A group of us have decided to (re-)read LotR together this month, and we thought it would be both fun and educational to start a discussion group. Anyone who would like to join and either re-read LotR or start it for the first time is very welcome to participate.
A couple of ground rules:
* we are not Orcs. Please be civil.
* there may be folks participating who have not previously read LotR, so no spoilers, if at all possible
* it's not necessary to have read the Hobbit in order to read LotR, so don't let that stop you
You don't have to be reading on your Kindle. If you have LotR in DTB form and don't want to purchase the Kindle version, you're still welcome! If you are interested in purchasing the Kindle version, the best value is the 1-volume editions (The Lord of the Rings which works out to be about $7.33 per book. Individual books in the trilogy are priced at $11 each.
My game plan here - though who knows if it'll work out that way - is that we read a few chapters a day & discuss the story, ask questions, talk about underlying themes, etc. I know a lot of people will probably read ahead, and you're welcome to do so, but remember the 'no spoilers' rule during the discussions! I'm hoping, especially as we finish up the book, that we'll be able to have wide-ranging discussions about the *themes* of the story, not just the story itself, since that's where so much of the richness of Tolkien's work lies.
So... charge up that Kindle or dust off the DTB book and join me in willing suspension of disbelief.
LotR = Lord of the Rings
FR = Fellowship of the Ring
TT = Two Towers
RK = Return of the King
S = Silmarillion
H = Hobbit
HME = History of Middle-earth
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