkien books on my shelf. I've re-watched the films. I've logged quite a few hours in The Lord of the Rings Online (level 82 hobbit Hunter here). I created a Bilbo Baggins costume and wore it proudly on Halloween and at Dragon*Con in Atlanta. I've participated in Tolkien fansites and shared in the maddening excitement of fellow fans.

    This sojourn through Middle-earth has not been solely out of movie-mania however. In the dreaded Real World (where the shadows lie), the last few years have been rough for me. I've been in and out of a variety of jobs, unlucky in love, and have faced a number of personal crises. Through it all, the anticipation of the Hobbit movies and my passion for all things Tolkien have been bright spots that kept me going.

    Tolkien often spoke about the inherent worth of fantasy and "escapist" literature. In my case, truer words were never spoken. These books and movies have brought me joy and gotten me through the toughest of times. I hope The Hobbit trilogy continues that tradition.

    But you know, no pressure, Peter Jackson. I'm sure you'll do fine.
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