Discussion in 'Archive: Census and Games' started by Commander Antilles, Sep 3, 2001.
Yes, but it's not the greatest book ever written...
I am interested in the film, and I can deny the influence or staying power those books have had. But to tell the truth, I'm just finding them very slow to read. I'm about halfway through Fellowship of the Ring, and so far all it's been is
Â°Hobbits talking in hushed tones about horrible past events we don't get to see, or horrible current events that we don't get to see.
Â°Hobbits sleeping some more.
I'm seriously hoping things are going to pick up the pace, any time now...
I just started Fellowship of the Ring and it's ok so far.
Um, you need to put an option in between. I think it['s better than ok, but it's not the greatest book ever written. It's very good but not *that* good. Get my meaning?
GREATEST NOVEL EVER
I've been trying to read the darn thing for years. Like Whimper, I'm about halfway through the first book. I like the idea of the mythical quest and all that, but it hasn't got that un-putdownable quality, well, not yet.
I always prefered something which didn't take itself too seriously, like Star Wars or the Narnia chronicles. I like a bit of humor now and then.
But perhaps I'm making a hasty judgement. I really should make the effort to finish it.
I think I'll skip the first book, Its just very long...
Greatest. Novel. Ever.
AM I THE ONLY SW FAN WHO DOESN'T CARE ABOUT LOTR??????
I love it. There are plenty of other novels I enjoy as much, or more, but this is possibly the only fantasy book I have read and enjoyed fully.
it one of those books that i intend to read just like les miserables only i bought the 1463 page books wcich makes it evan more intimadating.
I never read it. In fact I don't think I had heard of it until I started visiting these boards.
I also had a hard time getting through the first half of Fellowship(Bombadil anyone?), but after that, the story takes OFF. Arguably the best story ever written.
Best Book Ever. Period. After you get past the first half of FOTR, it throws you onto a roller coaster and you never stop until Return of the King.
I chose the first option. It is almost as bad as Harry Potter! I really despise medieval style fantasy. I read the Hobbit and vowed never to read any more Tolkien. It was awful.
We really don't need six hundred and ninety nine pages on every breath Bilbo takes.
And anyway, it was predictable. Cowardly <insert recently invented short human like creature here> saves treasure/world from a <insert humoungous monster here>
I used to read it (and the Hobbit) every summer during High School.
It does take awhile to get into, but trust me it will pick up.
I got a friend of mine to read it once. I used to ask him daily how far he got. He used to do parts of a chapter per day. Then a chapter a day, and when he got to Return of the King, he read it all in 2 days. Definite exponential curve on the reading times.
No, I couldn't get past the first chapter it was so BORING.
I used to be a big LOTR fan and learned everything I could about it. But with no new material, my interest dwindled. Same thing might have happened with Star Wars if not for the novels and the EU.
It still gets my vote for being one of the best stories -ever-
LOTR is great.
Haven't read it yet.
Bring it on, baby!
Started reading it one day, got bored before finishing the second chapter, and put it down.
A year or two later, I pick it back up, and force myself through the first few chapters, and I'm glad I did so. After the beginning, it just takes off.
EDIT: Or, what Silmarillion said.
What about the option "I havent't read it yet"?
The Lord of the Rings books are the bomb! I also love the Sillmarilan and recremend it to any Tolkien fan Luthiens the coolest girl ever!