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I read this for the first time in 2004 and several times since then. What can be said about this epic tale that has not been already said many times over? The Professor is a master story-teller, loving the world of nature as much as the world of Men, Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves. He is also a master of suspense. He heats the kettle just a little a time, hinting at threats that may or may not be imaginary, as in Frodo’s uncertainty whether he really sees and hears someone following them or not and the sound of a hammer that may or may not have to do with Pippin throwing down a stone in Moria.
The people who inhabit it have so much to teach us. To name just a handful of lessons: Merry and Pippin’s beautiful words about their love and friendship for Frodo and what lengths they are willing to go because of it, Frodo’s fearful and courageous embrace of his terrible calling and the grace that sustains him and his companions, Sam dogged faithfulness and support, Aragorn’s pledge to protect Frodo even if costs him his life, Gandalf’s sacrifice in Moria, and so much more!
What were your first impressions of this book? What continues to move, inspire, and amaze you even after multiple re-readings?