Reading Middle-earth

Join me on a blogging journey through the Lord of the Rings.

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The Fellowship of the Ring: Books 1-2 of The Lord of the Rings

I love beginnings.

And no beginning has grabbed quite like The Fellowship of the Ring did when I was 11 years old. My love of this beginning is like a nesting doll; Fellowship is the first part of The Lord of the Rings and its first half is probably the work of fiction I've re-read the most.

Bilbo's goodbye, with all it's allusions to the past, and Frodo's slow, reluctant preparation to leave the Shire still speak to me, as if from a great height or distance. This book changed the way I read, and it's not an exaggeration to say it changed my life.

This blogging journey is a way for me to discover what I owe to Middle-earth and I hope that readers will fall into a few debts along the way. Let's get started.


The Two Towers: Books 3-4 of The Lord of the Rings

Coming soon!

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The Return of the King: Book 5 of The Lord of the Rings

Coming soon!