Re-Reading Hobbits

Posted By Whitney | 1 comment

For better part of my life, I have been walking around telling the stupidest excuse for not reading the Lord of the Rings series.

I did it wrong.

Side note, why do I have so many stories about how I broke the rules or reading/writing/life, and got a horrible experience as a result? I should really figure that out and stop doing it. Seriously.

Anyway, I read the Lord of the Rings out of order.

Or, more accurately, I started reading the Two Towers, got confused and bored, set it aside, and never picked it up again.


To be fair, I was dumb partially because I was being a precocious ten year old who thought she knew how life worked, and figured she knew better than Tolkien what order you should read things in.

No fault to the series at all, but I set aside the Lord of the Rings for almost two decades.

I did see the movies when they were released, because I don’t think you were allowed to be a teen when they were released and not see them.

This is getting off track, but I swear I’ll get it to come around.

Speed forward to 2015, when I get this feeling like I don’t have enough on my plate, so why don’t I read these books that I’ve been needing to read for forever.

I don’t really know what to say.

I think ten-year-old-me ruined it forever.

I know that Tolkein’s ouvre is supposed to be one of the greats in fantasy land, but I really think I just ruined it.

While I enjoyed the familiar story, familiar characters, and all that, I just was not feeling it at all. I think I complained to my husband on a nightly basis that I really wanted these Hobbits to stop walking and just get to the end.

Because that’s what happens when you know the plot before reading something. It’s less interesting.

Also, was everyone else aware of just how cliche LOTR is?

I mean, does it count as cliche if you basically invent the cliche?

Anyway, good/evil, all that nonsense. Too much polarization, not enough nuance.

I think I wrecked one of the greatest series ever, because I did it wrong.


1 Comment

  1. I’m glad to find out that I am not the only one who reads series out of order, most of the time wishing that I hadn’t but picking up the wrong book first.

    I even did it with college courses, taking Biology 112 without realizing that I might need the basis that 110 and 111 provided to succeed in the class.

    I don’t think reading the books out of order ruined it for you, but these books/movies were a big thing in your teen years and you/everyone knew everything about them so there is no newness to them at all.

    I don’t think I will have the same experience, as I am reading them now, because I never read them when I was supposed to and I was much too busy raising teenagers to have cared much about or stayed awake long enough to watch the ever so long movies!

    Wish me luck!

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