The LOTR Readalong

I’ve joined a readalong! I don’t usually do challenges or readalongs, as I have enough personal literary challenges in my reading resolutions without joining in any others. Also, like Simon at Savidgereads, I’m a big fan of what he calls “whimsical reading” and not over-tying myself into pre-planned reading.

However, one of my reading resolutions for 2010 was to try and re-read some books this year. Reappraising, and hopefully, still enjoying books read years ago is a very worthwhile activity that I’m keen to make time for. So when Teresa at Shelflove announced the Lord of the Rings readalong I couldn’t resist. You can find out more about it here.

The plan is to read one book per month, including The Hobbit which is the starting point. It’s probably about twenty years since I last read LOTR. Before then I think I read it three times, loving it anew with each visit, and I haven’t read the Hobbit since I was about twelve. I am so looking forward to reacquainting myself with all my favourite characters on the page – especially Aragorn of course, with whom I was passionately in love as a teenager.

Back then too, I had the most amazing poster on my wall – the artist was Jimmy Cauty, who was half of the archarchic and influential duo the KLF (who famously set fire to £1,000,000 back in 1994). Cauty painted this aged just 17, and it perfectly matched my vision too. I still have the poster, maybe it’s time to get it out of storage and hang it back on my bedroom wall, slightly dogearred that it is …

0 thoughts on “The LOTR Readalong

  1. Teresa says:

    I'm so glad you're joining in! And I'm especially excited to see that poster. That poster was on the wall in the living room of my apartment my sophomore year in college. I just loved it, but, alas, it wasn't mine to take with me.

  2. booksplease says:

    I last re-read LOTR after the first film came out. It had been many years since I first read it and I was still enchanted by it. I've read it several times, but have only read The Hobbit once – after I'd read LOTR.Yes, Aragorn was my favourite too. And we must have had that illustration (although I don't remember it as a poster) because my son did his own drawing of it. I still have it – in a box somewhere now!

  3. Minnie says:

    Not a fan, I fear – but that's not the point of this comment, which is to say 'chapeau' for the Normblog profile (which I have a suspicion I've already said elsewhere on your site: apologies for repetition, if so!). Have enjoyed my visit to your blog, thank you & greetings from France.

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