7/6/18

5 Reasons Why You as a Writer Should Read and Watch Lord of the Rings


Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece that all writers should read or at least watch.

There are so many benefits to reading (or watching) this series, and today I'll be telling you why you as a writer need to look into these books!

*No, this wasn't inspired from Ivie's stubbornness to pay attention to this series even though I've spammed her in countless comment sections *cough* I'm not that petty *cough*

**Actually, I am, who am I kidding?

So, here's why you need to read and watch Lord of the Rings:

1. Exceptional world-building. 
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The detail of Middle-earth is jaw-dropping, and it makes sense that it took twelve years for Tolkien to write. You can clearly see how much work that he put into his world, every scene is in depth. Not only did he add amazing locations, but Tolkien also added multiple races of creatures, a few of these being hobbits, dwarfs, elves, ents, orcs, and trolls. Plus, he wrote a whole language (Elvish)??? That's super impressive! To read more about the complexities of J.R.R. Tolkien's world check this

2. Amazing character arcs. From my post a few weeks ago, y'all know I am a sucker for a well-written arc, and I totally think writers should take notes on how well these arcs are written. The tells of redemption, falling into evil or becoming what you were destined to be are written almost perfectly.

3. The character depth. This kind of ties into the character arcs, but the character depth and motivations are so good! And it's hard to explain, but the characters are so realistic. 

4. Merry and Pippin. Because who can't love these guys?


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 Honestly, both of them are meeee if I was in a novel or movie
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5. Because you just should, it's that good!!! JUST GO READ IT! There's so much to learn from it, and even if you're not a writer it's still amazing!! Tolkien was one of the trailblazers in the fantasy genre, and he pulled it all off so well. 

 What do you think of Lord of the Rings?
Have you watched or read them (or both)? 

Happy Writing,

52 comments:

  1. YESSSSSSS, LotR!!! I love his characters so much, and his passion for storytelling is so incredibly vivid throughout the story. :')

    Still in awe that he made up his own language. I'd never be able to do that, oh my word. O_O

    Love this post! Agree 100%! (*looks pointedly in Ivie's direction* xD)

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    1. SAME!!!!

      IKR?!?! He was super smart, the language is so complex!

      Lol.

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  2. LotR!!!!!! Yes, I saw this title and immediately went "Oof, Ivie's gonna get it..." *winces* *cackles* But it's worth it! *runs away to gather pitchforks*

    Merry and Pippin are amazing though. And Tolkien....all of his work really is just the best. ;)

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    1. Lol, well I had to credit the person who inspired this post. >.<

      YES, they are!! And his work is so good.

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    2. Funny, Faith, because I immediately thought the same thing. -_-

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  3. HAHA, YES, LORD OF THE RINGS!!!! Those books (and movies) are seriously an inspiration to writers everywhere.

    Merry and Pippin, though........they literally make the books what they are.

    And still totally amazed that he created his own LANGUAGES. #writergoals

    This post is absolutely amazing and I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

    (Ivie, if you’re reading this..............well, um, I’m sure you appreciated this post???)

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    1. Yes, so true!

      Yep, love those two. :P

      Ikr??? Stunning.

      THANK YOU!!

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  4. One of my favorites, grew up reading and watching it!

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  5. I have not read the books or watched the movies (I know--I should be ashamed), but I do plan on reading the books sometime in the future. (My TBR pile is *huge*)

    As for the movies, I actually had a friend from school ask me about them, and he was shocked when I said I hadn't seen them. He told me that I had to watch them ASAP, so perhaps this summer I will have to set up a movie marathon. :)

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    1. They're so good, you'll enjoy them! And same on huge TBRs!

      Your friend is correct! ASAP!!! XD

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  6. I've watched the movies (MANY MANY TIMES), but I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read the books! :'( It's on my TBR, tho. :)

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    1. YES, SAME HERE! SO GOOD.

      Ahhh, you need too, they're amazing and have way more details than the movies. :D

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  7. I LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS! :D It was one of the many books that inspired me to write.
    -Quinley

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  8. First watched all the movies when I was nine, and read all the books when I was fourteen. And yes -- they are amazing!

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    1. I read the books when I was around twelve, I can't remember if I watched the movies first. :P
      They really are!

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  9. Be honest, you totally had me in mind when you were writiing this. It's not nice to lie. XD XD JK JK. For those who have read it, I'm sure it's super valuable. BUT... still not reading/watching it. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAH.


    (btw, those unamused faces I was putting everywhere were sarcastic, I'm not actually unamused by this, I think it's cool. :D)

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    1. Yep, I did! XD
      AAAHHHH, BUT YOU NEED TOO!!!!

      (I knew that, lol). :P

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    2. WHY IVIE WHY

      WHY DO YOU CAUSE US ALL THIS PAIN

      JOIN THE FANDOM\

      SOMEONE START A CAMPAIGN CALLED "converting Ivie to LotR fan"

      -_-

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  10. I love the Lord of the Rings, and those are some wonderful reasons you gave!

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  11. The Lord of the Rings is my favorite movie!! I'm going to read the Books soon.- Jose

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    1. Those movies are so good! You're going to like the books. :D

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  12. It's a great movie! I've seen it like three times, and I still want to watch it over again!- June

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  13. Lord of the Rings is one of my favorites! I love all your points. Both the books and the movies are great.

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    1. It's one of mine too! Thanks, and yes, they are. :D

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  14. I’ve watched the Lord of the Rings..... I want to read them sometime too but I haven’t gotten around to it :D

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  15. As soon as I saw this in my inbox I squealed and about jumped 5000 feet off of the ground with excitement!!!! GREAT reasons!! And can we all agree that Aragorn/Strider is AMAZING and Sam is so sweet and wonderful?? A complete cinnamon-roll.

    THANK YOU for making this post Gray!!! *fangirls unite*

    @Ivie: just so you know I always used to say the exact same thing about Star Wars, but I have since watched 4-6 and have changed my mind completely. They're AWESOME, but still, they can NEVER eclipse or surpass LOTR. :)

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    1. Haha, BUT I say the same thing about Star Wars as I do with LotR. XD XD

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    2. @Kendra, YES HE'S SO AMAZING AND SO IS SAM!!! I ADORE SAM. <3 <3

      Thank you for reading!

      @Ivie, *shakes head* WHY ARE YOU SO STUBBORN?!?!?

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  16. As soon as I saw the title of this post, I got really excited! I love LOTR and grew up on them! I think they do a good job teaching world building especially, but also theme. It has very strong, prominent themes through the whole story, and that's something that's always really inspired me.

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    1. Lord of the Rings is so inspiring, thanks for reading!

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  17. YESSSSSSS

    PIPPIN IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITTTEE!!!

    ~Ceci

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  18. I've only seen the movies thanks to a church movie night, but you've got to admit Tolkien's built himself a masterpiece. After all, who else would spend time carefully crafting Elvish vernacular???

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | Story-Eyed

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    1. Church movie night is amazing, I wish my new church had them!
      They are, his work is amazing!!

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  19. YASSSSSSSSSSSS! LotR is so awesome and totally worth the time reading. Those are the stories that got me into my genre. They're what inspire me to write.

    Amazing post, Gray. I love the shade, btw.

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    1. They are!!!! They really helped me want to write as well. :D

      Thank you. XD

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  20. Ahh I used to love The Lord of the Rings, I watched the movies and my mum read the books out loud to me when I was about ten and I was OBSESSED XD I watched the movies again more recently and I still really liked them... Merry and Pippin are the best XD

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    1. They're so amazing!!! Merry and Pippin are the best!!!<3 <3

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  21. Nooooooooo, haha. The Lord of the Rings is just one very long novel! Though you could call the films a “series,” I suppose. Over several years, I made it through the first 60% of LoTR reading. Then I got the audiobooks and listened to all of it (except the appendices) last summer. There are many important elements to study in LoTR. I don’t think it’s flawless, but it was very valuable to the development of, especially, fantasy literature.

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    1. Aren't all series just one novel though in retrospect? Lol.
      It definitely isn't flawless, but there is a lot to learn from it.

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    2. One could make that argument, I suppose. It’s just a pet peeve of mine. The front matter in the second edition goes so far as to specifically say that LoTR is one novel and not a trilogy.

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  22. yesss!i couldnt agree more with you :) !! i love reading it !!! and i love watching it!!!! The book is big but its so good!! The movies are also amazing !! Big fan of The Lord of the Rings !!!! ;)

    dreamsandhopesforlife.blogpspot.gr

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    1. Yep, the movies and books are super good.

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