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[Edited on 1/10/2003 by chikakat]
I am now starting to read the HOME series that someone very kindly bought me for Christmas.
Anyway, LotR was the first book I ever read from begining to end... and I loved it! Then I read the Hobbit again and LotR again and again - 5 times now
In between I read a bunch of other fantasy books and now I'm reading the Silmarillion.
I'm reading LOTR now for the 5th time... I seem to get more information and a better understanding of the book everytime I read it.
I'll confess that my expectations weren't especially high because I'd had a negative preconception of the fantasy genre. Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised. I'm here aren't I?
I've read it two more times since then and also read The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.
I read the Hobbit in 8th grade for English class and I fell in love with it right away. After reading it I saw in the back of the book "Other writings by J.R.R. Tolkien" and decided to get LotR. I was about 15 when I started reading the Fellowship and I was hooked for life. I bought all three books and read them within the year. I am reading them for the third time and am in The Return Of The King. I actually read the Silmarillion a year ago and loved it of course, I will hopefully read it again when i am done with RoTK.
I can`t wait to read the book though.
Anyway, eventually, I figured I should at least try to read them (I don't like having a book on my bookshelves that I haven't at least attempted to read-it feels like I'm cheating or something ) Since the Hobbit is the prequal to the LotR, I read that first. I'm almost ashamed to say this here, but I didn't really like it... I enjoyed the basic storyline, but it was too much learning for my immature little brain to absorb
When the FotR movie was coming out about 7 years later, I started thinking about them again. My mom had gotten free movie passes to see it, so I figured I'd try out LotR, just because I like reading the book before I go see the movie interpretation of it, even though it usually ruins the movie for me Obviously, I loved LotR, and currently I'm nearing the end of Silm., another excellent read. When I finish, I plan on giving the Hobbit another go...
To wrap up my long and boring response, Tolkien opened my eyes to a world that I never knew exsisted, and however geeky it may sound , I'm so grateful...Sorry this was kinda long, but I tend to babble a lot
Just had to enclude these guys to lighten up my post :
Alas, when I was younger, I read books that were older than me and now I am going through a children's literature phase...and I WISH that I had read these books with a young mind and heart. I can only imagine the pure delight and thrills for a child reading such stories.
Tell your kids!!! READ THEM WHILE YOU ARE INNOCENT! They will grow up with you and you will have a lifelong friend for LONGER.
I just finished my FIRST reading of Lord of the Rings. All I can say is. WHOA. (and WAHHHHHHHHHH! I've been sobbing!)
This is the most well told story I have ever read in my life and will be one of my favorite books forever, one to revisit over and over. I CAN'T believe I waited so LONG!
Last year, I also read The Silmarilion, Unfinished Tales, Lays of Beleriand, Morgoth's Ring, The Hobbit and a few others...guess it is not such a good record, eh?
About two years later I read them again and bought the Silmarillion and that blew my mind (except for all the geography). Everything is a lot less confusing. I can understand some of the character's motivation better.
What else can I say? I really like books.
Unlike most people I haven't actually read LotR all the way through again since then, a probably never will, but I read my favorite bits of them all the time.
[Editat el 22/2/2003 per faramirsgirl]
I didnt watch the movie *The Fellow.* then normely I dont like fantasy -books and movies. I was thinking, Okay it is the same shi.. as evrey time befor. But shortly befor I moved to Ireland I begann to read the Lord Of the Rings, surly I didn finished it, I was only in chapter 1 when I leaved Germany. In this way I bought the book in Dublin and begann again. And I think it was very good to read it in original, then the last Translation into german is very bad. (It is truly not only my opinion) In this way I am 20 now.
But I love the book, I think it is the only fantasy book what i ever read or read in future. Okay I am reading the other books from Tolkien and I have the Sil, The Hobbit, Unfinished Tales, and I want to buy the History of Middel Earth.
You ask for impression, I think I say all when I say normaly I dont like fantasy books. But This book is more and it is better then any other fantasy what I try to read. I think the movie didnt change my opinion over the book and his charecters, then I look very different, one thing is the book and the other is a movie, there is nothing realy similar.
Bey then and have a good day
[Editiert am 10/4/2003 von Nessa]
I think I say all when I say normaly I dont like fantasy books. But This book is more and it is better then any other fantasy what I try to read.
Have to agree there, that's why i liked the book so much, normally i can't stand the pretentiousness of Fantasy writing, but Tolkien seemed to just tell a great story in amongst all the fantasy stuff, something a lot of other fantasy writers should remember, instead of just making sure you know all about their created world, and how it works, dull, dull, dull...
After reading LotR, I found the Alan Lee Illustrated Version of the Hobbit at a local library and read it in one afternoon. Needless to say I was a bit miffed at the frolicking and jovial songs of the Elves.
Later, I bought Unfinished Tales and found it very, very interesting, so I found the Silmarillion and read it. I imagine I must've skimmed a bit; that happens when I try to read it all in one day. Perhaps if I break it into chapters, or sections? Wait! It already is...
Since then, I've bought the Lost Road and Other Writings, and the Treason of Isengard. (I forgot to mention I got the Book of Lost Tales I out from the library along with the Hobbit; I promptly bought it the following day, though I didn't have the foggiest clue who Melko was.)
I also got a book called Master of Middle-earth by Paul H. Kocher at a tag sale - it's very old (published in 1972), but I liked it.
The blurb on the dust cover of my LotR is interesting...... a review by The Sunday Times... in which Tolkien is referred to as Mr Tolkien.
for width of imagination it almost beggars parallel, and it is nearly as remarkable for its vividness and for the narrative skill which carried the reader on, enthralled, for page after page.
it's really super science fiction, declared Naomi Mitchison...but it is timeless and will go on and on.
(C S Lewis said)
No imaginary world has been projected which is at once multi-farious and so true to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the taint of an author's merely individual psychology; none so relevant to the actual human situation yet so free from allegory.
Only those who have read The Lord of The Rings will realise how impossible it is to convey all the qualities of a great book.
Then the Hobbit and Sil and finally Unfinished tales. currently tryin ta get the History of middle earth tagether.
Last year I read the Hobbit and Spring this year I read the Silmarillion. In between I re-read the Two Towers and Return of the King a couple of times. Unfinished tales and two books froom HoME are currently being read and I started to re-read FOTR as well. During the time I read LOTR I put it down many times and read other authors in between. Once I read the chapter where Strider was introduced (around that time the movie FOTR hit the cinema).... I started to like it.
Well, I didn't see the first movie till after the second one was released overseas. (Not India. They release the movies here after about a month). I watched TTT after the third one was released. After watching the second one I found out that LOTR is a book ("Based on the book by JRR Tolkien" So actually PJ has the credit of introducing me to Tolkien!!) So I had only just started with the Hobbit when I watched the third movie. That too, was an ebook and not a real book!! I loved it so much that I also finished LOTR. All in about two months. After finishing the books, I felt the need for real books and went searching for the books over the internet and stumbled upon PT!! I got the Hobbit, LOTR and the Silm only towards the end of the last month. Now I'm about to finish the Hobbit. Should finish it tonight and then from tomorrow I'd be starting with LOTR! I also read the Silmarillion in between. I've finished the first few chapters so far. But currently the main priority is LOTR.
Grondy was here.
Well, I started reading tLOTR when I was.... eight/nine. since then I have read it twelve times, and shall do so again in a month. (What freak would count, everyone asks? The answer is - me.) I have read the Hobbit five/six times (I keep forgetting) and read it round about six. My first attempt at the SIlmarillion was in Form 2, when I was ten. But I actrually read it at eleven. Since then i ahve read it five times. I have read Sir GAwain the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo once. Ditto for Finn and Hengest: the Fragment nad the Episode. I went through a period of reading The ADventures of Tom Bobmadil, Smith of woottton Major, and Farmer Giles of Ham again and again and again in a row, but didn't count. I have read the LEtters of J.R.r.Tolkien once. I have read Unfinished Tales one and a half times. (currently reading it)
When I finished the trilogy I read the Hobbit. I read them and the Sil that
summer. I also read them again last year and plan to read them some time this year
guess what even though i finished it, i cant stop!!!!