Symptoms of Tolkien-itis

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#tolkienreadingday #frodo #theonering

Happy Middle Earth New Year! Long ago, in a universe of fiction far far away, the One Ring was cast back into the fire, forever freeing the peoples of Middle Earth from the scourge and wretchedness of Sauron and ushering in the Age of Men. What a great day that was. :)

I love LOTR as much as the next person.. and maybe a little more. It has only recently dawned on me how much of a nerd I am-- and in some very amusing ways.  Here's how you might know, as I did, if you've made it to the seventh circle of nerddom. 

 

Yeah... so sometimes to my friends it probably feels like I'm vomiting Tolkien Rainbows. -If you've been slammed in the face with that awesome force and not understand it for what it is, I apologize. But not for the barf, only for the force it might hit you with when you get me on the subject. 

Yeah... so sometimes to my friends it probably feels like I'm vomiting Tolkien Rainbows. -If you've been slammed in the face with that awesome force and not understand it for what it is, I apologize. But not for the barf, only for the force it might hit you with when you get me on the subject. 

1. You mark otherwise obscure days on your calendar because they are days of importance in the Tolkien Universe. Like today.   #tolkienreadingday  (But seriously guys. The events of March 25th may be among the greatest in the history of all fantasy). 

 

2. You listen to Tolkien Audibooks on your way to work, sometimes repeating certain passages over and over again so you can memorize them.

3. I think I share this in common with a lot of people, but it's one of the first tell-tale signs:  You find yourself subconsciously quoting Tolkien in almost every scenario.  Exemplas Gratis:

after you're late to anything:

gandalf delayed!!!! -  IM, SORRY..... I WAS DELAYED        Misc

after the gym: 

after a breakup, to your best friend:   [insert name of best friend]

On the freeway (obvi): 

 

4. You start sketching your own LOTR comics based on highly obscure Silmarillion references. You think they are hilarious, even you have to explain them to other people.

3. When studying for the GRE and you don't know a word, your first instinctual attempt leads you to try and figure it out using Tolkien etymology rather than considering the language that the word is actually a part of.  

"Cele" is a root word for silver in one of the Elven Tongues. So my first thought was "quicksilver," and I guessed "quickness" which happens to be the correct answer. 

"Osse" is the god of the waves, who is kind of moody. I think I got this one wrong the first time. 

4. Your company asks you to name some rooms in their new building after Tolkien References. (thanks #boostability)

5. You start a website and online community based entirely on one of the Middle-Earth Races (viva #entsoftheworld).

 

The best thing (for me) about Tolkien's writings and the world of Middle Earth is that no matter how much you talk about it, you can never really encapsulate or distill one thing that makes it all great. It's bigger than all of us. :) 

So this is me, claiming my nerdiness wholeheartedly.

If you want it, you should come and claim it too.  And you do want. I promise :)