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 Post subject: Question about the prologue
PostPosted: July 5th, 2008, 2:09 pm 
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Well I am about to, for the first time, read The Lord of the Rings. All of them that is. I have read FOTR and TTT about 4 years ago, but I never got to the ROTK.

I have since tried to read FOTR, but to be honest by the time I am halfway through the history of the pipeweed my interest has waned slightly, as I just want to delve into the story.

So my question is: can I bi-pass all the history at the beginning and read it later, or do I really need to know it all beforehand?

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The prologue is not important to the story, unless you care to hear just exactly how pipeweed is so hobbitish. It's really just history and explanations, which, having seen the movies, you get the general gist of anyway.

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I assume you have already got pre-conceived ideas about the story from the P.J. movie interpretation?

Go ahead and read all the chapters, then if you're interested in background and such, read the prologue and appendices.

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I have to agree - the prologue is interesting, but honestly, I didn't read it until maybe my third time through the books. It's fine to dive straight into the story; you won't be missing anything crucial. ;-)

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Yep. You can. I say so :P

Nope, on a more serious note, the Prologue can be read after, but I think it adds something to the whole experience to read it all the way through before. :P

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Well, I felt that I had to read it the first time through...but if I remember correctly, it sort of lost me, and there wasn't really anything crucial to the story in there. Go ahead and just dive in. :)

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I remember I felt that too when I start to read it: it was before the movie was released and I was like "Ok, pipeweed, ok, mathoms, ok, family lines that I don't get at all, when does the story actually begin???"
I have to admit that I put the book aside at that time... :P When I started it again, some years later and a bit older, I skipped it "I remember that! I saw it in the movie!" :P

Lazy, laziness... :P

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Oh, yay! I'm so glad to see our dear JF finally reading the novels, officially! :) I don't even remember there being a prologue. Is it in all versions of the novel or in newer/older versions? I have a copy from the 1950s and a newer copy from a time after the movies came out. Speaking of laziness, I should probably look it up myself. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Question about the Prologue...
PostPosted: September 4th, 2016, 7:19 pm 
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For me, when it came to reading Fellowship the first time, I had just read 'The Hobbit' and was really interested in Hobbits and Hobbit Lore in general, so I jumped right on to reading the Prologue because it's titled 'Concerning Hobbits'. However, starting with the 1st chapter of Lord Of The Rings' 'Long Expected Party' is fine, whether one has read 'The Hobbit' or is going right into the tale anew.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about the prologue
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I am one of those people who doesn't really like prologues and tends to skip over them, especially when it's a book I know is going to be good. I didn't read the prologue until my 2nd read-through. There's a lot of great stuff in it though, and it should definitely be read at some point!

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 Post subject: Re: Question about the prologue
PostPosted: December 30th, 2016, 8:33 pm 
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Héalic wrote:
"I am one of those people who doesn't really like prologues and tends to skip over them, especially when it's a book I know is going to be good. I didn't read the prologue until my 2nd read-through. There's a lot of great stuff in it though, and it should definitely be read at some point!"


Yes, definitely! I suppose it could have been incorporated into the Appendices, but due to the interest in Hobbits brought on by people having read 'The Hobbit' and desired more information on them, it was a smart move to put that in as a prologue.

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