What do you all think of The Silmarillion, the Children of Hurin, or Tolkien more generally.
The Silmarillion was fairly good. It's sad we never got to see what Tolkien would have wanted. Children of Hurin is fucking brilliant and probably out does LOTR in content (not completeness or grandeur by any means). I just finished the Tree and Leaf book that is being printed, it was a pleasure to read. I've found Tolkien a lot more approachable after learning Old English. His poetry makes more sense but it still lacks the finesse of an accomplished poet. His translation of Beowulf is shit, but the notes at the back are useful. And LOTR his magnum opus is of course an incredible novel and fuck all the patricians who will deny its brilliance.
tolkien ripped off everything from dark ages. every character, every name, every location, every god every myth every song every speech literally everything is taken from works, notes and books from the dark ages.
>the Children of Hurin
I never understood the purpose of that story.
>literally every awful thing that can happen to a character, does, one tragedy after the next, he literally lives his entire life in the shadow of a doom that would utterly consume and destroy him...
I mean, what the fuck is anyone suppose to take away from this?
>le edgy super sophisticated contrarian face
fuck with the best die like the rest
Im curios. Where are alll tose germanic/keltic myths of glowing trees, giant spiders, Creatures that can chanche their optical presence and gender at anytime,giant deamons made out of fire and ice. Oh and all of this created by music. Yea of course everythings just a rip-off right ?
Silmarillion and Children of Hurin are both great. I really liked how they expand the universe and how you get to know all of the characters and events of the old times that are only referred to in Lord of the Rings.
I don't know, that whole world is too heavy for me and I would get bored of it. I thought the Dune series was a good sized saga.
Anyways, my brother got into reading, but besides a few other books he read throughout high school and college, he is still only reading away at Tolkien books. I think he should take some breaks and read different things as well as finishing this series eventually.
As your reading it try to take notes and make an effort to remember the names. Also print out a map and have it handy. If you actually made an effort to understand things it might be more interesting.
Never got around to finishing it. I love The Hobbit and LOTR (Fellowship is actually my favorite novel in all literature), but I couldn't get past the beginning. It's on my to-do list.
I wish more poeple, when referencing the series, would read it, though, instead of just looking at LOTR. Did you know werewolves, humongous dragons and giant bats/vampires were a thing in Middle-Earth? I didn't!