Thread: IS HISTIRY OF MIDDLE-EARTH BOOKS ANY GOOD?
I have only read Volumes I and II and was kind of bored. I assume the Plastic Squirrel will be along later to give you a better perspective on the series; he has read most of them.
I liked The Shaping of ME and the Lost Road best. Haven't read any further volumes.
As to whether they're any good, it depends on how much of an obssessive fan you are, as they are just notes and early drafts for what would later become the major works. CT's annotations are overly long and dull, and you do have to read about 99999 different versions of Beren and Luthien and Turin etc. etc. But it's worth it to get into the mind of a genius, and try and work out what made him tick.
Hard going, but quite rewarding, would be my opinion. Good luck Hannum4!
It's a long while since I read something new of Tolkien's works and it was simply a delight! I WAS there - I have seen it! And the place is so beautiful.. almost so beautiful as Lothlorien... the same mixture of beauty and sadness and the feeling that all that beauty is already doomed, already "lost"...
Just a few pages but GREAT prose!
I just have to read: "Laws and Customs among the Eldar".
for my part I am not a native english speaker and read LotR and the Hobbit twice in english. From the start I was overwhelmed by the way Tolkien intelligently uses his words and creates a world right before your Eyes. After finishing the two I was up to the HoME to delve even deeper in his world.
I started with Lost Tales 1 and I noticed the difference in his writing right from the start. Probably due to the fact that the HoME is set up of different notes and drafts there is no real plot and characters to follow.
On my second try I found that leaving out CTŽs annotations was much more fun and I could follow the story quite well. Once you get over the beginning with the coming of the eldar and you get to know Melkor a little bit it becomes really fascinating and worth reading.
I can just motivate everybody to read or at least scan through HoME to get a bigger picture of Middle-Earth and the history it is build on.
Maybe that is what I need do to read it, skip CT's annotations, thanks.
That is slow going because i am always on this **** website, that I love too much.
I hear you, Mel! I'm supposed to re-read my HoME books too, but I'd rather spend my precious weekend time here with you guys.
Just tried to order Morgoth's Ring at my fav. bookshop. They said they cant get it in until October!
Any news on that, Allyssa? I still can't get it anywhere.
It is probably the slowest I've read a book in decades but worth every minute.