#1
i want to start reading the lord of the rings.
is the fellowship the correct book to begin my entry into the series or should i begin with the hobbit?
also my gf said there are a few books that go along with the trilogy that can help you with what she says is difficult terminology.
so whats the best place to start?
#3
Go for the Hobbit, then the main trilogy. If you're not tired, hit up the Silmarillon. It talks about where the wizards came from, the elves, and Morgoth, the OG dark lord.
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#4
Fellowship IMO.

LOTR was meant to be read on its own, and The Hobbit was not even meant to be read by us! So read The Hobbit after LOTR.
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#6
i dont know,i dont give any time to read
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I'm a major Tolkien buff, so take it from me.

Read the Hobbit if you want a bit of background.

Start at the Fellowship if you're fine with missing some references.

For a good understanding of the book, read the Silmarillion first.

For a complete understanding, read everything, starting with the Silmarillion, then to the Book of Lost Tales, Lays of Beleriand, possibly the Tolkien Reader, and the Book of Unfinished Tales first.

You'll realize that, in the end, the War of the Rings was essentially unimportant to the wars of the Valinor.

It's all about the jeweled trees.
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#9
God damn These books confuse me
Although I do know that The hobbit should be read before the trilogy
It will give you alot of insight
#10
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I'm a major Tolkien buff, so take it from me.

Read the Hobbit if you want a bit of background.

Start at the Fellowship if you're fine with missing some references.

For a good understanding of the book, read the Silmarillion first.

For a complete understanding, read everything, starting with the Silmarillion, then to the Book of Lost Tales, Lays of Beleriand, possibly the Tolkien Reader, and the Book of Unfinished Tales first.

You'll realize that, in the end, the War of the Rings was essentially unimportant to the wars of the Valinor.

It's all about the jeweled trees.

I will have read all of these one day.
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I personally began with The Hobbit, and never really read the trilogy itself until after I saw the first movie. But then again, if you like prequels as much as I do, you'll want to start directly on Fellowship Of The Ring.

So really, it's all up to you.

EDIT: And also, as someone else stated, if you really like the trilogy and The Hobbit, go for Silmarillion afterwards, if you manage (it's pretty heavy). And if you still want more after that, go for The Children of Hurin (it was made in 2007 from compiled writings from most of Tolkien's books, including unfinished writings).

DOUBLE EDIT: Yeah, someone else pretty much summed it all up, the Lord Of The Rings is really just a footnote in Tolkien's universe, but it's a good place to start.
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Have you read his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? I was interested, but would like an opinion.
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Silmarillion is a tough one (you need to memorize a LOT of names, and know who has what nicknames), and get the Book of Lost Tales with Christopher Tolkien's notes, or it's so scattered that it doesn't make much sense.
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Have you read his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? I was interested, but would like an opinion.

I've read an outline of it, but I have the full text on reserve from a library across the state, I'll have it soon.
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I've read an outline of it, but I have the full text on reserve from a library across the state, I'll have it soon.

Awesome. He was a real English literature buff. I would love to see his take on Beowulf or The Canterbury Tales.
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just finished reading the hobbit, i plant to read the other books soon
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Silmarillion is a tough one (you need to memorize a LOT of names, and know who has what nicknames), and get the Book of Lost Tales with Christopher Tolkien's notes, or it's so scattered that it doesn't make much sense.

I can do it. I once read the Bible all the way through.
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ok. thanx guys but i think i'm more confused now

Don't be. It all depends on your reading level. If you're a crazy, in depth, hardcore reader, than start at the Silmarillion. Same if you're looking for a deep, meaningful, in depth story.

If you're just looking for a cool story about dudes with swords killing stuff, go with the Fellowship.
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Don't be. It all depends on your reading level. If you're a crazy, in depth, hardcore reader, than start at the Silmarillion. Same if you're looking for a deep, meaningful, in depth story.

If you're just looking for a cool story about dudes with swords killing stuff, go with the Fellowship.


thanx. i'm leaning toward starting with the fellowship or with the hobbit. if i want more, i'll go for the silmarillon
#24
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I'm a major Tolkien buff, so take it from me.

Read the Hobbit if you want a bit of background.

Start at the Fellowship if you're fine with missing some references.

For a good understanding of the book, read the Silmarillion first.

For a complete understanding, read everything, starting with the Silmarillion, then to the Book of Lost Tales, Lays of Beleriand, possibly the Tolkien Reader, and the Book of Unfinished Tales first.

You'll realize that, in the end, the War of the Rings was essentially unimportant to the wars of the Valinor.

It's all about the jeweled trees.

Basically what I was gonna say, except I probably don't know as much as he does.
However, anyone who can read through all of the Tolkien books must be really awesome, right?

*hint hint*... :stickpoke

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Basically what I was gonna say, except I probably don't know as much as he does.
However, anyone who can read through all of the Tolkien books must be really awesome, right?

*hint hint*... :stickpoke

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Oh fine, if you insist.

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#26
The Hobbit is the best out of the series. It's the only one that doesn't constantly go off on some random bull shit tangent of singing.
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#27
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so whats the best place to start?

the beginning.


really though, probably The Hobbit.
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Oh fine, if you insist.

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it's alright. Seriously though, that is pretty awesome. I tried to read the Silmarillion and I got to the third paragraph and went and chased butterflies. Now I'm Tolkien-challenged
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it's alright. Seriously though, that is pretty awesome. I tried to read the Silmarillion and I got to the third paragraph and went and chased butterflies. Now I'm Tolkien-challenged

Just focus on the singing, focus on the singing.

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