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« on: August 17, 2007, 08:00:42 PM »

Ok, I'm just wondering: I know that most of us have seen the movies, but has anyone here ever actually finished reading the Lord of the Ring's trilogy? I'm trying to, but I'm kind of stagnating on "The Two Towers."
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2007, 08:17:24 PM »

Before "Fellowship" came out, I bought an LOTR omnibus with intentions to get through the whole thing before the first movie came out.  I'd read "The Hobbit" when I was smaller but didn't ever move on to Lord of the Rings.  I made it through about half of "Return of the King" before getting tired of it.  I keep meaning to start over and go through it again, but I also want to re-read the Dark Tower series... who knows what will win out first.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2007, 09:23:38 PM »

The Dark tower series is amazing. I too need to reread that one, just so i can have the entire epic at once. Marvel i doing the story some great justice, if you ever get the hankering to pick up the illustrated version.

Back on topic: I think the reason I've stagnated on LOTR is because here in the middle of TTT, it's become extremely dry, verbally. i mean, yes, I'm still entertained, but I can't get through more than a few pages at a time, you know?
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2007, 08:04:28 AM »


I read them all straight through when I was younger; I have one of the omnibus editions now but I haven't been able to reread the series yet.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2007, 10:10:27 AM »

It took me about 6 months to read through the first half of the first book, and about 6 weeks to finish the other two and a half.  There's definately a reason a lot of the early trip got cut out of the first movie.
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2007, 03:01:17 PM »

As a person who reads the series at least once a year I can say for a fact that much of the major traveling in the first book is a little hard to get through. It definitaly would not a transfered well on the big screen. The Two Towers is my favorite book in the series, but it does get a little dull when they first get to Rohan.   
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2007, 06:51:27 AM »

Never read it as a kid...decided after the films were done I'd give it a go.

Was the most painful reading of my life, hated it the whole time but got all stupid/macho and determined to finish it. Without the movie I never would have kept the names straight ( I use to be smarter before people started hitting me in the head with chairs...but probably not as smart as I remember since I TRAINED to let people hit me in the head with chairs ). I read for hundreds of pages at a time and like some literary auto pilot had no idea what I read, so I'd have to reread in case I missed something important. Finishing those damned books became my own quest, a parallel to the weepy bisexual hobbits quest to do something with the ring.

By book two I was leaving globs of peanut butter on the book cover and hoping my dogs would eat the cursed thing, freeing me from this self torture ( yes ,I know there were other copies, but if a dog eats a book it's sign...read that in the bible or koran or something ) But no such divine luck.

Book three...was actually considering getting a job so I wouldn't have time to read the hated tome.

But that passed and I finished it.

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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2007, 06:49:23 PM »

Truely a soldier you are.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007, 04:55:05 AM »

Two words: The Silmarillion...
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2007, 02:13:06 AM »

Two words: The Silmarillion...

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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2007, 05:12:21 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2008, 07:31:39 PM »

The Silmmarillion is the only amazing book ive read that ALSO reads like stereo instructions
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2009, 09:21:20 PM »

I've read them all, every scrap, some are hard reading but I've re read them all over and over. BTW gimil son of gloin DOES go over the sea to the west (Valar) BO YA! :p
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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2009, 02:09:41 PM »

I know! I know! I'm violating the "don't dredge up dead threads" rule. Apologies all around.

That said, I finished reading The Two Towers this morning, and should be able to power through Return of the King no later than my return from San Francisco where I'll be spending all of my time in my hotel room.

I HIGHLY recommend giving this another chance for those of you who may have given up on it, or rereading it again if you've just been thinking of the story in terms of the films.  I started reading this to compare the book with the films and talk about the differences between the two, but honestly, the books are so mind-bogglingly better than the films in virtually every single way that I can't really say that there's any aspect of the films that is markedly better than the books, including how much time they spend traveling in Fellowship, AND Tom Bombadil, who is one of the most annoying, irritating, painful characters in literary history. 

I'll say more about this when I wind up writing up my article on the whole thing, but really, when you look at what Tolkien wrote versus what Peter Jackson filmed, while the basic structure of it is the same, there are so many differences that I think you could argue that thery're practically two completely different storiies- both awesome, but the original text just blows the films out of the water.

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