"Look, I'm telling you! You read it wrong! Gandalf can't die!"
"But in the end, the statement that, 'the wildest imaginings that dark rumour had ever suggested to the hobbits fell altogether short of the actual dread and wonder of Moria,' left me unconvinced..."
"The format of their 'fellowship' seems really important. But I don't know what to think of Pippin and Merry's inclusion..."
"No matter what happens, the personage of Evil, the Common Enemy, always reappears destroying the fruitfulness of the sacrifices and heroism of past individuals and groups."
"Finally, as ridiculous as it is, and it is ridiculous, the most surprising thing in this chapter was learning that Sauron is 'The Lord of the Rings'!"
"...The story is compelling (exciting, nerve-wracking, adventurous, annoying, and colorful), but it's not the easiest to read..."
"...Sam Gamgee turns out to be a heck of a lyricist. Mark my words, there's something special about that hobbit...maybe he won't turn out to be a magician or a warrior like Frodo suggests, but there is something about him."
After already reading The Silmarillion (though many of you seemed to disapprove of reading it before The Lord of the Rings), Mark-Edmond at last comes upon some history he is quite familiar with, and lets us know just what he thinks of it... His comments prompt me to ask, is The Silmarillion better?
"I can't agree with those of you who say it's in between The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. In my experience I'd say it's almost exactly like The Hobbit..."
"I just want to strangle them all for being so unbelievably stupid!"
"What I like about Tolkien, though, is that there's always a story behind the story. I like that because it's honest. It's more like our own lives..."
Continue with Mark-Edmond as he meets Tom Bombadil for the first time--and is rather taken with his appearance!
"I wonder if Tolkien had a bad experience in a forest of some kind when he was a kid..."
The Lord of the Rings is finally growing a bit on Mark-Edmond, it seems...
Feeling a bit uneasy...