This is certainly an investment of your time; it takes you to another world completely. The level of detail that Tolkien goes into is amazing, it’s so well written, it really is a pleasure to read.
It is much darker than The Hobbit, which is very much like a children’s book in comparison to the sinister and evil times that exist in LOTR. Yet I enjoyed learning what had happened to Bilbo and the other characters after the The Hobbit had ended.
I watched the films before I read this book (recently before as well) and I would recommend doing this. It meant that I had a very vivid picture in my mind when I was reading it. Sometimes seeing the film before reading the book can ruin the book- or not make it as enjoyable- but I think the opposite is true for LOTR. It made it an easy read and, because the films are so well done, it made it easy to imagine the settings and the characters. What the book did add to the films is a greater depth and understanding to all the characters and the scenarios. Also, there were some slight differences between the book and the films, which made it even more fascinating to read.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book, it is well worth the time taken to read it.
Has anyone else read Lord of the Rings? What did you think? Has anyone seen the films? If so, how do you think they compare?