One of my bookish New Year’s Resolutions was to (re)read all of Tolkiens books. It only seemed natural to start with The Lord of the Rings. Below are my reviews of all three books.
The Fellowship of the Ring
I’ve read this book years ago, and I’ve seen the movies, of course. So I already considered myself a fan. However, it was even better than I remembered! I’m so happy to have finally reread it:) I loved everything about this book: the language, the plot, the hobbits, all the amazing characters, everything about Middle-Earth, etc. Should I go on? I think you get the point…
There were all these precious little details that I forgot about, and I love the interaction between the characters. Tolkien is the godfather of fantasy for a reason, of course. Middle-Earth is so well thought-out, it’s truly incredible.
The Two Towers
I always have a hard time telling the separate books (and movies) apart, but while the first book is my favorite (if I have to pick one), the second holds some of my favorite moments, and also: the ents! I finished it within a day somehow, because I forgot how exciting it all was. Something else I forgot, is how funny these books actually are. I especially think the interaction between Merry and Pippin and the rest of the fellowship is pretty hilarious.
The Return of the King
I know this might freak some people out (my sister asked if I was running a fever), but I’ll just say it anyway: I finished this book in one sitting, immediately after finishing the second book.
I love how this book goes on for a good 100 pages after everything ends, and that makes this book all nice and fuzzy. I can’t say much about this book without spoiling it (although I’m guessing there aren’t many people out there to be spoiled, as most know the story already), but I love Sméagol’s inner battle, it’s so well done and actually makes you feel bad for the creepy little monster.
I guess you can tell I really love these books? This certainly won’t be the last time I’ve read them! I can’t even tell you what my favorite thing is. The plot is amazing, of course, but the characters are all so rounded and I love their interaction. Also, the world-building in these books is better than anything you’ll ever encounter. Middle-Earth and its inhabitants are so incredibly well thought-out! So, you get an amazing plot, great characters, a really detailed fantasy world, and to top that, it’s also just so well-written! All I can say is: if you haven’t, go read these books! Even though the movies are great, the books are certainly a whole lot better.
In March, I’ll be reading The Hobbit with The Magic Book Club. If you’d like to join, let us know on Instagram!:)