It has been a long time since I have posted/been on the website. Graduating uni was tough this past semester. In March/April I finally decided to bite the bullet and rid myself of my greatest shame; the fact that I have not read The Lord of the Rings.
The first book was a tough read. If I remember correctly, it takes about 200 pages to get into it but after that it is smooth sailing all the way up to The Two Towers. The Two Towers is awesome until the Sam and Frodo chapters, which it becomes a slog-fest to read through. The Return of the King is a much better paced book. I won't spoil anything but this is the book I realised that has the most noticeable differences to the film.
Important things I learned from reading: Tolkien is on his own time while writing the books. All the parts that should be faced paced seem slow and vice-versa. I won't get into the differences between the films and the book, there are too many and
However, I understand what this book has done for people. My Uncle said these books changed his life. Before these books came out there really was not any fantasy available. LotR helped awaken the imagination of a generation and set the fantasy standard for other books to come. Pretty cool.
Being done feels awesome. It took WAY longer than I thought and sometimes it felt like a marathon. On to Anansi Boys.
It is excellent that you finished LOTR. Ha, I completely agree that Fellowship was a bit of a slog to get through(I fell asleep quite often). I personally found the Two Towers to be my favorite due to the ents(I love ents). The Return of the King was also pretty good.
Congratulations for reading LotR! To my own shame, I have to admit I've only read about half of the Fellowship of the Ring in English, but I will get to the end eventually. (But I've read the trilogy multiple times in Finnish! It's a good translation.) The first part is indeed the toughest to get over - I don't like Tom Bombadil, and the Council of Elrond just confused me the first time. But the Two Towers and Return of the King, oh my! So in love with the battle descriptions! Not very fond of the Frodo and Sam bits either though...
Lord of the Rings is my favourite book so I'm glad that you've finally read such a great book! I actually really enjoyed The Fellowship of the Ring despite The Council of Elrond being a little boring. I get what you mean with the Two Towers though, the Sam and Frodo chapters weren't my favourite and I was rushing through them just to get back to Aragorn and co!
Gandalf aside, Old Tom was my favorite character in the series. I was pretty disappointed when he didn't make the movie, but I understand why he was left out. Tom Really didn't serve any purpose in the books. The great part is, though, that Tolkien could get away with that. He built the genre. He created this beautiful world, populated it with amazing beings, and he'd be darned if he was going to let their stories go untold. Let any fantasy author nowadays spend an entire chapter on an otherwise unimportant character and see how quickly his fans turn rabid.
I agree! I loved Tom Bombadil! He was one of my favorite things out of the whole series. I think you're right, though--it would definitely be difficult to pull off writing a chapter devoted to a character like that now.