These monthly meme questions stopped for a little while the moderators regrouped. They returned in December 2015 and I would really like to get back into doing them again; as I used to regular do them and enjoy it. March’s question is a rewind from September 2013:
‘Rereading a favourite classic at different stages of your life gives you different insights with each reading. Is there one classic you’ve read several times that also tells a story about you?’ (originally contributed by Brona).
A favourite classic of mine to re-read is the epic, fantasy trilogy: The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien.
I first started reading The Lord of the Rings when I was 10 years old and it took me about a year to read the whole trilogy. I had picked up it because of my love for Tolkien’s children’s novel The Hobbit. I have to be honest it was hard going! While I loved many of the characters and enjoyed elements of the story; I am afraid I don’t think I really got it all. I think this was mainly down to Tolkien’s immensely detailed style and my limited vocabulary at that age. This was a much bigger step-up from The Hobbit than I’d expected.
I next read this epic trilogy in my early teens (approximately 13/14 years old) just before the release of Peter Jackson’s wonderful film trilogy; perfect timing! This was a much easier read second time round – as within a few years I did have a much larger vocabulary and reading experience. This time around I was able to delve past the basic storyline into Tolkien’s intricate, detailed world, people and history. I think this second read is when I actually fell in love with these books.
Then I finished my last re-read of The Lord of the Rings just last year (2015), after the last film in The Hobbit franchise was released. I can honestly say this was the first time this felt like a re-read. As an adult reader, I was totally comfortable with Tolkien’s style, vocabulary and immense detail which left me free to relive the wonderful adventures and thrilling battles with some well-loved characters.
What classic do you keep re-reading? What do you think it says about you?