I've only read it once, and it took me about 5 months to get through it. but it is my favorite of all the books.. It was very slow at the beginning. and i cant contribute too much here, because i dont honestly remember too much of it.. there is a lot of information, and a lot of similar names to get confused with... HOWEVER... the day i finished it, i went to a book store, and came across a nice hardbound edition with great illustrations.. I can't wait to get started rereading it!! I think Beren and Luthien was the best story in it, and prolly my favorite story, couple, whatever... in all of his books.. though i havent read the unfinished tales yet... only Sil, LotR, and The Hobbit.