Monday, May 12, 2008
The Magical Worlds of the Lord of the Rings
So I finished the Magical Worlds of the Lord of the Rings. I've wanted to read this forever, and then I finally bought it. Here's my take:
I thought that it was pretty good, but it had a bunch of stuff in it that I already knew. I felt like I was just rereading a bunch of stuff without all the details. I'm also just a little skeptical about some of it....this guy is writing from a secular outlook, I think, and so I think that he might be guessing a little about some of it. The cover even says that it wasn't authorized by the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien in any way and isn't connected to the movies at all. I'm just a little skeptical about some of because it isn't authorized, and for most of the book, he doesn't give quotations for what he says to be true. I didn't like that about it.
On the other hand, I did learn a few things that I didn't know, and it also deepened my appreciate for what Tolkien did with his work and what I hope to do with mine someday. I like that. I'm also more eager to read the Silmarillion now.
I thought the book had a ton of interesting stuff, stuff that I didn't know before, but since it wasn't authorized, I kind of get the impression that Colbert might be making connections. But then again, authors like that MUST do a ton of research. I'm just not binding to everything he said as truth and fact.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the book, but for those of you who have already a Tolkien bio, I'm not sure that it is worth it. If you haven't read any other books on Tolkien, I would say that it is.