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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Passing Of The Grey Company

(Updated on 5/1/16) We are back in time, as Book Five offers up the second of what will be three plot threads. Gandalf and Pippin are gone. Aragorn, in a very cynical and harsh turn of phrase declares that only … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The White Rider

(Updated on 22/08/15) We’re back with the three hunters, stuck on what seems, to them anyway, like a hopeless quest. The reader is well aware that Merry and Pippin are safe and sound of course, but Tolkien won’t leave this … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Riders Of Rohan

(Updated on 01/08/15) The chase is on and our three multi-racial heroes are running day and night. The first paragraph of this chapter is one of my favourite pieces of descriptive writing in the whole book and sets up the … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Departure Of Boromir

(Updated on 25/07/15) And we’re back. The Two Towers opens with one of the shortest chapters in the story, written in an age where summing up the previous section of the adventure was unheard of, thank God. “The Departure Of Boromir” will … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Breaking Of The Fellowship

(Updated on 20/7/15) We’ve come to the end of The Fellowship of the Ring. The book has had its ups and downs in terms of tempo, and first time readers are bound to expect something special in its finale. But what the … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Farewell To Lorien

(Updated 04/7/15) Following Frodo and Sam’s mindtrip experience with Galadriel, it’s time that the Fellowship was moving on, something that Celeborn and the missus make clear. Seems the welcome has worn out. Boromir is really loud and obnoxious in this … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Lothlorien

(Updated on 20/06/15) And so begin the Lorien chapters, a trilogy that is divisive among fans and casual readers. Are they just a side show? A distraction? A tempo killer? I’ve seen them described as all three, especially relative to … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Council Of Elrond

(Updated on 26/05/2015) This is the longest chapter in the entire story, so a lot to cover. It’s the second exposition chapter, after “The Shadow of the Past”, and we’re setting up a large part of the rest of the … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Many Meetings

(Updated on 17/5/15) Book One ended on a very tense cliff-hanger: Frodo in peril, the Ring in danger of being retaken by the enemy, and then a mysterious flood sweeping the Ringwraiths away even as Frodo seems close to dying … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Flight To The Ford

(Updated on 12/05/2015) We’re back and it’s clear, from the opening paragraph, that everyone’s alive. Tolkien isn’t interested, rightfully I think, in drawing that out at all. But it’s not clear exactly what happened, nor is it ever rightly explained … Continue reading

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