Seven years ago this week, I said farewell to a college class that would change my life, a class that taught me theology, philosophy, linguistics, literature, fantasy, geography, and, last but not least, of course, about myself.
It should surprise no one, I hope, when I say that the course was on J.R.R. Tolkien.
That I wound up in the course at all was the result of nothing less than a remarkable series of accidents, as was the fact that only 6 months after it ended out came "Fellowship of the Ring," the first movie in what would become the most successful and lauded trilogy in film history, meaning that, from the very moment I became interested in Tolkien’s legendarium, the world could do nothing but talk about it.
I had good timing.
Over the last year I’ve done my best to keep the conversation going. As far back as May 2007, I’ve been asking anyone even remotely involved with "LOTR" if they would return for "The Hobbit," even when "The Hobbit" wasn’t a done deal, even if their character, you know, didn’t actually even appear in the book. Like Orlando, or Viggo, or Cate, or Elijah . And each step of the way you fans have accepted this late bloomer into your fold, commenting like crazy on my wacky ideas.
Now it’s time to return the favor. Next week I’ll be speaking with newly minted "Hobbit" director Guillermo Del Toro, and I want you to give me some good questions that I can bring with me. No fair repeating a question he answered in our last chat or in his recent Q&A – we want news. So fire away, Tolkien fans. If you leave a name, I’ll tell him it came from you, and we’ll post video of his response online.
What are you burning to have him address? Sound off below.