- Apr 26, 2013
I preferred the Hobbit. I found the Lord of the Rings books to be too drawn out. Had he cut out about two hundred pages, the books would have been vastly improved.
The original trilogy. There is no substitute for that masterpiece. Not the movies, not the games, nothing.
Couldn't disagree with you more. Every page in the Lord of the Rings is expertly crafted. In modern literature, we've been accustomed to fast-paced action adventures, but the Lord of the Rings is structured very differently and works largely because of that structure. To take out 200 pages would be to wreck the world-building, the character development, and the story itself. Admittedly, the books aren't for everyone, but I don't think that means they should have been slimmed.
I was always very curious about the character Tom Bombadil, and there's not much information about this misterious character who claims to be the "eldest living thing in the world".
My favorite piece of content is a set of quests in the game LOTR Online where you get to visit Tom Bombadil's house and know a little bit more of him.
I still have not read the other books where he was mentioned, outside the main trilogy, but I hope to do so one day.
"Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow;
Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow"