I have a terrible confession to make, fellow readers–I have not started The Fellowship of the Ring. Dorothy Dunnett’s King Hereafter has consumed my reading life and threatens to do so for the foreseeable future, and I promised myself I wouldn’t read The Fellowship of the Ring until I finished King Hereafter. I’m a little put out that my reading diet for February will consist of two books, but c’est la vie. Hopefully, you are faring much, much better than I am, so let’s take stock of where we are halfway through The Fellowship of the Ring!
I haven’t left The Fellowship of the Ring completely untouched, I have to say–I’ve read the prologue, which covers everything you need to know about hobbits, their ways, and the events of The Hobbit. I’ve been a little hesitant about The Fellowship of the Ring‘s writing style, as plenty of people have told me that they prefer the avuncular tone of The Hobbit, but the prologue is a comfortable link between the two. While it’s not as cheeky, it’s comfortable, accessible, and doesn’t take itself deadly serious. For some reason, I’ve always pegged The Lord of the Rings as occasionally difficult reading, but I don’t think that view will hold–after all, I developed it when I was a wee lass of ten.
I’m sure most of you are miles ahead of me, so I want to know what you think! If you feel up to a progress update, here are some questions to get you started.
- If you’ve been with us since the beginning, how do you feel about the narrator compared to the narrator in The Hobbit?
- How’s your pace going? Is it smooth sailing or have you found passages that are difficult to get through?
- If you’ve read this series before, is The Fellowship of the Ring, for the most part, as you remembered? If not, is it what you expected or something else?
- Are you using any of the extra features–maps and indexes, for instance–in your book?
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I’m planning to rewatch all the films in May, after my exams, with some friends, and I was wondering if anybody else in the challenge would like to do the same to cap the readalong. This is totally optional, of course–I’ve been threatening to do a rewatch for ages, and this is as good a time as any. If you’re game, tell me with a comment or an e-mail. It should be great fun!
Happy reading, all!