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Lord of The Rings

Have you read Lord of The Rings (completely)
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ok who has read the entire 3 books. cover to cover?

post how long it took you too
Fraid not Sad I have read 'The Hobbit' and The Fellowship of the ring though. Damm, the they are lengthy books (not the hobbit). Good though, alot better than the movie.
i read the hobbit too

then only found the second one two towers i think at the library.

and then watched the movies. i liked them a lot. heard they were going to make the hobbit movie.

anyhow. wife bought me the complete trilogy and i managed about 5 pages.

I think it took me about 2 months of intermittent reading to get through the trilogy.
When I read the trilogy back in the 1990's, I had a lot of time on my hands...was staying with family in the country with no TV, internet, or games of any kind. At that time I finished the trilogy, the Hobbit, the Silmarillion.
I'm reading through them for about the 5th time.

The first time I did it was when I was sick in bed for 2 weeks with glandular fever. I think I spent about 5 hours a day reading the books, got through in a few days!

I've also read it in eBook form on the computer during quiet times at work, and I've read the hard copies of the books once or twice again in the last few years, and am currently halfway through the Fellowship book now Wink.

I've read the Hobbit twice, and the Silmarillion once. I always found the Silmarillion to be a VERY hard book to read, although I think my attention span has improved recently so it may be easier for me now Wink
The Silmarillion, to be honest, was quite horrible. Don't expect it to be an exciting book. If you're interested in the series and the (massive) background to all of the included lore, I'd definitely recommend it, but it's really only for the fans. People who 'liked' it will probably not be interested enough to finish it. You have to 'love' it.

Maybe after I finish reading the trilogy another two, maybe three times, I might give it another try.
I never read any book about road of the ring
I think you've misread the topic Wink.

I agree about the Silmarillion - it's not 'essential' to enjoying LOTR.

It is simply a lore book.
I haven't read any of the books but i have watched some of the movies. I hear the last one is very good.
westcp wrote:
ok who has read the entire 3 books. cover to cover?

post how long it took you too

I read "The Hobbit" in college for a class. I think I got all 3 of the LOTR books one Christmas. It took me several months to finish them b/c I was still in school. Then we went to see each of the movies when they came out and I got the DVD sets the next Christmas. The movies were great, but the books were better Smile
I have not read any of Tolkien's book , I've only known them from the movies.
I love any Tolkien novel or book. The Lord Of The Rings is one of my favorites.

It is about:

The three volumes of The Lord of the Rings are each divided into two 'books', making six books in total. Book I in The Fellowship of the Ring begins in the Shire with Bilbo's 111th birthday party, about 60 years after the end of The Hobbit, and his subsequent disappearance using his magic ring. Departing to journey once more, he left many of his belongings, including the ring, to his cousin and adoptive heir, Frodo Baggins. After 17 years of investigating, their old friend Gandalf the Grey confirmed that this ring was in fact the One Ring, the instrument of Sauron's power, for which the Dark Lord had been searching for most of the Third Age, and which corrupted others with desire for it and the power it held. Unknown to Gandalf, Gollum had made his way to Mordor, where he was captured and the little information he had about the Ring and its whereabouts (Shire and Baggins) extracted through torture. Sauron sent the nine Ringwraiths, in the guise of riders in black, to the Shire in search of the Ring. Frodo escaped, with the help of his loyal gardener Samwise "Sam" Gamgee and three close friends, Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, Peregrin "Pippin" Took, and Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger. While Fatty acted as a decoy for the Ringwraiths, Frodo and the others set off to take the Ring to the Elven haven of Rivendell. They were aided by the enigmatic Tom Bombadil, and by a man called "Strider", who was later revealed to be Aragorn, the heir to the kingships of Gondor and Arnor, two great realms founded by the Númenórean exiles. Aragorn led the hobbits to Rivendell on Gandalf's request. However, Frodo was gravely wounded by the Ringwraiths at the hill of Weathertop. With the help of his companions and the Elf-lord Glorfindel, Frodo managed to enter Rivendell's borders by crossing the Ford of the river Bruinen. The Ringwraiths, in close pursuit, were swept away by an enchantment of the river when they entered its waters. Book I ends with Frodo losing consciousness. Book II reveals that Frodo managed to recover under the care of the Half-elven lord Elrond, master of Rivendell. Frodo met Bilbo, now living there in retirement, and saw Elrond's daughter Arwen, Aragorn's betrothed. Later, much of the story's exposition is given during a high council, attended by representatives of the major races of Middle-earth (Elves, Dwarves, and Men) and presided over by Elrond. Gandalf told them of the emerging threat of Saruman, the leader of the Order of Wizards, who wanted the Ring for himself. In order to fulfil an ancient prophecy about the return of the King of Gondor and Arnor, Aragorn was going to war against Sauron armed with Narsil, the broken sword of Elendil. The shards of the sword had been kept safe in Rivendell through the intervening years, and were now reforged there and renamed Andúril. The Council decided that the only course of action that could save Middle-earth was to destroy the Ring by taking it to Mordor and casting it into Mount Doom, where it was forged. Frodo volunteered for the task, and a "Fellowship of the Ring" was formed to aid him, comprising his three Hobbit companions, Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir of Gondor, Gimli the Dwarf, and Legolas the Elf, and with Frodo himself they were nine companions to go against the nine Ringwraiths. The company journeyed across plains and over mountains, and ultimately to the Mines of Moria, where they were tracked by Gollum, who, having been released by Sauron, desperately sought to regain the ring he called his "Precious". When they were almost through the mines the party was attacked by Orcs. Gandalf battled a Balrog, an ancient demon creature, and fell into a deep chasm, apparently to his death. Escaping from Moria the Fellowship, now led by Aragorn, took refuge in the Elvish wood of Lothlórien, the realm of the Lady Galadriel and the Lord Celeborn. The Fellowship then travelled along the great River Anduin, and Frodo decided to continue the trek to Mordor on his own, largely due to the Ring's growing influence on Boromir and the threat it posed to the others. At the end of the book, Frodo attempted to continue his mission alone, but Sam was able to catch him at the last minute, and the two of them went off together towards Mordor. The second volume, The Two Towers, deals with two parallel storylines, one in each of its books. Book III details the exploits of the remaining members of the Fellowship who aid the country of Rohan in its war against Saruman. At the beginning of the book, the remaining members of the Fellowship are attacked by Saruman's Orcs, and in the battle Boromir is killed and Merry and Pippin are kidnapped by the Orcs (Saruman, now turned traitor and seeking the One Ring himself, had sent them to capture the hobbits and bring them to him alive). Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli went off in pursuit of Merry and Pippin's captors. The three met Gandalf, who had returned as "Gandalf the White". He had defeated the Balrog at the cost of his life, but had been sent back to Middle-earth because his work was not finished. The four helped Rohan defeat Saruman's armies at the Battle of the Hornburg. Meanwhile Merry and Pippin, freed from captivity, helped the ancient, tree-like Ents to attack Saruman at his stronghold of Isengard. The two groups were reunited in the aftermath of battle. Saruman refused to repent of his folly and Gandalf cast him from the Order of Wizards, stripping Saruman of most of his power. Book IV tells of Frodo and Sam's exploits on the way to Mount Doom. They managed to capture Gollum and convinced him to guide them to the Black Gate, which they found to be impenetrable. Gollum then suggested a secret path into Mordor, through the dreaded valley of Minas Morgul. While travelling there, the three were captured by Rangers of Gondor led by Boromir's brother Faramir, but managed to convince Faramir that the Ring was better off destroyed than used as a weapon. At the end of the volume, Gollum betrayed Frodo to the great spider Shelob, hoping to scavenge the Ring from Frodo's remains after she had consumed the hobbit. Shelob's bite paralysed Frodo, but Sam then fought her off. Frodo was taken by orcs to the nearby fortress of Cirith Ungol. Sam had thought his master dead, and saved the Ring, but was now left to find Frodo's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Sauron launched an all-out military assault upon Middle-earth, precipitating the War of the Ring, with the Witch-king (leader of the Ringwraiths) leading a large army into battle against Gondor. The third volume, The Return of the King, begins with Gandalf arriving at Minas Tirith in Gondor with Pippin, to alert the city of the impending attack. Merry joined the army of Rohan, while the others led by Aragorn elected to journey through the 'Paths of the Dead' in the hope of enlisting the help of an undead army against the Corsairs of Umbar. Gandalf, Aragorn and the others of the Fellowship then assisted in the final battles against the armies of Sauron, including the siege of Minas Tirith. With the timely aid of Rohan's cavalry and Aragorn's assault up the river, a significant portion of Sauron's army was defeated and Minas Tirith saved. However Sauron still had thousands of troops available, and the main characters were forced into a climactic all-or-nothing battle before the Black Gate of Mordor, where the alliance of Gondor and Rohan fought desperately against Sauron's armies in order to distract him from the Ringbearer, and hoped to gain time for Frodo to destroy it. In Book VI, Sam rescued Frodo from captivity. The pair then made their way through the rugged lands of Mordor and, after much struggle, finally reached Mount Doom itself (tailed closely by Gollum). However, the temptation of the Ring proved too great for Frodo, and he claimed it for himself in the end. While the Ringwraiths flew at top speed toward Mount Doom, Gollum struggled with Frodo for his "Precious" and managed to bite the Ring off Frodo's finger. Crazed with triumph, Gollum slipped into the Cracks of Doom, and the Ring was destroyed. With the end of the Ring, Sauron's armies lost heart, the Ringwraiths disintegrated, and Aragorn's army was victorious. Thus, Sauron was banished from the world and his realm ended. Aragorn was crowned king of Gondor and married Arwen, the daughter of Elrond. All conflict was not over, however, for Saruman had managed to escape his captivity and enslave the Shire. Although he was soon overthrown by the Hobbits, and the four heroes helped to restore order and beautify the land again, it was not the same Shire that they had left. At the end, Frodo remained wounded in body and spirit and, accompanied by Bilbo, sailed west over the Sea to the Undying Lands, where he could find peace. The Appendices contain much material concerning the timeline of the story, and information on the peoples and the languages of Middle-earth. Notably, Arwen, physically absent for much of the book, is dealt with in full here; her backstory and future with Aragorn are related. According to Tolkien's timeline, the events depicted in the story occurred between Bilbo's announcement of his T.A. September 22, 3001 birthday party, and Sam's re-arrival to Bag End on T.A. October 6, 3021. Most of the events portrayed in the story occur in 3018 and 3019, with Frodo heading out from Bag End on T.A. September 23 3018, and the destruction of the Ring six months later on T.A. March 25 3019.
I read the first two books in about 2 weeks. I was really into it at the time and liked the way the story was headed. However, at the end of the second book and the beginning of the third, the plot drops into a really deep philosophical outlook on the characters. That threw me off the bandwagon and it took me two years to get back and re-read the third book. That took me about a month or two.

Read it in moderation and with a whole bunch of references. Otherwise, the story is convoluted and won't stick in your mind.
It took me a week and a half the first time I read them back in 1992. I tend to read slower these days because I get distracted and don't have enough time on my hands... but I'm working on re-reading them.
i would probably like to be able to say that i have, but i can't.

I've read The Hobbit, and found that pretty good, but halfway through Fellowship I stopped and never tried to start again.
I watched the three movies before reading the books. Because of Legolas, I think I've fallen in love with it Very Happy Acutally I'm trying to read more about Legolas. The movies tell too little about him~
I have read them--I assumed that by this point, a lot of people would have read them from cover to cover, given the impressive success of the movies. I admit I skipped some paragraphs that went on about random background information I didn't care about. And I hated the Tom Bombadil diversion in the first book. But basically, I read the books and enjoyed them very much. I read the Hobbit too--in high school, I think. I hated it!
I've read them quite a few times, in two languages too. Then I read The Hobbit as well as the Silmarillion and I still hold it to be a classic of the fantasy genre, and much of the high fantasy genre can be traced back to LotR. It's also interesting because of it's myth-like structure and certain similarities between nordic mythology.
I have read it also several times Smile
some years ago I worked on a morrowind (a pc game) modification involving the Shire, thats why I read the 1. book more often than the others Smile
I won the second place at a competition with it, but sadly it is not available any more, I can't find the files Sad
you can find some few pictures on my old website:
No, sadly. I've read the Hobbit, and half of the Fellowship, but nothing beyond.
i've read the hobbit and the lotr books, i really found the hobbit to be the most entertaining, but the lotr saga is more thrilling, i've read the silmarillion too, i liked it - gives you an idea of what was on tolkien's mind
westcp wrote:
ok who has read the entire 3 books. cover to cover?

post how long it took you too

Nice question!
Believe it or not I read Lord of the Rings when I was 12. Smile
Took me months or a year I think.

I have never read the books. The film took away my whole day. I just cant think how many days it will take to read all the books Smile
I have read 'The Hobbit', but not 'The Lord Of The Rings'. A few years ago, I did read the one or two first page(s), but it stopped there. The movies are very enjoyable, so I want to give it a go again once I'm done with 'The Hobbit' again.
Yes, I've read them all, it probably took me four or five months, I guess there were some pages I skipped (really didn't need all that fake history about Elves), but basically Iv'e read them all.

They were fabulous--my favorite was the second book.
Most epic book for me. You have to read it at different ages to understand all the philosophy perfectly. Beautiful poetry, interesting characters, very rich descriptions of territories and lovely characters, like Faramir or Aragorn.
I read the whole trilogy over a period of about three weeks when I was living in the middle of nowhere and the Internet had yet to be discovered by me (in my defense it was 1993, mk?). That and the Silmarillion, and about half of Unfinished Tales. I've re-read them about twice since then.
Wish I had. Maybe one day.
It took about 4 months that I had read the whole trilogy. I read it in the finnish defence forces. Everytime I had free time, the lotr book was there. Smile
I actually read the trilogy of Lord of the Rings when I was 12! Epic stuff. I need to re-read. I'd probably understand more of it now lol
loyal wrote:
I actually read the trilogy of Lord of the Rings when I was 12! Epic stuff. I need to re-read. I'd probably understand more of it now lol

You would, since novels like these are really interesting to be read at different ages. There's so much in it, a really ultimate world with nice languages, poems, weather and geography descriptions and more.
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