The Genius of Tolkien

I’m currently reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I actually bought the box set of the famous definitive trilogy and The Hobbit about eight years ago, but was far too young to make strong headway into such elaborate prose.

I’ve finally got round to pursuing The Fellowship of the Ring, and am captivated and amazed by what one man could achieve through such a simple yet abstract medium. Like a praise on the back cover of my edition of the novel says,

The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read them. (– Sunday Times)

That a novel of this nature – a fantasy/sci-fi one at that – has become such a defining point in the broad-culture of the English-speaking world really struck a chord with me. But looking deeper into what I’ve previously read and loved in the genre, and comparing it in the larger perspective of what Tolkien has created, I’m beginning to see just how important the trilogy has become.

As I make may way though the tomes of fantastic text, I will certainly be posting my thoughts on the blog. Stay tuned.


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