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20332Re: [mythsoc] Number of Tolkien fans worldwide?

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  • David Bratman
    Feb 14, 2009
      What are you considering to be a Tolkien fan? Someone who's read the book? For the films, someone who's seen them? That's excessively generous. Or, someone who's joined a Tolkien organization? That's probably excessively small.

      Number of copies sold can be suggestive, if only by saying, "Well, a lot of people must like it." But I own more than a few books of which I'd be irked to have it considered that I'm a fan of the author. On the other side, I own nine copies of The Lord of the Rings. (And I'm surprised to find that it's so few: others on this list have a heck of a lot more than that.) Does that make me nine Tolkien fans?

      -----Original Message-----
      >From: Cole Matson <ccematson@...>
      >Sent: Feb 14, 2009 12:39 PM
      >To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [mythsoc] Number of Tolkien fans worldwide?
      >Do any of you know of any estimates of the number of Tolkien fans
      >worldwide? Especially (but not necessarily) with a comparison of fans
      >of the books vs. fans of the movies. A friend of mine is working on a
      >proposal for a Tolkien-inspired film (NOT a Tolkien adaptation!) and
      >is trying to find some rough numbers.
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