Starting today, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is available for download on iTunes! You can get each movie individually for $9.99, or you can grab all three as a bundle for $19.99. You can find all of them now in the iTunes store.
To celebrate the release, Warner Bros. is sponsoring this week’s contest on Fandomania! Up for grabs is a Lord of the Rings prize pack that includes:
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring original theatrical poster
- The Lord of the Rings playing cards
- The Lord of the Rings themed item set, including: bookmarks, a candle, a jade ornament from New Zealand, a choker, and a pin
There are two ways to enter:
1) Leave a comment here, telling us about your first Lord of the Rings experience. It can be about the first time you saw the movies, the first time you read the books, or anything in between!
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Do one of the above, and you’ll get one entry into the contest. Do both, and you’ll double your chance with two entries! You have until midnight Eastern time on the night of Tuesday, April 13, 2010 to enter.
My first LOTR experience was seeing the first trailer for the movie. I tried to read through the first book before it came out but school became overwhelming at the time. Ended up seeing the Fellowship of the Rings TWICE in theaters. Since then I have been a huge fan of the saga since!
My first LOTR experience was actually with “The Hobbit.” Our literature teacher read it to us in elementary school and then we watched the cheesy cartoon movie from the 70s. After that I always wanted to read the LOTR books, but never did until I was a senior in high school, after all the movies had come out.
The first time I saw the movie, I was enthralled, and was so upset that I had to wait so long for the next one to come out. :)
My very first LOTR experience was The Hobbit. I was 15 and in Alaska. Seeing snow-covered mountains really enhanced my reading, and as soon as I returned home I picked up LOTR and went through all 3 books.
Technically The Hobbit was my first experience with LOTR. At the time I just knew it as a stand alone cartoon of which I was absolutely fascinated with. That along with Wizards and Heavy metal were my first introduction into fantasy and has spurred me onto becoming an artist myself many years later. I probably saw Hobbit when I was around 12 to 15 and I am now 40, a lot of year have passed but I am still enthralled by it and now the movies.
My first experience was also with The Hobbit. It was the summer before I began high school and I was bored. I picked up The Hobbit and entered Middle-earth. I have remained ever since.
I first read LOTR in the early ’70s as a way to avoid my first wife after dinner. It worked on several levels. And to think, I never wrote Tolkien to thank him…
I grew up watching my mother read book after book of science fiction and fantasy. I was soon to follow and was totally engrossed by Tolkien. I re-read the books just before the movies were released. They were everything I imagined and more!
My love affair with the LOTR series started when I was 11. I feel it neccessary to call it a love affair because I fell madly in love with the books at this age.I started with “The Hobbit” and within three months I finished the series. I’ve reread the books three times each now. Strangely, I steer clear of a lot of science ficton and fantasy books simply because I don’t think I will experience the exhilarating rush of being thrust into a mytical world comparable to Tolkein’s Middle Earth.
Sad thing is, my first experience with LOTR came way back in 9th grade lit. We were required to do a book report, but first the books had to be approved by our teacher. I brought in about 5 different novels, all of them unapproved. I brought in whichever Star Trek novel happened to be next in my queue at the time, next was the ST Novel: Enterprise, since it was longer than the rest. Then I trotted out Spock’s World, since it was hardcover. Next was Han Solo at Stars’ End, just because if Trek didn’t work, maybe Wars would. :P
The teacher suggested Fellowship, so I decided to give it a whirl. And to this day, I *still* can’t get past the Tom Bombadil stuff.
My only experience with the Lord of the Rings and Tolkein, before the Jackson movies came out, was the animated movie, The Hobbit. Absolutely fell in love with The Fellowship of the Ring when it came. It is still my favorite out of the trilogy. It wasn’t until after the first movie came out that I ever picked up the books.
My first LOTR experience happened before I was born. My mother read the entire series of books to me while I was in the womb.
Once I got out, “the stories” as I called them were read on a regular basis. Eventually, I read them on my own.
I was a fairly shy, fairly weird kid (not surprising coming from a LOTR obsessed mother and a Star Trek and Star Wars obsessed computer geek of a father.). The books gave me a means of escape.
When I first heard Peter Jackson was going to attempt to take my beloved stories and turn them into feature films, I was concerned.
But then the first trailer came out. I was in college, at a friend’s apartment. We gathered around the computer, our faces glowing green from the light of the screen as we eagerly awaited the download to computer.
And then the play button was hit and for the next two minutes and fifteen seconds, I was seeing my childhood imagination brought to life for everyone to see.
I had hope that Peter Jackson was treating the stories well.
And after seeing the first film, I knew it. I knew that Peter Jackson was also a weird kid who grew up with LOTR as his escape from a world that he wasn’t normal enough for.
I knew that the stories were in good hands.
I admit it, I didn’t get into Tolkien until Fellowship was about to come out. I’d been told through high school that I needed to, but I just never got around to reading any of the books. I started off with The Hobbit and fell in love with it! Right away, I bought the Lord of the Rings and read the first two in two days. When it came to Return of the King, I didn’t want the story to end as quickly, so I managed to stretch out reading the book for a week and a half. By the time the movies came, I was hooked, and have been ever since!
My dad introduced me to Tolkien’s books when I was 12. They were challenging reading, but well worth it! I’ve read them 1/2 a dozen times since then and was very pleased with the movies (except for the ending …which I thought needed severe editing–it was like they couldn’t decide what ending to use so did every one they could think of!)
My first LOTR experience was reading the Hobbit in the ’70’s. Who knew what would come out of those books!!
My first LOTR was reading THE HOBBIT as a child. My memories of this novel only heightened my anticipation to see Lord of the Rings. I was thoroughly engrossed in the movie. The characters have become very familiar to my whole family as we have watched the video repeatedly over the years since the movie debuted. Wow! That about sums it up!
I never read the books. Don’t really want to either. It’s the kind of fantasy I don’t like to read. But the films are incredible! I went with my uncle to see the first one. We don’t go to movies often together but when we do it is for a special occasion and this was indeed special!
My first LOTR experience was seeing a cartoon of the Hobbit. It was horrible. My sister and I went around saying “My Precious, My Prescious” for weeks. Drove my Mom nuts.
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