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Posted May 29, 2008
Now before I sing the praise of this series/ A warning must be given,/ You may find yourself hopelessly weary/ If this is your first look at J.R.R. Tolkien./ These books were compiled by that great master's son/ As a glimpse into his father's deep mind./ These tales never could claim being 'done',/ And thus are a motley combine./ Yet for all of you who have read that master's works/ And wish that more about Middle-Earth could be,/ Behold! Here it is, down to the origin of Orcs/ And the singing of the Ainu in sweet melody./ The great elves in battle against Morgoth and Sauron/ Men of the West in their earliest days./ Battles with dragons--like the mighty Glaurung./ A multitude of tales told in multiple ways/ Many of these tales are in a more coherent book--/ The Silmarillion is its name. / Yet though it is beautiful--more fluid to look--/ It does not delve as deep, page upon page./ There is the Lay of Leithian / In its poetic might,/ Unlike the version in the Silmarillion,/ Which does not pierce the heart with a sword so bright./ And so you come to ask me,/ 'Why four stars, not five?'/ I must give you my answer,/ And be honest--not lie./ The Histories of Middle-Earth, I must confess--/ As enjoyable as they may be-- / It is, for the most part, an utter mess/ That often confused and baffled me./ Tales told by the old, the young, and great scribes/ Each varying by telling/ Difficult on the mind,/ Sending my head spinning, like the tide swelling,/ Like the Earth rending, in fire and ice./ And yet still an entertaining/ Legend-revealing device. ---Ryan Robledo Author of the Aelnathan
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Posted November 30, 2009
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