The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Serendipity seems to have been on my side lately. Between my posts about The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, news came out that the series might be widely adapted into coordinated a coordinated combination of a TV show, Movie(s), and video game(s). Now, as I was about to finish reading The Silmarillion, I am shown an article about Tolkien first published 47 years ago. I enjoyed the timing a great deal.
I put off reading this way too long. I read a bit of it in college, but never the whole thing. It seemed ponderous and overreaching to get through. As it turns out, the solution was easy: I simply accepted that I would fail to understand and retain a large portion of the details. Once I accepted this fact, rather than trying to follow every meticulous story with characters who are referred to by…
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