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    Quote Originally Posted by ELazansky View Post
    So this isn't a collecting question as much as it is a reading question. I am about 120 pages into Lord of the Rings, and Iam completely bored. I can only read a few pages at a time before I have to put the book down. Am I rushing to judgment? So many people say LOTR is the greatest thing ever...I'm not seeing it, at least not yet.
    Well. not positive as far as where 120 pages puts you in the story, but you have to get past "Rivendell" before it really picks up. A truly wonderful tale!!!!
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    Thanks Bill, I feel better now. Haven't gotten to Rivendell yet...just left Tom Bombadil's house. I won't give up on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELazansky View Post
    Thanks Bill, I feel better now. Haven't gotten to Rivendell yet...just left Tom Bombadil's house. I won't give up on it.
    Oh I know what you mean, Tom Bomadil was "brutal" to me. All those poems and songs!!! Arrghhhh!!! "Weathertop" is cool and the arrival at "Rivendell" as well. It's mostly "gravy" from here on out!!!!!
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    In fairness. It's overall a marvelous story, but there are parts that sorta drag.
    The Awesomest fled across the desert and The Awesomer followed.

    If you rescue me
    Iíll be your friend forever


    I wish that I could write fiction, but that seems almost an impossibility. -howard phillips lovecraft (1915)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin1958 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ELazansky View Post
    Thanks Bill, I feel better now. Haven't gotten to Rivendell yet...just left Tom Bombadil's house. I won't give up on it.
    Oh I know what you mean, Tom Bomadil was "brutal" to me. All those poems and songs!!! Arrghhhh!!! "Weathertop" is cool and the arrival at "Rivendell" as well. It's mostly "gravy" from here on out!!!!!
    Yes, do continue!

    It's all rather Hobbit light until Rivendell. Complete the story and then you will know if it was worthwhile.

    Tom Bombidil is an enigma in the story,the council of Elrond is probably one of my favourite chapters ever. It opens up the whole story.
    They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    In fairness. It's overall a marvelous story, but there are parts that sorta drag.
    The part i thought that dragged was, fellowship of the ring
    But a neccesary evil to get the desired effect from the rest of the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgc1999 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    In fairness. It's overall a marvelous story, but there are parts that sorta drag.
    The part i thought that dragged was, fellowship of the ring
    But a neccesary evil to get the desired effect from the rest of the story.
    I thought it set the story up wonderful.

    A lot of people were disappointed with the slowness but I adore Fellowship.
    They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

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    In all fairness i was young the first time i read it which may have had something to do with my feelings about that book. However you are correct, It is a crucial book and set up the rest of the trilogy amazingly. VERY well written and like i said, neccesary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgc1999 View Post
    In all fairness i was young the first time i read it which may have had something to do with my feelings about that book. However you are correct, It is a crucial book and set up the rest of the trilogy amazingly. VERY well written and like i said, neccesary.
    I always assumed that the pacing of the book was deliberate, as in the start was slow to show off the lazy relaxed lifestyle the Hobbits lived, as opposed to
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    after Rivendell when there is a genuine menace in the air and the mood takes a turn for the worst.


    On a side note, what did people think of 'The Council Of Elrond'?

    All the information was almost an overload for my brain but I absolutely adored that chapter. Your view of Middle Earth just expanded at an instant. You realised that this wasn't just a hobbit problem but something that would effect everybody.

    Can you tell I love Tolkien?
    They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

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    It left a pretty bleak feeling in the pit of my stomach at the time.

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    For your enjoyment, these are my copies, maybe less rare but I'd say no less loved. These are paperback Ballentine editions of my parents that I have from the mid 70s that I remember as a child of 6 or 7, really reading first as a 6th grader (and not understanding much of), and are still my reading copies read every few years (although I treat them quite a bit more carefully now.



    Here in The Hobbit (assuming that I got these URLs in the right order), I tried to get a futile family tree to try to keep the names straight. For some reason, I kept merging Bilbo & Frodo into the same hobbit, not understanding this was a prologue of essentially a different cast of characters.






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    I edited your post to show the photos rather than just links. Hope you don't mind.

    Those books remind me of the set I first read as a kid in the '70's as well. THE HOBBIT was great, but reading TLOTR series was a long haul for my developing attention span.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    I edited your post to show the photos rather than just links. Hope you don't mind.

    Those books remind me of the set I first read as a kid in the '70's as well. THE HOBBIT was great, but reading TLOTR series was a long haul for my developing attention span.
    Same here!!!! God, I just LOVED it!!!!! Read the Trilogy in 3 days!!! My class was reading it and I was home sick (blood poisoning, long story). Had my brothers stop in and get the next book each day and return the last!!!! Got my first PB set 2 weeks later!!
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    You read a full TLOR book each day for three days in a row?! That's crazy, Bill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    You read a full TLOR book each day for three days in a row?! That's crazy, Bill!
    Well, as I said I was "Laid up", but after Fellowship I was under the covers with a flashlight!!!! Plus there was no cable at the time. "Star Trek", "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits" were about it for me mostly. This was like '74-'75. Also, there was no "TV" like the one in your mind. Remember that???? I read a LOT of books by flashlight in those days!!!! I could literally devour them!!!! LOTR was almost like that "Where were you when Kennedy was Shot"? thing. You just have to remember the first time you read LOTR. right? AWESOME book!!!!! I read "The Hobbit" and Silmarillion" after.
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    Not at all, it was just too late for me, after several failed attempts. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    I edited your post to show the photos rather than just links. Hope you don't mind.

    Those books remind me of the set I first read as a kid in the '70's as well. THE HOBBIT was great, but reading TLOTR series was a long haul for my developing attention span.

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    Those Ballentine editions came out at the same time as a set of Ace editions (which were unauthorized). I ended up buying the Ace editions anyway, because the Ballentine editions were $.95 while the Ace ones were $.75. Back then, it really made a difference. I just wish I still had them (they were destroyed when my basement flooded.)

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    Did you lose a lot of books when it flooded?
    The Awesomest fled across the desert and The Awesomer followed.

    If you rescue me
    Iíll be your friend forever


    I wish that I could write fiction, but that seems almost an impossibility. -howard phillips lovecraft (1915)



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    Between 20,000 and 30,000 books, paperbacks, magazines, etc. I'd been collecting for more than 40 years. I donated most of what was left to charities.

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    Oh my god! I know it must have been devastating.
    The Awesomest fled across the desert and The Awesomer followed.

    If you rescue me
    Iíll be your friend forever


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    Luckily, I had some of the most valuable items upstairs--an almost complete set of Weird Tales (1923-1954), most of my Stephen King items and some other stuff. It just about broke my heart, though.

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    No doubt! It makes me sick just to think about it.
    The Awesomest fled across the desert and The Awesomer followed.

    If you rescue me
    Iíll be your friend forever


    I wish that I could write fiction, but that seems almost an impossibility. -howard phillips lovecraft (1915)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    No doubt! It makes me sick just to think about it.
    Me too.

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    Wow, that's some serious bad luck, sorry for your loss.

    I had a lot of things stolen from me and I kind of lost heart with beginning again as I just didn't have the energy or the money to start from scratch. I just had to let go...
    They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

    Red Cloud

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgc1999 View Post
    It left a pretty bleak feeling in the pit of my stomach at the time.
    The mood certainly changed after that!

    It was like a veil being lifted off of Middle Earth to reveal the true scope of the quest.

    And then The Silmarillion...
    They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

    Red Cloud

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