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Too long. Too boring.
on 25 February 2013
I wanted to like LoTR so much - I really did. I enjoyed the Hobbit and am certainly a fan of more whimsical fiction.
After reading the first two volumes, I read the third simply to finish the entire story: I had already invested a lot of time in the saga and wanted to see it through.
Sorry guys, but my god it was boring. I mean I usually read a fair bit, but I found myself unable to read more than a page a night without wanting to gouge my eyes out for an excuse to stop reading it.
The work that JRR Tolkien put into his masterpiece is staggering - the man was undeniably a genius, but his prose is overly discriptive and the whole thing is far too long. I found I was skipping pages at a time and still being more or less at the same point in the story. I do understand why it is so popular, but personally I think even die hard fans will admit that it is a labourious read at times. PG Wodehouse it most certainly is not.
In my opinion the Hobbit was Tolkiens greatest achievement. Far more readable, more atmospheric and more emmersing.
Each to their on of course. I just didn't get on with it at all.