Reading "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Return of the Shadow" in parallel

Currently reading: The Return of the Shadow by Christopher Tolkien 📚


Currently reading: The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien 📚

I read the first chapater of FR, and then the same in RS (first phase, anyway), and it was totally unsettling. Like reading the twilight zone version of some history you know really well. What a trip. I’m going to do the reverse order for chapter 2 and see if that is less unnerving.

It’s been quite a while since I read LotR (I pronounce it loter), over 20 years, I think. I have seen the extended version of Jackson’s films quite a few times over those years, and the memory of the films has really modified what I thought was in the text. So this is kind of like re-reading with fresh eyes. I’m pretty excited!

The RS / history of the text, after the alternate history take is absorbed, is also super-duper fascinating. Like a mystery novel in construction. I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far.

Nerd alert 🚨


J. Garo @garo