How old are you?
Where are you based out of?
I prefer not to disclose a specific location, but I am currently situated in New England (United States).
How did you get into Tolkien?
As a child, I was fond of Brian Jacques' Redwall series; naturally, my mother suggested I try The Hobbit. I borrowed the book from my uncle, who was also a Tolkien fan. I immediately fell in love with Middle-earth, and soon progressed on to reading The Lord of the Rings.
What other Tolkien books have you read?
I've read everything. Following The Lord of the Rings, I believe my next read was The Silmarillion, then The Lays of Beleriand, Unfinished Tales, and so on. I have an entire bookshelf that is completely devoted to Tolkien: every book in various covers, art books, reference books, and miscellaneous printed objects.
What is your favourite Tolkien book/story?
I frequently find myself re-reading The Lays of Beleriand. I love the tale of Beren and Lúthien. I also loved The Hobbit, and from the Lord of the Rings appendixes, I love The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen.
Who is your favourite Lord of the Rings character?
It's a tie between Faramir, Gandalf, and Samwise Gamgee.
Who is your favourite Hobbit character?
Smaug the Dragon! With Bilbo and Thorin following closely behind.
If you could live anywhere in Middle-earth, where would it be?
Rohan or Gondor (I'm torn between the two). I tend to think of myself as more of a Rohan chick, but Gondor is just so beautiful.
If you lived in Middle-earth, what race would you be, and why?
I'm often told that I have an Elven appearance and am similar to them in nature. However, I also value good food, drink, and cheer, so I could also see myself as a Hobbit!
Do you have any LOTR Tattoos?
I have the Horse of Rohan tattooed on my shoulder blade.
Have you ever met anyone from the cast of LOTR?
Billy Boyd and Sean Astin.
If you could meet any other cast member(s), who would it be?
John Rhys-Davies, Sir Ian McKellen, and Christopher Lee.
Craziest or most ridiculous thing you've done as a Tolkien/LOTR fan?
In high school, I was known as "Elf girl" because I would post a ton of pictures on my MySpace or Facebook of myself dressed as Arwen in replica dresses that my mother had sewn for me; I would occasionally point my ears and walk around town dressed as an Elf (in the company of like-minded friends).
What are some interests aside from Tolkien/Lord of the Rings?
I love science fiction (reading and writing). I am a huge Isaac Asimov fan; I was reading his books long before I got into Tolkien, and I'd say he's the one who sparked my interest in reading, writing, and studying science (mainly outer space, robotics, and genetics). I'm also quite fond of action movies, true crime/criminology, video games, cars (especially classics), mythology, philosophy, nature, and collecting things (Tolkien books/games/etc., James Dean/50s memorabilia, Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars, and more).
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Last updated: 18 May 2012