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If you find it boring, do what I did when I was young.
I would read LotR or the Hobbit, then when I saw an obscure reference (Feanor, Morgoth, Ancalagon the Black, Turin, etc) I would go back and look them up, and read the section that I found them in. Then eventually I had read everything.
Its funny because the Ainulindale, and the other beginning chapters are probably the most boring, along with Turin Turumbar, but then later you realize what is going on, and you hang on every word
Yes, the Sil is not easy. The Epic language also threw me out a bit, and since it is composed by tales, does not follow a story line and that makes it more difficult.
You can read the tales separately, to make it easier (e.g., try Beren and Luthien, which is probably one of the most beautiful), but be warned, they are organized chronologically and cross-reference each other, so you will have to go back and re-read it to get all details right, once you have the whole story.
It was very confusing to me the first time to. I couldn't get the names straight, so what I did, was whenever I saw a new name I wrote it down, and writed a little description on the person. Then when they came up in another part of the book, I just looked and I could figure it out very easily.
thanks a lot, you guys! my friend is reading it too, and i think she is having problems too, im not sure. but its kinda nice to know im not the only one. i think i should probably just slow down. im a speed reader, sorta like sting. maybe ill just start the whole book over.
I have only ever read the book once, and I didn't have any problems with it, I suppose that's just me, however, it does start of really boring and then it gets an infinite times better, keep reading!!!
Though much of Book of Lost Tales 2 is quite difficult and boring, the account of the Fall of Gondolin alone is worth getting it. Very exciting and Sil doesn't give it any justice like BoLT 2.
The more one reads Sil and internalizes and visualises it, the more interesting it becomes. When you've chronologically separated everything in your mind and mapped out the genealogies and time frames, you begin to see Sil in a different light.
I do agree that UT is almost better then Sil and a definite companion to Sil. A must read as well.
I admit I thought it was boring in the beginning. But at a point you will understand what a mastermind Tolkien was. Also, if you read LOTR and some names and events refered there didn't make sence, well you can take my word: it's made clear in the Silmarillion. Questions like who were the Numenorian kings, where do tehy go when they leave the grey havens and where the heck did Sauron come from are all answered here. Just keep reading. You will not regret it.
I think Sil gives you the "field vision" that anyone will need to understand and to follow the adventures in LOTR.
If you only read LOTR, you'll miss a lot of "background" of Tolkien's universe.
In my opinion, if you solely read LOTR, you'll have a small vision of Tolkien's universe.
It's dense, yes.
It's hard, yes... but it justifies and explains a lot of situations and scenes that are mentioned in LOTR.
This book gives us the initial and definite configuration of facts that shape the Third and Fourth Ages...