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Geekdad: Hoping The Hobbit Inspires My Kids to Read

July 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm by xoanon  - 

Andy Robertson writes: My kids aren’t old enough for the Lord of the Rings films yet, but once they have read through Harry Potter I have it in mind to start them on Tolkien’s books. The problem is that these are quite a tall order for any beginners in today’s media world, which all too often cossets the new or the casual reader, watcher or player.

I must admit, to my slight shame, that I didn’t manage to read through the full trilogy before the first Jackson film gave me the inspiration I needed. In fact, it is the fan-fiction nature of these films that is my favorite thing about them. They are much more a homage to the experience of reading the books than a replacement for them. Jackson himself, when asked in one of the expansive DVD extras, said (roughly) that “you will always have the books, but the films are simply the passionate response of one set of fans to the books.” More..

Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit on July 20, 2011 by

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2 responses to “Geekdad: Hoping The Hobbit Inspires My Kids to Read”

  1. Lisajanrose says:

    Regarding reading The Lord of the Rings to your children…I’d recommend starting with The Hobbit which Tolkien originated as a children’s story. I’m currently reading it aloud to my husband (age 72) who has never read any Tolkien but loves the films. It’s a wonderful read, other than the sore throat I get from trying to use different voices for the dwarves.

  2. Jaidoprism7 says:

    You’re doing him a great service and a wonderful wife (May I add..) keep it up!  I’m smiling inside right now.

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