Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Lord of the Rings Review

The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

My review

Rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm giving myself a major pat on the back for finishing this gigantic book, and I'm quite pleased that I took the time to read it completely.

I enjoyed The Fellowship of the Ring the most and plan to go back through it and gather all the quotes that I think will serve me well in the years to come. There are many great things written about the choice to forgo comfort in the face of evil so that we can battle against the bad, even if the hope of victory is small.

Unfortunately, I had already seen the movies before I read this, so the story wasn't that exciting to me because I already knew what was going to happen. However, this gave me the opportunity to pay attention to other things, such as Tolkien's writing and the overall quality of his work. I cannot point to a more complete work of fiction, with genealogies, extended histories, examinations of languages...what a lesson in doing an excellent job on whatever is that you're working on!

I always encourage others to read "the classics" so that we can all participate in the Great Conversation...and this trilogy is now included in my definition of a classic.

I also recommend reading "The Hobbit" before starting The Lord of the Rings...it made it a more enjoyable experience to know exactly what the characters were talking about when discussing the journeys of the Ring and Bilbo's previous adventures.
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2 comments:

  1. Good job! Most people I know gave up in the first half of Fellowship. I LOVE these books... but it must be admitted that my all-time favorite quote from ring-verse is from the movie version of Return of the King. It's Aragorn's final speech to his men before the last battle at the Black Gates:

    "Men of Rohan! of Gondor! my brothers! A day may come when the courage of men fails-- when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day! An hour of wolves, and shattered shields, when the world of men comes crashing down-- but it IS NOT THIS DAY! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand-- men of the West!"

    Yes, I quoted that from memory. And yes, that makes me a nerd. But, that is one of the great speeches of movie-dom, and I think that most people would be slightly the better for memorizing it... and that makes me an UBER-nerd:).

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  2. I love you Denise--you give me full permission to embrace my inherent nerdiness!

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