I am very much into fantasy of all kinds, yet for whatever reason I could never get into Lotr. Didn't even try the hobbit. I just get bored out of my damn mind. Skipped all the songs even, they were pretty pointless to me.
Ended up trying to finish the story with movies...multiple times. Literally fell asleep during #2 like 3-4 times, and had to watch it together with my ex so she could keep poking me awake. With her help I was able to finish #3, but I still can't remember the story very well.
This is just to say that if you do not like lotr, you still may like other fantasy books.
I like to think of myself as an open minded person. I know that everyone has their own personal preferences and everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but... Not you. Your opinion is wrong. LOTR is the best thing to ever exist ever. End of story... I'm actually kind of worried about you. Like, genuinely concerned that there is something fundamentally wrong with you. Maybe you should see a doctor?
Thank you, Avery. I wasn't going to say it, but you said pretty much exactly what I was thinking.
hmmm but what do y'all think about this new lotr show coming out?
Can't judge yet. Apparently a lot of people have already written it off since it has pretty much nothing to do with anything Tolkien has written and is essentially just some Middle Earth fanfiction... But I think I'll give it a go. It might be a decent story on it's own merit. Will have to wait and see.
So the rings of power series is supposed to take place in the second age. The second age is described within 20 pages of the silmarillion(great read by the way. Highly recommend, though not for people who don't enjoy complex wording.) The first season, implying that they plan to make more than one, spans 8 episodes of unknown length. I look forward to this releasing so I can either watch it bomb for writing lore that the original author didn't even bother to world build, or to enjoy something that surprisingly fits well. I hope dearly that it ends up being the second option.
The Second Age of Middle-Earth is a pretty open playground for fiction. We'll see. I'll be optimistic for now and then judge it later.
This wording looks vaguely familiar. I can't put my finger on it.
I'd like to chime in that I borrowed the Silmarillion from some chick on the beach one day, and read about...50 pages? Was honestly way more entertained than during lotr, but then I had to give the book back and never sought it out again.
Weird. I would have never expected to find any Tolkien book on a beach.
They wash up on shore occasionally, or a friendly dolphin will attempt to give them to passing surfers. ^_^
Yeah, Lord of the Rings is pretty boring and shit. This is a sublime take to have.
And the new show looks like shit.
Imma do you one better my man (or uh...woman?). My back was actually feeling a bit better these days, I've been doing some "corrective" exercises the past few weeks and the pain has lessened substantially.
Then today I wanted to see just how much progress I've made and decided to squat...45KG (yes, bitch weight, cause I didn't want what happened next to happen). Did three sets of 15, in the middle of the fourth my lower back just popped and now it's hurting worse than ever. Another 6 months of pain ahead for me I guess.
Already booked an appointment at some clinic cause fuck going through that shit again.
If you want to start with something small, there are a lot of good story collections you can peruse. Maybe The October Country by Ray Bradbury or Shatterday by Harlan Ellison. The Narnia Books by C. S. Lewis read fast-- even if they come of preachy in places and have a few unfortunate sexist and racist elements. If you don't mind a novel with a Dickensian style, Titus Groan by Mervyn Peak is a great introduction to (and an early example of) the Fantasy subgenre known as "Mannerpunk". As for Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Cimmerian and allegedly the inventor of the Sword & Sorcery subgenre, I'd actually recommend his Kull of Atlantis stories, which predate the Conan stuff and have fewer racist elements. Also, the Oz books by L. Frank Baum have a surprising amount of world-building in them since in the later books Baum concentrates on a lot of the neighboring countries to Oz. If you want to read a good Fantasy novel of Time Travel, I'd recommend The Door into Washington Square by Elaine Bergstrom.
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
... Tehehe... Gaiman. ^_^
The Dwarves series by Markus Heitz
This one's free to read! It's a webnovel called "the wandering inn", a litRPG about an innkeeper. Lots of slice-of-life elements with some dark fantasy part sprinkled through it. The beginning parts are a bit rough to read, but it quickly becomes a really engaging time sinker.
Well, or you can just pick up any Brandon Sanderson novel/wheel of time/G.R.R.Martin novel/Tolkien works. Lots of people got into fantasy because of them, might want to check them out.
If you don't mind the rather childish writing and weebness, you can also try out "ascendance of a bookworm", it's one of the few light novels that doesn't want to make me roll my eyes out of exasperation. The plot: A bibliophile is reincarnated into the body of a sickly girl in a medieval fantasy world (Without books!), hijinks ensue. It has surprisingly intricate worldbuilding with tons of quite informative tidbits. I literally learnt how to bind paper through this novel series!
I agree with the Ranger's Apprentice series. I would also like to recommend a series by the same author The Brotherband Chronicles. Both of these series take place in the same universe and are written by John Flanagan.