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Elbereth. 06/Dec/2006 at 09:05 AM
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what i your favourite tolkien-book?

for me it’s an easy choice - Silmarillion. it’s outstanding! i love it because the first and the second age of middleearth is so mysterious and that makes me choose the silmarillion..

Laielinwen 06/Dec/2006 at 09:41 AM
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FOTR ~ I like the fellowship all together.

geordie 06/Dec/2006 at 10:00 AM
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Ach! Another survey. And this thread will doubtless be like the last ’which is your favourite book? thread we had; where [see above - Laieinwen!    ] we have folk voting for their favourite volume of LotR [with or without reasons why]. The point being that FR; TT and RK are _not_ separate ’books’ - they are all part of the same story; one volume is incomprehensible without the other two; the reason there are three of ’em is because Rayner Unwin chose to split the story into three parts [Tolkien’s plan was one volume, divided into six ’books’


One might as well ask which is yer favourite of the three volumes in which Dickens originally published David Copperfield; or which of the volumes of Shelley’s Frankenstein one prefers - no.I or no. II?

Laielinwen 06/Dec/2006 at 10:06 AM
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Well technically there are 6 of the 1 and the first  and second of the of the first  isn’t split up the way the third and fourth are of the 2nd nor the fifth and sixth of the 3rd. So yeah... I like FOTR best of the three and I like the first and second of the first though I really like them all as a whole when that happens.
TobiasFalco 06/Dec/2006 at 10:35 AM
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Well the whole LOTR would be my choice but if I was to pick a favorite book from the three it would be TTT.
Endril 06/Dec/2006 at 12:12 PM
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Well, there are a lot of writings I like. I think the first is FotR because in a way it’s much more peaceful then the other two. I like the travel of the hobbits ti Rivendell and also the description of the Valley. Also the atmosphere and the characters are not yet affected by the perpetuous fear of evil, nt as much as in the other two books.

I also love the story about the creation of the world, from the Sillmarilion and from UT the story of Turin Turambar. 
Lord of the Rings 06/Dec/2006 at 01:08 PM
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The way this thread was started, it is a perfectly legitimate response to give TLotR as a response, contrasted with the Sil or TH, or even UT or any given HoME. Or anything else.
Ygdrazill 06/Dec/2006 at 01:17 PM
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Hehe answered to this about two times allready and havent been member that long But it gos back and forth alittle bit.

Just read through the "destroy the ring" chapter and now i am so convinced that it just has to been the best peice of litterature ever produce. But then ofcourse, I remember the many times ive read The Silmarilion and the equall numbers of times ive cried after reading about Turin Turambar. Omg, after you read it you feal like if you yourself were Turin and that you have just killed yourself, with nothing more to live for. Jesus I think I sat about 5 min after the first time ive read it and just stared on the book, woundering how on earth he could made me feal like this just by words.

And you just got to love Glaurung. Hahah he gives him such power and its not much in fire and destruction, no Glaurung is strong with hos words. Haha så hillarious he killed 3 people with just the last sentance in his life.

Laielinwen 06/Dec/2006 at 01:25 PM
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Ygdrazill aren’t words cool and powerful! Yay you and yay Tolkien! His ability to move the reader emotionally is awesome and one of the things I love about his writing! It is so easy to get drawn in and begin to care and empathize with the characters... both good and bad! So many layers to his characters and the plots!
Ygdrazill 06/Dec/2006 at 01:41 PM
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Hahah Tolkein sure is one my lifes mysteries. How he could have ever succeded in what he did I will probably never find out. Iron will id say, and a great lot if imagination. God bless him! He lulls me to sleep ever single night now days X( 

When people sais, One picture sais more then 1000 words, I know they havent read what I spend every day readingX(

KingODuckingham 06/Dec/2006 at 05:32 PM
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Didn’t take long for surveys to start popping back up after the archive, did it?
Tenharien Calmcacil 06/Dec/2006 at 06:30 PM
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I think I like the Two Towers the best because the journey just gets so messed up, the fellowsip is apart and i rememebr reading that book so intently, thinking "are they ever going to see each other again?" It was just great.
lalla 07/Dec/2006 at 03:46 AM
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I think my favourite book is the Silmarillion. True, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is more perfect, while the Silmarillion is harder, since it’s unfinished. But this just adds mystery. This sort of myth is just fantastic. It’s not simply adventure or magic: it’s the making up of a world.
Turambar_77 07/Dec/2006 at 12:04 PM
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My favourite part of the Trilogy would be Return of the King, because it is so thrilling and exiting, and everything comes to an end... And Aragorn becomes King above all ;)...
From Tolkien’s other works, I like the Silmarillion most, as it is the most mysterious and eventful book, I think..
Well, all of Tolkien’s works are excellent, of course!!!

Battlehamster 07/Dec/2006 at 04:51 PM
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I would definately have to say LotR.  There’s no way I could decide which is my favorite part because It’s all so awesome.  I mean, there’s Tom Bombadil and The Houses of Healing and Grima throwing the palantir out of Isengard and the Scouring of the Shire where Bill gets his revenge on Bill Ferny and I love it all.

Though Sil is absolutely amazing too.  And TH is lots of fun.

merrypip03 07/Dec/2006 at 10:44 PM
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yeah...haven’t been on these boards in forever but I decided to show up randomly...anyways...personally I enjoy the books that don’t involve Frodo and Sam. I do enjoy Tolkien’s method of story telling by separating the stories out, separating the fellowship if you will, which helps the reader keep everything straight in their minds.
Morgil 12/Dec/2006 at 12:32 AM
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Oh! The difficulty of answering this question! Even though Professor Tolkien didn’t finish it himself, I would have to give The Silmarillion the nod. It is the only book I have ever read that was more magical to me than LotR. The joy I experienced while reading about the elves can’t be measured. My second choice would be TTT. Learning about the Rohirrim was very gratifying.
merrypip03 12/Dec/2006 at 10:20 AM
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I was reading the Silmarillion when the man who would become my husband first talked to me. He’s a huge fan as well. So the Sil is up there on my favorites list, if not because it’s a fantastic book, but because it helped me hook up with my husband. How many people can say that they hooked up over the Silmarillion?
Falmarin 13/Dec/2006 at 05:07 PM
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For me it would definitely be the second book of Return of the King (Book VI). The way everything is all wrapped up in the end, all the love (Eowyn/Faramir and Arwen/Aragorn) and the return to Hobbiton. The Scouring of the Shire has to be my favorite part in all of Tolkien’s works. I just love how after being unnoticed and unrecognized, put down and doubted, the hobbits, smallest of all races, end up saving all off Middle Earth and then how the most imperturbable folk rally up and fight the former most powerful wizard and his henchmen. I just love it. And i always love the end of the book when the ship sails, it always makes me cry but its a good kind of cry (if  that makes sense lol). Just a happy ending to a phenomenal series.
elendil88 14/Dec/2006 at 02:43 PM
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Although not strictly being LOTR, the Hobbit is my favourite book. Before reading it, i thought it would be boring after seeing the films. but i read it and i found it riveting. i couldnt put it down. i thought that the descriptions were amazing and the story line was always on its toes. i think it is a lovely book. though saying that i havent read a lot of the extra material additional to the main LOTR books, so one day soon i may find another favourite.

Nenarye 14/Dec/2006 at 03:12 PM
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FotR. I like it when the Fellowship is still together, and while many people find it boring, I find it anything but. It had one of the most interesing chapters in LotR in it, "The Council of Elrond". Also, I like how it gives insight on the hobbits’ life in The Shire, and like the "not that serious" atmosphere the beginning of FotR has about it.
Battlehamster 14/Dec/2006 at 05:21 PM
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Oh, I loved the Council of Elrond when I first read it (and still do, actually).  It was well before I read Silmarillion, of course, so it was so neat to hear all this stuff about the Last Alliance and all sorts of cool stuff thousands of years before the events of LotR.
Laielinwen 15/Dec/2006 at 04:22 AM
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Nenarye!  There is a certain charm to it!
nEUroTIc 15/Dec/2006 at 07:12 AM
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i would personally choose the return of the king.because that is when the final and complete plan is set into motion and the fall of middle earth and the cleansing of mordor is observed..also the fact that im a normal human being..and no normal human being can say no to a happy ending..
gilnaur 15/Dec/2006 at 01:16 PM
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The Hobbit is my favorite because I think it flows better. When I read the Hobbit I couldn’t put it down but when I read the Trilogy I took a few breaks. I havn’t actually read the sil yet so my opinion could very likely change. I’ll get right on the sil so I can compare the two.
Narmaethor 15/Dec/2006 at 03:34 PM
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Yay for finally reading the sil
Eltara 16/Dec/2006 at 09:26 AM
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The Sil it definetly the best! I love it for all it’s loose ends that leave imagination room to run wild yet it adds all that extra that we Tolkien lovers want. I also love it because it tells the tales of the First and Second Ages and those two are my favorite of all the Ages of Middle Earth. (Most likely because of all the elves!)
Compa_Mighty 16/Dec/2006 at 06:45 PM
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I like The Hobbit best. It’s the most entertaining story, and it flows nicely.

The Lord of the Rings are 1200 pages of intense suffering. It’s a tense book. Reading 300 straight pages about Frodo, Sam and Gollum walking and walking isn’t that ENTERTAINIING. However, once you finish reading it, you have that sensation of satisfaction that everything turned out fine.

It’s one of those books you can’t truly appreciate until you’ve finished it, and when you do, you understand its greatness. The best chapter perhaps is The Council of Elrond, very informative indeed.

The Silmarillion is truly mythical. I love Beren and Lúthien and Túrin Turambar’s story (in that order), but it has an entirely different feel.

If I had to describe each of these books in one word, I’d say: The Hobbit: fantastical; Lord of The Rings: epic; The Silmarillion: mythical.

MissT 17/Dec/2006 at 05:05 AM
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I think my favourite is Lotr as a whole also!  
but the Silm is also so so good! those tales, Beren and Lúthien, Turin the Nirnaeth..they r amazing!

Kaulargorn 17/Dec/2006 at 12:36 PM
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It depends on the matter of quantity and quality. When I need to read of many very good stories I would preffer Silmarillion while when I ’d like to read one great story the choice is easy,LotR. My favourite book of the trilogy is the Rotk cause there are many great battles and a lot of action in it, then the Fellowship and then the TT. I never liked too much the never-ending wandering of the hobbits in Emin-Muils but there are real jewels in this book such as the Battle of Helm’s Deep

nEUroTIc 20/Dec/2006 at 06:40 AM
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"The Lord of the Rings are 1200 pages of intense suffering. It’s a tense book. Reading 300 straight pages about Frodo, Sam and Gollum walking and walking isn’t that ENTERTAINIING."

well i wouldnt say that..one may find it suffering but you cant miss that part..and i don think there are 300 pages where sam frodo and gollum JUST walk..the pass thro dozens of places going through tons of incidents,get captured,escape..so i didnt find it suffering AT ALL..in fact it was one of the best part of the story culminating in the finalisation of the epic

Olme 20/Dec/2006 at 07:27 AM
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LotR of course!  and then Narn i Hin Hurin
Andune Silimaur 21/Dec/2006 at 09:45 AM
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LOTR (fav part: ROTK); then The Hobbit.

The trilogy is indeed long and at times tiresome, but the overall effect is amazing.

Battlehamster 21/Dec/2006 at 11:54 AM
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NO! I love the parts where they are "just walking," because they are never just walking, something else is going on too. Even if Tolkien is just describing the scenery I love it because then I can have such a vivid mental image of M-e. And it’d just so real when you read it, and I can just see them walking through the woods of Ithilien or hiding in the toxic waste dump outside Mordor. And I love the bit in the beginning about Midgewater and the Neekerbreekers.
Arvellas 21/Dec/2006 at 01:35 PM
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Favorite book?  I don’t think I even have a favorite book of Tolkien’s.  I love the whole world he created, and it all hinges on itself, each book on one another, and so my ability to choose has been quite muddled.  So I’ll just make the broad statement that I love studying the history of Arda.

And yes, the "just walking" or even "just sitting" parts are wonderful to me, because Tolkien always  found a way to use that to build on the story or the setting.

Miriath 21/Dec/2006 at 02:39 PM
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I really like the Fellowship of the Ring - I thinkt hat the descriptions in that book are wonderful and it really draws you into the triology and when you finish it you just want to go and find the Two Towers and read through it. I think that the descriptions as the Hobbits get to Rivendell are some of the best ever. It’s my favourite book, hands down.
longtime4me 21/Dec/2006 at 05:57 PM
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I liked the Fellowship of the Ring the best
elvenpath 23/Dec/2006 at 09:42 AM
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It’s hard to choose, but I’d say Osanwe-Kenta. Even if it’s short and it’s not exactly a story, I like it so much because I consider it to be the most philosophical of all. It goes deep into providing an explication on various behaviors, skills… It brings a light on how some of the things could happen… At least for me it was very useful when I have first discovered it, as it answered me to lots of questions.

Sulvitari 23/Dec/2006 at 01:43 PM
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i loved the silmarillion because tolkien told us about the creation of middle earth. i love tolkien’s imagination for example that the sun and the moon are lamps with light given off by the remains of two beautiful trees. the book is very serious, and doesnt have as much characterization as the trilogy, but with an imagination, i think the silm is beautiful to read.
Beregond Abell 24/Dec/2006 at 10:06 AM
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I like the Return of the King. Because it is about Gondor, and Minas Tirith. I enjoy reading about Minas Tirith and how the people are. Reading about Beregond. thats me!! But then the battle at the black gates always gets me. They think that there is no hoe and yet the stay and fight. I would hope that i would do the same thing. when the odd are agaist you.
Galadriel0204 24/Dec/2006 at 07:07 PM
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I really like all of the books and am having a hard time choosing a favorite. However, the Silmarillion has the story of the beginnings of middle earth and the time when the elves were still in valinor (they were happy, in other words) so I think I will go with the Silmarillion.
Steophan 25/Dec/2006 at 08:58 AM
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Not a full book, but my favourite work is the Lay of Leithian.  The story of Beren and Luthien is my favourite in the whole mythology, and this poem for me is the most beautiful writing that Tolkien produced. As good as the story and writings of the Third Age are, the First Age has far more beauty and resonace for me. 

Of the tales of the Third Age, the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen.  I guess I have a weakness for the epic doomed romance

LotrLJ 25/Dec/2006 at 09:22 AM
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Lord of the Rings...no question about that...
likuku 25/Dec/2006 at 09:53 AM
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Tolkien have so many  books that it is hard to choose who would be the best. I like almost all of them, but there are some whom I have read for many times - LOTR, Silmarillion, unfinishted tales. But if I have to choose then I have to say that it is Silmarillion because, I think, this book is full of knowledge that have to now everyone true LOTR fan.
Magradhaid 25/Dec/2006 at 11:25 AM
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The Hobbit is too jovial and carefree for me to enjoy it as well as the others, though I take it seriously (but the Elves of Rivendell are hard to stomach)! I enjoy The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, but it’s hard reading them as they’re tales spliced together, not one single narrative. I guess I like LotR the best, and though it’s not a trilogy, I can somewhat pick a favorite out of the six books. The first is enjoyable but Hobbit-like; it turns most readers off when they first start to read LotR because it isn’t as dark as the rest of the tale, and indeed many I know skip the Tom Bombadil chapters whenever they re-read it (if indeed they get through them!) This is somewhat darkened by hints of darker things, like the Black Riders (what are they?), the Barrow-wights, and the history of the Ring and the Necromancer. The tale gets more enjoyable for adult readers in Book Two, which is where some of the more dramatic events in the volume of FotR happen; Moria, Lothlórien, the Breaking of the Fellowship - they keep heightening the mood that was set with dark things earlier on and a glimpse of the history not fully told in LotR. Book Three is probably my favorite, despite the fact that the heart of the story is with Sam and Frodo. I enjoy those parts very much, but enjoy every chapter of Book Three immensely (and indeed it is why I hated how they raped the character of Théoden in the movies, with his shallow and dumbed-down-for-viewers ’possession’ by Saruman!) Book Four is somewhat depressing, though interesting, and Gollum evokes curious emotions; pity but a hint of foreboding, of caution - what will he do? He’s not to be trusted. Likewise, Book Five is interesting; I liked the Rohirrim at sunrise (very well done!) and the Witchking’s demise, and Denethor’s folly and misguided hopelessness (again butchered in the films along with Théoden’s noble demise after slaying many foes), but not as much as Book Three. I liked Book Six, with the eucatastrophe (thank Eru they didn’t have Aragorn fighting Sauron like they were going to in the films; it would have been worse than XenArwen! though movie Frodo pushing Gollum into the Fire and clichéd cliffhanging were bad enough) and the Scouring of the Shire (again cut). The Appendices were interesting, but not nearly as much as if they were separate tales, as found in Unfinished Tales. So that’s my favorites (and preferences) within LotR, with an explanation of how my favorite scenes were the butchered ones in the film.
Aragonia Dunami 26/Dec/2006 at 08:09 PM
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I loved all 3 LOTR books, but The Return Of The King was my favorite, mainly because the action culminates here and the story lines all come together. It’s the best of the books for that reason and the writing seems tighter in this book to me. I think Tolkein was becoming very comfortable with Middle Earth at this point and his style was right on too. I vote ROTK, favorite book. 
Telmar 28/Dec/2006 at 02:05 PM
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Good question, and a hard one to answer. For me I think The Hobbit just shades it from the Fellowship, but its tight between them all.
Narmaethor 29/Dec/2006 at 09:37 AM
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It’s hard to say for sure wich one is my favorite, I’m kinda leaning towards there and back again but the Sil is quite good as well.  I guess I really like There and back again because there isn’t as many evil things going on in Middle Earth at the time of the hobbit, but then when theirs more evil there is more cause for good to fight in a war and wars make for good stories, as happens many times in the Sil.  I don’t know either There and back Again or the Sil I’m confuzzled  but one of those two anyway.
Elbryan 29/Dec/2006 at 04:10 PM
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My Favorite is the Hobbit i like it more than the others cause they dont have Smog although to be fair I haven’t read the Lord Of The Rings Series fully yet  :<

Read some of the Silmarillion.


PS I do have a copy of the Hobbit And Return Of The King from the 1960s   

*Celebdil* 29/Dec/2006 at 05:24 PM
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The Sil to me was like reading a history text book. The Hobbit was really good. The 2nd book in the FotR and the 5th book in RotK, not to be too specific. I find the journey to Mount Doom by the Hobbits a little boring, at least in comparison to Pelennor Fields and Minas Tirith. Everything finally comes to an end. You learn the out come of the War of the Ring. The journey of the Fellowship is also very insteresting, Moria is the best.
likuku 30/Dec/2006 at 08:09 AM
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aragonia - why did you say:"I love all three books"?? Tolkien have much more than only those three books. Else Tolkien have:
1. Roverandom
2. The History of middle earth(all books)
3. Silmarilion
4. Unfinishted tales
5. The hobbit
6. The children of Hurin
And many else that I can’t remember

Endril 30/Dec/2006 at 08:57 AM
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Well, Tolkien’s work is quite linked when talking about a favorite book. I think that all his books are valuable pieces of writing and great stories. I tend to like the fellowship, I don’t know why. It has a certain stile in which it is written, being the first book of the trilogy. Not so dark as the TT and not so tensed as RoTK.
punatic 30/Dec/2006 at 09:09 PM
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My favorite is RTOK because of the Pel. Fields chapters and the appendix. I have read the time line where it relates the events that come after the books end many times. Everytime I read the last entry where it says "an end was come in Middle-Earth of the Fellowship of the Ring," I get chills. I don’t know why.
Turambar_77 01/Jan/2007 at 03:51 AM
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My  favourite is also RotK, because it is more suspenseful than FotR and TTT, I think...
Apart from that, I also like the Silmarillion a lot... but of course, as Legolas said, all of Tolkien’s works are linked in some way....