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By: Joan

Sun, 03 May 2009 02:28:08 +0000

Oy, my math failed me--I should have said 40 years, not half a century. I feel better now.

By: Joan

Sat, 02 May 2009 21:41:24 +0000

I gulped when I read the 1967 date--my God! It's been a half-century since I read 'The Hobbit' and LOTR. I remember loving 'The Hobbit' but having to doggedly slog through long boring passages of LOTR. Funnily, I think my favorite, or maybe most memorable character was the golem--can't remember his handle. Despite the movies (which I gonged) and this tantalizing review, I think I'll pass on reading it again.

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By: Sharon

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 09:06:44 +0000

Thanks for the review Nikki. It's a while since I read Lord of The Rings, although I didn't get round to it till the films came out. The reason for that, I'm afraid to say, was The Hobbit, which I was forced to read at school when I was 12. I loathed it and resisted every attempt by my fantasy-loving spouse to get me to read LOTR. I was convinced it would just be a lot more of the same - Hobbits, dragons and a lot of sword and sorcery blah. No thank you very much indeed. I tried to watch the first film in Peter Jackson's trilogy and got nowhere with it, so I decided I had to read the book. My spouse made a deal with me - if I read LOTR, he'd read Pride and Prejudice. He plodded through the first 20 pages of Austen before giving up, while I took my time with Tolkien. I was astonished by how much I enjoyed it, especially the horror element of the Ring - its insidious evil and what it does to the hearts of those who crave it. The idea of a seemingly inanimate object that is imbued with sheer malevolence and a will of its own is a staple of the atmospheric horror novels I've enjoyed since I was a teenager. I don't know anyone who does this better than Tolkien. As for the films, once I'd read the book, I lapped them up and rewatch them regularly. They aren't the same as the book, but they are terrific viewing and definitely worth seeing in their own right.

By: Hilary

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 22:15:47 +0000

Great review, Nikki! You strike a very fair balance here, and I can relate to the admiration and engagement with the characters and plot that carried me through it, while at times wondering whether I could be allowed to stop. But in the end, the great sweep of it carries the reader along, and the skill of the storytelling outweighs the flaws, I feel I haven't read this for many, many years (over 30, I think), though, and I wonder how TLOTR would stand up if I read it again now.

By: Jackie

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 22:04:28 +0000

This is one of those things that I plan on reading before I die, if only to see what the fuss is all about.I liked your review because it was aware of the flaws & didn't just rubber stamp it as "great". I wonder if one must be in a certain frame of mind to approach it properly?

By: Jacqui C

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 18:00:03 +0000

I missed out on reading the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings until my son was born and I spent many a night reading out loud to a sleeping boy! It's hard to explain but Tolkien's writing is enchanting yet does 'go on a bit'. I think it's the characterisation that is the key. Good mirroring bad from Smeagle/Gollum to the draw of the ring to the major magical battles, the whole story is just fabulous. My favourite character is Galadriel, she lends an ethereal, mysterious air to the journey. I also love Tom Bombadil and it's almost a crime he was left out of the film although I can fully see why!

By: Nikki

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:53:17 +0000

I haven't read The Hobbit, but it's definitely something that I want to read possibly just before a re-read of the trilogy. Bilbo was one of my faves in the trilogy, so to see him in his youth and on his own adventures would be great.

By: MagicMan

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:07:16 +0000

I stubbed my toe in 1967 on Tolkien when the operator of the second hand bookstore I frequented appologized on the behalf of Roberd E. Howard and L.Sprague De Camp/Lynn Carter for not having written enough Conan novels. He suggested a tattered plain cover book called the Hobbit. Well I was appalled, how could a three foot nothing compare to the brute Conan. This little ground hog would fall to the breeze of Conan's sword. But as the story continued, the fortitude filled with self doubt captivated me. Bilbo was a hero, no matter how much he belittled his actions. The fast and clever pace of the Hobbit was in stark contrast to the pages of rambling in the Fellowship. Rambling it may have been, but to one engrosed in the shire by the Hobbit, it is was facinating history. The trilogy when revisited grows new strength when we begin to perceive the depth and variety of emotions driving the characters into the web spun by the elusive wizard.