A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities
Many of us read. We read newspapers, textbooks, “Facebook” messages. Subtitles of our favorite shows and so on. But the biggest, most important meeting with reading is when we pick up a book. A book…? You might be surprised. Many of you may be bookworms like me, and have already read dozens of books. But not all of us are like that. Even I was not really fond of long reading sessions when I was younger. But one book inspired me, one book took me by the heart and dragged me across its yellow pages. Actually, it still holds me strong! The book is “The Lord of the Rings”.
This book was written by an Oxford University professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, and it made him famous. Alongside its prequel “The Hobbit” it introduces the turbulent life of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth and throws the reader straight into the “War of the Ring”. Don’t worry, I will not spoil your reading by revealing any important details.
However, I will make an educated guess, and say that some of you have heard of this book. Maybe, you’ve even seen the movies! Actually it has influenced literature, film, music, theater, and many other aspects of our daily lives so much, that we don’t even notice it! Anyone that has played a role playing game or video game, knows what an elf looks like, right?
This is only one of the many ways Tolkien has changed the way we view the world around us. He has taught countless people about friendship, loyalty, honor, courage, the gifts of life and death. Bit by bit, if you allow me, I would like to show more of his work, share with you more of his vision, so we, together, could learn to see the world as a bit more magical place.