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I just finished reading the Lord of the Rings last night. I don’t read it as often as (if I remember correctly) Christopher Lee (the Saruman actor) does (he reads it every year.)* But I have read it perhaps 10 times to myself and twice out loud with my wife. It’s worth it. More reads provide more understanding and depth.

But may I recommend that if you haven’t read it, do so?

You may say, “Well, I’ve seen the movies.” There is no doubt that the movies were good, some may excellent, but (A) the movie producers clearly made some mistakes and (B) just like any good book, much is left out at the cinema and the richness is often not there.

You may say, “I’m not really into fantasy books.” Me neither. Except for Narnia and Theodore Beale (a friend), I haven’t read any others. Don’t let this stop you.

I could put in another weekly category for things that I like about LOTR, but one thing I will say here is that I really, really like the fact that it has a decent (read: long) ending. I don’t want to spoil the ending of other books or I would name them, but some books get just past the climax and boom, a summary paragraph and that’s it.

Not so LOTR. You want to know how everyone ends up? You got it. And if a 80 page ending is not enough, you can get more detail from the very complete timeline in the appendix. Mr. Tolkein, I thank you. 

Also – if you have read the book and you didn’t get the reference in the double meaning title of this post, time to read it again.

*Have you noticed? I’m a parenthesis guy.

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