As the year 2019 came to pass I spent the last few days watching the extended editions (duh..) of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (I know, controversial – however I do enjoy them a bit). As always I then fell headfirst into my obsessive episode of swallowing every Middle-earth content I come upon. And so, realizing I have a bit of free time, I decided to reread The Lord of the Rings. But, I wouldn’t be myself if I did only that. Therefore, I first reread The Hobbit. Having finished The Fellowship of the Ring yesterday I am here now to tell you all about it.
When I was little my mother used to read Tolkien’s stories to me. And then, when Peter Jackson’s movies came out I watched the immediately. Since then I have read the books once on my own. Now it is time to reread them and lose myself in them once more.
The Hobbit is as it is meant to be, a lighter book, a story Tolkien made up to tell his children. It is very fast-paced and easy to read. The characters are well developed even though the book is short. Throughout the whole book I truly felt as if I was also on an adventure.
Then it came time to dive into the focal trilogy. When I picked up The Fellowship of the Ring I was at first a bit intimidated since I didn’t quite remember if it was an “easy” read. I watched a few youtube videos to see how other people fared in reading it. What I found was that a lot of people thought Tolkien used far to many descriptions. Also, another critique was that his narration style was because of that a bit slow.
I opened the book. What I then experienced was so distant from what I’ve heard. The writing style is so incredibly soft, simply beautiful. The dialogue elegantly crafted. And the descriptions… just the right amount of them. I read and read… there was no burn-out which many people mentioned. The story was like honey. So smooth, soft and sweet.
I decided mid-reading the “First book” of The Fellowship to start marking certain things within the book. I marked foreshadowings, beautiful quotes, world-building etc.
The story for me was so powerful I couldn’t stop reading.
The characters. There are some things which have surprised me. In the movies and as far I could remember after my first read of the trilogy Aragorn was one of my favourite characters. I was bewildered to realize I didn’t feel the same way about him now. I enjoyed his resourcefulness and valor. However, the one thing I missed about his was the fact he was hesitant and even scared to become Elessar, the one to take the throne of the White City. In the books Aragorn is ready to fulfill his destiny. I always thought that his hesitance made him a bit more relatable. I do not dislike this, but, it certainly made me like his slightly less.
“From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
I adore reading about Gimli and Legolas. Their dynamic is incredibly enjoyable. What is even more enjoyable is the way their friendship transforms throughout the book. The crucial point in them becoming best friends is, without doubt, their visit to Lothlorien.
You may have noticed I didn’t say much about our favourite ring-bearer, Frodo. I like his character, but as always I find him a bit annoying. That is however just as Tolkien planned it out. The rest of the hobbits are entertaining and lovely! Pippin is such a cutie. His youth and playfulness are so refreshing at times. I love his dynamic with Merry.
What is think is a bit overrated is Tom Bombadil… I didn’t enjoy his character as much as I noticed many did. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I hated him. I didn’t. I just didn’t like him as much as some other characters.
On the contrary, a lot of people said they found Tolkien’s poetry dull. I disagree. I enjoyed it immensely!
Okay, I’m done for now… I will be writing more as I read the other books. Also, maybe I’ll write a “review” for the whole trilogy… We’ll see.