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It took me so long to read this, this time! After always saying it was the one I read fastest. But it's true, once I settled down and gave myself time to read it, I read it practically all in one day. The first half of this book, technically 'book III', picks up a lot of pace, to my mind. We chase orcs with Aragorn, meet up with Gandalf again, meet Treebeard, attack and overthrow Isengard, defend Helm's Deep... Quite a lot happens, just in book III. Book IV follows Frodo and Sam closer and closer to Mordor, which is a little slower, a sort of ghastly crawl -- I don't mean the writing or pace is that terrible, but you can feel the sense of dread the whole time, the revulsion.

It's also the book in which we see rather a lot of Gollum, and in which many people learn to feel pity for him. We learn a little more about him -- though not much, really: that mostly happens when Gandalf tells his story at the Council of Elrond. He's treacherous, but we see the potential good buried underneath the bad... I find him quite a tragic character, and wish that he could really truly be saved.

We also meet Faramir, who I had a total literary crush on way back when I first read this. He's nobler than his brother Boromir, easier to love and admire, I think -- at least for a certain type of person, because I suppose Boromir's confidence and fighting skill and drive to find a solution to the problems of Minas Tirith is also appealing to some people.

I'm still leaving my overview of the trilogy for last. I hope I'll remember everything I mean to say for then.

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Date: 2009-10-01 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-1337.livejournal.com
I totally had a crush on Faramir too. The book version of Legolas I never found appealing nor was I drawn to Aragorn. But Faramir was not only noble he was human and accessible.

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Date: 2009-10-01 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wilderthan.livejournal.com
Yes! I adored Faramir.

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Date: 2009-10-01 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-1337.livejournal.com
I always felt bad for him later on with what happens with his father. That and the fact the man clearly favored Boromir and made no attempt to hide it.

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Date: 2009-10-02 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samuraiter.livejournal.com
Second half of TTT? Good.
First half of TTT? Awesome. IMO. :-)

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