You remember back when you were a teenager and the discovery of books and music was SO COOL and when you found a band or an author that you liked, you’d just devour anything from them and proclaim it, “THE GREATEST EVER!”
For me, discovering Tolkien was like that. As a nerd-ish teen, immersing myself in a land of elves, heroes, evil and magic was a lot more fun than the difficult things of the day: thinking about college or, you know, asking a girl out on a date.
So not only was there The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but when I was in high school the tome The Silmarillion posthumously appeared and I dove into that too. It was of course the greatest ever – well, maybe not as great as LoTR or The Hobbit, but it was still Tolkien and therefore it was GREAT.
Which brings us to the next question installment in the 30 Days of Books list:
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
I’ve re-read both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and they stand up pretty well to revisiting (though I will admit to skimming over some of the loooonnnnng descriptive passages in LoTR). The Silmarillion though, with its patchwork collection of myth, dense language, and lack of a cohesive narrative was quickly abandoned.