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Bedtime Stories

I've been reading The Lord of the Rings to my kids before they go to bed. We're in the second book, and have finally "taken the hobbits to Isengard," which means that my reading has, for the last few nights, been constantly interrupted by this song. Also, my daughter has been cheering for Sauron. Thanks ever so much for that, Dave Kellett, I know it's completely your fault. Ha.

They're enjoying it hugely, and so am I. I first found the books in third grade, and re-read them to death all through my school years. I even liked the Silmarillion, although I don't remember much about it, now. (I liked the King James Bible and Shakespeare, too. I was like that. I never learned to speak Elvish, though.) It's funny, the kids are so steeped in nerd culture that they've already heard tons of jokes and references to the books, so they're delighted to listen to the real thing. It's obvious that the big buildup has increased their enjoyment of the story. (Again, thanks in no small part to Dave Kellett's Sheldon comic, which they read constantly.)

Having someone to read these books out loud to is so much fun. I love doing the voices. When I was reading the bits with the orcs dragging Merry and Pippin around, the kids just about died laughing, I kept reading them with a Jäger accent. I couldn't help it. It was so perfect...I guess the Jägers really are cute rainbow-colored orcs. Oh, dear.


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Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Jäger Orks! =^-^=

Actually, the Jägers would eat the Orcs for breakfast. And Agatha probably would take over Sauron's castle and start improving it while Krosp makes snide comments to the Eye as it watches its world fall apart.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
I rather think that *is* how it would turn out - well, at least Jägers vs orcs. Sauron was *such* a corrupting influence that I am not sure how that would run.

Agatha would at the least probably make the layer cake city of Minas Tirith much better defended, at the very least. Then she could probably do something kinda mad science about the nine riders.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)
I had not seen (and heard) that video. Now it's stuck in MY head. Thank you so much... :)

Orcs as Jägers or vice versa... um... snerk...

I've got a copy of the old slipcovered faux (I assume) leather "Red Book of Westmarch" version of LOTR - it's a prized possession.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
I remember planning to make that edition when I was in High School. So glad a real publisher made it, and yes, mine is a prize possession too. I tried reading the Hobbit to the older of my sons a couple years ago, but he didn't really stay engaged (I'm not so good with the voices either ;-) ). Now that he's in third grade I think I may make another run at it, he's been asking about it recently....
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
There's now a ten-hour version of the video. For those times when waterboarding isn't horrific enough.

(See also: "Why is the rum gone?")
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing. Now, where did I put my trepanning chisel. That song's coming out the hard way...
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
The idea of rainbow-coloured Orcs is not going to leave me alone during our D&D session tonight... help.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)

The most useful anodyne to this is probably Grunts by Mary Gentle. What happens when you crossbreed US Marines with Orcs. And add Elvish war correspondents.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Those books were my first bedtime story when i was like 5. I went to Middle Earth and never really came back.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
I was corrupted in 5th grade (1961) when a student teacher read us "The Hobbit" during our lunch hours. When LOTR came out, it was the first time I stayed up all night - multiple times - because I couldn't put it down. Joy to you and your kids as you share the adventure!

"♫ Tell me where is Gandalf, for I much desire to speak with him! ♫"

Orcs with Jäger accents... oh dear, I'll never read the books the same way again!

Edited at 2012-02-02 11:55 am (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
I've heard of "Glitter Goths", but "Glitter Orcs"?
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
We just finished reading The Hobbit together, but I'm waiting another year or two before starting LotR. I had screaming Nazgul nightmares for a year after my mom read me the series at age 7, and I'd prefer to not have my sleep so disrupted.

I also did recently spend an absurd amount of money buying the animated Hobbit movie in DVD format. Ah, nostalgia! How it wrecks the pocketbook.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
I have fond memories of my Mom reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to my sibs and me.

And now I am having a fun time imagining what Lord of the Rings would look like in the style of Girl Genius and can't help but be amused. I might have to look and see if there is any crossover fanfic.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Impressive. I would have guessed you wouldn't be done until they're 25.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! We've read The Hobbit to our kids but haven't tackled The Lord of the Rings yet XD
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Well done, reading LOTR to the kids at bedtime.
Every parent should read a book series to their kids. Excellent choice.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
My father read LOTR, the Hobbit, Narnia, The wizard of Earthsea, and M. L'Engle's Time Quartet to me repeatedly as I was growing up there were others too but these were probally the largest impact on me. My husband has been reading LOTR and the Hobbit to our Children as well. Out youngest now 7 has just requested another reading of LOTR.

It's funny with what my Dad read to me and his instance that I learn to play chess he claims he can't understand my geeky/nerdy ways.....
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
This is awesome! You make it sound less scary to have kids. :)

And really, most things are more fun with a Jager accent. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
and hats. Don't forget the hats.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
My parents read me The Hobbit and then the first half of LOTR as an extended bedtime story. When I hit 3rd grade, they decided I was old enough to read them on my own.

I now own Boston's SF specialty book and game store. If once you start down the Tolkienian path, forever will it dominate your destiny. I have no regrets. IT HAS MADE ME STRONG.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
I, too, liked the Silmarillion. I think because Tolkien's imagination worked much like my own and once it has concocted a vast fantasy landscape it must then work out every little detail back to the beginning of time itself.
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I made the mistake of reading "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" to my Second Grader, and now she wants me to do the whole blessed series. But I read her Carol Kendall's "The Gammage Cup" between it and "Chamber of Secrets", and I intend to read her "The Hobbit" as well.

Previous books include the first three "Oz" books, "Alice in Wonderland", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and Lloyd Alexander's "The Cat Who Wanted to Be a Man".

I'd also like to read her George MacDonald's "The Princess and the Goblins". And "The Light Princess" by the same author. And "The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle" if I can find an unexpugiated copy...
Aug. 6th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Don't forget 'The Princess Bride', by S. Morgenstern. Make sure you read the abridged, 'the good parts' version, by William Goldman.
Mark E Mohlenhoff
Mar. 1st, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Lord of the Rings
If you haven't been introduced to them, you should try the parodies 'the Soddit' and 'Bored of the Rings'. VERY entertaining!
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