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A Lord Of The Rings Read-Along: Who’s In?


It’s time.

I haven’t embarked on a reading adventure like this since my Infinite Jest adventure that took around 6 weeks. That seems like a trillion years ago, though it was only about three.

But now, it again is time.

This time, though, I want your help. Let’s have a Lord of the Rings read-along!

It’s summer time now. You’ve got vacations coming up, maybe some off time hanging out around the house, and a book like LOTR is perfect for that, isn’t it?

So let’s read through it together.

We’ll start next Thursday, June 12. That’s when I’ll preview the book here on the blog.

Other than that, I don’t have any formal plan for this, so I’d love your ideas on what you might have done in internet-based read-alongs in the past. I’ve never done them, so I’m a newbie on this subject.

I thought about maybe opening up the blog every now and then and letting one of you guys post about a certain passage of the book or maybe a certain theme within a certain passage.

I have no idea. Do share your thoughts.

So who’s in?

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  1. I would love to have done this, but I’ve just set myself my 20 Books of Summer Challenge! Lord of the Rings is one I really need to get round to! Hope you all have fun.

    June 6, 2014
    • Good luck with those 20 books. That’s a crapload of reading!

      June 6, 2014
      • Wesley #

        So you have never read the Lord of the Rings than? That’s a crap load of ‘book’… It is worth the journey though.

        June 7, 2014
  2. Brandon #

    Ol’ Brandon is in.

    June 6, 2014
    • Sweet.

      June 6, 2014
  3. Sam #

    I’m going to pass so I can concentrate on my own list. However, I’m hosting a read-along now that’s going pretty well. It’s a slightly different structure from what you’re proposing, but maybe my organization style will give you some ideas. Here’s a link:
    We read certain sections by a date and then send each other discussion questions, which we discuss on our blogs. Using comments, we can create discussion among our members. It’s a nice little community.
    Good luck!

    June 6, 2014
    • Good advice. Thanks Sam!

      June 6, 2014
  4. I’m in! I am currently rereading The Hobbit for another read-along, so it makes sense to read the LOTR afterward.

    June 6, 2014
    • Awesome!

      June 6, 2014
  5. Jetagain #

    Long ago in a land far away (Allenspark, Colorado in 1976), after mornings spent hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, I spent afternoons and evenings immersed in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”. By the last half of the final volume I had slowed my reading pace to a crawl–I didn’t want it to end. Jobs, kids, and adult responsibilities have filled the intervening years and I marvel at my young adult self–a young woman with endless time who never guessed life would change so much, so soon.

    June 6, 2014
  6. Hi! I’m new around here, but this looks like some summer fun. I have to admit, it’s been 20 years since I read these last, and what I remember most is all the elf songs. Count me in.

    June 6, 2014
    • Great. Welcome to the blog!

      June 6, 2014
  7. It’s a great idea. Unfortunately I have to beg off. But I will interested in how it goes.

    June 6, 2014
  8. I’m in.
    LOTR is on my list for this year and exams finish a week on saturday. In terms of read along ideas i think it would be fun to have discussion points or questions for each book or half book (as it’s technically split into 6 anyways) – so maybe 6 discussion posts in 6 weeks?

    June 6, 2014
    • Good idea. Might consider it.

      June 6, 2014
  9. I might start at the same time. I want to get a re-read done before my 30th birthday. You should definitely check out Eric’s blog. He’s going REALLY in depth into all of the books.

    June 6, 2014
    • AND he’s “hiking” to Mordor on an elliptical.

      June 6, 2014
      • Oh, now that’s great. I’ve got to read about that.

        June 6, 2014
  10. I’d love to, but unfortunately I won’t have access to my copy until late June. I might jump on the bandwagon late, though!

    As far as organization, you could make a calendar for finishing each book in the trilogy (or maybe parts of each book, depending on how specific you want to be) and everyone could discuss the part as they reach the deadline, maybe on a sub-blog that’s designed especially for that purpose. I don’t know if you’ve done any Blogging U, but in Writing 101 they’ve made a space called the Commons that is a great forum for everyone to discuss their work.

    LOTR polls could be entertaining. Short writing contests with fun prompts based on the latest reading, where the winner’s response is featured on your blog, could be fun. Ummm…reading-inspired artwork, likewise?

    I’m out of ideas for now. But I think I might have to join in and just speedread The Fellowship of the Ring.

    June 6, 2014
  11. Can one read LOTR without first reading The Hobbit?

    June 6, 2014
    • Yes. I have read the Hobbit, I started reading LOTR but didn’t finish, however I have seen the movies. The Hobbit is not at all necessary before starting LOTR – Tolkein actually wrote LOTR first. The Hobbit is a prequel.

      June 8, 2014
  12. I will try to join in on this, but the LOTR have never really been interesting enough for me to finish. I also have a bunch of other books on my list. However, maybe a passion will stir up old feelings for the LOTR.

    June 6, 2014
  13. Denise #

    I’ll read along! I haven’t revisited these stories in several years now. Not since long before the movies, so I look forward to a fresh read. It will be interesting to see if the movies have ruined this for me or if I’m still able to go there without Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, et al haunting my imagery. Are you starting with The Hobbit or jumping right into The Fellowship of the Ring?

    June 6, 2014
  14. Too much writing on my plate for this summer to allow for much reading, especially such an extensive commitment. I’ll have to live vicariously through you all. I’m still trying to get my son interested in the Hobbit. He’s resisting.

    June 6, 2014
  15. Faith #

    I’m in! I’ve never done a read-along before, and I’ve never read all three of these books. So awesome!

    June 6, 2014
  16. So down. Love these books and can’t wait to start summer with them.

    June 6, 2014
  17. Talia Trackim #

    My favorite book series! Enjoy! :)

    June 6, 2014
  18. Ren Ellis #

    I’d like to give this a try. I’ve read The Hobbit and seen the movies, but I haven’t ever read through the Lord of the Rings. I read the first hundred pages or so of the first book back in high school, but never finished. Hopefully reading along with others will motivate me to give it another go.

    June 6, 2014
  19. Deborah #

    I’m in! Down here in the southern hemisphere, we’re about to start on our winter holidays, so I can’t imagine anything better than curling up with a cup of coffee and LOTR. Haven’t read them again for ages.

    June 7, 2014
  20. This sounds like a blast! Please count me in.

    June 7, 2014
  21. I first read LOTR about around eight years ago, so I would love to be a part of this. :)

    June 7, 2014
  22. I’m halfway through the first book so I guess now is a better time than ever!

    June 7, 2014
  23. I’ve read LOTR so many times and don’t think I could face another at the moment. But good luck – I’ll be with you in spirit!

    June 8, 2014
  24. I’m in! It’s been far too long since I read these, and I might just squeeze in ‘The Hobbit’ between now and Thursday too!!

    June 8, 2014
  25. oui

    June 9, 2014
  26. Reblogged this on saddamh's Blog.

    June 11, 2014

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