I'm glad to finally get the chance to hear Tolkien's own words, in its entirety. For what has become such an Epic of literature, I find the first of the series a cleverly contained little tale... I always find a novelists First Book interesting in the usual writing of it with the possibility that the One book itsself may ultimately have to stand alone. It is Intriguing for me to hear the book pass Through so much of the Greater World from a singlularly contained perspective. The View of Middle Earth from a single person within its so much greater narrative... as Gandalf so cleverly aludes to.
As many of Tolkien's fans may agree, I enjoy all of the Descriptions of Speciffics of various places, objects, and species. For what goes on to be such a vast universe, I take real pleasure in getting clear-cut Speciffic descriptions 'Streight from the Horse's Mouth' so to speak. These are the gritty facts of brick which build his universe, and I find each fascinating.
English... and well defined. I smile at a few times Bilbo speciffically is given a certain English Coloquial tone, which I would think not far from the way Tolkien himself Heard the voices. and Despite the variety of flowery language and different voices, I seldom found myself struggling to hear the text... appart from the singing, which I'll discuss later...
I fould the book to be one that had FEW Easy Stopping Points...
Despite the length, I can only remember a couple of times where the Narrator actually bothers to SAY "Chapter 3:"... because of this, I tended to read On and On without a clear idea of where I COULD stop - since the actions melt into eachother too much to stop hardly.
That being said, I certainly Wanted to keep reading... but there's always those points when you HAVE to go to sleep, or work, or something... sadly.
I am a big fan of the Animated Version I've known for So Long and therefore, my main object for comparrison Must be that. And, in terms of Total Storytelling, this is the better version. Fact Is, the film leaves out much of the story, However...
In terms of Tolkien's Use of SONG, I'm afraid I am a die hard LOVER of the film's Songs.
I therefore Did Not Like the Singing portions of this copy.
I understand Tolkien often included lyrics, and that he often Described the singing... but I would MUCH have Prefered the Narrator to SIMPLY SPEAK the lyrics and not attempt to Sing them all the time. Not only does One Voice singing for a Multitude Not capture the true sound, but the Same Voice singing for Elves, trolls, Goblins, and Dragons simply Fails to Carry the song in an effective way to my ears.
Moreover, It is not my knowledge that Tolkien actually Includes the 'tune' behind each song to be sung in a way that could be Realistically Reproduced... which leaves me listening to a Single guy makeup a tune singing a song which I Only Really Care about in lyric form...
Especially in my case, where I've already gotten affectionate for Distinctly Different Variations. Sadly, this turned the songs into late night karaoke for me to try and hear Through to the underlying words instead of the deeply more descriptive nature in the Structure and Content of the songs which I feel was Tolkien's Real Intent.
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