I never properlyÂ got a day after finishing Harry PotterÂ to have people send me fandom-created brilliance so I could see what I missed out on. I don’t want to diminish what I’ve read before for Mark Reads, but finish The Lord of the RingsÂ truly feels like a gorgeous, beautiful journey, and I felt just as sad/weepy during the ending as I did when I wrote that ridiculous play about the ghost Hogwarts Express. (No, for real, I wrote that in between work at my old job, and, at one point, I was crying so hard I had to leave the office and go walk around the block.)
I’ve also come to realize that the Lord of the RingsÂ fandom is one of the oldestÂ fandoms ever, which means I’ve got over half a decade of fanart, music, videos, playlists, interpretive dance, and other shenanigans that I’ve missed out on. I want to know what I am missing. Here are the rules:
1) There are no rules.
Well, okay, don’t break the siteÂ rules, but honestly, I want to know EVERYTHING. Please label if something is from the movie or uses clips from the movie. I’m not particularly keen on being 100% unspoiled for the films, so I’m totally fine watching some things, but let’s just be careful, okay?
I will be spending today posting more comments than you can shake a stick at, so you’re welcome to interact with me as I learn what a true loser I am. I MEAN THAT IN THE MOST AFFECTIONATE OF WAYS POSSIBLE.Â Bring it, The Lord of the Rings fans.
As requested, here’s the schedule for LotR-related posting!
3/21-3/23: LotR Appendices Posts
3/24: The HobbitÂ (animated) liveblog
3/25: The HobbitÂ discussion post/review.
3/26: Mark Reads The Princess Bride
3/31: The Fellowship of the RingÂ liveblog
4/01: The Fellowship of the RingÂ discussion/review
4/07: The Two Towers liveblog
4/08: The Two Towers discussion/review
4/14: The Return of the KingÂ liveblog
4/15: The Return of the KingÂ discussion/review
IMPORTANT: ALL LIVEBLOGS AND DISCUSSION POSTS WILL BE ON MARK WATCHES. Follow me on Twitter @MarkDoesStuff for updates and times. I will post the time of the liveblogs once I’ve figured out the logistics of them.Â
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