Lost in Middle Earth

A friend of mine, S., wrote these words in her Facebook status a few days ago:

Ever since i started reading The Lord of the Rings I don’t want to work. I don’t want to cook. I don’t want to fold laundry. I don’t want to run. I don’t want to hang out. I don’t want to do my bible study. Don’t want to talk, don’t want phone calls, don’t get the mail(well I never did that actually) What’s the deal Tolkien?! I like your world better sometimes;-)

I’m jealous. I wish I could get lost in Middle Earth for the first time again. In fact, I wrote a poem, back in the day when I thought I could write poetry, about the fascination of Tolkien’s Middle Earth:

She doesn’t hear the blur of noise
That marks our busy world—
Rhythm of footsteps in the hall,
Insistent radio two doors down,
Rushing of the cars outside,
Clatter of pans in the kitchen sink.
Her ears are tuned to other sounds—
To elvish songs and goblin shrieks,
Hobbit voices, horns and swords,
She’s lost in Middle Earth.

What book(s) do you wish you could read again for the first time?

7 thoughts on “Lost in Middle Earth

  1. Les Miserables, The Horse and His Boy, Watership Down, The Good Earth, and Cry the Beloved Country, that is, in addition to The Lord of the Rings trilogy….
    I love them all!

  2. I think I would like to start LOTR all over again along with Far Pavillions, The Magic Faraway Tree, Pillars of the Earth, and maybe Harry Potter too!

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  4. I understand her predicament…

    The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Prydain Chronicles, The Road, The Hunger Games Trilogy, Penrod, Leave It To Psmith, and The White Company.

  5. I wish I could watch the Star Wars movies again for the first time. As for books, most anything by David Eddings but especially the Elenium and the Tamuli as those are my favorite of his books. I also wish I could read Dune again for the first time, and maybe Stranger In A Strange Land, Animal Farm, and Starship Troopers.

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