Lord of the Rings Geek Fest

So, after reading the books, then watching the movies, then listening to the books on CD, here are some thoughts.

– My favorite part of the whole book series (on paper) was at the end, when Sam Gamgee discovers that the box from The Lady contained a Mallorn tree seed. I teared up a bit, actually.

– My favorite part of the books on CD was when Aragorn gets off the ship with his warriors and joins the battle outside Gondor. Hearing it, instead of reading it, my heart was a-pounding. Even though I obviously knew what was going to happen.

– I found the contrast between the two main heroes to be interesting. Aragorn, going after his birthright. Not exactly prideful, but definitely proud. He knows he deserves the honor and respect that others show him. Frodo, doing the job he volunteered for. He seems the reluctant hero, in contrast to Aragorn. He doesn’t quite know how to handle the admiration of others. At times, I found Aragorn’s demeanor to be a bit off-putting, actually, though in the movies, it wasn’t as bad.

– I can let most of the little “that’s not how it was in the books” things go with the movies. Overall, they did a better job (I thought) than most in translating the books to movies. But where the hell did the Elves come from in the battle at Helm’s Deep?? I mean, seriously? Why just invent that? Why not just NOT invent that??

– The guy who read the books on CD, I didn’t find to be annoying at all. Sometimes, though, he’d use his Pippin voice when reading Aragorn, or his Aragorn voice when he was reading Legolas. That got confusing.

– I liked listening to a book more than I thought I would, though I did have to rewind often. I don’t think I could do a book on CD if I hadn’t already read it – at least not one as complex as the Lord of the Rings books.

Also, I’m somewhat delighted to find – after reading LOTR, Eragon, and the Chronicles of Narnia – that I like fantasy books more than I thought I would. Is that potentially because two of the above-listed series are intended for kids? Nothing like some easy reading, right?

I’ve hit up a few friends for recommendations on where to go from here, and I think I’ll delve into fantasy a bit more, for lack of anything else to read. I don’t really mean that – but I’m not ready to settle into The Iliad quite yet, and I’ve read all the Science Fiction in my basement that interests me. So there you have it.

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6 responses to “Lord of the Rings Geek Fest

  1. I read Lord of the Rings once many years ago…it took me several weeks to get through the Council of Elrond. The upside is it was a wonderful cure for insomnia! I’d start reading and almost immediately be struggling to keep my eyes open. I liked the editing they did to make the movie work (Tolkien had way too many characters!) and while the Helms Deep thing was annoying, I assume they did it because people tend to like Elves and there wasn’t many of them in Two Towers otherwise.

    My favorite fantasy books: “The Book Of Three” by Lloyd Alexander and “Dealing With Dragons” by Patricia C. Wrede (I believe that’s the authors name)

  2. I haven’t seen them on cd at any libraries yet (but I haven’t looked that hard. In fact, I think I will check the DSM library here soon), but one of my favorite fantasy series is one I have never finished but started in high school. A friend turned me onto it; I know I have a few of the books I have picked up from time to time at sales. It is the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Very entertaining, but each book in the series (I know there are at least 13) is fairly long. It just goes pretty quickly, except for battle parts, which hang me up no matter what book I am reading. I might have to start over on them again if I can track down the discs.

  3. And, you know, I thought the LOTR was good in terms of battle scenes. Just long enough, not overly detailed. Eragon really goes into too much detail on the battles – but they’re written by a teenage boy, so that makes sense.

  4. Not LOTR related (sorry!), but I love audio books. Maybe it’s because we do alot of long drives, but I love not *wasting* that car time, because even if I’m not driving I can’t read in the car. Listening to a book while knitting in the car? Awesome. And I can’t stand when movies based on books completely make things up. They did that in Half Blood Prince at some key points. Why do that? So annoying.

  5. You know, the LOTR was the first book I’ve ever listened to on CD, and that was a good part of the appeal – not wasting car time. Plus, though I can read and knit at the same time (even in the car), it’s EASIER to listen and knit.

    I resent when I have to drive on car trips because if I wasn’t driving, I could be doing something productive – knitting, reading, working – whereas if Randy’s not driving, he’s usually sleeping, which I don’t get to do even if I’m not driving. But listening to the books definitely helped cut down on the resentment.

  6. If you are interested in some lighter fantasy, try the Xanth series by Piers Anthony (lots of puns in these books) and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. (Skip the Hitchhiker movie – painful.) You should be able to read each of these books in a couple hours – nice after LOTR.

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