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I must have read lotr at least 20 times the Hobbit as well. The trouble with me is that i suffer from ADHD,
so every time i read it, its like reading it for the first time (almost). Not that its a bad thing. Still read it now
and come across pages i' dont ever remember reading before. Exciting sometimes like when the extended DVD's
came out and you were looking for the new bits. (now where was i) :lol: :lol:
I first read the book back in December 2003 (but I didn't see the films until a couple of years later). I obsessively read every last word, including the songs (which to my nine or ten year old mind were fairly boring; I just didn't want to miss anything!). Since then I have not read the entire book in order even once. I've tried a few times but never gotten far. My current attempt though has gotten to the end of The Council of Elrond; the farthest I've come yet.

However, I have re-read (and re-re-read) bits and pieces of the book so many times that I could be said to have read the whole thing about 4-6 times: much more in some cases, maybe a bit less in others (Book IV used to have a hard time holding my interest for some reason). I'm determined to get the whole way through this time; I just need to find the time between RL obligations. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
I've read the whole book probably ten or fifteen times over the years. I have got to Lothlorion a lot more. The Fellowship is my favorite. I think this is because it's closer in tone to The Hobbit. I'm not sure I'd ever want to have ADHD, but I suppose if it means you can read LotR with a somewhat fresh mind each time, well, it might not be all that bad.

oooh- now there's a question. I first read it when I was 12 or 13- so must be into double figures reading it cover to cover but been several years now since I did that- these days I tend to dip into it and just read sections. I found when I was a teenager Fell was my favourite. In fact I'd read it 3 times before I even got hold of TT. But as age has crept over me I've found I now enjoy the politics of Return more and more and the histroy of Gondor, Arnor and the Rohirrim.
Hmmm, I first read the Silmarillion when I was 13, so working back a couple of years, I must have been 10 or 11 when I first read LotR, and about 7 or 8ish when I first read The Hobbit. And given that I re-read the books (LotR and The Hobbit) every few years since, probably I've read it about a dozen times straight through, and bits and pieces numerous times in between. I bought a new edition at the time of the last film, but I misplaced it about a year and a half ago after I last re-read it :roll: .

My father was reading the Hobbit when i was 8 and after he was finished I picked it up and couldnt put it down,went on to LOTR right after and have been a fanatic since.Considering that was 32 years ago ive probably read LOTR at least once every other year since with no clear favorite.The history and annuls alone in Return are some of my favorite writings of JRRT,which of course led me to the Simillarion and his other works.
I am currently reading LOTR for the 27th time. I read a lot of books, but this is the only one that I read over and over again (aside from The Hobbit, which I have read 4 or 5 times). I used to read it in a few long sittings. The great thing about having read it so many times is that now I can even read it a few paragraphs at a time. When life gets too busy for me to have time to read a new book, I can pick up LOTR and read a few pages or even just a few paragraphs and know exactly what is going on and where I am in the story.
I have read the Hobbit many, many times, it seems that book never gets old to me.

I have also read the Fellowship of the Ring many, many times.

I have also read Return of the King many, many times.


However, I always find myself skipping over The Two Towers once I get to a certain point, the same thing happened to me when I read the Lord of the Rings the first time, but I soon picked back up on it.

I probably have only read the Two Towers about two or three times. Shame, shame, I know.

EDIT: Oh, almost forgot. The Silmarillion! I have read it about... once, though I often go back to it and read certain parts over again for reference. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
I've read The Hobbit many times more than LotR, which I have read fully maybe 10 times. I've read TFotR almost as many times as The Hobbit. The Hobbit is my all time favorite. TFotR comes close second! <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
LOTR.... I stopped counting after #12. I usually read it through every 2-3 years, that must put me in the twenties at least! I am the Game Master for a Middle Earth Role-Playing campaign, so I have done numerous mini-reads for background information or scene-setting details. In fact, I have an old worn PB edition that is highlighted and annotated solely as a gaming reference! Need to get similar versions for Hobbit and Unfinished Tales too someday.
My Mum reads it a lot. I read some in bed. It's my best book. I like picture books best.
Does your Mum read it to you at bedtime? I think that would be nice if she did. Indeed, I suspect she does!! I wish my Mum would read it to me. She's 80 years old though, and lives just over two hours drive away, so she's a bit too far away for that. Maybe next time I do a sleepover visit, I'll ask her to read it to me because that would be nice. Is your Mum 80 too, Henry?

(Sorry, Jane - can't help myself! :lol: )
No, I'm not 82. :x

(Henry and I have shopping to do. We will visit again. I only hope you act more respectfully next time, Odo! :lol: )
Sadly Jane, this may be a false hope. I suspect Odo's [i:3ui02d6v]respectability[/i:3ui02d6v] is never much more than a veneer, and often not even that. Hopefully you will take him as he comes. He enjoys his schoolboy humour. We all do, to a point. I hope he does not upset you or Henry. He does get carried away with his jokes, without always, it seems, considering their possible impact. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
COME ON ODO!!!!!!!!! Show some chivalry!!!! just because you blame ME for everything, doesn't mean you can treat good mum jane as such! :roll: :lol:
Sometimes I think we need to get Odo's mother in, Tinuviel. Perhaps some old fashioned Corporal Punishment applied by his Mum might sort him out! :lol: A good smack on the bottom might do him the world of good. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> Judging by his cures for the ailing on this Forum, I think he is more than well used to violence as a cure-all! :lol:
:lol: :lol: [img:3roipa3k][/img:3roipa3k]

Don't scare people away Odo :roll: .

Hello HenrySmith & hello Jane. I hope you enjoy the forum <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
I wonder what your favourite part of 'The Hobbit' is ? (sorry if you've said elsewhere) :oops:

I've read it more than 10 times since I first found it more than 20 years ago, and still have a copy near me now <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
I am reading it with my son, who is 8. He loves the elves ! 8-)
So instead of having one person (Odo) branching out into multiple accounts we now have two people being condensed into one! :shock: :?

This is ... huh. I take it Henry is a little kid? Anyway, welcome to both of you. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />

P.S. Odo makes me grin, as always. :lol:
I have read the book maximum 3 times after that I have no need because I understand the story this time.
Urm... where to start, oh yeah!!
FotR: 12...13...14???
TT:11, maybe 12, and counting all the times that I've dipped in and out, about 14
RotK:15 or 16, I forget...
The silmarillion: 2
The children of Hurin: 3
Can't really recall the others... <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

I read it every year. Been doing it since 1970. Love the books. Was confused seeing the movies, but what a good stab at a film that was hard to derive from said books.

I personally find this kind of 'counting' funny, since everything that I read, watch or play loses some of it's meaning after the first time, and I've still some books lying in my shelf, that I haven't even read, since most of my time goes out to television series and such things, but I can admit that I've read LOTR a few times and same goes for Tolkien's other books, but it's not something I repeat year after year.

But I respect those that do a lot of re-reads, and in fact, this year calls for some re-reads for me too. Smile Smilie

- O.W.

I try to read TLOTR and The Hobbit once a year. The Sil I read constantly. Just pick it up, pick a page and read for a while. I find the Sil a great reflection of what mankind could, should and shouldn't ever be. Every politician in the world should be forced to read it and understand it. Especially now.

I read Hobbit three times, long ago and I'm preparing myself to read it before seeing the movie. I read LOTR ... I don't know how many times, because I often pick it up, and start reading at random page (just like Brego does with Silmarillion). I read Silmarillion twice, and I keep coming back to it to remember some of the events or to extend my knowledge about them, because I often have moments of pure fascination when it comes to various aspects of the story (Westernesse swords and Witch King identity being one of the most recent). The book is full with those little moments and I enjoy choosing a random chapter and reading it. I read "Children of Hurin" twice. I also read "Unfinished Tales", but sadly I don't remember much and I'm looking forward to have the book in my hands again Smile Smilie

Hey Eldo, GB, Petty, Chris, Tin.Odo and all the rest, miss you, hope you are doing well in the wee Hobbit village.

i have only read the Lord of the Rings complete twice and the Hobbit twice, I simply don't have that luxury as being a writer and needing to read extensively on a variety of subjects it is simply not possible. Hope to read LOTR again this fall, we shall see.

I have read the Lord of the rings,the Hobbit and the Silmarilion also just once. Anyhow, I have to come back several times to remember or to learn by heart many quotes that I found beautiful or essential for daily life.