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Ristin 26/Dec/2006 at 04:14 PM
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how long did it take you to read lotr for the first time? took me about a week.

Aragonia Dunami 26/Dec/2006 at 08:04 PM
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I read the books 25 years ago so I can’t recall exactly how long it took, but I do remember being completely emersed in the story, so I do not think it took me long at all. 
Falmarin 26/Dec/2006 at 08:36 PM
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took me about a month and a half, maybe two months to read the trilogy and the hobbt, i read them when i was in high school so it was mostly what i could fit in between classes and after my hw at night...i flew through the silmarillion though since i read that over the summer. i guess it really depends on how much time you can put into it.
Morgil 27/Dec/2006 at 01:49 AM
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Like aragonia, I first read the blessed trilogy over a quarter century ago. And also like her, I was completely immersed in the story. As I first read it over summer vacation, I completed in in around a week, if memory serves. Of course, I re-read it almost all through the summer, along with "The Silmarillion", "The Hobbit", and Robert Foster’s "The Complete Guide to Middle-earth".
Jevl 27/Dec/2006 at 02:24 AM
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after alot of re-reading to get all the tricky names I had spend about 5 days or so reading it  

Loin Stealtharm 27/Dec/2006 at 06:34 AM
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The hobbit in one or two days at vacation
Lotr in 1.5 month I think, Had a lot of other things to do then and only read right before sleeping (Did on average one chapter each evening).
Silm in 1 month, also only before sleeping and was pretty hard with all the names =)
UT took me 2 weeks and letters a week or 3.

Rereading usually went faster. It’s kinda hard to put days on it if you don’t read all day long of course.

Ristin 27/Dec/2006 at 06:34 AM
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i had one friend read it in real-time. it took him about a year to read it and it took about a year to destroy the ring.
Lori 27/Dec/2006 at 06:39 AM
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I think it took me 3 days (and good deal of nights included) to read LOTR for the first time. I was so enchanted with the story that just didn’t want to stop reading before I finish. And funny thing, when rereading, it takes me longer, cause I for the first time I read for the story, and now I read for the language and all the meticulous details.
Endril 27/Dec/2006 at 08:56 AM
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It took me bout three weeks. I didn’t wanted to end so I read it slower. Don’t laugh bout that or I’ll be mad. So that was for the first time. The second I think was quite shorter. I decided to read the books in order the second time, including hobbit and Sil.
Galadriel0204 27/Dec/2006 at 11:30 AM
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I forget how long it took me to read Lord of the Rings the first time. I do however, remember staying up all night to read it.
Ronaya 27/Dec/2006 at 06:32 PM
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It took me 3 years to read all of the LotR and the Hobbit. From the time I was nine to he time I was 12. I read alotta oher books inbetween.
Ronaya 27/Dec/2006 at 06:34 PM
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I know, Thats a really long time!!!!
Eltara 27/Dec/2006 at 07:58 PM
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I breezed though the entire trilogy in one week. I read in class, during breaks, lunch, on the bus, in the car on the way to activities and one night ( thankfully Friday so I could sleep in) in which I stayed up until four in the morning and finished it. Needless to say I ignored everything else in my life that week except for LOTR and had a lot of catching up to do afterwards. Right after that I soaked up the Silmarillion and the Hobbit in the two weeks as I still had to make up for my lack of focus in all other areas but LOTR in the last week. I now read them all once every year but in the summer since I drop everything while reading Tolkien’s works because I get so into the whole world.    

Vugar 27/Dec/2006 at 09:46 PM
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Regarding certain facts, I possess quite a faulty memory. I will say that it most likely took me roughly a week to read through the Lord of the Rings. I immersed myself for many a day in the Appendices alone, just reading through the histories and genealogies presented. As others have stated, I too enjoy coming across those certain details that are gleaned more readily from repeated readings.
Mirkwoodworker 27/Dec/2006 at 10:55 PM
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Over 25 years ago I read first LOTR, and I likely finished it in . . . a month or so. Maybe three weeks. I remember repeatedly falling dozing off while reading the first half of Fellowship. That clue there suggests I had to struggle with it. But then my attention span was never very great.
Yarrow Loamsdown 27/Dec/2006 at 11:41 PM
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At age 8 I read the Hobbit in about a week and a half.    And when I went looking for other books by Tolkien, the first thing I found was the Silmarillion, and tried to read that... It was so boring, for a 9 year old.
Then it took between 6 and 8 months to read LotR. I had to dig them out of various boxes, and go on an exhausting hunt through the public library system to find ’Return of the King’.
Narmaethor 28/Dec/2006 at 10:09 AM
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It did not take me verylong to read There and Back Again at all, but I don’t remember exactly how long it took me because I was only nine or ten or something.  But it took about three years to read the LotR trilogy because other things kept coming up that I had to do for school and stuff like that. it only took about a week or a week and a half tho read the Sil though.
Turambar_77 29/Dec/2006 at 02:29 AM
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I read LotR all in three days. It is not that long ago, I still remember staying awake all night and reading the trilogy... However, as I was so tired, I had to read all of it again in order to understand the details- my English at that time was even worse than it is today. The story was just so gripping that I couldn’t stop reading! I had read the Hobbit before, but I can’t recall how long it took me to read it. 
Celebind Eryniel 29/Dec/2006 at 09:24 AM
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The first time I read LotR, it must have taken me about 2-3 months.  (It took me a month to finish FotR, so I’m doing guesswork from there).  I’m pretty sure that my re-readings don’t take up so much time, but I’ve never really timed how long it takes me to read LotR (or any book for that matter), so I don’t know. 

Brandywine74 29/Dec/2006 at 04:39 PM
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My first reading took about two weeks. At the time I was very busy so I used to sit down and plan to read a couple of chapters each night but I just couldn’t put it down so I’d end up staying up to midnight and beyond until I couldn’t focus on the words anymore! I was so amazed by it I couldn’t stop. These days I take it much slower!
Elbryan 29/Dec/2006 at 04:53 PM
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i still haven’t though it took me only 3 days to read all of the Hobbit I love that book

im gonna finish the LOTR series to though

Tinúviël 31/Dec/2006 at 10:07 AM
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I took me about a week to read them all, but i was pretty much reading all the time in every spare minute i had. I took the books with me everywhere i went, just in case i would have five minutes to read a little bit more. The Silmarillion took me a lot longer since it’s quite complicated and you can’t read too much of it or you’ll get all the stories mixed up...

Compa_Mighty 31/Dec/2006 at 10:50 AM
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A year! hehehe After two unsuccessful attempts to read the Fellowship of the Ring (a couple of years earlier) I decided to take The Hobbit first this time. It was a lot easier, and once I finished it The Fellowship seemed so much easier... unfortunately I started late in summer vacaction, so the beginning of the new school year caught me in The Council of Elrond.

Fortunately, I planned that situation in advance, and I took notes of the book while I was reading, so even though I had to put it on hold the whole school year, when I got back to it the following year I read the notes to remember and I was good to continue... it took me about one month and a half to finish what I was missing. I have two problems: I am not that fast a reader and I just cannot sit down and read for more than two hours straight (and that’s only if I’m really caught up in the book).

It took me about a month and a half to read the Silmarillion, but that was during school time. At first, I was completely puzzled (and remained that way a little throughout the book) Fingolfin/Finarfin, Fingon,/Finrod, Túrin/Túor... names demanded better concentration while reading.

Magradhaid 31/Dec/2006 at 02:44 PM
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It takes about three days to a week for me to read LotR, depending on how much I read per day, and how much I can force myself to not skim or speed-read. For example, I re-read the second half of The Two Towers yesterday or the day before and it took me maybe three or four hours, though I had to keep forcing myself to read and say clearly in my mind every word, as I was looking for something (and didn’t find it). But at least it made me (internally) say every word, and I got to enjoy it much more than when I read quickly.