The fellowship has always been my favourite part of the books. Something about the beginning of the journey always filled me with warmth - Frodo and Sam walking along shire hedges and the scenes leading up to them meeting farmer maggot is super nostalgic for me, I should start reading it again
Boujie ass elves. I’m dying 😂
The way you felt about the Balrog was how I felt about the entire second book. Peter Jackson did wonders with the second film compared to the book. Not to say The Two Towers is bad, it's just that my expectations were very very different from seeing the films first.
I've been reading the books for the first time ever over the last few months. It usually doesn't take me this long, and I should have finished ages ago, but due to other factors I've just felt burnt out at various points over the last while.
I'm now on the last book, on the chapter "The Land of Shadow", and just lost all motivation to go back.
Its very frustrating because I want to finish it before going to something new, but I'm constantly finding new books I want to read.
Not sure whether you're the same guy who asked a few days ago about reading the books. (Which I did a looooong time ago, long before the movies were even made). My fondest memory reading this was *also* their trip through Moria, by the way!
While I haven't heard any audio versions of LotR, my experience with performances of Tolkien's songs is that they are often not well handled, with the arrangers/performers usually choosing a poor tone and/or tune that doesn't fit the intent of the verses.
If you end up loving the rest of the books, I'd highly recommend you give the Silmarillion a try. It's the revelation of the creation and deep history behind LotR, sort of the Bible for that world. The best of Tolkien's work in my experience, an epic of lordly caliber.
As a mad tolkein head I read the hobbit (abridged for children) when I was young. Then didn't pick up the other books until I was more or less an young adult. My basic fantasy reading trajectory was from the Hobbit through Raymond Fiests collection and then Greg Keyes the Briar King quadrilogy (an underappreciated fantasy series in my opinion) before reading the Silmarillion and the LoTRs. I have to agree with the other commenter that having the Silmarillion and his other pre-Third Age books read gives an amazing base on which to appreciate the LoTRs and makes the reading or rereading experience a damn near perfect one. The Children of Hurin is probably the dopest action book of the collection and is pretty similar in tone to Beowulf if you've ever had the chance.
Edit: Also the songs are best part so booooo
>these boujie ass elves
I will never not think of them as "bjouie ass elves" from now on. Thank you for this marvelous gift.
I always skipped the songs when reading.
"Bougie-ass elves" though. THEY REALLY ARE
I'm re-reading the entire 'trilogy' after 10 years. It's such a treat. Will definitely keep me coming back to the well every decade.
I read this series in 7th grade because I was a fan of the movies, but I remember feeling like the series dragged on and on. I just recently re-read these as an adult, and I absolutely loved every bit of it. I think I just didn’t appreciate the depth of writing at 13 years old.
Of the three books, I like the Fellowship of the Ring the best. Tolkien really does a great job of setting up the rest of the adventure. I remember reading it the first time and being amazed at how well he created a whole new world while at the same time creating an adventure that draws you into it. I read the trilogy every year and still enjoy it. The trilogy is by far my favourite “book” as the setting is well done and the characters are so well written.