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Eldy
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Jun 28, 3:20am

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First of all, no need to apologize for speaking up!

I did in fact read Unfinished Tales when I was 12, though just barely. I started reading it while killing time in a bookstore waiting for the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in July 2007, less than a month before my 13th birthday. I was a big HP fan as a kid, and still remember the original seven books fondly, but UT was definitely the better of the two purchases I made that night. I don't recall finding it a difficult read, though to give some context, I read and enjoyed The Silmarillion when I was 11, albeit with a great deal of referring to the family trees at the back. :P I tried jumping into HoMe shortly after reading UT, expecting it to be more of the same, but got smacked in the face by the very different ratio of commentary to primary text, and quickly retreated. But it didn't take me long to make another, successful attempt; my Amazon account history tells me I ordered volumes X–XII in April 2008, when I was 13.

What did you make of UT at a young age? I've met a few people who read Tolkien's posthumous works at the same or younger age(s) than me, but not many. I was really taken with the Númenor material right from the start; I remember my long-suffering sister eventually getting exasperated because I wouldn't shut up about it. lol


Junesong
Lorien


Jun 28, 1:11pm

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I had no patience as a kid so I was always self-sabotaging amazing opportunities like that.

I remember being in my mid-twenties and a HUGE LOTR/Hobbit fan before I ever got further than page 10 in the Silmarillion. I was waiting to pick up my wife outside the pool store where she worked and an old friend of mine had read LOTR on my recommendation and then kept on going and was knee deep in the Silmarillion. He was telling me the story of Beren and Luthien in the car and I was blown away.

I started reading The Silmarillion that night and got way past page 10. I've read it dozens of times since and now actually love The Silmarillion more than any of Tolkien's other stories.

I've since read UT as well but never made it to HOME - although I did listen through Corey Olson's series on it. Loved it.

"So which story do you prefer?"
"The one with the tiger. That's the better story."
"Thank you. And so it goes with God."


Paulo Gabriel
Lorien

Jul 15, 2:15pm

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What did you make of UT at a young age? I've met a few people who read Tolkien's posthumous works at the same or younger age(s) than me, but not many. I was really taken with the Númenor material right from the start; I remember my long-suffering sister eventually getting exasperated because I wouldn't shut up about it. lol


I don't remember very well, I am not even sure I finished it. Laugh And to this day, I didn't read it again. What I DO remember, however, is that I didn't find it too hard at that age. But then again, I had read The Silmarillion at 11, so that's probably not too surprising.

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