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Old 06-06-2008, 08:19 PM   #41
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Has anyone checked out his book, "Sir Gwain and the Green Knight"? It's excellent, and very much underrated.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:26 PM   #42
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Tolkien didn't write Sir Gawain and the Green Knight...but he did translate it.
Unless of course you are speaking of Tolkien's essay on that tale, which can be found in the Monsters and the Critics I believe

but yes, highly underrated as a piece of literature.
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My list looks short compared to some (but I'm only 14):

LOTR (All seven books, or three+appendices, depending on how you look at it.) - first when I was 11
The Hobbit- first when I was 8
The Silmarillion- first when I was 12
The UT- first when I was 13
BoLT 1- When I was 13

edit: oh, and Tales from the Perilous Realm
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:22 AM   #44
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My list looks short compared to some (but I'm only 14):

LOTR (All seven books, or three+appendices, depending on how you look at it.) - first when I was 11
The Hobbit- first when I was 8
The Silmarillion- first when I was 12
The UT- first when I was 13
BoLT 1- When I was 13

edit: oh, and Tales from the Perilous Realm
Wow, you sure are young to be reading such complex books as these. I've never heard of the last one, I'll have to look that one up!
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:09 AM   #45
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Perilous Realm is a great book, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil contains some of my favourite Tolkien poems.
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Hard Cover ROTK with Illustrations by Allan Lee $7.98

I was in Barnes and Noble yesterday and checking out the clearance/discount books at the front of the store and found 10 copies of ROTK hardcover with Illustrations by Allan Lee for only $7.98. Well, I've always wanted this and so I picked it up. Anyway, just wanted to share this find incase someone is in a Barnes and Noble and they want to look and see if they find this. I would assume they would since the stores seem to get the same duplicate volumes in for overstock, clearance/discount.
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:46 AM   #47
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:17 AM   #48
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For me just the standard, basic Tolkien reading list it seems

The Silmarillion
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
Unfinished Tales
The Children of Hurin (god knows why I actually bought that, I'd read pretty much everything in it in the Sil and UT!!)

A few years ago I tried the first Book of Lost Tales, but just couldn't get into it, the english was just too archaic, but I intend to try again when I'm off over summer, and I'm going to try for the History of Middle Earth series as well
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:33 PM   #49
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A few years ago I tried the first Book of Lost Tales, but just couldn't get into it, the english was just too archaic, but I intend to try again when I'm off over summer, and I'm going to try for the History of Middle Earth series as well
Yes, well, I know how you feel. The first time I tried, I couldn't read it, but for a different reason.
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:02 PM   #50
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The only thing I haven't read is the recent Children of Hurin, and I'm in no rush. I've also had the pleasure of visiting the Tolkien archives at Marquette University several times (the joy of living in the area, and having a spouse who's an alumnus of the university). It's quite thrilling, seeing some of the handwritten drafts, and the various corrections and notations, also done in the Professor's own hand.
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The only thing I haven't read is the recent Children of Hurin, and I'm in no rush. I've also had the pleasure of visiting the Tolkien archives at Marquette University several times (the joy of living in the area, and having a spouse who's an alumnus of the university). It's quite thrilling, seeing some of the handwritten drafts, and the various corrections and notations, also done in the Professor's own hand.
I saw those journals once as well. Actually seeing those pages Tolkien wrote with his own hand, it was something else. I remember the beautiful maps most of all.

Anyway, I've read all of his major works and am currently working through the HoME, vol. V.
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I've read TH and LotR (duh) and The Sil, Unfinished Tales, The Tolkien Reader, and am currently working through HoME (very slowly, while reading a romance novel and the Chronicles of Narnia... again)
HoME has been a bit tricky for me because of the constant notes that Christopher Tolkien has put into it everywhere. I need to get my mom to buy me the last six books of HoME. (I got them for Christmas along with much more Middle-Earth related stuffs, including a full colour map of Middle-Earth, Wilderland, Valinor and Beleriand!)
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Wow, you sure are young to be reading such complex books as these. I've never heard of the last one, I'll have to look that one up!
I read all of the Books listed above when I was 13 (a year ago!) and if I had discovered them sooner, then I would have read them sooner!

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I was in Barnes and Noble yesterday and checking out the clearance/discount books at the front of the store and found 10 copies of ROTK hardcover with Illustrations by Allan Lee for only $7.98. Well, I've always wanted this and so I picked it up. Anyway, just wanted to share this find incase someone is in a Barnes and Noble and they want to look and see if they find this. I would assume they would since the stores seem to get the same duplicate volumes in for overstock, clearance/discount.
NO WAY!!!! I bet that they don't have them in Alaska or Washington (my current location)... I have to miss out... again...
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:37 AM   #53
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I read all of the Books listed above when I was 13 (a year ago!) and if I had discovered them sooner, then I would have read them sooner!
So would I!

And now I'm probably going to start the rest of HoME (But 100!- maybe I'll wait a bit)
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So would I!

And now I'm probably going to start the rest of HoME (But 100!- maybe I'll wait a bit)
Is it worth trying at your local library? Either to get them from there or order them in from another library? On play.com they have them bundled into 3 volumes for about 45 pound each, and as much as I'd like to read them, theres no way I'm touching them at that price!! Lol. As soon as I'm from university for summer, I'm going to try my library for them!!
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Is it worth trying at your local library?
Not all libraries have them, sadly, as I found out earlier this year.
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Actually, a university library might be more likely to have them than a local public, since they're more scholarly than entertaining to most folks. Though our local does -- just a weird little town I live in.
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Actually, a university library might be more likely to have them than a local public, since they're more scholarly than entertaining to most folks.
Then I'll just have to wait until I go to university *sigh*
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Then I'll just have to wait until I go to university *sigh*
Only a few years!
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I have read:

By J.R.R. Tolkien:

The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit

Edited by C.T.:

The Silmarillion
Unfinished Tales
The Book of Lost Tales I and I (except for the last chapter)
The Shaping of Middle-earth
Morgoth's Ring
War of the Jewels
Peoples of Middle-earth
Some parts of the Lost Road
The Children of Hrin

I'm currently reading the Letters, and hope to read the History of the Lord of the Rings after it.

Though I am Brazilian, I really enjoy reading the Lost Tales, despite its archaic English.
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Is the Silmarillion a good read, because there is so much unexplained history in Lotr. I thought the Sil' might quench my thirst for more knowledge.
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Yes, the Silmarillion does fill in a lot of the history.

Is it a good read? Well, it's written in an archaic style, and some people find it very hard-going. On the other hand, I read it first when I was ten or eleven and loved it, so... *shrugs*

Out of curiosity, Kementari, how did you come to name yourself after a character in a book you haven't read yet?
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Is it a good read? Well, it's written in an archaic style, and some people find it very hard-going. On the other hand, I read it first when I was ten or eleven and loved it, so... *shrugs*
You read the Silmarillion when you were 10 and loved it? Jeez, aren't you a clever girl!?
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That does sound rather smug, doesn't it?
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I didn't really mean to highlight your smugness (well, maybe a little ) rather your cleverness. I read (most of) LotR when I was maybe 10 and although I enjoyed it, there was a lot I didn't understand. For example, I wasn't sure Sauron and Sauruman were different people until I saw the Bakshi cartoon a few years later.
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It happened to me while I was reading Harry Potter I. I thought Snape was a ghost until I saw the film!
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