Finally reading The Silmarillion through for the first time. I’ve tried to read it a few times but always gotten bogged down before, but somehow I’m finally ready for it. The Tolkien Professor has helped quite a bit, if nothing else just by helping me keep the threads in my mind.
So far, I have two observations:
1) Fëanor is a prick.
2) Man, Maedhros never gets a break, does he?
That’s all for now! More insightful commentary later as my readings of this deep and stirring work continue.