There’s Something Wonderful About an Old Book…

Today J. R. R. Tolkien would have been 123 (beating Bilbo, who celebrates his 111th birthday at the beginning of Lord of the Rings).

While growing up, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were the only books my dad ever read, and I was honoured when he leant me his very battered copy of The Hobbit when I was 11, which looked a little like this (only more creased and worn):

I fell in love with the hobbits then, but didn’t get round to reading The Lord of the Rings until after my dad took me to see the films in the cinema, where I fell in love with hobbits all over again.
For my 22nd birthday, my boyfriend bought me this beautiful copy of the book:

And inside was an even more beautiful message (I won’t embarrass him by writing the more soppy parts, but the beginning is lovely):

I like old books. Simply because they have a history. I like to wonder who over the years has held it, flicked through its pages, who loved and cared for it, or if it just got forgotten, left on a shelf somewhere.

There is something wonderful about an old book. Old messages scribbled on covers capture my imagination the most. For me the book becomes more personal. A token of love and adoration that continues being long after the person who wrote it. It becomes a physical manifestation of an emotion frozen in time. 

And so, that is what I am doing here. 

I hope this new book becomes an old book.

It’s only had a couple of reads and still looks pretty new, but this book is on its way to becoming an old one, with it’s scrawled message inside preserved for whoever owns it after me.

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2 Replies to “There’s Something Wonderful About an Old Book…”

  1. I can't help but feeling like I've read that message somewhere before. Maybe from a book? It sounds too familiar. Anyway, that's so sweet of your boyfriend!
    I tried watching Lord of The Rings before but I feel asleep the first time. The second I tried, I think I remember a few details about someone holding a ring in a prison cell or something. Or did I just imagined that? xD
    Anyway, it's great that you have a nice childhood memories and it must mean a lot to you growing up with the story. Just like me and the Harry Potter series. The first book was published when I was born! Imagine that! xD

  2. Ah he's probably ripped it off from somewhere to sound romantic 😉

    There's a lot of ring holding in 'Lord of the Rings' (funnily enough!) I can imagine it's not everyone's cup of tea: I definitely struggled through the books, but I found the films so gripping and beautiful.

    Wow, can't believe you were born when the first one came out! I think I was about 6 then, but I didn't read them until I was around 10. I don't think you ever get tired of the ones you grow up with!

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