About to embark on a reading journey! Need some info PLEASE!

@dloveli (4369)
United States
January 21, 2010 7:08am CST
I love to read! I become the characters in the books. As many of you know from my discussions and such that I love Harry Potter and things similar to. I just read the entire Harry Potter series from cover to cover including the spin off book THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD. I loved Harry Potter didnt care too much for Beedle though. I have been trying to figure out what to read next and I decided to go with LORD OF THE RINGS and all the spinoffs, prequels or what have you. My journey will begin today. I am on my way to the library to get the books. Here's what I need from my beloved myLotters. LORD OF THE RINGS starts off with the HOBBIT right? Then there are the books on middle earth (not sure the exact title)and the books for each culture such as elves, dwarfs etc. Does anyone know the order? Im sure they can help me at the library. I did try to go on line and find it. I did get somewhat of an answer. From what I gather they have books that also explain the other books. Has anyone else read this? Please if you know of any other books similar to the ones I have mentioned, could you let me know the titles and a brief description. You guys are the best. Thanks dl
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7 responses
• United States
21 Jan 10
You might find this link helpful. Scroll down on the page and on the left hand side you'll see FAQ's. They'll tell you in what order to read the books. .....http://www.tolkiensociety.org/index.html....... I have no affiliation with this site, it's just an informative site for Tolkien and his works. Have fun!
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
21 Jan 10
Hey Kashmere! Thanks alot! After I read your response, I immediately went to the link and found just what I was looking for. That's all I was looking for. I loved the movie in its entirety. However, I began to have questions. When I was at the library last week, I was talking to one of the librarians about how I was trying to spend some time answering some questions I had regarding the LORD OF THE RINGS. I never read the HOBBIT so I knew I was starting there. However, she also told me there were books explaining how the elves and the others came to middle earth. I was hooked! On my way there now to begin my journey. Starting with the HOBBIT.HERE GOESWish me luck dl
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• United States
21 Jan 10
Have fun and I really hope you enjoy yourself! I'm glad I could help a little bit. I did see all three movies and just loved them! My favorite is with the tree's coming to life, that was awesome as I'm a tree lover, haha!
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
22 Jan 10
OMG I love the tree shepards. I thought that whomever created them was a genius. They were gorgeous.dl
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@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
22 Jan 10
I have just finished the Harry Potter series and loved absolutely it all. My daughter has the Beedle The Bard book, but I am not sure if I will read that one or not. I read the whole Lord Of The Rings series about ten years ago for the first time and have all of the books and the movies as well. I saw the movies each time on the first day that each was released. They are awesome. I have read the books and seen the movies many times over the years! The LOTR series does start with the Hobbit. It introduces you to The Ring and some of the characters. You can then buy the LOTR in one big thick book or in the 3 books, The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and The Return Of The King. I have the big thick version! If you want to then get into all of the history of the ring and the races of people, dwarves, elves etc... Then you can get The Silmarillion. LOTR was initially intended by Tolkien to be one volume of a two-volume set along with The Silmarillion, however the publisher decided to omit the second volume and instead published LOTR as three books rather than one, for economic reasons. This I have not read as it is pretty intense reading from what I was told and not really a necessary read to get the story. But if you are a very good reader and can handle the complicated mind of JRR Tolkien, then you should read it for sure!
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
24 Jan 10
Thank you soooo much Rawbill! I am happy to know that I am not the only one who loves Harry Potter. I wish the author wouldnt stop but I understand. It doesnt really seem to work with a 30 year old Wizard. I read Beedle the Bard and I dont recommend it for kids. I didnt even really follow the point. Its a book of fairytales for wizards with Dumbledore putting his two cents in. I didnt like it too much. I loved Harry Potter though. I am reading the HOBBIT right now and I must admit its hard to get into. I am trying. I will get through it. Happy Reading dl
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
24 Jan 10
Happy reading to you too! My wife really enjoyed the Harry Potter series as well, but she could not get into The Hobbit. Same with my daughter. She nagged me for months to read the Harry Potter series and I finally agreed after she agreed to read The Hobbit if I started the first Potter book. They both did not get more than half way through the book before giving up! Some people just do not get it! I feel that The LOTR book was more interesting than The Hobbit though, so I encourage you to stick it out and see what comes of it!
• China
22 Jan 10
How about TWILIGHT SAGA,there's fiction and love in it,I have just finished all of them, even the draft MIDNIGHT SUN!It's about love between vampire and a human girl,hope you will like it.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
23 Jan 10
I love vampire movies. I didnt like Twilight though. I thought it was directed at teens. To me it was more of a vampirian romeo and juliet. Im not into the whole love story, situation. I just couldnt get into it. Its the first vampire movie i couldnt get into. Maybe Im going to try to read the book. Sometimes its alot different in the book. Thanks for the recommendations my friend. dl
@Hatley (164257)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Jan 10
hi dloveli wish you could talk to my son he is a lord of the rings fan all the way through all the books. Another book of a series by CS lewis is the Lion and the Wardrobe get that too and you will enjoy reading it. I saw the movie,it was just wonderful. the library will help you to get the books in the right order and Advise you on all things Tolkein so let them show you the ropes, they love to help, I know as I used to work in a library for twenty odd years.he he.Also a HItchhikers guide to the Galaxy those are really fun, all his series.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
22 Jan 10
You know Hatley, You are a very interesting person! I love the library. I love books. Ever since I was younger I always fell into the characters of the book I was reading. It started with Where the wild things are, Judy Blume books were great. Are you there god its me Margaret? was a great book. Sheila the Great. I could go on and on. I love reading. Thanks Hatley I really enjoy your comments. DL
@dawnald (84070)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Jan 10
The Hobbit was published first, then Lord of the Rings, then the Silmarillion followed by a bunch of books with fragments, etc. I'd read them in that order and then decide if you're interested in the other stuff. It's rather scholarly, most of it.
@Torunn (5260)
• Norway
21 Jan 10
If you are going for all the books on Middle Earth, my suggestion for how to read them would be The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and then Silmarillion. If you like the Silmarillion, then you could go for some of all the books that Tolkiens son has put together. I like Unfinished Tales best, and Lays of Beleriand. Lost Tales 1 and 2 were quite good too, some of the other ones were a bit too much for me. It is very much about how Tolkien wrote, many examples of drafts he didn't use. Farmer Giles of Ham was funny though, and also Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Roverandom. Roverandom hasn't anything to do with Middle Earth, it's about a dog, but I thought it was cute. Also the Father Christmas letters, they're also cute, and has lots of Tolkien's drawings in them.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
21 Jan 10
I had only started to read your discussion when the title Lord of the Rings entered my mind. What an adventure you are in for, I, who never read a book more than once have read that series 3 time. I encourage you on your start of these wonderful books. Enjoy