A Tolkien Virgin

A Tolkien Virgin: The Return of the King – Book VI – Chapter 9 – The Journey ENDS!

“When it’s all said and done, I find myself staring at the last words on the last page in silence, awash in emotion, wondering ‘how can it end?’…”

A Tolkien Virgin: The Two Towers – Book IV – Chapter 8 – The Journey Continues

“Sam also talks about Beren’s quest for a Silmaril from Melkor’s crown. It’s profound that they realize that they’re in the same story as the Silmarillion. Although, given Tolkien’s different writing styles for the Silmarillion and the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Sam and Frodo’s peril seems greater to me than Beren’s. We can feel their peril more tangibly given the narrative we’ve been following…”

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A Tolkien Virgin: The Two Towers – Book IV – Chapter 5 – The Journey Continues

“And I’m glad I read the Silmarillion first (minus Of the Third Age), because certain references (although fewer than I’d hoped) are clearer and bring deeper meaning to the present story. A perfect example is Faramir’s passing reference to the White Tree–it brings alive the long broken history from the beginnings of time through the fall of Númenor and into Middle-earth.”

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