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Roll of Honor Thorin
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I realized something today. I read Tolkien a lot - normally every week I am reading something. But it is always a passage here, a quote there - I'm researching something or just interested in something specific.

When was the last time you sat down and read a Tolkien book cover to cover?

For me, the last book was the Finnish language version of The Hobbit last September and October. Almost a full year ago! I always read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings at least once a year, normally in the fall. (In the autumn, both Frodo and myself feel like journeying. [] ) But I think 2005 was the first year since I knew Tolkien existed that I didn't read The Lord of the Rings cover to cover.

Personally, I think it's time to start again. Discussing and researching Tolkien is one thing, but sitting down and really enjoying such a magnificent work is something different. I like researching the book, but I love reading the book. I think it's time I put down David Maude's Global Private Banking and Wealth Management and pick up the greatest story ever written once again.

[ 08-16-2006, 01:32 AM: Message edited by: Thorin ]

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Thingol of Doriath
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As you said, I usually read passages now and again... especially if I'm not currently reading another book.

The last time I reread The Lord of the Rings from cover to cover was when the films came out. At the time I hadn't read the books in about ten years. The Silmarillion came shortly after that. Last year I reread The Hobbit.

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I re-read RotK after the EE DVD came out, before I started my first year of uni (roughly Dec 04). I'm currently re-reading FotR, although technically its for uni. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have the chance - I don't currently have mush time for non-uni reading. That's what 3 months of summer holidays are for [] !
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Sounds very familiar.

I browse the various books almost on a daily basis, for whatever reason, but the last time I read something by Tolkien from cover to cover was The Lays of Beleriand sometime last autumn. []

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Good topic. []

I first read LoTR during a very trying winter several years ago. Indeed, it helped me get through that time. Ever since then, I committed to reading it every winter (roughly corresponding to the timeline in the book), and managed to do that until last year. I doubt I'll make an attempt this winter as I've a huge reading list on my plate right now.

My favorite is The Silmarillion and I often listen to the audio version on my iPod. Wonderful! []

As for the HoME books, I use them more as reference and haven't read them 'cover-to-cover' (if that's humanly possible [] ) since I got them a few years back. One of these days I'll get to Lays of Beleriand.

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I am in the middle of another straight read-through of the trilogy right now, actually. I started the chapter entitled Treebeard in TTT yesterday.
Turning a friend on to Tolkien is what made me want to read LotR again this time. Two years ago, it was the movies. Ususally, it's just "Hey, I haven't read these in about a year, time to read them again!

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Just finished reading the Lord of the Rings again a couple of days ago. Hobbit, Smith of Wootton Major and the Book of Lost Tales - several months ago. I go through phases and will probably not read a Tolkien book from cover to cover for quite some time now.
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I read The Hobbit earlier in the month - don't know when I read the whole thing last.

I tend to reread old books in portions, a little here and a little there - good to read them in their entirety occasionally.

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Last time I read a Tolkien book cover to cover was my reading of the recently published French translation of The Lays of Beleriand, in last May.

As for the classical ones, I haven't read LotR for years (last time : before the first movie), and that's even worse for Bilbo. I read the Silmarillion more frequently, but the last time was probably 1 or 2 years ago.

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I read The Hobbit over the past two weeks. [] It's easy to remember why that is my favorite book of all time. What a wonderful Adventure!

Last night I started on The Return of the Shadow.

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I haven't read any Tolkien book cover-to-cover in about... 3 years!
*hits self with non-sacred book*
I am going to start rereading Lord of the Rings tomorrow. Except not. The Hobbit first. Then LotR.

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I read the trilogy over the summer. It only happened because I paced myself to two chapters a day.
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I had been thinking that it was far too long since I sat down and read through any of them. For now, I find myself in the middle of LotR (which is a great place to be as I work at a video store and find myself in the middle of a lot of debates when I take my reading to work). I reread the Athrabeth on a fairly regular basis, once every few weeks, more now than I used to. It somehow reminds me how good things are for me right now.

Late summer is always when I start curling up on my sofa with these tales again. Sundays are perfect. Wake up early, have some breakfast, read until the game starts, watch the game, read until dinner. I suffer a notable lack of attention span during the middle part of the baseball season (and the latter part as well when I still think my Sox will be a part of the post), so as that dies off I regain my focus. That, and I think I wish I were in school again.

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It's been a couple of years since I've read The Silmarillion cover to cover. And it's long past time to do so.
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A week ago, I realized that I hadn't read LotR yet this year and that summer was already over. Since I don't have classes anymore though, I have a lot of time to read it. I'm on Chapter 3, Book 1 right now.

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Since my son was born, I've gotten busy and end up sleeping in my car for my lunch hour. My actual book-reading time has disappeared.

Still, since I have the e-text versions of all the books, I find I can cruise through the story faster than I used to with the paper versions. Whenever the mood strikes me, I open a file and find 5 or 6 chapters have gone by before I know it.

Get the e-texts and leave them where you spend most of your computing time. It's a bit less of a religious experience than holding the 'bible' in your hands, but you'll still tear up at the good parts. []

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What is a good website to find these e-texts on? I've tried googling, but to no avail, they would be really handy to look up things while I'm at work...

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There are some interesting conversations if you search the Lit forums for things like 'e-text'. I've had my files for a long time now, so I don't know if some of the old links are still valid.
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Thorongil- go here. []
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Yes, Thingol, that's where I got mine. Unfortunately the data in the HoME files seems to be quite incomplete. I really can't complain though because the other files seem to have everything.

Not counting Farmer Giles (I LOVE that story!) or Smith of Wootton Major, my last cover-to-cover read was Unfinished Tales way back in the mid '90s. Yikes!! More than 10 years! Hmmm ... just before my wife [] and I were married. Coincidence? []

I suspect that my next cover-to-cover read will be The Hobbit sometime in the next few months when I read it aloud to our son. Since he has the typical 6 year old's love of slapstick I'm sure that Roast Mutton will be his favorite:
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"You're a fat fool, William," said Bert, "as I've said afore this evening."
"And you're a lout!"

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Thingy, unfortunately that site seems to be down... [] Nothing loads, and if I try it without the last suffix it says "this site is under construction".

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I find that the more I read the reference materials, etc., the less interest I have in LoTR. I haven't read LoTR in ages - probably two or three years. It's probably been that long since I've read the entire Silmarillion, too. I usually stop when Fëanor dies. []

I did just reread Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth [beautiful!] and The Shibboleth of Fëanor, though. Does that count for anything? []

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Of course that counts. It's hard to read a HoME book cover-to-cover. They are better for research and selected readings.

In other news, I started The Lord of the Rings last night. I was planning on starting on Bilbo's birthday, but was delayed.

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I find that the more I read the reference materials, etc., the less interest I have in LoTR. I haven't read LoTR in ages - probably two or three years. It's probably been that long since I've read the entire Silmarillion, too. I usually stop when Fëanor dies.
I agree. Its why I leave HoME alone. I did read UT. I think the whole years of movies burnout syndrome set in with me, and it may be a few years before I read LotR again. I did read it in 2004 and was glad my visuals were still intact! []

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starting on Bilbo's birthday, but was delayed.
[] I love it.
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