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The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein

Published December 22, 2012

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein

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Thoughts

I’ve read this before, and for some reason I thought it was a really big trial. I’ve seen the films, although forgotten most of what happened in them, and I’ve read The Hobbit as a precursor to this repeat reading of the big trilogy. I probably never would have read these again if it hadn’t been for the reading list, but now that I have, I think I’m glad I did.

They weren’t as hard to read as I remember, although they do get a bit wearing by the end. As the big criticism of the films go, there really is a lot of walking, a lot of logistics. When you get to hear the dialogue, learn about the characters, it’s great. Sam’s cheeky personality, and the growing relationship between Legolas and Gimli - both of those are things I enjoyed.

But the rest of it feels like Tolkien came up with a really good map and just spent three books walking his characters through every corner so he could show off. I had mixed feelings when I got to the end, enjoying some of the journey, but quite relieved it was finally over.

Rating: Unrated

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