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Review: The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well what can I say about The Lord of the Rings that hasn’t already been written?

This was a tremendous book; a real experience. It’s been said that the world is divided into those that have read The Lord of the Rings and those that haven’t.

I’m not sure what it means now that I’ve read the books, but I think if I were to ever meet someone in a pub who had also read them, I can imagine a subtle nod of understanding passing between us. A silent sharing, so to speak, of just how bloody difficult is to read these books! How incredibly dry they are. How we both waded through the most boring descriptions of the places throughout Middle Earth and the peoples who populate it and made it through!

But that aside, the struggle through these books was well worth it. Between the dryness are some wonderfully fleshed out characters and immersive history.

I sometimes thought that Middle Earth was real and that Tolkien had been there, like the kids in Narnia. It felt like he knew the place, studied it, and lived in it with these magnificent creatures. Their customs and even languages are captured by Tolkien and one can’t help but think, how did he do it if not immerse himself in these cultures as if he were there? This brings a sense of realism not found in other fantasy books and the reason why all Fantasy writers look upon these books as the Holy Grail.

I recommend everyone read these books; fight through the dryness and boredom to find one of the greatest stories ever written, then give me a nod when we next meet. I’ll understand. I get it. Seriously.

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