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Posted by Thorin (Citizen # 816) on :
 
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 ]
 
Posted by Thingol of Doriath (Citizen # 2718) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Miranthridel Bloom (Citizen # 3050) on :
 
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 [] !
 
Posted by Erinti (Citizen # 3470) on :
 
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. []
 
Posted by Silmahtar (Citizen # 4806) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
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!
 
Posted by Eryndil (Citizen # 3905) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Eluchil (Citizen # 5432) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Thorin (Citizen # 816) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
[]
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.
 
Posted by Captain of Gondor (Citizen # 5254) on :
 
I read the trilogy over the summer. It only happened because I paced myself to two chapters a day.
 
Posted by Andreth (Citizen # 1613) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Belthronding (Citizen # 5113) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Prince Imrahil (Citizen # 5425) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by White Gold Wielder (Citizen # 2) on :
 
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. []
 
Posted by Thorongil (Citizen # 792) on :
 
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...
 
Posted by White Gold Wielder (Citizen # 2) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Thingol of Doriath (Citizen # 2718) on :
 
Thorongil- go here. []
 
Posted by Vardamir Nolimon (Citizen # 5307) on :
 
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:
quote:
"You're a fat fool, William," said Bert, "as I've said afore this evening."
"And you're a lout!"

[]

[ 09-20-2006, 11:42 PM: Message edited by: Vardamir Nolimon ]
 
Posted by Thorongil (Citizen # 792) on :
 
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".
 
Posted by Amárië (Citizen # 5498) on :
 
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? []
 
Posted by Thorin (Citizen # 816) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
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! []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
[]
quote:
starting on Bilbo's birthday, but was delayed.
[] I love it.
 
Posted by Dancing Sparrow (Citizen # 2240) on :
 
Last year for me. I reread TT. I really need to continue on. []
 
Posted by The Dread Pirate Roberts (Citizen # 2117) on :
 
I'm approaching the Moria gate right now.

I read LotR and The Hobbit at least annually. Unfinished Tales and Silmarillion a bit less often.
 
Posted by Viscount Værtalion (Citizen # 3122) on :
 
I'm reading the Fellowship for the first time in 3 years!
 
Posted by Prince Imrahil (Citizen # 5425) on :
 
Currently, I just came upon Gandalf the White in Fangorn Forest.
 
Posted by Sepiroth Strife (Citizen # 2646) on :
 
Sadly enough I don't even remember. I know it was after the movies came out, but that's as close as I get. I've been reading alot of other novels that succeeded in latching onto my mind and forcing themselves upon me...or they are really good.
 
Posted by Celebrían (Citizen # 2057) on :
 
So after slipping under the bedcovers last night, I started reading LotR: Tolkien's denial of any connection between characters in LotR and real life- and then dreamt of Sauron turning into Kim Yong II of North Korea. Weird.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Finding I have to re-read just to keep the movie pollution dispersed.
 
Posted by Indil (Citizen # 4434) on :
 
For a moment I thought this topic was just about "when you last read" instead of "when you last read Tolkien". And I was all shocked at how little everyone read.
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
[] That last comment was hilarious!

I read Tolkien last year, as many of the works as I could get hold of. Then, I overheard a bank teller attempting to make a literary analysis, saying what she thought Tolkien's politics were, based only upon her having seen the movies. [] I gave her a copy of The Fellowship, to get her started. []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Currently reading book 4.
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
quote:
I gave her a copy of The Fellowship, to get her started.
That was not only extremely nice and helpful but (at least in my sarcastic mind) quite humorous. I'm sure you only meant it in a nice way.

Wait. You just happened to have a copy with you?
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
Wait. You just happened to have a copy with you?
No, silly! I wished one into existence, and delivered it upon my next visit into the bank. []

I need to check back with that gal, and see how she likes reading the original versus watching the perversion. []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Silly? Me, silly? Well, you know me. I just like to have fun.
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I need to check back with that gal, and see how she likes reading the original versus watching the perversion.
Please share her thoughts with us. I'd like to hear if someone can be decontaminated by exposure to the Professor's genius.

"the perversion". heh. I'm going to shamelessly steal that term.
 


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