Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, Group Read, Part 2, Book 1: chapter 9 to Book 2: chapter 3

Joined in with a reading group to read and discuss Lord of the Rings, thanks for this to The Little Red Reviewer and Geeky Daddy for coming up with this venture.  I did come to this a little late but I’ve caught up now and I’m really enjoying reading LOTR again which I never would have undertaken without this Group.  These are my answers to this weeks questions (if you haven’t already read the book or seen the film this may contain spoilers):

1. What was your initial thoughts of Strider/Aragorn when the Hobbits met up with him in The Prancing Pony? Did you think that he was linked with the Riders?

This is a difficult one to answer because I am of course rereading the novel (and also I’ve seen the films) so, it would be easy to act all superior and say I never had any doubts about Strider but in fact I can’t remember what my initial impressions were!  That being said I don’t think it ever occured to me that he was linked to the Riders.  Plus, the Riders don’t really come across as the sort to sit in the Prancing Pony smoking a pipe – they seem a lot more sly than that.  They like to creep up on people in the dark, from the shadows.  It’s an interesting question though because I suppose Strider could have been one of their minions!!  I never thought of it like that before – anyway, as we know he isn’t.

2.What was the biggest surprise to you during this section of the Fellowship of the Ring?

Actually, I think I had a couple of moments.  First, I always thought the film was very true to the book (as much as it could be I suppose) but in rereading this you start to pick up on the small differences.  Like Frodo’s flight to the path to Rivendell – which he undertook on horseback alone being chased by the wraiths.  Also, I had totally forgotten about Boromir’s story.  I’d got myself convinced that all the people at the Council were there by invitation and this certainly wasn’t the case.  So, it’s quite eye opening reading this the second time round.

3.Do you like that Tolkien goes in depth and tells the readers of the historical events of the war that is upon the Fellowship?

I like the level of detail in the book and I do love Tolkien’s writing style.  I’m always interested in the history of events in a book like this, in fact I think it’s essential and without it I always end up with little niggles that I want answers to.  That being said I did find some of the information relayed at the council a little bit tedious (sorry about that but there it is).  I don’t remember feeling that way first time round however.  Maybe I have a little less patience than I used to.

4. How far do you think you would have lasted if you were Frodo and nearly becoming a Rider?

Well, I don’t mind walking at all, in fact I really like it.  But, that’s about where my resilience probably ends.  Going out for a good walk in the countryside is one thing, being out for days on end, having sleepless nights and being pursued and constantly in fear – that must get a little bit much!  Mind you I think I could do it (okay I couldn’t go without sleep).  But if you add to that being stabbed with an evil blade and slowly being turned into a wraith mmm, nope.  Also, I can’t ride so once that elven horse started galloping it’s way to Rivendell I would have fallen from it’s back in a New York minute!

5. As dangerous as the quest unfolds to become, the other hobbits want to stick by Frodo til the end. Would you sacrifice yourself and stick with Frodo til the end?

Oh, this is a dilema.  Yes, of course I want to say yes, yes, yes, I would stick by Frodo to the end.  But, would I really drop everything?  Okay, I’m still going with yes because I like to think I would! Ah, resolution.

So, Part 2 over.

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8 Responses to “Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, Group Read, Part 2, Book 1: chapter 9 to Book 2: chapter 3”

  1. Redhead

    I was thinking about Borimir’s story too. It’s been a while since I saw the movies, and I think they minimized his part even more in the films. The more I get to know him in the books, the less I trust him! It seems like a lot of people have their own motive, but him more so.

    I’m with you on the walking. Some walking I’m happy to do. A lot of walking, I’m mostly happy to do. but all that other stuff? fuggetaboutit!

  2. Carl V.

    I know exactly how you feel. The valiant me would want to say “Yes, I’m with you until the end”, but I could see myself like Sam in the films when Frodo first wakes up, packing all my stuff and saying, “how ’bout we head home now?”

    I think once in it you would find yourself being propelled along by events and no matter how much you wanted to back out you probably just couldn’t. After a certain point the way back would be no safer than the way forward.

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Council of Elrond. I enjoyed every bit of it. I am a big fan of The Silmarillion and this felt like that same kind of back story and history that makes Tolkien’s work stand out.

    I participated in the Fathom Events showing of all three Extended Editions of the films back in June and it is so great reading this hot on the heels of that as I am enjoying catching the differences between film and book.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m especially enjoying seeking the differences between the book and the film. It won’t change my opinion of either because I’m a total pushover for the LOTR but it’s interesting to see. I wonder if there’ll be any particular points where we end up enjoying the film’s portrayal more than the book?

      • Carl V.

        I certainly have parts of the film that I like better, but it is hard for me not to considering I fell in love with LOTR first because of the films. But I don’t find Tolkien’s work any lesser in comparison. What Tolkien created doesn’t and its impact on the world is the reason for the films and I think the film makers did a really nice job of lovingly creating the most faithful adaptation that they felt they could.

      • lynnsbooks

        Definitely, I think the films are amazing. I love them and have actually watched them a few times (okay, a lot!). I’m still enjoying the book though. I wondered if I might like it less the second time around but not so far.


  3. Carl V.

    I am so glad I got to take part in the release of the Extended Editions in theaters this past summer. It was great to see those versions of the films on the big screen with remastered pictures and sound.

    I too have watched them A LOT. I’ve also watched the extras A LOT. LOL!

    There is a new book out called Picturing Tolkien containing essays about the films that I am dying to read.

    • lynnsbooks

      Sounds really good – I wouldn’t mind hearing your thoughts on that?

      Lynn 😀

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