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Do you think it was hard to read FOTR?
yes, very hard 10%  10%  [ 18 ]
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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2009, 5:14 pm 
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I picked up Fellowship of the Ring after seeing the movie for the first time, not realizing there existed the prequel The Hobbit, and so I wasn't at all used to Tolkien's writing style and his pacing so it was very hard for me to get through it. I would try to read through two times, both of which I gave up reading for quite sometime when I reached the Council of Elrond chapter.

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I saw the movie when i was about nine years old because my cousin said me it's great... I liked it very much and next year i bought the book!... Firstly it was very boring for me, especially the introducing of the hobits!!!!!! I read harry potter, and after i got used to reading books i read it again.... and then i understood everything, and when i finished it ... i was stunned, telling to anyone to read it.....

And then i became a tolkien fun :-D

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My parents used to read LOTRs to me growing up so by the time I was old enough to read it myself I knew most of the story already.

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It was definitely hard for me. I tried twice, and gave up even before the Council of Elrond. I just couldn't handle the writing style.

I picked up RotK one day and opened it to the battle at the Black Gates. Read a couple pages, went back to FotR, and motored through as fast as I could.

I do think the way it's written makes it hard to get into at first, but I found/find that the second, or third, or fourth time through, I love it. Once you know the story and you're familiar with his writing, you can sit back and appreciate it. His writing is just so beautiful; it makes everything seem so real, it captures the imagination, it makes you laugh and cry. There's something majestic about it.

So even though it was a chore to read through it the first time, I'm glad he wrote the way he did. It's worth it once you re-read.

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Minuialwen wrote:
It was definitely hard for me. I tried twice, and gave up even before the Council of Elrond. I just couldn't handle the writing style.

I picked up RotK one day and opened it to the battle at the Black Gates. Read a couple pages, went back to FotR, and motored through as fast as I could.

I do think the way it's written makes it hard to get into at first, but I found/find that the second, or third, or fourth time through, I love it. Once you know the story and you're familiar with his writing, you can sit back and appreciate it. His writing is just so beautiful; it makes everything seem so real, it captures the imagination, it makes you laugh and cry. There's something majestic about it.

So even though it was a chore to read through it the first time, I'm glad he wrote the way he did. It's worth it once you re-read.


I can see why people would be put off!

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I definately found it pretty hard the first time I read it. I was pretty young when I first tried to read it.

I'd read The Hobbit prior to anything LOTR, and the difference in the way both are written are very striking. I don't know, the Hobbit has always been easier for me to get through than LOTR. :P

But I agree with what seems like the general sentiment, that once you get through FOTR (and TTT and ROTK for that matter), it's a LOT easier to go back and reread them because you're used to his style, his voice, etc. And you know what happens and it generally makes a lot more sense than trying to wade through it all in FOTR for the first time. :P

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The Hobbit is definitely a good book to start with. It's a lot easier to read, but it still introduces you to Tolkien's style, which would help if you go on to LotR. My younger brother (12) wants to read LotR, but he tried the Fellowship once and found it too hard. Since he already knows the story, I suggested he just start in the Two Towers, when the ball's already rolling and exciting things are happening. Then after he's done he can go back and read the Fellowship.

I think it's amusing how the things that make it hard to read the first time are precisely the things that I now love about the books. :roll:

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Minuialwen wrote:
The Hobbit is definitely a good book to start with. It's a lot easier to read, but it still introduces you to Tolkien's style, which would help if you go on to LotR. My younger brother (12) wants to read LotR, but he tried the Fellowship once and found it too hard. Since he already knows the story, I suggested he just start in the Two Towers, when the ball's already rolling and exciting things are happening. Then after he's done he can go back and read the Fellowship.

I think it's amusing how the things that make it hard to read the first time are precisely the things that I now love about the books. :roll:


hehe! defo a good way to start.

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 Post subject: Re: Do you think it was hard to read FOTR the first time?
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I think I read Fellowship for the first time when I was about 10, but overall I found it rather dull. A few years latter when I re-read it for the first time, I must say I enjoyed it much more. Fellowship does get much easier to read after you read the whole series I think, as you pick up on a lot more. I also think that Book 1 of Fellowship is a nice change of pace from the rest of LotR. I am currently reading it aloud to my sister, but she is having my stop and explain what just happened every several pages. :closedeyes:

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I started FotR when I was 12..and admittedly,skipped through parts of it because it was boring me to death :erm: Of course I did go back to it a week later after I finished TTT and RotK, then I found out how much I had missed of the Tom Bombadil stuff :-P

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No, I read it pretty quickly...

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I read it at the end of the exams start of 6th form! My mum read me a little when i young, but because they did know back then i was dyslectic :-(. So reading was always a challenge for me! I read Harry Potter etc, but i soon went back to the lord of the rings, i just have to read some parts twice for it to sink in! :confused2: I love fantasy, but i have yet too read the other two, i only read the first one, hopefully i can take them on holiday this year! I read the hobbit, which was easy and hard!?! :lol: I read a lot slower then most people!

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I think if you read the hobbit first then you almost want to read FoTR afterwards. But if you see the movies first then i guess most people who enjoyed the films mightve been inspired to read the books as well.

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What?! Hard to read?! Not at all! :)

I didn't exactly find it hard to read. I was in the 6th grade I believe, and I was still on the verge of "sort of interested, but not just yet" sort of thing. S I read it more slowly than I read TTT or ROTK, but not because I found it hard to read. :)


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I saw the movies first, and fell in love with them. :D That was in 4th grade, I think. The year after I picked up FotR and started reading, and then continued with the other two. Would I be here if I had not fallen in love? :lol: I didn't find any of them hard to read. Well, maybe a bit. Yeah. . . .:)

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The first time I read Fellowship of the Ring, it seemed rather hard to understand and enjoy to me, I must have been ten or eleven years old at the time. Having picked it up again a few months ago, it was fun, and easy to appreciate as a great work of literature as well.


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