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What is your least favourite book by Professor Tolkien?
Poll: What is your least favourite book by Professor Tolkien?
I love all his books the same
Can't really say
I don't like any of his books
The Hobbit
Leaf by Niggle
On Fairy Stories
Farmer Giles of Ham
The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth
The Fellowship of The Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of The King
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
The Road Goes Ever On
Bilbo's Last Song
Smith of Wooton Major
Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo
The Silmarillion
Letters From Father Christmas
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth
The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien
Finn and Hengest
Mr Bliss
The Monsters and The Critics and Other Essays
The Children of Hurin
View Results (45 votes)


Oct 10 2013, 6:55pm

Post #1 of 21 (500 views)
What is your least favourite book by Professor Tolkien? Can't Post

For a change of pace I thought it would be interesting to discuss which of Tolkien's works we don't enjoy.

(This post was edited by malickfan on Oct 10 2013, 6:56pm)


Oct 10 2013, 7:00pm

Post #2 of 21 (379 views)
i must confess.... [In reply to] Can't Post

i was with him (at first) when he wanted to explore new literary horizons, but i thought he jumped the shark with "twilight: breaking dawn."

although i certainly appreciate the work he put into developing separate languages for the vampires and werewolves.



Oct 10 2013, 7:42pm

Post #3 of 21 (365 views)
His novelizations of the movies are really iffy. [In reply to] Can't Post

With LOTR he had a tendency to cut great scenes and then add his own made-up ones. Only got worse with the novelization for The Hobbit. Why didn't he put out one book for each film of The Hobbit instead of cramming them all together and cutting out so much stuff?

I mean, he entirely cut out Tauriel!!! Wot th' hey???


Oct 10 2013, 7:44pm

Post #4 of 21 (346 views)
COH [In reply to] Can't Post

He dies, she dies, everybody dies.


Oct 10 2013, 8:52pm

Post #5 of 21 (359 views)
exactly [In reply to] Can't Post

darkstone, +exactly+.

although, i do give him a lot of credit. he started out just designing slot machines (see attached photo). who knew that would inspire him to eventually create such fabulous lego toys?

i still think his later stuff, like "eat, pray, orc" is more interesting.

(and i will +never+ forgive him for gutting tauriel.... or completely eliminating virile, sexy, dwarves from the hobbit. he turned them into angry garden gnomes, in my opinion.)

(your post, btw, is hys+ter+ical, and made me smile : ) )


(This post was edited by Maciliel on Oct 10 2013, 8:56pm)
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Oct 10 2013, 11:36pm

Post #6 of 21 (322 views)
You mean [In reply to] Can't Post

that hack ghostwriter who wrote the tie-in novels to Peter Jackson's (awesome!) The Lord of the Rings? How did they let him get away with forgetting to include the elves at Helm's Deep?! And what's with that Glorfindel (you know, the made up guy who took Arwen's place at the ford) being all glowy and glittery? Is he supposed to be a vampire?

If I can be serious here for a moment, I didn't get much out of Leaf by Niggle, or Roverandom. I haven't read either one in a long time; maybe I'll give them another try someday.

And I agree about CoH, too much angst and tragedy. A real downer, but at least it had some good adventure.


Oct 10 2013, 11:50pm

Post #7 of 21 (321 views)
Least favorite book. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've not read all of Tolkien's published works but I would have to say The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil.

Not that I don't like it, the poems and verses are interesting and funny in the tone of this very strange and peculiar character which is Tom Bombadil. But, if I have to make a choice, he will finish in last place among the others.

(This post was edited by sam90 on Oct 10 2013, 11:52pm)


Oct 11 2013, 1:24am

Post #8 of 21 (284 views)
ROFL! // [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Oct 11 2013, 2:32am

Post #9 of 21 (290 views)
Not counting "Tolkien reference" like HOME or HOTH... [In reply to] Can't Post

...it would have to be The Hobbit.

I've never read any of the non-Middle-earth stuff like Smith of Wootton Major or Farmer Giles of Ham. Although I love Tolkien's writing, it doesn't interest me quite as much as his legendarium does. To me, the legendarium is what sets Tolkien apart from other writers.


Oct 11 2013, 3:34pm

Post #10 of 21 (275 views)
I haven't read all of those. [In reply to] Can't Post

But of the ones I have read, the one I enjoyed the least was Children of Hurin.

Not because it wasn't a good book or it wasn't well-written, because it was both.

I just didn't like it because I don't like Túrin Turambar. He's a stubborn idiot, and the majority of his woes are self-inflicted. So I just don't feel very sympathetic to him, especially when his behavior brings death and ruin to everyone around him.


Oct 11 2013, 3:48pm

Post #11 of 21 (276 views)
Was he stubborn [In reply to] Can't Post

just because he was like that or due to the curse of morgoth? As in would he have acted the same without the curse upon him?

I like to think that he wouldn't have been the same person if the curse was not on him which makes the story even more sad. For me it's one of my favourite stories Tolkien wrote, lol.


Oct 11 2013, 4:06pm

Post #12 of 21 (281 views)
Some of it was the curse. [In reply to] Can't Post

That's why I said only that "most" of his woes were self-inflicted.

But his temper and his violent reactions to situations were all Turin.


Oct 11 2013, 11:38pm

Post #13 of 21 (262 views)
That's strange. [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
That's why I said only that "most" of his woes were self-inflicted.

But his temper and his violent reactions to situations were all Turin.

I thought the opposite: that the situations were just what they were, and Turin's temper and reactions to the situations were manipulated by the curse. My thought was that the curse provoked the darkness and anger in Turin, making it hard (impossible?) for him to deal rationally with the situation. We all have a dark side; most of us keep it under control, but the curse strengthened the darkness in Turin so that he couldn't contain it.

But even if he had never been cursed, I doubt he'd have been Mr Happy Go Lucky.

Tol Eressea

Oct 12 2013, 12:04am

Post #14 of 21 (262 views)
Agreed [In reply to] Can't Post

"Mr. Happy-go-lucky"

Hilarious!!! I have got to use that one. Think of all the appropriate situations!!


Oct 12 2013, 7:25am

Post #15 of 21 (288 views)
Yeah that is how i see it. [In reply to] Can't Post

Makes for a better story in my opinion that way round but obviously everyone sees things differently, in their own way.


Oct 21 2013, 11:28pm

Post #16 of 21 (196 views)
ROFL [In reply to] Can't Post

"i still think his later stuff, like "eat, pray, orc" is more interesting."


Oct 21 2013, 11:35pm

Post #17 of 21 (182 views)
watch it!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

watch it, cg!!! laughing while in the drink puts one in danger of drowning.



Oct 21 2013, 11:50pm

Post #18 of 21 (183 views)
RIWL [In reply to] Can't Post

OK, having been unceremoniously and wantonly pushed off the Tol E. dock into the brine, I should say that I am "rolling in waves laughing." I heard it scares off the sharks. Will let you know if I survive. Thanks for encouraging me to undertake this experiment. Really, thanks.

For some reason, "rolling in waves laughing" makes me think of "Dances with Wolves," that other Tolkien movie authored under a pen name. It was his eco-guilt rewrite of Gandalf's burning of the Hound of Sauron and retinue. Instead of making war, he made peace with an endangered species--good for him.


Oct 22 2013, 12:24am

Post #19 of 21 (188 views)
so impressed! [In reply to] Can't Post

so impressed that you know tolkien was the ghost writer (and ghost director) of "dances with wolves." the original name of the protagonist (and eponymously named film) was "dances with carcharoth." but you probably knew that.

and, no need to thank me. knowing you are embracing new experiences is reward enough.



Oct 22 2013, 12:36am

Post #20 of 21 (177 views)
The nice thing about Tol Eressea [In reply to] Can't Post

is that the waters abound with ice cream scoops of 111 flavors, so I can swim around and eat all I want and flirt with Uinen to make Osse jealous and generally be a happy brat. That's paradise. Sharks seem to prefer ice cream over humans, so unless we're competing for the same chocolate-almond-cinnamon-lembas dough-miruvor flavored scoop, we're on good terms.


Oct 23 2013, 12:41pm

Post #21 of 21 (197 views)
The Hobbit simply never warmed to me... [In reply to] Can't Post

... really dislike several aspects of it, including the tone. But I will gladly read it to future nephews, nieces and kids :)


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