There was no ?pure conversational boredom? in Lord of the Rings. The conversations might be long, but they?re not boring. What gave you the impression that they were? These questions may have been answered which I overlooked amongst the endless and and more talking? Well, I don?t see anything wrong with talking, but here are the answers to your questions. Why was Aragorn rangering around and not on the throne? Aragorn?s heritage was revealed to him when he turned 20. Elrond gave him the shards of Narsil and the Ring of Barahir, but withheld the Sceptre of AnnÃºminas until he earned it. The Sceptre was one of the major symbols of kingship, so Aragorn might have felt that Elrond did not want him to become king yet or that he didn?t deserve to be king yet. Aragorn also knew that there was a very low chance that he would become king if he just showed up with the heirlooms. The royal line was lost for centuries and the Stewards would be reluctant to put an impostor on the throne. Why does Tolkien take a page or even more just to show Gandalf explaining how he escaped Saruman's hospitality? Why not? It furthers the story and I like the detailed description. Why do dwarves hate elves? The racial enmity began in the Silmarillion. It started with a dispute over the NauglamÃr that eventually lead to the fall of Doriath. Why the citizens weren't breeding enough these past thousands of years since Sauron's death, that their numbers are so horrifically low? It?s not that they weren?t breeding enough. People get the mistaken impression that after Sauron was defeated it was peaceful until his return. It wasn?t. Arnor fell apart a few generations after the battle and Gondor had to face all sorts of problems. A few major ones were the Kin-strife, the plague, and the invasion of the Wainriders. They also had to defeat a lot of other enemies. And yet they still managed to beat back the forces of Sauron. (with help from Rohan, of course, which was actually a part of Gondor to begin with) But I knew nothing about these idiot heroes I was reading, no background at all. They were just there, and badly characterised I might add. No background? Those heroes were up to their ears in background! In the Silmarillion it talks about the ancestors of these heroes and their doings. Go look at the appendix in the back of RotK. It has the list of kings from Elendil and Isildur right on down to Aragorn in both Arnor and Gondor. It describes the events that took place during the main part of the Third Age in detail. They had lots and lots of background. I also didn?t think that they were poorly characterized. Edit: If you did not like the books so much what are you doing here? Raja, Excellence has a right to express his opinions just like everyone else.