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August 27, 2017


Return of the King …finished!

by N@ncy


  1. I’m done!
  2. Finally  I can say I achieved my quest….read the book of Lord of the Ring!
  3. I had to keep reading…but it was not easy.
  4. The fellowship that I enjoyed with the host @brona’s books
  5. …was the reason I persevered.
  6. Thanks for hosting, Brona!
  7. My thoughts?

Read-a long?  Tolkien? 

I need some advice from an expert:

What have I got myself into?

  • Wait, perhaps I can contact my
  • friend Brona in Australia…
  • #NeedHelp!

  • What is wrong with me?
  • Why does 90% world love Tolkien…
  • What am I missing?

  • My sign: Scorpion…..
  • I will get this done….or else!

  • Feeling some self pity
  • on a rainy July day...

  • #NeedCoffee
  • …and some cookies if that’s okay.

  • Just 1 more book to read…
  • I need some metal coaching.

  • Meet the coach…
  • Turns out he’s not a Tolkien fan either!
  • Hmmmm….

  • Luckily Brona always …
  • …has my back
  • …she knows I can do this!

  • I see the light at the end of the tunnel
  • …#JustDoIt

  • Finished….
  • Now I can relax and say…
  • I did not give up!


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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Louise
    Aug 27 2017

    Now I know why I can’t get into Tolkien, I recently read “Nabokov’s favorite word is mauve.” The author ran texts of classics through computers to determine word use. Among Tolkein’s least favorite words is “she”. Apparently, in this series there is only one female character… maybe his world is like all the Smurf’s where there is one Smurfette among a society of mostly (admittedly sexless) he’s.


    • Aug 27 2017

      The female issue is a problem with LOTR – there are only three main-ish female characters, plus one nasty giant spider! And one of those females spends a LOT of time crying.

      However the hobbits are not particularly butch macho either and many people have commented on the bromance between Frodo & Sam as well as Merry & Pippin (although they’re more like the clownish, silly boys sitting in the back of the classroom making annoying bodily noises!)


    • Aug 28 2017

      Louise, every minute I was reading Tolkien I longed to dive
      into my non-fiction and French list. But sometimes you just have to prove to yourself
      ‘you can do this’ ! I admire all the people who love Tolkien for all their special reasons. I know they understand there are others like you and I that just ‘don’t get it’ !
      At least I know what the books are about. I can sum in up in 2 words:
      Good vs Evil.


  2. Aug 27 2017

    Congrats Nancy!
    Your perseverance and determination to finish this challenge is hobbit-like in epic-ness and grit.
    And thank YOU for your fellowship and support during the times I flagged along the way – we faltered but not fall!

    Now, as Jed Bartlett would say, what’s next?


    • Aug 27 2017

      PS Love the review by image – a great way to show your progress through the readalong.


      • Aug 28 2017

        The old saying is true…. a picture says a 1000 words!
        After climbing the mountain called #HLOTRreadalong2017….
        I’ve reached the top and the view is fantastic!

        Liked by 1 person

    • Aug 28 2017

      Next? OMG!


  3. Sep 4 2017

    It is good that you persevered on this one. I don’t know that I would have under the circumstances.


    • Sep 5 2017

      These four Tolkien books pushed me to the breaking point.
      My commitment to Brona’s challenge was the only thing that kept me reading.
      If I ever join a challenge in 2018…it will be only for books I want to read!
      Otherwise every time I open one of the books….I groan.
      Thanks for you comments….how did your #20BooksOfSummer go?



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