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review 2019-01-13 20:07
Have you read the Sil?
Beren and Lúthien - Christopher Tolkien,J.R.R. Tolkien,Alan Lee

If you read the Sil, then you know this story.  If you haven't and have only seen the movies, (1) what is wrong with you and (2) Beren and Luthien are the couple that Strider sings about in Fellowship.

 

This book supposedly sets the story in a story mode as opposed to bits and pieces.  But it doesn't really.  It's more a collection of various parts of the story, rough drafts and what not.  Some are in verse.  There are illustrations by Alan Lee, which most likely are the real selling point of the book.

 

In many ways, it is a good source for an academic, but in terms of an actual story, nope.  In some ways, it feels like a way to re-package something that didn't really need to be repackaged for the average reader, at least not in this format.

 

Lee's illustrations are nice though.

 

 

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review 2019-01-03 16:24
Lettters From Father Christmas
Letters from Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien,Baillie Tolkien
This book was very whimsical and made me feel like I was the same age as Tolkien's children and growing with them. I could almost imagine the things Tolkien wrote (as Father Christmas) were true happenings and Tolkien really was F.C., and somehow was leading two lives, one with his children and one on the North Pole with North Polar Bear and friends.
 

In his letters, he mentions the children putting their stockings up for the last time and he stops writing to them as they grow older and I can assume the older children stopped writing to him, too. That seems sad to me, but I guess some people forget the magic of Christmas as they age.
 
The way the book just ends is so jarring. One last letter to the youngest child and then nothing else. Sad, but children grow up, I suppose. I wonder how his children felt about getting their "last letter." If the children still believed in F.C, I can imagine it would be really terrible to be told, "hey, you're too old now, so no more letters."
 
 
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text 2018-12-27 23:31
24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 - Epiphany, Task 1 (Favourite Trilogy)
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

 

I know Tolkien didn't actually intend this to be a trilogy, but that is how it has come to be published -- and it's occupied the spot that says "favorite trilogy" to me ever since I first read it in my early teens.

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review 2018-12-25 01:34
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien

This has been a long time coming. I have been holding off reading this trilogy for years! I don't know what it was that kept preventing me from picking up these books. I guess Life just kept getting in the way. But! I have now read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring and I couldn't be happier. These books have been a lot of fun to read and just as amazing as I thought they would be.

 

Now, it's been a while since I've written a book review so I'm a little rusty and this book has been around for a while and I'm just getting around to reading them, but I will do my best to talk about them nonetheless!

 

This book starts off with Frodo and tells of his tale throughout the lands of Middle-Earth. It's another adventure story, just as in The Hobbit, however it's a much darker tale. Frodo must go with his Company to destroy the Ring of Power in order to bring Sauron's rule to an end. Constantly throughout the whole story, the threat of danger lurks near and the loss of allies is around every corner. I love how dark it got. I love seeing each of the characters grow into their own. It's amazing.

 

I loved seeing Frodo and Sam's relationship. How much they cared and looked out for each other. I loved finally meeting Aragorn and how wise of a traveler he was. Gandalf is still all-knowing and powerful. I love seeing Galadriel in all her splendor. She truly impressed me as a character. Her power is incredible! Finally getting to see all these characters be as whimsical and magical as they are was something I've been looking forward to for years. It's been a while since I've read an epic fantasy as entertaining as this one and it felt great going back to the genre.

 

I don't really have much more to say at this point. This story is a classic for a reason. It's amazing and wonderful and a lot of fun to read. The same things I said about The Hobbit still applies here. There's not much diversity between the characters. However, there are more female characters in this book than in the previous so that's an improvement! (Galadriel is absolutely stunning!) Still, even if these books have some issues, they are worth the read. If you love fantasy and you haven't read these books yet, please give them a try. They are wonderful!

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review 2018-11-09 12:18
Numenor: Unfinished Tales" by J. R. R. Tolkien
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth - J.R.R. Tolkien,J.R.R. Tolkien

(Original Review, 1980-10-13)


The new Tolkien book is out. While I haven't read even half of it, I think I've read enough to produce a helpful review, so here goes. This book ("Unfinished Tales" by JRR Tolkien, $15 from Houghton Mifflin) is definitely not a book for a general readership, nor even for the mass Tolkien consumer, who thinks that Lord of the Rings is a swell story, but all that linguistic and historical stuff is just a lot of window-dressing. Rather than a narrative, it's really a sort of organized memory dump of Tolkien's filing cabinet [2018 EDIT: “filing cabinet” indeed!!!].
 
 
 
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
 

 

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