Time to begin the read-along! I'm going to start with the prologue, and post my reactions and thoughts as soon as I've finished (probably on Sunday). Please join me!
IMPORTANT: if you haven't read this or The Hobbit, but you're watching Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies and do not want to know how it all ends, this prologue contains spoilage about that. It's in the fourth section, "Of the Finding of the Ring." Skip the first paragraph and you'll be okay. Or, if you've seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, you can skip the whole first part of that section and begin again with "Now it is a curious fact..." because the movie dealt with everything related to Bilbo getting the ring from Gollum.
If you want to skip the prologue, you can, but it does have some great info about the world inside this book, and it always help me slip into my Middle Earth mindset, so I recommend reading it.
A quick note about how I've set this up. I'll post a new chapter every couple of days, always with the "LOTR Read-Along" tag in the title, and then the name of the chapter. In those, I'll post my thoughts on what happens in that chapter (sometimes more coherent that other times, I'm sure), my favorite lines, and maybe a discussion question if I can think one up. You then respond to that post once you've read that chapter. You can comment on what I've written, mention your own favorite passages, answer the discussion questions if I posted some, and ask your own questions, etc. There's totally no time limit on this -- you can join us next year if you want! Please do be sure to click the "Subscribe by email" thingie so you get notified by email when other people respond -- that helps us get a good discussion going.
You'll notice there's now a tab at the top of the page that says "'Lord of the Rings' Read-Along -- Chapter Posts Index" -- click on that to quickly access particular discussions. I'll do my best to remember to link each individual post to its title there as I post them.
Also. I'll be doing a small giveaway at the end of every book, open to participants only. By small I mean "giving away one LOTR-related thing that I bought myself." Now you know.
If you're participating, please consider putting one of these buttons in your own blog's sidebar, posting about it on your blog or FB, whatever, and linking back here so others can join us. Thanks!