I admit when I was growing up and throughout my adult life, the works of J.R.R. Tolkien were something I avoided reading. I tried to read The Hobbit several times growing up but it failed to capture my attention and I moved on to other books extremely quickly. When I meet my husband the third Lord of The Rings movie was still showing in theatres and we went to see it. I hated it. There was nothing about the experience I enjoyed, except being with the man I loved and would marry later that year.
Fast forward to 2010 and I somehow get interested in Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). After a horrible first impression, I fell in love with the game. The “complexity” of old school games still exists in LOTRO, quests are well written, lore isn’t horribly confusing if you haven’t read the books, and it is gorgeous. Don’t get me wrong, there are places the game is poorly optimized or buggy but overall it’s an enjoyable, old school romp through Middle Earth.
LOTRO inspired me to read The Hobbit a couple of years back and last week I started reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m not struggling through it this time or putting it down at the first distraction that presents itself. Instead, I’m finding more flushed out background and details that just aren’t present in the game. I find myself picking the book up every time I have a chunk of time and can spend a couple of minutes immersed in Middle Earth. I know that once I finish the trilogy I will be reading The Silmarillion and exploring the history that formed and shaped the peoples and events of Bilbo, Frodo, and company.
LOTRO and reading Lord of the Rings have re-awakened the creative spark which went dormant the last couple of months. I am still stuck on a certain point on the book I’m writing but I think, maybe just maybe, the writer’s block conflict is close to being resolved. I can’t tell you how pleased about that I am, I miss writing every day.