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Old 09-17-2002, 09:12 PM   #1
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So who's actually READ Lord of The Rings?

I'm reading it for the first time now, partially because I needed to and partially because I can't wait until they are all released to know how it all plays out. And as far as the movies go, I'm finding that my appreciation for FOTR is increasing by reading the book and picking up all that I didn't before reading it. I think they have done a great job with the first movie, was anyone here a longtime LOTR fan that was dissapointed by it?

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You mean it's actually a book?? What's a book?

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I was thinking of reading the books to see if anything was considerably different betweeen the formats. Plus with the books one doesn't have to wait for Christmas '03 and '04. Johnny, you thinking of reading The Hobbit at all??

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I have read Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, and Return of the King. The only book I have not read is The Hobbit. I had a hard time getting into the books but at the same time I couldnt put them down. I think I was more disappointed with the ending of Return of the King...guess I didnt want the story to end. I would definitely read all the books again.

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I've read The Hobbit, Fellowship, Two Towers, and I'm reading Return of the King right now. They're great, and I loved the movie too. Books are always better though.
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Johnny, you thinking of reading The Hobbit at all??
I have read the Hobbit before as a kid but I also read it again as just to make sure I didn't miss anything. I wanted just to skip into LOTR but I made myself start at the begining.

As far as the first movie, I would say that the only thing I really was dissapointed that they left out was the part with Tom Bombadil, I loved that part of the book and thought it was a very interesting character. But I guess they didn't really have time to deal with him, but I am going to have to read the other books that tell the story of Bombadil.
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Goolly gee...in maye, i'll bee a collige greduat.
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Love the books, love the film. Two Towers is said to be an ace film so I cannot wait!!! : : : :
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I think Unforgettable Lemon reads it once every year.

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Lord of Rings and hobbit are classics of fantasy genre

fuck these damn movies , books are soo much better , i'm very disappointed , money dipshit this videos " trilogy " are , atleast Lucas is making his own stuff , what a rip off ,
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don't be all pretentious
thinking the books are God and any movuie must therefore be a blasphemy

Don't kid yourself the first movie was great and I can't even imagine how amazing the next movies will be since they have ll the pre-story and starting plots out of the way.

I read on theonering.net today that the people who reviewed the two towers to decide what rating it was said it was not only better than the first move
BUT
it was THE BEST MOVIE HE HAS EVER SEEN!!!

this has be very very exited

oh, and yeah
I real LOTR 4 times and will be starting on the 5th reading soon
I read Hobbit a bunch
I read Christopher Tolkiens "History of Middle Earth"
I read the Silmarillion a couple times

I'm a nerd when it comes to LOTR
But I still love the movie(s)
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I read Christopher Tolkiens "History of Middle Earth"
I read the Silmarillion a couple times
What are those 2 books in particular about? I mean the 'History' is obvious but does it follow any characters or is it more of a chronology? Any other insights in to the other books linked to LOTR I'd love to hear from you.
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I hope you get your wish johnny...hahaha a balrog

old tale this....I should send my sons in here to discuss it with you. Their father reading it a few pages each night to them was a turning point in their love of books...well more advanced books...i can't keep them supplied with books now. Mt bro-in-law gave me Lord of The Rings when i was about 12ish.I have several editions, none in very good condition, but some old ones.
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I have read all the books twice.

I think Fellowship plods a bit, the 1st half of Two Towers DRAGS, 2nd half to Two Towers picks up the pace, and Return of the King is AMAZING.

Also: for anyone who digs both LOTR and philosophy, keep your eyes peeled for the LOTR and Philosophy book due out next year around the same time as the Return of the King film. It's from Open Court Press, the same fine folks who brought you Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Simpsons and Philosophy, and The Matrix and Philosophy. And the fact that I am working on this book has NOTHING to do with my small, shameless promotion.
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What are those 2 books in particular about? I mean the 'History' is obvious but does it follow any characters or is it more of a chronology? Any other insights in to the other books linked to LOTR I'd love to hear from you.
Hello,

I haven't read the 'History' but I do have the Silmarillion. To me, you can see it as some sort of 'bible (Old Testament)' for Middle Earth, a book telling the creation of Middle Earth, of the Elves, etc. It consists of some separate stories which together form the legends and myths of Middle Earth. Although the main emphasis is on the time before Men came into existance, it also has a story about what happened after LOTR (and it reveals who Gandalf really is/was). I read it for the first time this summer and I liked it.

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