HoME: Leisure or Burden?

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  1. Turambar

    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    Up till now, I have read all the books of JRR that are of any interest, eccept for the HoME (and Roverandom). My question is: is it worth while or is it more like studymatter for someone in search of a Masters degree in Tolkienism? I mean, I like the ME stories and all that coheres to it, but I study more than enough as it is. Can anyone advice on this?
     
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    I read Book of Lost Tales I and II for leisure. Both are great. As for the others, I can't say as I haven't read any of them, but I would think they are similiar to UT. Lots of notes and excerpts. So I guess it depends if you found UT interesting, then give HoM a shot :)
     
  3. Nienor

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    I read BoLT I & II. Can't say I really enjoyed the books. :eek:
    But I found the UT rather interesting.

    They are rather difficult to read because some of the information is conflicting with the Silmarillion and you there's all the commentaries by Christopher Tolkein, which drove me a little crazy.
     
  4. byzantine warrior

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    HOME i sall right but i suggest that you read it only if you would like to leaarn about tolkiens creative process
     
  5. Turambar

    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    Hmmm... Thanks a lot for all repies; Lots of diffrent advices, though. I think I have to go with Nienor, but I guess I'll give BoLT I a try. It can't hurt to try, could it. Now, to find a library that has the better Tolkien-collection....
     
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    Doesn't hurt to try. :) And having more information at your disposal is great in debates.

    I've also been told the series is better after BoLT. Maybe when I'm done with my current series I'm reading, I'll start on book 3.
     
  7. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    Bolt 2 was great. I'd skip BoLT1 and the lays of Beleriand though. I haven't read more than that.
     
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    What does HoMe stand for?
     
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    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    History of Middle Earth
     
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    I read one of the HoME books, The Return of the Shadow, and while interesting at some points, it was rather tedious. Plus it was kind of weird to read the rough drafts...
     
  12. Turambar

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    Is there a book that u guys can recommend?
     
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    I heard People's of Middle Earth is supposed to be one of the best. It's number 12 I believe, (correct me if I'm wrong).
     
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    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    I thought BoLT 2 was good, especially The Fall of Gondolin. You just have to keep in mind that these books are pre-Silmarillion. Therefore some of the facts may be different.
     
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    I'm reading BoLt right now. I was reading it, then I got bored with it so I quit. I recently picked it up again, and I find it interesting again. I think part of enjoying a book is your attitude.
     
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    I love the BoLT, the HoME I thought was kind of wierd at a start, but then after reading it a couple of times, I really enjoied it .)
     
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    Peoples of Middle Earth (the Shibboleth!), Morgoth's Ring (lots of interesting stuff) and BoLT 2 (FoG!) are my favorites.
     
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    I wish I had remembered this statement before reading Lays of Beleriand. Two long epic poems. eeeep. :eek:
     
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    I read parts of Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth in the library when it was a slow day and I couldn't think of anything better things to do... It was somewhat interesting, but honestly, I think that there are better books to be read, like those by Dunsany, Jack Vance, Mervyn Peake and E.R. Eddison (to name a few more or less unknown to general readers of today), and those by Robin Hobb.

    By the way, could anyone tell me where is the part in which Gandalf explains his reasons for sending the dwarves to Shire? I couldn't find it, but I would like to read it, though I'm not interested in reading the whole book...