"I have now got a pestilent doctorate thesis to explore, when I would rather be doing something less useful..."
--J.R.R. Tolkien, from a letter to Naomi Mitchison (8 December 1955)
I'm not sure if anyone is interested enough in me to actually read this, but I thought I should write something for those who might be.
I'm in my mid-twenties and currently working on my MA/Ph.D in Iberian Linguistics. English is my first language, but I am reasonably fluent in Spanish and teach it (as a TA) at the university I currently attend. I have also formally studied (in descending order of fluency) Portuguese, Italian, American Sign Language, French, and even a tad bit of Assyrian, although I'm not nearly as good with any of those as I am with Spanish. Life as a graduate student is incredibly hectic and makes for very little free time, but I love it, and I can't imagine doing anything else at this point in my life.
I am also a very proud Lord of the Rings/Tolkien geek: any excuse to mentally visit Middle-earth is a good one, in my opinion. I've read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings so many times I've lost track, as well as The Silmarillion, The History of Middle-earth, The Book of Lost Tales, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, and The Atlas of Middle-earth, as well as any other Tolkien-/Middle-earth-related pieces of literature I can get my hands on. When I said I was a Lord of the Rings/Tolkien geek, I meant it! :) Merry is my favorite character (please let me know if you know of any good book-verse stories with him: they are appallingly hard to find), but I also love stories that explore the friendship between Legolas and Gimli and ones staring Faramir or Bilbo, and any that expand upon minor characters like Radagast, Bergil, Elladan and Elrohir, Glorfindel, etc. Mary-Sues give me a raging headache: if this site would kindly add a "Girl-Falls-Into-Middle-earth" Filter so that the majority could be excluded when searching for stories, it would make my day.
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