My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am the last person in my family to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. As a matter of family honor, this needs to be rectified, at least according to my husband.
With all that has been written about these novels and the film adaptations, I doubt there is any new ground to uncover in my brief reflections here. Having watched the Peter Jackson films several times, I especially enjoyed the passages that were not included in the screenplay. A few of my favorites:
[Eomer] "How shall a man judge what to do in such times?" [Aragorn] "As he ever has judged. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house." (page 49)
They came to the pillar of the White Hand. The pillar was still standing, but the graven hand had been thrown down and broken into small pieces. Right in the middle of the road the long forefinger lay, white in the dusk, its red nail darkening to black. “The Ents pay attention to every detail!” said Gandalf. (page 246)
[Faramir] "War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Numenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom." (page 355)