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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Passage Of The Marshes

(Updated on 15/10/15) This chapter really does show clearly the main complaints that are standard with Book Four, in that it can, at an initial glance anyway, be summed up in little more than a sentence: They walk through a … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Taming Of Sméagol

(Updated on 12/10/15) I often find that Book Four gets a lot of flak. I think it is fair to say that is generally perceived as the worst of the six, in that it encapsulates fully the more negative aspects … 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: The Great River

(Updated on 11/7/15) “The Great River” is a very episodic chapter. The Fellowship travels a great distance, with the journey split into specific incidents. If Tolkien was of the same mind that he had been when writing the Lorien chapters, … 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 Ring Goes South

(Updated on 4/6/15) On the road again. We start off with the aftermath of the council. Gandalf is in a bit of a bad mood, something that’s going to repeat for the rest of the chapter. He takes some more … 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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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Strider

(Updated on 2/5/15) The hobbits are fresh from endangering the very planet they walk on by getting drunk and singing, and get back to their room to find Strider already waiting for them. They react suspiciously, as anyone would. Up … Continue reading

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