I'm remembering why, when I set my mind to reading these books last time, I pooped out. Don't get me wrong, it's a great story! I just....[sigh]....there's so very much history, backstory, and detail Tolkien includes in his stories.
Still, it's the very first book and I'm going to pave my way through! Maybe the next book I pick will be more...I dunno...streamlined.