Sometime during high school (early ’70s) I picked up a nice paperback boxed set of the Hobbit/Rings-Trilogy. My attempt to read them failed after just a few pages and I eventually traded them at a used bookstore. Rented the first movie and thought it was OK but the violence became so repetitive my wife wandered off halfway thru and I haven’t bothered to see the others. I did think the cinematography/lighting made it difficult to see because many scenes were underlit.

However, rummaging thru books stored in the attic during lunch today and I came across these>

The Tolkien Reader (1966 – stories, poems, and an essay by J.R.R. himself)
Understanding Tolkien (1969 – William Ready)
Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings (1969 – Lin Carter)
A Guide to Middle Earth: A complete and definitive concordance for the LOTR (1971 Robert Foster)
and finally,
Bored Of The Rings (1969 – a parody by the Harvard Lampoon)


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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