“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

On this Free Week, I will finish the thought I began a couple of months ago on an audiobook I listened to on YouTube; one that had me enthralled.

It was the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

As I have said before, I am not usually crazy about audiobooks. I like to ‘hear’ the voices of the different characters in my mind and I have found many of the readers distract from the stories, but that is not always the case. I have utilized YouTube and other sites, plus audio discs and at times, even Audible. I can be busy and still enjoy stories which I would not otherwise be able to experience, because of time restraints.

As you may remember, the title of this post is in both the movie and book, some of the wisdom of Gandalf, some which I have taken to heart.

I went into these points before rather deeply, but what makes the LOTR Trilogy that I heard so wonderful is the fact that it is so well done, with some of the actual actors from the famous movies reprising their rolls in voice work. The ones who did not return had their parts read well and the narration was (is) exemplary.

When the movies came out, most of the family went to the theaters to see them; I waited for the DVDs. We were all greatly taken by them. I am surprised that we have not worn the discs out.
My husband tried to get me to read the novels when we first got married and several times afterward. Others had tried as well in previous years to get me to read them. It seemed like a lot of work for a long –term investment, which I had not been willing to make. Frankly, I could not get into them, even though those whom I knew who had read them became total devotees. When my husband was teaching social studies, he had maps all around his classroom, and a couple of his students gave a map of Middle Earth to him to add to those of our world.
He was piqued at the differences made to the movies from JRR Tolkien’s books.

My niece took her sister’s son to see the movies, although she had no previous interest. But she, too, was bowled-over, and ran to read the books…which only made her angry concerning Peter Jackson’s changes to the story, as well.

I could not understand their vehemence and frankly, still don’t; the stories are close and at least one change was an improvement, (Arven, the Elf princess, love of Aragorn, rescuing Frodo, as opposed to the elfin man who did so in the books.) More people began reading the books and listening to the story than ever would have without the movies. Peter Jackson brought together fine actors, incredible scenery and great effects to bring the stories to visual life.

I knew much of the story’s details were left out of the movies. Goodness, they are full and long as they are! I chose to listen to hear what was omitted from the story. What I did not expect was to be wrapped in incredibly beautiful writing! Tolkien’s way with words are warm and comfortable, even when the story is not. But if you have not experienced the stories, don’t worry, the ‘not’ parts never last for long. There is much dry humor throughout, as well.

If you have not read or heard the Lord of the Rings books, I could not recommend any stories more highly. If you don’t have the time, or find yourself with driving time or time with hands-on work where you could listen, I implore you to do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook, available on YouTube.

It’s worth it just to hear the song of the Ents!

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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6 Responses to “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I started to read LOTR in college but never managed to finish it. And I never found anyone to watch the movies with me. But the audiobook would be doable, and I have a four hour car trip ahead of me this month. Thanks for the link!

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    I tried reading LOTR back in the early 1970s, but just couldn’t get into it.
    I’ve seen bits and pieces of one or more of the movie version of the trilogy, but found it all quite confusing. One of these days, I hope to watch the DVD, accompanied with a grandson who likes the series — so he can answer my questions and confusions.

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    • The books are VERY long, Jeff. I found it impossible to get into, but after all the years of listening to Joe and Jennifer complain about what was left out,I was glad to find a good audio version.


  3. hotlyspiced says:

    I love the name of this blog. I have never read ‘Lord of the Rings’ nor seen any of the movies. I think I must be about the only person left who can claim that. I’ve never tried audio books – I do like to see the written words on the page but like you say, if you have to do a long car trip or commute somewhere, audio books are an excellent way of filling that time xx

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    • Oh, Charlotte, how lovely of you to stop in! No, Patty, our Monday Fox, and Jeff, our Hound, just admitted to not having seen the movies or read the books.Both are feasts! I hope you get a chance to enjoy them! Sending my love!

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