How to convince my mother to let me read LOTR

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  1. Margaret Shirley

    Margaret Shirley New Member

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    Hi. I really want to read LOTR this summer. I do not think my mother would approve of my just reading it and her finding out. I am 12,almost 13. My mother is extremely anti violence. My plan is to ask her in a few days when we won't have internet so she can't look up a summary. Do you have any advice as to how to get her to let me read it without spoilers? Please do not spoil anything I really want to find out as I read. Thanks, Margaret
     
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    Well, this is a predicament.

    J.R.R Tolkien, as a matter of fact, was against a lot of violence, such as what's deemed "Total War" and The Atom Bombs dropped on Japan.

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    So, you see, Tolkien didn't agree with a lot of violent tactics himself, maybe you could tell your mother that? Understanding an author is the best way to understand his writings.

    Hope this helps, and if it doesn't, let me know, and I'll think of something different.

    Good Luck!
    CL
     

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    If your mother is religious, you could point out that Tolkien was a devout Catholic and that he considered his writing to be an act of subcreation that pointed back to the omnipotence and benevolence of God. He certainly has his "head on straight" with regards to the fact that he condemned any violence that was not in direct defense against evil.
     
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    I don't know what to say. I personally don't think it should be a problem with your mom because the books don't have a lot of sex and violence in it.
     

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    Any update? Are you reading it? Do you like it?
     
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    The Elvish Minstrel Obssessed with Elves <3

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    Honestly there really isn't much violence in the books... some here and there, but even when there's a battle, it's not like the killing is really played out, if you get what I mean. Honestly, my mom didn't give me LOTR until I was an older teen too, and the Hobbit as well, and I gotta say I wish I had read them sooner. So I hope you can convince her. :(
     
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    Hi. I'm sorry I haven't replied in so long. It turns out I was worried all for nothing. When I asked her she acted like it wasn't even a question! It turns out she is only selectively anti any violence. I might have turned her on to it by telling her beautiful quotes from the Hobbit. Whatever the reason, she happily let me read it. I had prepared this whole argument to convince her and I didn't even need it! Anyway, I actually finished it just last night. I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending, but the book was amazing! I will never forget it. Thank you all very much for trying to help , especially CirdanLinweilin. " Deeds will be not less valiant because they are unpraised." :)
     
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    Isn't it funny how that works? :D:D:D

    Yay! I am so glad you were able to read it!!!! That's so exciting! I am very glad I was able to help. It really is a breathtaking work!:)

    CL
     
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    Oh wow, I'm sad glad for you! :) And yeah, it's funny how that happens with parents sometimes! :D
     
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    I am happy for you that you can enjoy the true art that is Tolkien's writing. I remember plunging into these books in my teen. Damn that was good times.
     

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