Written by J. R. R. Tolkien
Number 2 in The Lord of the Rings: Seven Book Editions
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co
Genre: Classics, Fantasy
Original Language: English
Read from 2021-01-07 to 2021-01-14
Read in English
Review: In the continuation of trying (and failing) to read Lord of the Rings slowly throughout the year, The Ring Goes South is the second book of the Fellowship-part (Rivendell -> The Breaking of the Fellowship). I’m continuing to enjoy this re-read, but this part was less enjoyable than the previous one.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that a book which is pretty much exclusively about a bunch of people moving from one place to another place feels like it’s connecting the dots, but whereas The Ring Sets Out had a proper fairytale feel, along with interesting world-building and a bunch of charm, this part of the story feels much more like it exists to convey information, rather than to be especially enjoyable to read. It doesn’t get boring, but it also doesn’t invoke the same feeling of wonder and adventure that I got from the first book.
That said, I’m obviously being picky, and the fact that these books have turned out to be too addictive to only read a couple of chapters a week speaks volumes. I’m still very much looking forward to reading what happens in a story where I very much know what is going to happen. Everyone who is going to read this book has probably already read it, but I’d highly recommend a re-read to anyone who has the time!