last year when my son wanted to read the lord of the rings, we decided to read the series together. he began the fellowship of the ring, the first book. i began the two towers, the second. it was very interesting to start with the second book in a trilogy! learning the characters on the fly, i loved the rich, full world the author created. i got lost in the words. tolkien (1892-1973) was an oxford scholar of old and middle english. his text had depth and his descriptions were detailed and clear. beautiful.
we're reading the series again, and enjoying it just as much. i highly recommend starting with this book if you are a daring reader. more information about tolkien is here. any thoughts? happy weekend, and may you find time for an engrossing story.