The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien (a trilogy of posts)

The biggest challenge I have faced when writing reviews on books I’ve enjoyed and have included on my list of books I think every Christian should read is writing about books I read years ago. I could re-read them (and some I intend to), but there are so many books on my yet-to-be-read list that I don’t often re-read books. As I have been discovering many other good sites that focus on books, I’ve found some great articles and reviews that have already been published, so I thought “Why re-invent the wheel?” So, this is a “Reblog” of a well-written review (actually series of reviews) of The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Blogging for a Good Book

It appears at or near the top of every popularly chosen list of the best books of all time. It cast a lasting spell on the fantasy genre, where it set the tropes that would be explored for nearly forty years before darker, more ironic low fantasy, Harry Potter,  and contemporary urban fantasy could even begin to put a dent in its armor.  If you asked most readers to name a fantasy book, it would be the first words from their lips. Still, some readers and critics insist on taking cheap shots at The Lord of the Rings (hereafter “LOTR”).

Some say that it oversimplifies the struggle between good and evil. Others accuse it of racism because many of the forces of evil are dark-skinned. Some decry the shortage of female characters. Some simply find it too hokey. Some blithely accuse it of being loaded with clichés, but you can’t…

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