Welcome to LOTRRA!

Hello, I would like to (officially) welcome you all to Lord Of The Rings Read Along! Over the course of the next year-ish we will be enjoying the entirety of J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal fantasy adventure, The Lord Of The Rings, in full chronological glory. Daily updates will contain pages to read, links to artwork, trivia, quotes, recipes, and other fun content relating to the material of the day. For these first few weeks we will focus on the prologue, then start the “real time” aspect on April 13. Over the summer I’ll spread out the appendices into digestible segments and follow Gandalf’s movements… then in the fall the main quest will begin!

All updates will be emailed out as well as posted on the LOTRRA blog where you can leave comments or view all past posts. The website has some info pages and each post will have a featured image/video at the top so I would recommend checking it out from time to time 🙂

A couple comments to wrap up The Hobbit:

– I would be remiss if I did not link to Jemima Caitlin’s illustrated edition of the book, with beautiful, fun, and whimsical illustrations all over the pages. It can be found here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hobbit-jrr-tolkien/1114812032 , some pictures here: http://www.mytolkienbooks.com/books-by-tolkien/middle-earth-related/hobbit/the-hobbit-illustrated-edition-2013/ , and a good review here: http://www.shirewisdom.com/2013/09/15/a-beautiful-new-version-of-the-hobbit/

– I managed to restrain myself from making any comments about Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film trilogy this whole time. HOWEVER, I have been looking into fanedits lately and I have had good results. This is when fans take a movie and cut out lines, insert deleted scenes, or otherwise modify a film in order to try to improve it. Long story short, I would highly highly highly recommend Fiona Van Dahl’s edit of The Hobbit trilogy. She managed to take the huge movies and edit it into a 2 hour film. The result is wonderful. It truly retains the heart of the book, as well as almost every scene. The amazing acting from Martin Freeman is preserved, the Gollum and Smaug scenes are iconic, and it retains a good portrayal of the dwarves. I can’t send a direct link because the legality is questionable… but if you want a movie adaptation, this is the best you’re going to get! As a side note, it actually follows pretty closely to the 1977 Rankin Bass cartoon version, which is seriously not bad and worth checking out too.

I think that’s about it for today, as a final picture before we start, I present The Mighty Baldog: http://fav.me/d4hvh5c

~Tom, project coordinator

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