It’s the second reading. I stucked in the third book in my first reading. I have to take it and finish the saga before end of the year.The second best book of the series after Wizard and Glass, in my opinion. And I’m currently halfway through the last book.
I hope you’ll fall in love with Wizard and Glass like I did. It’s a marvellous story.It’s the second reading. I stucked in the third book in my first reading. I have to take it and finish the saga before end of the year.
I’m agree with you at this point. Until now the second book is the best of the first three.
I remember reading it with pleasure a long time ago but I think it was my interests in the history of that time and area rather than being a Tolkien fan that made it for me. And yes, it makes little sense if you're not familiar with Beowulf (although I don't think Old English is necessary at all); and yes, if it wasn't by Tolkien this kind of book would have never been released in that form most probably.In my Tolkien ultimate-mega-reading list (I actually added two more books about him to study, bringing the number of books up to over a hundred, give or take - the whole History of Middle-earth is for these purposes just one book, btw), just today I finished Finn and Hengest.
In case you didn't know, it's a collection of essays on the Finnesburg Fragment and the respective short and vague episode in Beowulf concerned with the same matter (lines 1068–1158), a textual and translation commentary, trying to make sense of it, reconstructing what probably happened, philological and historical argumentation for the nationalities and genealogies of the actors; in fact there's a huge list of named characters with various degrees of depth on their identity, allegiance, ancestors.
A lot of it does not really require a knowledge of Old English per se, but a lack thereof makes it significantly harder.
Let me just say that I did study both law and theology at the university, I read Sartre and Heidegger and just recently I have read 3000 pages about the history of Czech Catholic literature in the past 150 years...
...and yet this was probably the most hardcore stuff I have ever read. At times I thought my head is going to crack open.
It was fascinating and in many ways often interesting, but... like I said, utterly hardcore.
And as for the Tolkien experience, this is going to be probably the only book that even a truly fanatical fan of Tolkien isn't going to truly enjoy in the slightest - I mean, I find most of this stuff rather interesting, 1. I am insane, 2. even then, going so deep on something so obscure in such a way... was a bit of a chore.
The only people here I can (vaguely) imagine of being interested in ... well, probably not precisely reading it, but at least getting acquainted with it might be @Perun and ... dunno, @Brigantium ? (though geographically it's way too far from the lass' Northumbrian home).
But as an experience, it was definitely unique.
but I think it was my interests in the history of that time and area rather than being a Tolkien fan that made it for me
And yes, it makes little sense if you're not familiar with Beowulf (although I don't think Old English is necessary at all)