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on August 7, 1998
...is another man's poison. Before I get flamed by rabid Tolkien fanatics, let me state that I've attempted to enjoy this book several times over the last 7 years or so. Each time, I've managed to get perhaps 1/3 of the way through before I finally give up. I mean, I enjoyed "The Hobbit", and, as devoted fantasy readers, it's our duty to worship L.O.T.R., right? Sorry, but this is one book of flowery prose that zaps me (and many readers, I'm betting) right into slumberland. The characters and situations are well-crafted, but his style of writing about them generates a 0 on the interest meter.
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on September 15, 1999
Now maybe because it was too long or I'm not into all this fairy tale kinda stories but I didn't enjoy this book one bit. It was slow and uninteresting in many parts. I had English Honors for Sophmore year...it was the worst experience I've ever had with a book. It had to drag myself to read that book. I think the book is GREAT for fires...right shmi?!? Sorry all you people who did like it. But maybe cause you read the sequels. I think Ill pass. I have nighmares everytime I see that book in the bookstore. MAKE IT STOOOP!
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I used to trust the opinions of others. Not any more. Over a period of years, I tried continually just to make it to the end, and when I finally get there, there's not even a climax!!! There wasn't even a character that I actually liked! People keep saying the next two are better, but after slogging through the most boring document in existance short of the phone book, I think I'll stick with Robert Jordan and Mercedes Lackey.
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on December 1, 2001
This Houghton-Mifflin hardcover edition has an inexcusable misprint--buyer beware. Follwoing page 184 is a 50 or so page block from the second book in the series. Roughly 50 pages are *missing* from The Fellowship of the Ring which do not appear in any of the three books.
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on December 5, 2001
The best review I ever read of this book was by one of Tolkien's own circle of friends. After hearing Tolkien read aloud yet another chapter of the Ring trilogy, the visitor exclaimed "Not another (...) elf!!??". Tolkien's work is so dense and slow moving you wonder if it is an adventure or a still photograph. He has no concept of moving the narrative ahead. His dialogue is wooden. The Hobbits sound like robots. His poetry is leaden. What is the point of this book? I can't figure out why people praise it so! And why is it that whenever anyone does a take on a mythically powerful ring, they need such absurdly great lengths to do it (hello Richard Wagner). I am utterly puzzled by the enthusiasm this book stirs up in people. To me, it is mindless, poorly written, and an utter bore.
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on April 24, 1997
This is one of the most boring books I have ever read! The only reason I kept reading this book all the way through is that I heard so many times that it is a classic. This book thoroughly sucked, and I'd suggest reading something better
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on April 16, 2002
Although many people believe that "The Fellowship of the Ring" is a classic novel of its time, it is not. Granted it opened up many doors for the half hearted fantasy writing of today, it still used plane, boring and ohhhhh so long descriptions. What I don't understand is how JRR Tolkien could take a great idea about four young chaps (who happen to be midgets which kills alot of the drama for me) on a harrowing adventure to destory the ring that the evil one wants so he can take over middle-Earth. The whole book went through a phase of Duex Machinea where Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin where either saved by friendly hobbits, not so friendly hobbits, friendly Elves, not so friendly Elves, or friendly Men or not so friendly Men. Startaling trasitions from numbly simiple to madingly difficult dialog made the book jump from one pace to another. Tolkien didn't use mounting suspense through the book, but manic-depressive, spasmatic jumps. Putting a song in the middle of one of the few exciting scenes breaks the pace, and leaves the reader starting all over again, feeling bland. Altogether, the book was my least favorite "classic."
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on February 13, 2002
I think this book is one of the most boring loads of... I have ever read. I am someone who tends to suffer a lot from insomnia, but all I have to do to beat it is just read ten pages from this book, and I am asleep like a baby. Although my opinion is definitely in the minority, I am far from alone either. I have read the ten most recent 1-star comments on The Fellowship of the Ring... The consensus is that the book is boring! J.R.R. Tolkein, like many other conservative academics, had a creative mind, but was much more of an analytical author than he was a storyteller. After seeing and loving the movie before reading the book, the book was a real disappointment. Most of the parts of the movie that I enjoyed were not even in the book to begin with! The scene where Merry and Pippin accidentally set off the dragon firework is not there. The scene where Bilbo and Gandalf are outdoing each other with smoke sculptures is not there. The gripping battle between Gandalf and Sauron was not there either! These were all things that would have picked up the pace of the novel tremendously if they had been there. They would have indicated real CHARACTERISATION as opposed to dry description and journalistic chronicle. The Harry Potter series may be bubblegum in comparison, but my God, at least it is readable! J. K. Rowling is ten times the storyteller that Tolkein is. If only you could combine Tolkein's creative ideas with Rowling's narrative flair, you would have one hell of a fantasy author.
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on December 20, 2001
Book stores everywhere are hyping this LOTR thingy displaying the trilogy right at the entrances. Curious readers are flocking and flipping the book back and forth, some even calling the mobile to whoever and said "Hey is this Book One?, Look! this cover is better!, The trailer looks so good! which Book should I get?"
Now I am warning this people. Leave it aside, go for the movie. Otherwise you will end up writing a review for the first time here. If you are one of these people and reading this but yet ignoring all the 1 star reviews given to this book, you will soon learn that no matter how hard you try loving the book due the hype of the movie, you cannot finish the book because you will soon fall asleep. Really.
They are right when they say the journey was too detail and a tiring read. I would just want to add my point, this book sounds more like a history book of sorts (oh I heard from somewhere its suppose to be literature but I was too late) when the Council of Elrond take place. Generally the book has TOO MANY names of beings and places thrown to you very quickly without you ever recalling where they came about. Maybe I read it too fast to avoid the walking excercise in the book. Maybe I was not paying attention, ironically, its was supposed to be a book so great that I couldn't stop reading but then again I was too tired forcing myself. I am getting nowhere after 3/4 of the book. Henced I decide to drop it at page 330 and turn on pc to tell you this.
I am not writing to criticise Tolkien. I am writing to warn people who were thinking to buy just because the hype tells you its good for you. Trust the 1 stars raters. Its not for you. Go back to Harry Potter or Forgotten Realms.
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on December 9, 2001
First of all, let me say that I love fantasy novels a lot. I assumed that I would like Lord of the Rings a lot after reading the back cover and hearing friends talk about it. However, I must be missing something, because I found very little in this book that would even come close to living up to my expectations of a good fantasy book. For one thing, there is no character development at all. I didn't identify with any of the characters, nor did I care whether any of them lived or died. Also, it moved very slowly. I read through the entire book, waiting for something to happen. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Of all the fantasy books I have read (which is quite a few), this had to be one of the dullest. Maybe if all three books were shortened and condensed into one, it would be faster moving and more bearable. Lord of the Rings did not have as much action as I expected, nor did it contain any characters that I actually liked. I would recommend the Harry Potter series or Anne McCaffrey if you like books of this genre because they are more entertaining and faster paced than The Lord of the Rings.
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