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    J.R.R. Tolkien- Lord Of The Rings Series

    What does everyone think of this series? Personally, it's my favorite book series.

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    What I think? Excellent. Though I'd say you need to read "Silmarillon" (at least) for a more complete understanding of the story. (And of course, "Bilbo".)
    I read the LOTR the 1st time when I was 11-12, but the reading experience was quite different now when I re-read them as an adult. So many things went past me then....

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    I think that they're great. The first time I read them (5th grade) I thought it was boring, but when I reread them, they were a lot better. I've been trying to read the Silmarillion, but I keep putting it off.
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    I didn't care for them, though I admit to stalling out about 35 pages into The Two Towers. I didn't enjoy the way the main characters were constantly salvaged by glaring plot devices. I thought the characters themselves weren't delineated well enough for my liking. And the songs and descriptions were tiring. I do know that Tolkien was weaving a story about a place and a set of ideas and that these were more important to him than characterization. But I still enjoy a character-driven story whose plot is propelled by the fundamental traits and responses of the main characters.

    The movies have been great fun, though.
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    I agree with you, Paulie. I found the whole series to be on the boring side (the songs were painful!). I didn't enjoy the ending either. In my opinion, a book shouldn't need 75 pages of wrap-up.
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    I love the LotR series. I'm re-reading them right now. Though, I really wanted to start with the Silmarillion (sp?).
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    I never read them til the movie was in the works. I felt like I missed something in the reading so I checked out the books on tape (unabridged) from the library and listened to the whole series. It made a lot more sense to me to hear it than it did to read. But then again, I listen to a lot of books.
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    I just re-read Appendix A at the end of Return of the King...really helps in getting it all straight in the head (even clarified some of the movie story for me).

    I think Tolkein was nothing short of a full-on genious for creating this entire past for a world that never was.

    Tolkein was an excellent linquist and supposedly the languages he created (i.e., elvish, dwarvish and morgul) are complete and entire - you can actually learn to speak them like you could learn Spanish.

    Not to mention that the story is just so rich in nuance and complexity, friendship and dedication...absolute classics.
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    Apparently, I am light years behind everyone. I didn't even know about the books until the movies came out. I watched the first movie and didn't have a clue what was going on, and it didn't impress me much I just wanted them to get where ever they were going with that dang ring.

    Since every one seemed to love it so much I thought that I would get the books and read them and then watch the movies. I work with a guy who has seen the LOTR - ROTK 15 times, so he thinks I am a freak. I got the series of the books that included THE HOBBIT. I have started reading with THE HOBBIT, but I have not heard of the "Silmarillon".

    Would someone fill me in on what this is? I don't really want to ask the guy I work with because I have already told him I thought he was crazy.

    Also, should I have started Reading with "The Hobbit", or the first LOTR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie
    Also, should I have started Reading with "The Hobbit", or the first LOTR?
    I would definetely start with The Hobbit. It will give you a lot of background that will help out when you read the rest.
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