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LOTR3Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Date Finished: 12/04/14

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : Yes – The Classics Club

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely brilliant

I really really enjoyed the first two LOTR books and The Hobbit so I was very excited to get to read this volume these past couple of weeks.  I’d managed (somehow) to avoid seeing the films and overhearing people talk about it all my life so I really didn’t know how the story was going to end.

The plot is really good (as always) in this book although maybe slightly weaker than the previous two volumes – I do think I enjoyed this one the least out of all the three.  I just felt at times it was just slightly too predictable compared to the other two.  Although the ending is slightly anticlimactic, this can’t really be avoided when you have been reading over 1000 pages of build up!  Nevertheless I was enthralled by this book, especially in the middle and I definitely wanted to keep turning the pages.

The characters are as phenomenal as before, and it feels like everyone gets their story and part to play in the plot, which is a nice touch.  I liked the way slightly more minor characters, like the men in Gondor/Rohan had storylines weaved into the main plot as well.  I was a bit gutted we didn’t really get to meet Sauron – I was kind of hoping for a hugely dramatic stand-off between him and Gandalf over the Cracks of Doom…in fact I think this was the area I a bit disappointed in really – that it all ended without one last battle with everyone involved, but hey ho!

I felt like there was slightly more assumption of the history of Middle-Earth in this volume than the others – everything before was always clearly explained (e.g. the histories of the One Ring etc) but some of the facts about “The King” etc were somewhat assumed that we would know; after reading the appendices, of course it all became very clear but at some points some of the formalities and who was actually in charge of who and in what land was a bit confusing!

It seems as though I’ve only commented on the flaws of this book, but that’s not how I see it at all – I have sung Tolkien’s praises so much in my previous posts that I think (so as not to repeat myself) it was better to focus on some things I didn’t enjoy 100% for a change; also if I mentioned everything I love about this series, the post would be far far too long!  I wholly recommend the whole LOTR series to you all, as it’s completely epic (in both senses of the word) and I really can’t wait to watch the third film!



Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Date Finished: 09/08/13

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : Yes – The Classics Club

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely brilliant

Well, I have taken my time to get round to reading the epic Lord of The Rings series but after all these years I finally picked up The Fellowship of the Ring whilst on holiday in Corsica.  Wow.  I was not prepared for it to be so utterly brilliant!  I knew I would love it, as I had loved The Hobbit in January but I didn’t realise quite how much I would love it!  Tolkien’s writing is so great, I don’t think I can fault a single area of the book.

People have often said that The Lord of The Rings is the ‘best story ever told’ and I agree that it is one of the best I have ever read (so far).  The way Tolkien manages to write an epic that is still easy to relate to and not over confusing is really special and definitely not very common.  The plot is probably what made me turn the pages most, even though half of me was saying ‘slow down and savour each moment!’  The twists and turns are very well done and manage to balance perfectly between not being too ridiculous or too predictable.  I cannot wait to see what happens next!

The characters are totally iconic in modern day life: everyone knows the names Frodo, Gandalf, Legolas etc and it was really enjoyable for me to put personalities to these vague faces I could dimly picture from trailers/TV.  The way each character develops throughout this first book is akin to a great Dickensian classic, especially the way Sam has gone from a faithful gardener to brave and loyal adventurer!  It is going to be amazing to see what happens to everyone as the story continues – surely Gandalf can’t really be gone?!  Also, I can’t wait to finally watch the films too to see how everything is presented on screen…although not until I have finished the books of course!

Middle Earth is a well-known setting but it is still very detailed and intricate, especially to those who are unfamiliar with Tolkien’s universe.  Therefore, the inclusion of maps at the end of the book is really helpful, particularly if you are like me and like to follow a journey on a page and picture the route.  The detail with which Tolkien has created this world is just beyond incredible and you end up believing absolutely everything you read!

I think the main (?) reason why we all adore The Lord of The Rings so much, is that Tolkien’s enormous love and enthusiasm for all things in Middle Earth is plainly obvious throughout the entire epic; it permeates through every myth, legend, song and story that form the background and history of his unique world and you can’t help but share it too!  Bring on The Two Towers.

P.S I have put that this counts towards The Classics Club, but I put LOTR as one entry, so I guess it only counts as a third of a classic? :L

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Hello everyone!  I really hope you’ve all had a nice Christmas, I certainly have – lot of relaxing, eating, church, TV and a little bit of revision (I have January exams).  I haven’t had chance to read that much, but I am slowly plodding my way through Villette.  Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying it, but maybe not as much as I enjoyed Jane Eyre (I am not even half way though, so it could pick up).  I will do a yearly wrap-up early in January and discuss what my reading plans are over the coming month then.

I was at home for Christmas with my family and my grandparents came too, which was nice.  Singing in the church choir for the carol service on the 23rd and at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve along with playing the piano for a service on Christmas Eve as well was pretty tiring but worth it.  I got some very nice presents, my main one being my driving lessons still plus a pretty cool accordion!  Book-wise, I received The Hobbit & LOTR box-set which I am very much looking forward to reading for the first time! I hope you have all had as nice a Christmas as I have and let me know what bookish gifts you gave/received!

I really hope 2013 will be a good year for us all, full of happiness and reading, although it will have a lot to live up to for me: 2012 saw the amazing Olympics, lovely holidays to Vienna and Majorca plus my exam results which were pretty good haha!  I am going to Uganda in February (scary!) with my Dad and my sister, so that will definitely be a massive experience. Anyway, let me know your plans for 2013 – I would love to know what you’re planning to get up to and all of you enjoy New Year’s Eve!!