His masterpiece, The Lord of
the Rings (LOTR), I've read about 15 times since it was first
translated to Norwegian in 1973-75. Every time I read, I notice new
details I don't remember too well and that fascinates me.
After I've seen the adaption directed by Peter Jackson, I
like to try to spot events that have got another set of characters, are
moved to another place or to another time. And of course, all the
events there were no room for in the adaption. Tolkien wrote more than
LOTR, I've read them too.
It's not a problem to find a webpage about Tolkien, the
problem is to find one that stays "there" and is not all about selling
stuff. I like Wikipedia best.
Tolkien has, among other works, written the two very different
The Silmarillion and Smith of Wootton Major. The Silmarillion was
published after Tolkien's death and is an description of the universe
of Middle-earth. The Silmarillion is heavy stuff and sort of hard to
read, but also very interesting. Smith of Wootton Major is almost so
short it could be said to be a short story and is a lovely story about
a fairy king.
Picture: By Michele
Mariani indicating the dragon Smaug from the Hobbit.