Tolkien Tuesday #1

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.

Elsewhere…

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 🙂

16 thoughts on “Tolkien Tuesday #1

  1. Love that you have a a reading schedule planned so you can fully savor each part of the book! I am guessing Tom Bombadil is the part you wish had made it into the films; it was such a magical part of the story and one I would have loved see come to life. ❤

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    • Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Jaya 🙂

      Ooo…Tom Bombadil is so close…but he is featured in the part I wish had made it into the film, so that counts as a right guess. It’s the Barrow-wights – I love the spookiness combined with the landscape up on the Barrow-Downs 🙂

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  2. I read the books when I was then developing CFS, so not the best associations. I watched movies later during the illness, when I was more or less reclused. Peter J, Phillipa, Fran, and the rest of the production crew, became my friends. So I have to opt for the movies.

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  3. Darn good question. Having seen and read each only once, I feel I am not qualified to answer. Interesting to take a full two weeks to reach each chapter! Mind you, I often take that long to reach anything but that’s because I just don’t take the time I want to, to read. yet. I’m working on it 🙂

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  4. Often, I read too quickly. By that I mean, it’s quick enough to absorb all I need for most books, and I usually get carried away by the story. But sometimes I feel like I need to be more mindful with it. Slow the pace. Take things easy. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Dale 🙂

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  5. I don’t know how I missed this. I only saw it now when I found part 2…
    I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on one of my all-time favourite stories/worlds/universes. I’ve just yesterday finished the audiobook listening to the three books.
    To answer your question: I’ll always prefer the books, so many memories are linked to them. I first read them in German which was a slightly different feel than the original which I couldn’t have read back then. Listening to the unabriged version this time shortly after having seen the movies also reminded me how much was left out or changed. Overall I still like the movies, they have the ‘feel’. The books however, have everything and the imagination always managed to be enough, as nice as a ‘dessert’ as the films are for their visual richness.
    Today I’ve started to listen to the Silmarillion, it’s been ages since I last read it. And once again, I love every word of it.

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    • Ooh you’re a brave soul to listen to the Silmarillion. Read it, yes. But I can’t imagine being able to keep track of all those names if I didn’t have the visual cue right in front of me — and unlike audiobooks, can pause and let it register for a second before moving on.

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      • I’m not that dedicated a fan that I really care much about all these names and places. Besides, I’ve read it several times before, it’s now a reminder of how things came to be, who Sauron is, Luthien, Galadriel and so on. I found that listening to new books (to me) isn’t ‘my thing’ because I miss too much. But listening to books I know well is like rereading when I don’t have time for reading. And I never before realised what an a*** Feanor was. Listening doesn’t allow for speed reading and skipping passages.

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      • I listened to a lot of audiobooks (for the first time) during my series of eye surgery recoveries, but only books that were new to me. I can imagine that hearing a book I already knew would be different — that I wouldn’t miss as much, but also that I would be frustrated that the boring parts I already knew about were going soooooo slowly. As you say, when reading a book you can skim over those parts.

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    • I’ve yet to listen to the audiobooks, but I’ve heard they are very good. The only problem is I find it hard to keep my attention focused on listening to audiobooks as I quickly switch off from them. I suppose it’s a new skill to try and learn 🙂

      I agree with everything you say about the books and the film, and you express it perfectly: the films have “the feel” but the books have everything.

      It’s been a few years since I read the Silmarillion, and that’s also on my list to re-read once I worked my way through my slow read of the Lord of the Rings. The only question is whether to go directly to the Silmarillion or to re-read The Hobbit first…

      Thanks so much for reading and joining in, Gabi 🙂

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  6. What a challenging and fun task you’ve set yourself! I have not been spending much time in blogspace this past year or so, but this sounds like wonderful motivation to get back to reading more blog posts. Have you calculated how much you’ll get through by the end of the year at this rate?

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    • Challenging and fun, and time-consuming yet wonderful…

      I should be finished The Fellowship of the Ring sometime in November, if I stick to my slow reading schedule…which I’m already finding difficult 🙂

      Thanks for reading and joining in, Joy. It’s wonderful to see you back in blogspace 🙂

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