Written by J. R. R. Tolkien
Number 1 in The Lord of the Rings: Seven Book Editions
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Genre: Classics, Fantasy
Original Language: English
Read from 2021-01-01 to 2021-01-06
Read in English
Review: It’s been about fifteen years since the last time I read Lord of the Rings all the way through. The plan was for me to, along with my girlfriend, for a slow-reading book club in which we re-read Lord of the Rings (the 7-book edition, including Appendices) slowly, spreading it out over 2021. It hasn’t really gone that way because, as it turns out, it’s actually quite a good book! And hard to put down!
This first book is The Ring Sets Out (going up to Rivendell), and it was truly a delight to re-read! I even enjoyed some of the parts I remember very much not enjoying when I was younger (the poems, songs, stories), and some chapters are still real page-turners, despite already knowing what’s going to happen.
I’ll also win absolutely no points in originality in saying that the storytelling in this book is wonderful, but the gravitas of the story, as long as the fairytale-like childishness of some of it, is absolutely delightful. It’s much more fun that I remembered.
Having read this start again, I’m really excited to read the rest. Turns out, the way in which I read and enjoy books has changed quite a bit in 15 years, and while I’ve never been incredibly interested in re-reading books — even ones I read a long time ago, and really liked — Lord of the Rings might change my mind about that.