Today I finished my annual reading of The Lord of the Rings. It took a bit longer this year, as I was a bit distracting by other goings-on, but in a way it was nice because I lingered over it and savored it more.
Some people ask how I can read a book over and over, year after year; don't I already know what's going to happen? Well, yes, but it's how I get there that is so enjoyable to me. LOTR is good enough that it still evokes strong emotions in me every time I read it; whether it be Gandalf facing the Balrog on the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, or horns of the Rohirrim at dawn on the Pelennor Fields, I still laugh, cry, get goosebumps, and thoroughly lose myself in the story. What could be more enjoyable?
Tolkien revealed a world that I am not alone in wishing I could visit; people all over the world have taken his masterpiece and made it an important part of their lives.
I don't really know what else to say about the book; there is so much else out there about it, anything I might have to say would probably seem meaningless. All I can say is that I love the book and look forward to my next annual reading!
Books: Finished LOTR. Going to read the appendices and then it's on to Salem's Lot.
Wine: Had a Columbia Crest 2009 Riesling; thought it was a bit better than the 2008, a bit sweeter and with more structured fruit, but otherwise very similar.
Guitar: Working on "Sheep" as well as a "Study in A" classical piece and a blues study.
Writing: Past the halfway point of the first revision of the novella. Reading it through again I am very pleased with how it came out, though I can see plenty of places for improvement. Still, I feel like I conveyed what I wanted to convey. So yea.