Thursday, March 08, 2007

Into The Land of Shadow

I finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring on the train this morning. It's taken me a leisurely 8 weeks to finish but that's just reading on the train to and from work and occasionally during my lunch break. One of my goals for 2007 was to re-read The Lord of the Rings, so I'm now one third of the way there.

It has been many years since my last reading. Although I've enjoyed reliving the adventure I did find the chapters 'In the House of Tom Bombadil' and 'Fog on the Barrow-downs' to be not that enjoyable. I can now understand why Peter Jackson did not include those parts in his movie.

And so, Frodo and Sam have left the Company. "Then shouldering their burdens, they set off, seeking a path that would bring them over the grey hills of the Emyn Muil, and down into the Land of Shadow." I can't wait to start The Two Towers tomorrow morning.

Below is a picture of my battered Unwin (1979 third edition reprint) paperback version of The Fellowship of the Ring. I think I would have purchased it around 1981 and it has been well-read and well-loved.


mikey said...

My thoughts precisely. On my first reading (admittedly at 12) I gave up with the dreariness and pointlessness of good old Tom Bombadil and his missus. At least it rapidly improves from this point.

Ozvortex said...

Yeah, the Bombadil scenes really take it off on a tangent. And the fact that the ring has no power over him lessens the fear/dread/importance of the item in my opinion. And all that derry dol,merry dol and a ring a ding dillo, grew stale real quick.

Funny thing is I was first reading LOTR around the time of the Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings movie. Ever since that time, as I read the book, I've imagined the characters as they appeared in that animated movie. Now, to try and purge those images from my brain...