Series: The Lord of the Rings

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I really, really dislike the feeling of: “Oh thank goodness, this is over” when I’m reading a book, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that was the way I felt after completing this trilogy.  For a series so renowned and beloved, The Lord of the Rings is incredibly boring… and honestly?  The Return of the King is the worst culprit of them all. Why? The Return of the King has the greatest potential for excitement, but the least delivery of the trilogy.  There are so many cool things that are happening here, but the parts I found I […]

Posted May 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Where The Fellowship of the Ring dragged on for an age (thanks, Council of Elrond!), The Two Towers swiftly picks up its pace.  The fellowship have now gone their separate ways and are having battles and adventures of their own.  Merry and Pippin have teamed with the Ents.  Gimli, Legolas, and Aragorn connect with an old friend.  And as for Frodo and Sam?  The two Hobbits are following the perilous journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. While as a whole I think The Fellowship of the Ring is a more successful novel in that it feels like things are actually getting done, […]

Posted May 1, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

What to say about a timeless fantasy? I actually reviewed The Fellowship of the Ring a couple of years ago, so I want to keep this brief and concise. My review in 2017 covered a lot of my technical concerns, so if you’d like to read more of a breakdown of the book, I’d suggest heading to that review.  As the technicals are covered, much of this review is going to be reactionary. As I mentioned in a recent post, Lord of the Rings is a classic.  Anyone who loves fantasy should read it – doubly so if you enjoy epic fantasy. […]

Posted April 28, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

I think this book is much easier tackled in audiobook format.  The story is interesting, but the departures into detail and lore can be distracting and tedious – not because they’re boring in themselves, but because they are frequent.  Nonetheless, the book is worth a read to anyone who enjoys adventure or epic stories. Characters ❤︎ One thing I had immense difficulty doing as I read this is separating Gandalf from Sir Ian McKellan,  Merry from Dominic Monaghan, etc.  I have so much more exposure to the films than the books that their characterization takes prominence.  That said…. I think […]

Posted February 23, 2017 in Reviews // 3 Comments //