why i wanted to read it: because i LOVE the movies and the story, and it’s been on my to do list for decades.
what i liked: i listened to it on audio, yall, so i can’t share specific lines. good god, tolkien’s world-building ability is amazing. his descriptions are beautiful. his mastery of language is astounding. his creativity is enviable.
meriadoc brandybuck and peregrin took are my favorite characters. SUCH fearlessness and curiosity. i love, LOVE samwise gamgee and wish like hell i could have a friend as dedicated as he. SUCH loyalty. i listened to the second book, then the third and finished with the first, and am so glad i did because the memory of sam’s steadfast love and resoluteness are such beautiful things.
what sucked: the songs.
having said that. READ IT, people. it’s damned fine storytelling.