Lion of the Blogosphere

Chapter-by-chapter book review of The Lord of the Rings

https://www.wattpad.com/story/163208312-i-reread-the-lord-of-the-rings

I’m writing this on a different platform. I’m up to the part where the hobbits reach Bree and meet Strider.

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Why? The Lord of the Rings is the best-selling fiction book of the 20th century. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 9, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Books

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  1. The separate platform would also be a great place for Star Trek reviews.

    Justice Duvall

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  2. I’m currently up to Chapter 9. Very enjoyable, especially as I have only seen the films. This is quite an effort on your part, it must have taken some time to write.

    lioncub

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

    • Thanks. But I’ve put more time into writing the Star Trek reviews. However, if I manage to finish the entire book…

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 9, 2018 at EST pm

      • Do you find yourself picturing the movie characters while reading? I generally try and avoid movies until I read the books because my mental image always ends up so different. I have trouble going backwards for some reason.

        GSP

        October 9, 2018 at EST pm

      • “Do you find yourself picturing the movie characters while reading?”

        No, I don’t at all. Probably because I don’t remember the movies as well as I remember the book. I am sure that if I read the Star Wars novel, I would picture Luke Skywalker and Han Solo looking exactly as they do in the movie.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  3. I am really enjoying this, please continue!

    Asf

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  4. Awesum, I’ll comment over there!

    S.J., Esquire

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  5. Grrr, why can’t I comment over there?

    S.J., Esquire

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

    • I read the comments.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 9, 2018 at EST pm

      • that was unresponsive.

        I am glad you read the comments, though.

        Howitzer Daniel

        October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  6. Listen to them on Audible. Rob Inglis does a fantastic job of voicing the characters.

    JW

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  7. Excellent so far.

    jjbees

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  8. I’m very glad to see that you more or less dismiss “The Hobbit” as a young-people’s book inferior to “The Lord of the Rings.” I agree. In fact, “The Hobbit” — which I came to after “Rings” — left a bad taste in my mouth (partly due to what struck me as its unnecessary cruelty). And as is generally acknowledged, the movie version is nowhere near as satisfying as that of “Rings.”

    P.S. I’ve read “Rings” twice — or rather, read it once and listened to two different audiobook versions, one dramatized with various Brit actors, one read beautifully by Rob Inglis — and to my surprise, I prefer the three-part film to the novel. It seems far better structured.

    Simon Koeppel

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

    • This is probably fair. I read The Hobbit as maybe a 3rd or 4th-grader and loved it. I then tried to read LOTR and I couldn’t do it until I was a teenager. I probably couldn’t get into The Hobbit so much now, but reading and loving The Hobbit at such a young age inclined me towards a lifelong appreciation of Tolkien.

      The films are indeed better structured — most importantly, the second two novels ignore one set of characters for hundreds of pages before coming back to them, which doesn’t work that well.

      The films built up the character Arwen and her love story in order to put women in the seats, which to me as a man is filler, but I recognize the commercial reasons for doing to do so and can’t really criticize it too harshly. The movies still remain an essentially white male story.

      If they were made today, there would be a lot more female characters (or at least much more screen time for Arwen and Eowyn in which they are better warriors than any of the men), more racial diversity, and likely at least one openly gay character (maybe one of the hobbits.)

      Wency

      October 10, 2018 at EST am

      • There are no gay hobbits, None.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 10, 2018 at EST am

      • If they were made today

        Man it’s interesting that these movies are already “old enough” that we can say things like “if they were made today…”. I remember cutting class to go watch TTT in the theatre.

        S.J., Esquire

        October 10, 2018 at EST am

      • I find it hard to think of the LOTR movies as old movies.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 10, 2018 at EST am

      • I couldn’t do it until I was a teenager

        Yeah, I’m reading The Hobbit to my kids right now and feeling a little disappointed that we’re probably going to have to wait a few years before commencing LoTR.

        S.J., Esquire

        October 10, 2018 at EST am

  9. > the best-selling fiction book of the 20th century.

    Wouldn’t that be the Bible?

    ScarletNumber

    October 10, 2018 at EST am

  10. I only got to the commentary on the foreword but will return. Unfortunately “watpad” does the “internet with lots of distracting stuff” thing. This platform is much better. When you are finished, you should try exporting the commentary to a different platform.

    In the commentary on the foreword, you alluded to a point that Tolkien makes in his letters, that we live in a world where Frodo did not destroy the Ring, but instead it was used to defeat Sauron.

    Ed

    October 10, 2018 at EST am

  11. Do you find it hard to focus when reading? Earlier you said that the internet had destroyed your ability to read books. I sometimes feel that way now.

    fakename

    October 10, 2018 at EST am

    • I’ve been getting into it again. You have to force yourself at first. And I recommend starting with easy books like what I’m reading now.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 10, 2018 at EST am

  12. There has been a series on BBC 4 (kind of an arts and culture channel) about Englishness, one part of which dealt with our relationship with the countryside, mostly about our migration to the cities during the industrial revolution and the profound sense of social and cultural loss and the yearning for a lost Eden that this engendered.

    A big part of the programme focused on a biography of Tolkien, who spent a large part of an bucolic childhood in a lovely English village called Sarehole, only for the area to be swallowed up by the hideous urban shithole that is Birmingham. According to the programme this was largely the inspiration for the book, with Sarehole being the Shire and industrial Birmingham being Mordor. Makes sense.

    Of course, when Tolkien was writing Birmingham didn’t have actual Orcs, whereas now it’s full of them, so his book was even more prescient than he realised. I’d be tempted to read the book again knowing all this….but there really isn’t the time when I could have been reading a thousand pages of something I’ve never read before. But when I read it as a young teenager it was by far the best thing I had ever read.

    Prolier Than Thou

    October 10, 2018 at EST pm

  13. Can you move it to some other platform? This retarded wattpad site is asking me to login with Facebook, and when I do it (fake account ofc), it still wants a working mail adress. All this just to read a story by some anon.

    https://www.fanfiction.net is free, does not want you to jup through any hoops, and have 100x bigger user base (I presume you want feedback to your writing).

    Zenit

    October 10, 2018 at EST pm

    • You can read in your web browser without logging in. If you use an adblocker (and why aren’t you?) you won’t see any ads. I didn’t even realize the website was littered with ads until I tried visiting with a different web browser.

      But yes, if you want to leave comments, you need an email addesss.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 11, 2018 at EST am

  14. Wattpad is now refusing to let me read the next installment (or re-read previous installments) unless I log in to the Wattpad website. I don’t want to create a Wattpad account and be tracked everywhere. Would you consider posting installments someplace less annoying?

    Some Guy

    October 12, 2018 at EST pm


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