30 x 30: #13 – Re-read The Lord of the Rings

2014 12-09 LotR Cover ShootIt took me a lot longer to write this recap than any of the others because I’ve been so busy living life. One of the things I really wanted my 30×30 list to do was to restart my excitement for life and the little things and it’s done exactly that! At the same time I’m also glad I waited as I got to add the cool picture below to this post!

I added this to my list because let’s face it I needed to re-read it. The last time I read it was in high school just before Peter Jackson’s trilogy was released. I read them quickly and didn’t really take them in (I was still in my “I only read Star Wars novels.” phase. I remember the second book being such a struggle because it felt like it took SO long to read. It did take me a month to read, but looking back there’s no telling what that reason was. This time, however, I flew through all four of them in less than a month and I read books between the them! You can read my reviews of the books:

I think what I enjoyed most about this re-read was how much more of the detail I appreciated. I know that’s what I bitched about in the past, but it was wonderful to see the minor (and major) changes between the books and the films. I definitely prefer the books now, which is a shift, but I can appreciate everything Jackson did and didn’t do. I understand why he shifted things around for dramatic effect and more importantly I think he even improved the films by making more than one badass female character.

The Hobbit films are a different story. I believe Jackson got bored so he added a bit too much ridiculousness (the barrel scene in the second film) and lost his way. He has added  A LOT of information from Tolkien’s other middle-earth writing which has pissed a lot of people off. I haven’t minded the expansion of the story, but I have minded the ridiculous self-gratifying scenes, the new shooting style and the made up elf-dwarf romance. We’ll see where this last film goes, but I’ll probably stick to the original three films if I ever do an “epic watch” like I did with Star Wars.

2014 10-08 LotR en EspanolAs I said above, I was glad I waited before posting this because I randomly ran across a copy of The Fellowship of the Ring in Spanish at the same bookstore I got to hold an American First Edition of Wuthering Heights. It was neat to randomly find that especially as I was finally making headway in Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal. I doubt I will continue reading books in Spanish, mine is beyond rusty, but it was still cool to flip through it. I’m also glad I resisted purchasing all the additional Tolkien books I found at a bookstore a few weekends ago as I’m not sure those are for me. As I said in my The Return of the King review I read some of the appendices and will even attempt to conquer the The Silmarillion one day as I already own it, but I’m not so sure about the deep intricacies of the history of middle-earth.

I’m glad this was on the list and I can’t wait to re-read these in a few years to see what I notice next time!

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9 thoughts on “30 x 30: #13 – Re-read The Lord of the Rings

  1. Wow, that’s a big reading month. Well done! That would probably take me a few months to get through.

    I think my least favourite part about the Hobbit movies was the molten gold scene. That was just awful. I could actually deal with the barrel one, even though it was silly, but the last 30 minutes of that movie just hurt.

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    • That scene was outrageously ridiculous. I spent the entire time thinking, there’s no way this was in the book and when I re-read it I definitely remember breathing a sigh of relief that Tolkien wasn’t that much of an idiot 😀

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  2. I love Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy whether you’ve read the books or not I think they will be classic, well loved films. As for The Hobbit trilogy so far I’ve enjoyed them but not loved them. I don’t like how the story has been stretched out and some of the changes made I think have changed the mood of the story. Then again I might be biased against it as The Hobbit is my favourite book 😛

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  3. Jackson pissed me off so much with the first Hobbit movie (Oh look, someone is dangling by their hands at the edge of a cliff. Again.) that I didn’t even make it to the second one. Sounds like that was a good decision! I do have plans to do a marathon watching of all of the Lord of the Rings movies sometime though.

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