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A great tale revisited
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2019
I've read Tolkien's legendarium many times over the course of my life, ever since my nana first stokes the fire of my love for it reading to me before bed.
I was a solitary young man, escaping schoolyard bullies with fantasy worlds, raised by my grandparents. They both worked and in their stead I was often raised by heroes.
This is one of many formative works for me. I know that the linguistically charged fantasy narrative isnt for everyone, I know some people can wholly enjoy the world without enjoying the written word of it, and I know middle earth is chief in the hearts of so many who may never read the books, but these books are a core of me.
In it so many things happen I didnt understand the depth of before: farmer maggot and Tom Bombadil both helping, a good samaritan and a force of nature respectively, fear of the unknown, the road ever changing you. I didn't understand as a child just how much of Tolkien's own wartime shellshock made it in Middle Earth, greatness falling and the enemy seeming infinite, but I think I do now.
This is a book about a journey, a long, transformative journey that there will never be a full return from. This journey marks both the reader and the characters, leaving them changed: for me it was for the better, for the fellowship it may just be irrevocable bit neutral change, both bad and good coming of it.
This is already lengthy but I'll say this much, if you've not read lord of the rings give it a try, it really is worth it.