April 21, 2007 4:37pm CST
I think maximum of us have read this series of books or have watched as a form of movies. But I recommend to all who have watched movie and loved it to read it in form of books as a lot more quite different experience is waiting for you. Just follow the way i suggest to have full experience of GREAT work LOTR. The Hobbit is nice prequel of LOTR but was actually written with no sequel in mind. This story derives from a mythological world that Tolkien had in his mind long before the Hobbit was written. Even 20 years or so before he wrote the Hobbit he was doing writings on this world of his. When the hobbit was successful he was to do a sequel. His plan was to put out the silmarillion and LOTR as one giant book so that his whole world could be explained. This caused problems for himself and LOTR ended up taking many years to write. He worked on the silmrillion for the entire rest of his life and it was never fully completed. Luckily LOTR came out and we at least have that fully published. Christopher Tolkien decided to publish the silmarillion after his father passed since he knew there was so much information in there. He took historical records his father had written on middle-Earth, other writings that he had written throughout his life like structures of how the silmarillion should be done, many poems on Middle-Earth, and combined them to make the most complete silmarillion book that he possibly could. He did a good job but it still seemed too short. Next he published the history of Middle-Earth books(1-12) to try and help people get as much understanding of his fathers's world as they can. You may think that it would be better to read the silmarillion first since it is pre-LOTR and you would be right. Here the exact order I would read the middle-Earth books if I just would have known how deep this world was before I started. 1) start with silmarillion and stop when you hit the chapter "The fall of Gondolin" And DON'T read it yet. 2) In the "Unfinished Tales" book read the first chapter "of Tuor and His coming to Gondolin". 3) after that in "The book of lost Tales 2" read the chapter "The fall of Gondolin" 4) now pick up "The silmarillion" where you left off and and it will give you a brief recap of what you just read and the recap will help get you back into the exact names that "The Silmarillion" Uses. You will see name changes because Tolkien was always redoing his stories and changing names. Also, the last chapter called "of The Rings of power and the Third Age" should bot be read yet. It is a very good writing, but it would spoil the entire Lord of the Rings Experience. 5) After you finish "The silmarillion" You should read "The Hobbit". As It is a quick read and then you can move on to the LOTR and get a lot more out of it. If this seems a bit much and you don't want to have to get 3 or 4 other books then just pick up LOTR and "The Hobbit" if you want. If you have seen the movie and loved it Then you may like the books even more. The ending is a lot different and overall LOTR remains my favorite book ever. I kind wish I would have never read it because every single book I have ever read now I always say that it was nowhere near as good as the Lord of the Rings.
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27 Apr 07
I'm afraid I suffer from exactly the same problem that you do, Pushpendragold. Other books just can't measure up to the might pen strokes of Tolkien. Though I love LOTR, I'm still stuck of The Lays of Beleriand, and the haunting story of Turin Turambar. My favorite character is of course the most tragic - Beleg Strongbow. Such a nice guy, such a horrible way to die. ;) I'm also a Galadriel fan. She's all over, from beginning to end, so to know her is to know the story of the Elves. I just finished watching "Eregon" and despite the fact that I knew it was based on "Dragon-Riders of Pern", I still found the character "Brom" way to close to Aragorn. Alas, I'll forever be comparing Ranger-like characters to him, and I shall never be free of him. Such is the way with the fantastic writings of Tolkien. Though they may have come from humble folk-tales, they have transcended beyond them into the realm of legend. People like you and me will never escape Tolkien's clutches, and will continue to spread the "disease" for the rest of our lives. :)