I finally finished reading the lord of the rings. I read part of it before and I seen all the movies but I never sat down and read the whole thing. I finally did so and I have much to say but the thing that strikes me as the most interesting is that Tolkien is 10 times the writer I am. My favorite character depends on what kind of day I am having. If I am having a good day its Gandalf but if I am having a bad day its Saruman. The only criticism I have is that is not a lot of action. There is a lot of dialogue and travel. This is probably because of my american upbringing with matching movies where an explosion goes off every 5 seconds. Next I'm going to start the Silmarillion.