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How can this be described? Classic? No - too lame. Epic storytelling? Still doesn't capture the sweep of these stories. Essential? Yes and no. If you haven't read these, you are cheating yourself.
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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1), I just finished this and book group is tonight. It was hard for me to get interested in reading this. But I liked it.
Read this as a teen and it changed my life--read all of Tolkien and they are beautiful books.
I love all things Tolkien! This one is a great read out loud book to your kids!! Always read aloud from books a little ahead of their reading levels. It will stretch them and improve reading comprehension.
it may be hard to keep track of all the names that start with similar letters, but the long series of interweaving stories and the detail Tolkien put into this other world is just amazing!
Absolutely astounding. Have read it a handful of times and loved it each time. Can't wait for the movie!
Another of Tolkien's out of print works that is a great read. He originally wrote the story and drew the illustrations for his kids.
This is a lesser-known Tolkien book that is unfortunately out of print right now. It is surprisingly lighthearted and reminds me a little of Don Quixote.
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. $8.97. Publication: April 2001. Author: J.R.R. Tolkien. Publisher: Mariner Books; 2nd edition (April 2001)
LOTR editions that I find visually appealing. No more movie covers!