The metal babble flees!
My impression is that it's like the paragraphs of lineages, mythology, history, etc. from LotR as a whole book. Brr, no thanks!
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That's exactly it. Dialogue is more interesting than battles, and characters are more important than events. Plus, Fellowship has the greatest ratio of Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger, the most underrated of all hobbits.Fellowship has the largest ratio of diversions/sidequests/people sitting and talking to travel/action/doing important plot stuff.
It's a mythohistorical book of legends and stories. Approach it the same way you might approach the Bible and it's easier to address - not just pick it up and read it cover to cover, but digest some of the history and stories, reference with appendices, take it in chunks, skip around if you like.My impression is that it's like the paragraphs of lineages, mythology, history, etc. from LotR as a whole book. Brr, no thanks!
In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien positions himself as the localizer into English of a tome, "The Red Book of Westmarch," which had been diegetically assembled by some anonymous denizen of Middle-Earth, who had themselves produced it by compiling and transcribing a number of texts, the bulk of which were attributed to the characters Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam. This was a popular conceit in 19th- and early 20th-century fantasy literature