- "There are many powers in this world, for good or for evil. Some are greater than I am. And against some I have not yet been tested."
- ― Gandalf to Frodo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring
 About Me
Name's Alex. I'm a great Tolkien fan. PJ's adaptations of the well-known The Lord of the Rings Trilogy sparked my interest for J.R.R. Tolkien's works themselves. I started with TLOTR and moved on to The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. Throughout the last 5 years I've read The Children of Húrin, The Fall of Gondolin and Beren and Lúthien (as well as a couple of volumes from The History of Middle-earth collection). I'm from Romania, so most of my early bibliography is in my native language.
From time to time I like to either help out on wikis or providing answers/debating on Quora.
My favourite characters by far are the Enemy, Gandalf the Grey and Maeglin; the last of whom I identify with and feel pity for due to his unfortunate passion for another soul (in his case Idril). It's not his betrayal for which I deem him a villain (for I am not sure if many in his situation would not have at the very least been tempted by Morgoth's offer, as wicked and treacherous as he is) but Maeglin hating Tuor so much that he is capable of trying to kill Eärendil, only a child at that time.
I'm also into STAR WARS, STAR TREK (The Next Generation mostly), Wizarding World and Chronicles of Narnia to a lesser degree than to Middle-earth. Most of my close relatives also find J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth one of the best works of literature. I respected Christopher Tolkien for his commitment to preserving his father's legacy, but I find it disappointing that instead of helping Peter Jackson out more with the films the Tolkien Estate chose not to involve themselves too much. I really appreciated Jackson's efforts (only the Azog survival issue's ever bothered me), despite sometimes deviating from the source material. But in my point of view his films should be valued, because they helped visualize Tolkien's stories and opened the 'gate' to fans out there (I'm not talking about amateurs) to read the books themselves. I doubt I would have discovered the wonderful Middle-earth had the films not come out. (There are those out there that criticize them heavily. I pity those folks' limited response. Up until Jackson no one was able to make a live-action adaptation. TLOTR portrayal was mostly faithful. It is easy to complain when you haven't even done a movie.) On the other hand, the sad thing is that the legendarium as a whole is no longer the dream of a man (J.R.R.). As many other franchises, it has become a money-making machine suborned to supposedly modern conceptions.
Character: Sauron (followed very closely by Gandalf)
Location: Imladris (followed by Gondolin)
Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Book: The Hobbit
Chapter: The Hunt for the Ring
Era: Second Age (or Third Age)