If you were to ask any of my friends what they thought my favourite film was, they'd say Lord of the Rings. And they'd be right. I first read Tolkien's Hobbit in prep school, and moved swiftly on to its big brother, the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was in Year 6. Yes, I was that precocious 10 year old bringing a 1000-page novel into school.
I read and reread my parents' much-loved copy, borrowed a brand new one from the local library...and when the films were released, repeated the whole process. I can quote along with all three and have an inordinate amount of related trivia that comes in handy in every situation, naturally.
This week, in an attempt to get back into French (I studied it as half of my degree) I decided to combine my loves and buy French copies. So far, so good - and so my adventures with Monsieur Bilbon Sacquet de Cul-de-Sac begins!