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2011, year of Tolkien for me

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Offline sezo Reading Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
08 Jan 2011, 06:03 PM | Post: #11

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(08 Jan 2011 11:55 AM)gregDT Wrote:  Another vote for liking the Silmarillion. I will admit that I had a couple of false starts with the book but once I got a few chapters in it was a really fine read.

I think readers need to approach The Silmarillion on the basis that it's not an actual novel but more a factual book about the mythology of Middle Earth.

indeed, i think it helps to think of it as a history of middle earth, not a story of middle earth.

I have the audio version as well as the print of the silmarillion and I am really getting into it Smile Although I have to focus when I read it to work out who is who, related to who etc.
The story of Berin and Luthien is just beautiful and so sad at the same time.
Offline Andrew*Debbie Reading The Big Sleep
14 Jan 2011, 03:04 PM | Post: #12

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This thread made me want to re-read The Hobbit. Then I noticed the Kindle price is more than the paper back. Kindle Sad
Offline M81162 Reading My ToDo list
14 Jan 2011, 09:01 PM | Post: #13

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This post was last modified: 14 Jan 2011 09:02 PM by M81162.
Quote: I adore the Hobbit, loved the Lord of the Rings, but could never get through The Silmarillion or Tolkien's Unfinished Tales.

I know what you mean!

Talking of heavy books, I wish The Great Book of Amber was available on the Kindle when I read that. It still isn't.
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Offline sezo Reading Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
16 Mar 2011, 12:21 PM | Post: #14

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well I've read the silmarillion and finished reading the hobbit as well!!

Going to have a litte break from Middle Earth, and going to read something different for a while, I think Sea Priestess shall do the trick Tongue
Offline Karen Nilsen Reading In the Forests of Serre
18 Mar 2011, 09:12 PM | Post: #15

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This post was last modified: 18 Mar 2011 09:15 PM by Karen Nilsen.
I agree with all the other posters concerning The Silmarillion. I've only read it once and that was a long time after I read The Hobbit and LOTR for the first time. As for LOTR, I've read it multiple times. My favorite character is Frodo--even though he was born and raised in the Shire, he has a slight spooky, mystical bent and interest in learning that set him apart from the other hobbits (don't get me wrong, I love the hobbits, but I identify the most with Frodo as a bit of an outsider.)

I can't remember a time I didn't know about LOTR--my mom loved the series and talked about it a lot when I was a kid, so much so that I ended up reading all the books out loud to her while she worked in her pottery shop. I'm so glad she got to see all the movies--she was so excited when they came out.

Anyway, happy reading!
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Offline John Boulton
23 Mar 2011, 12:52 PM | Post: #16

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They're starting on the film of the Hobbit. Apparently it's going to be in two parts. So get the book read so you can spot the mistakes in the film.
The worst I've come across for film/book differences is the Bourne trilogy. The only similar things in the film and the book are his name, the fact that he was found in the sea with amnesia and the Swiss bank. What was all that about. Huh
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23 Mar 2011, 02:24 PM | Post: #17

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RE: 2011, year of Tolkien for me

(16 Mar 2011 12:21 PM)sezo Wrote:  well I've read the silmarillion and finished reading the hobbit as well!!

Going to have a litte break from Middle Earth, and going to read something different for a while, I think Sea Priestess shall do the trick Tongue

When you get back onto the Tolkien track, don't forget there are the 12 (large) volumes of The History of Middle Earth by Tolkien's son Christopher, who seems to have gathered up every scribble, smudge, thought and musing his father ever produced! I have to admit that I gave up on Volume 8. But I do still have them all sitting there in my Fantasy bookcase looking at me accusingly!
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Offline Jamie Sedgwick
24 Mar 2011, 03:14 AM | Post: #18

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I used to read LOTR every year when I was younger. I fell out of it in my late teens but I think I need to start again. I'm inclined to do it on paper though. Old habits I guess.

On The Hobbit film: have they decided on the director yet? Last I heard, Peter Jackson was back again?
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Offline townie Reading The Paper Moon by Andrea Camilleri
24 Mar 2011, 11:20 AM | Post: #19

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I started with 'The Hobbit' and read 'L O T R' after that. I re-read LOTR in paperback so often, that the books fell apart!
I read 'Silmarillion' , 'Unfinished Tales' and 'Children Of Hurin' but I did find them quite hard going.
I've got 'The Hobbit' on Kindle and will re-read that in the near future.

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Offline John Boulton
24 Mar 2011, 12:30 PM | Post: #20

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(24 Mar 2011 03:14 AM)Jamie Sedgwick Wrote:  On The Hobbit film: have they decided on the director yet? Last I heard, Peter Jackson was back again?

Apparently Jackson is directing. Bilbo is to be played by Martin Freeman from the office.
Also Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom. Strangely Elijah Wood is in it, but as he played Frodo he can't be in it much. Ian Holm has been left out and is a bit miffed, but as he was Bilbo in LOTR where would he fit in?
Got all this from the Telegraph, so could be all rubbish. Shocked
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