I love, love, love The Lord of the Rings. I saw the movies first and loved them, but actually only read the books fairly recently, considering. I love both the books and the movies, but if I had to choose, I'd have to say I liked the books better.
Legolas was so much cooler in the books, IMHO. I didn't really have an opinion on him when I saw the movies for the first time, but after reading the books, his characterization onscreen started to annoy me.
Voldy wrote:He spends 25 pages describing like, Bill the horse or something...
Excuse me, it's Bill the Pony.
Voldy wrote:Oh, and it also annoys me how he delves way too much into this mythical land...Don't get me wrong, I love fantasy, and I really like when alternate worlds are used in novels. But I mean, he has separate volumes just on the history of Middle-Earth...It's just weird to me.
Really? That was one of my favorite things about it- I loved how he created the various languages of Middle-earth, especially. ::wants to be able to read Tengwar as well::