My husband has been bugging me to read the Lord of the Ring books for quite a while now so I decided to dedicate April to Tolkien. I had read The Hobbit before and also his translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight--but had never gotten around to reading the trilogy.
While reading the first book, I kept cursing myself for having seen the movie before reading the book! I wanted to be able to experience the book without all of the movie imagery flashing before my eyes. But even with having made that rookie mistake, I really enjoyed falling into that world again and getting a fuller understanding of characters and their back stories.
I happily started in on the second book and felt like I was finally in unknown territory since I had only seen the second movie about ten years ago. When I finished that one in
only a few days--I immediately (within minutes) grabbed the third book and dove in. Jeesh, such fantastic books.
After that, we watched the first two movies. I enjoyed them, but I kept obsessively (and probably annoyingly) pointing out to Nate all of the changes that they made to the story. I typically don't mind when movies make changes from the books but some of these really bothered me (like Faramir!). We haven't quite watched the last one yet but we're hoping to this weekend!
Anyways, here is what I read and watched for my Tolkien month:
Read: The Fellowship of the Ring
Read: The Two Towers
Read: The Return of the King
Watched: The Fellowship of the Ring
Watched: The Two Towers
Read: The Children of Hurin
Not Quite Watched Yet: The Return of the King
All that to say, I am duly impressed with Tolkien!