Tales from the Perilous Realm, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Tales from the Perilous Realm, by J.R.R. Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee • Published by HarperCollins • ★★★★ • Goodreads
I didn’t exactly had a good time reading The Hobbit previously, because of the hand it was written in. I often forget it wasn't a recent work but one that was written more than half a century ago. It was weird but I did love the story, plus the movie also sustained my interest. So for my next Tolkien, I didn’t pick The Fellowship of The Ring even though I had the book (but I will get to that)! I chose Tales from The Perilous Realm because illustrations.

The illustrations by Alan Lee really made the book a whole lot more entertaining for me and I highly recommend reading this version with the illustrations, instead of one without. Plus it really helped tide me over when I fell into a weird limbo again with it. Seriously, as I told Maraia on Twitter, it was as though an old grandfather was reading the book to me and nobody rushes Grandpa Tolkien when he’s telling you a story. (Ya, I'm quoting myself because I'm badass. Derp.)

Again, I really love the stories, especially Smith of Wootton Major! The short stories in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil which I enjoyed most are Fastitocalon, The Hoard, The Last Ship, and Shadow Bride. Maybe I’m partial towards the mystical beasts and elves in Tolkien’s stories but most of my favourites are of those. (But can you blame me, really?)

I think this is a great book for anyone who wants to go back to Middle-earth or know more about Tolkien’s world. If you’re looking for same characters, sorry, this is not the place. Tales tell of more new things that I’ve never heard before in The Hobbit. (Again, can’t tell if it is 100% new because I haven’t gone into reading LOTR.)

Is it strange that I love the world Tolkien has created but I am rather wary of diving into his books? Damn it.


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