The following post is taken directly from my hand-printed Reader's Journal. I will be sharing these reflections each week on the Rivera Runs Through It blog. The date at the end of each post is the date of the original writing, which is typically the date I completed the book. The reflections are short, but represent my initial reactions to a book, a brief summary of the book or the questions it raised for me at the time. I hope you enjoy this segment in my blog and feel free to comment on what you read here.
The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings Part Three) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Well, this tale has finally come to an end. I have been on this journey for about two years since I first read the Hobbit and it has been a wonderful ride. I understand why these books have been held in such high regard for so long - I will miss Middle Eath and all of its occupants. While I cannot believe the story is over, Tolkien has not left me wanting any more. He has finally given me the closure I had hoped for in the first two installments. I believe, in time, I will read these books again.
How were you introduced to Middle Earth? Was it with the movies first, or the books? If the books, where did you begin - LOTR, The Hobbit, or another of Tolkien's tales?