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!
Is it really a slump when you stop reading because you want to focus on something else for a while? I mean, I already read over 50 books this year and I think that is pretty good for someone who has trouble focusing.
(I have years of 200+ books, but I don't want that kind of pressure anymore. Reading = fun, not a job or chore! More power to people who can read that much all the time, but I can't keep that up year after year!)
Right now, I am technically in the middle of 3 books (4 if you count the one I haven't recorded online. Oops. Does it count if I haven't recorded it online...so is the era we live in! :/ )
Paperbacks From Hell:
(I want to savor it!)
(Short story collection, so I can take my time if I want to.)
(Shifty eyes... for some reason my brain thought it was a good idea to try and read The Hobbit and LOTR again. Curse my brain!!)
Anyways, hi. I haven't updated in a while because I've not been reading much. How is everyone doing?
It is not really possible to re-read a book, just as it is not really possible to step into the same river twice. The next time, one's thinking is going to be entirely different. I have read "LoTR" half a dozen times. Each has been different. I think Heraclitus even said you couldn't step into the same river even once. I know what he's talking about. Every single time is a new time.
I remember when I was seven being bored stiff reading and rereading the reading scheme books for my 'assessed reading age' at school. The problem was that I was being assessed by my ability at reading aloud and not allowed to progress until I had read each one to the teacher. I was already a silent reader of proper books from the Praça de Chile Library and could read the scheme books a dozen times before I was called.
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.