“Wake up, Frodo’s in danger again! Ok, so you’re going to have to take a left at the split in the dirt road…”

– The ghost of J.R.R. Tolkien reading alongside me


I’ve been reading through Lord of the Rings for the first time and can I see what people are talking about when they say Tolkien gets rather long-winded with his landscape descriptions. I’m actually fine with most of these passages, but I’ll confess I do start zoning out when it feels like he’s giving me step-by-step directions to Rivendell.

– James