4 January 2022
I hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful festive period and that you are gently easing back into the swing of things. I’ve noticed over the past few years it takes me a long while to get fully settled back into my schedule after a break away from my routine. “Go gently, go slowly and do not fret much over little things”, is to be my mantra for this year – it sounds comforting and positive, and hopefully will go some way to prevent burdening myself with unnecessary stress. We shall see…
I made mention in this post, Twenty years ago today…, that I had planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the fantastic first instalment in the LOTR film trilogy with a slow, and mindful, and fully immersive re-reading of The Fellowship of the Ring. And I had many thoughts and ideas of where I wanted to go with it. However, it took me a few weeks to try and bring these disparate thoughts together in a way that wouldn’t seem overwhelming and disorganised…So…
Welcome to Tolkien Tuesday, where I will talk about Tolkien and Middle Earth and anything and everything that might tie-in with it. But mainly, I’ll be talking about my journey through The Lord of the Rings.
The Fellowship of the Ring – reading schedule
I’ve worked out my reading schedule in the hope that it will force me to read the book slowly. I freely admit this will be a very difficult task for me, as I’m naturally a quick reader, but I can’t help but feel this will be a beneficial, enriching and rewarding reading experience.
The Fellowship of the Ring, (Books I & II of The Lord of the Rings) is made up of 24 chapters, which divides up nicely across the length of a year. My plan is to dedicate two weeks per chapter.
The schedule for January 2022:
Book 1 – Chapter 1 – A Long-expected Party
Book 1 – Chapter 2 – The Shadow of the Past
Feel free to join in and read along with me, should you so wish.
A quick note on the volume I’ll be reading:
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, books 1-3 with Index and Appendices, Hardcover, published by Harper Collins, 1994
Front cover image from Goodreads – my own copy is not in such a good condition
This was my first copy of The Lord of the Rings (note: not the first copy I read – that was from the school library), and my, has it seen some use. It’s been read so many times that last year I had to create a new spine for it as the original one came away from the cover. Thankfully, the pages aren’t falling out yet, but no doubt they will eventually. I do have a number of other editions, but this one is my favourite. It’s not particularly portable and wouldn’t fit in my handbag, but I love it. It’s one of my most treasured possessions. The cover illustration is by John Howe.
Yesterday, 3rd January 2022, would have been J.R.R. Tolkien’s 130th birthday. We celebrated his birthday in our house, like many other fans around the world by toasting the Professor, and watched, once again, one of The Lord of The Rings film (this time, The Two Towers).
And finally, I’ll be soon adding a ‘Tolkien and Middle Earth’ shelf to my Goodreads. You can find the link to my profile in the sidebar. I’m just trying to decide whether I want to limit this shelf to the books I already own, or whether I wish to include books I want to add to my collection too…
The Lord of the Rings Question of the Week:
We will start with an easy one.
If you could only pick either the books or the films to read or watch for the rest of your days, which one would you choose?
I would pick the books without any hesitation. Why? It’s not because I don’t love the films, because I do, but rather one of my favourite parts of The Lord of the Rings didn’t make it into the film. Any guesses as to what it is?
Him-Indoors has decided he wants to answer this week’s question too, and he picks the films. I knew he would 🙂