I was reading Lotr earlier and it struck me: I have different voices for each main character when I read to myself in my head.
James Garrett is the voice of Aragorn. The guy who plays Elaine's boss in Seinfeld is Legolas (If I'm in the mood for humor). The actor for Gimil is still Gimli. Since discovering the radio adaptation, Ian Holm is Frodo. Ulfric Stormcloak from Skyrim is Eomer. His assistant is Theoden. There's a bunch of others I can't remember right now where they're from. Each has a distinct voice.
Do any of you do this when you read, assign voices to certain characters?
How do you read it?(14 posts)
I was reading Lotr earlier and it struck me: I have different voices for each main character when I read to myself in my head.Posted 8 months ago #
Never thought about it before, but no I dont think I do. Its all a bit fuzzy in my head. I think I probably use the actors from the films if anything.
These days when I read I 'hear' a mix of different dramatic versions- I get Sir Michael Hordern as Gandalf and Peter Woodthorpe as Smeagol and Sean Bean as Boromir, and some of Pj's visuals have had an impact, Although I hear Michael Hordern I tend to envisage Ian Mckellans Gandalf (well the Grey anyway not a fan of shorty beard the white)- and sometimes I enjoy this but at other times I wish I had no such refrences as when you 'hear' an actors voice you tend to also hear their interpretation of the character and when you 'see' a portrayal you are again taking someone elses view.
When it comes to the innumerable characters that have never made it to an adaptation- Bombadil, Bill Ferny, Gamling ect I dont really know, their voices just come fom the page and from my memories I suppose, but they are not conciously modelled on anyone. And I think thats probably the best way to read it.
That's true, however it doesn't necessarily have to be an actor whose played the character, just a voice that you like or think personifies the character for whatever reason. I'm able to isolate a voice in my mind and use it in whatever context I wish. I don't see Jackson's (or any other directers' for that matter) interpretation of the character by using their voice. I think discerning the right "voice" adds to one's personal understanding of a character. As for using visual representations, I agree. It feels a bit like stealing for me. After I saw the movies, I spent a few years away from them and re-read the books a few times. I was able to get "my" Middle Earth. Though I still appreciate the film's version.
Tom has my voice, only because I can't think of any voice to use and I'm the one reading it.
Its rather wonderous though how a mind can take a voice it has heard and then use it to say things that it never heard the original say- in any book there is always much more dialogue on the page than there is any adaption and yet 'the voice' can be made to say them. What a strange and odd thing the mind is.
I know. It's really fun :)
Ive never really thought about it before. However on a similar note I have been reading LOTR to my girlfriend and I have been subconciously reading the characters lines in the same way that the movie actors did, and I find that really annoying.
Dan, I give you Good Boyfriend of the Year award for reading it to your girlfriend, I wish someone had done that for me. :)
I think, having seen the films before reading the book, I would tend to use voices and intonations etc from the films.
I actually think I tend to read the words in my voice most of the time. I tend to imagine scenes when reading, I dont think that I put voices or actions or anything to characters. I may be wrong as haven't thought about it when actually reading.
For example, I could picture the dragon Glaurang (who to me looks like a Komodo dragon/crocodile cross.... just bigger and a little slimier), the darkness of the ravine and glow of fires the dragon has set, the feel of coldness when Turin's comrade falls etc etc, but all of the speech is in my own voice.
My imagination for characters and scenery is much greater when I read the Silmarillion in comparison to Lord of the Rings. Part of that is because there has never been a movie or too much art done about it.
All I hear is my own sweet voice when reading. Even for Gollum. There may be a little 'Dramatic' element to the odd bit, Like when Theoden Gees the Rohirrim up at Minas Tirith, (I get Goosies at that passage too) but otherwise that's all.
I hear my father's voice, because he read all of those books to my siblings and me several times when I was growing up. In fact, I still pronounce some of the words the way he did. (Such as Moria as mariah).
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