The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Rings: worth the read?
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This tale grew in the telling, until it became a history of the Great War of the Ring and included many glimpses of the yet more ancient history that preceded it. It was begun soon after The Hobbit was written and before its publication in ; but I did not go on with this sequel, for I wished first to complete and set in order the mythology and legends of the Elder Days, which had then been taking shape for some years. I desired to do this for my own satisfaction, and I had little hope that other people would be interested in this work, especially since it was primarily linguistic in inspiration and was begun in order to provide the necessary background of 'history' for Elvish tongues. When those whose advice and opinion I sought corrected little hope to no hope, I went back to the sequel, encouraged by requests from readers for more information concerning hobbits and their adventures. But the story was drawn irresistibly towards the older world, and became an account, as it were, of its end and passing away before its beginning and middle had been told. The process had begun in the writing of The Hobbit, in which there were already some references to the older matter: Elrond, Gondolin, the High-elves, and the orcs, as well as glimpses that had arisen unbidden of things higher or deeper or darker than its surface: Durin, Moria, Gandalf, the Necromancer, the Ring. The discovery of the significance of these glimpses and of their relation to the ancient histories revealed the Third Age and its culmination in the War of the Ring.
Endless walking, stopping, eating, walking, eating…it was just too much for my teenage brain. Like George R. Martin, Tolkien is a master of world building. Tolkien hints at events that occurred hundreds or even thousands of years ago, and how our characters are still dealing with the aftershocks. Much as the White Walkers were driven north of the Wall in the distant past of Westeros, Sauron was once defeated a long time ago but appears poised for a return. Tolkien also has a tendency to let some of his best moments happen offscreen.
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Tolkien was a brilliant writer. He created not only maps of Middle Earth, but whole races with their own poetry and food and every tiny little detail carefully sketched out in beautiful tomes information. The reason why Middle Earth is so alive is because of the care and passion Tolkien poured into his world. It takes a certain sort of person, someone patient and diligent, to get through these novels. I read them first when I was in seventh grade, while the movies were coming out.