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Poll Question: Your favourite book by J.R.R. Tolkien?
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    Posted: November 08 2010 at 18:29
Has anybody read Roverandom? Its a great novella that's mostly for children but still well-told enough. It has some good non-sense stuff in it and can even be pretty funny. Tolkien drew or water-colored a few pictures for it too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote UndercoverBoy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2010 at 20:36
All I've read is The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  I'm going to go with the obvious choice, LOTR, although I think I need to read it again because I was young when I first read it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thellama73 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2010 at 20:39
I've read all of these except the Children of Hurin. The SIlmarillion is really great and The Lays of Beleriad, or whatever that on is called is epic, but nothing can top LOTR. Nothing.
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Children Of Hurin is a great read, definitely Christopher Tolkien style writing, sadly totally depressing tooUnhappy
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Originally posted by Chris S

Children Of Hurin is a great read, definitely Christopher Tolkien style writing, sadly totally depressing tooUnhappy

That's what I didn't like about it. LOL
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Not exactly a "devoted" Tolkien fan at this stage, having only read Fellowship of The Ring.  However, I just picked up the other 2 books of the LOTR trilogy.  After that, I'll probably go for The Hobbit.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 09 2010 at 16:24
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Children Of Hurin is a great read, definitely Christopher Tolkien style writing, sadly totally depressing tooUnhappy

That's what I didn't like about it. LOL


I've had 2 attempts at reading this book - I just can't get on with it.
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^ I can understand, Turin was in self destruct mode from the beginningUnhappy
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has to be the Lord of the Rings... but anyone who hasn't read Roverandom, Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wooton Major or his translation of Gwain and the Green Knight should check those works out to get a taste of his non-middle earth side
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Originally posted by Eńrendil

Has anybody read Roverandom? Its a great novella that's mostly for children but still well-told enough. It has some good non-sense stuff in it and can even be pretty funny. Tolkien drew or water-colored a few pictures for it too.
indeed! any one with children needs to get on reading this to them! probably one of the greatest childrens stories of all time!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mr. Maestro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 09 2010 at 21:47
LotR and Silmarillion are masterpieces, but I've always enjoyed The Hobbit more.  It's fairly simplistic compared to the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and the quasi-Biblical Silmarillion, but it's got a certain sort of charm that I feel the other works are lacking.
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to my personal preferance Turin Turambar is one of the most real fantasy carchters created, he suffers, but he still fights on, he meets alot of unfortionat events but stil hell he's head high, he is the greatest hero in the fantasy realm, closly followd by Rand al'Thor
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Very disturbed to see people on here claiming that the hobbits exist to amuse children.  Sam and Frodo are the absolute heart and soul of Lord of the Rings, which is simply one of the greatest pieces of creative fiction ever conceived.  The hobbits, their complex society and their indomitable will, their simplicity and their ferocity...I am a hobbit fancier. I love The Silmarillion to death, but I strongly feel the lack of hobbitage, and only read it every so often.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aapatsos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 18 2010 at 14:52
^ agree with your statement about hobbits, Tolkien did not just devise them, he took them from real life (ok with a bit of imagination). However, I do not miss them in the Silmarillion... it has so many things to keep me interested
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2010 at 20:50
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2010 at 20:51
Originally posted by aginor

who is Tom Bombadill  ErmmShockedWackoConfusedAngrySleepyDead 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Earendil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2010 at 20:58
Originally posted by aginor

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I think Tolkien left it a mystery on purpose. Disapprove 

I like to think of him as Iluvatar, but that doesn't really fit.
I think the most likely answer is a sort of embodiment of nature.  Its a pretty open question though...


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2010 at 21:09
someone (not me) said he was the impersonification of Arda (the earth), like a spirit a realy mighy spirit, like he's grilfriend whom is a river spirit
 
 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2010 at 21:13
Originally posted by Eńrendil

Originally posted by aginor

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I think Tolkien left it a mystery on purpose. Disapprove 

I like to think of him as Iluvatar, but that doesn't really fit.
I think the most likely answer is a sort of embodiment of nature.  Its a pretty open question though...
 
you might find this intresting/intriguing http://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/Bombadil.html
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