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Pro Some of the most memorable characters in literature
The Lord of the Rings is home to a great many memorable characters, but the names of Gandalf, Frodo, Legolas, and Aragorn are known far and above the rest.
Pro It's got an incredibly deep, detailed backstory
Lord of the Rings boasts one of the most detailed backstories of any series in the world. Supplementary books have been released that detail thousands of years of stories that all lead up to the events of The Lord of the Rings series.
Pro The books are filled with songs and poems
Tolkien was a great writer, and that wasn't limited to books. His works are filled with a host of wonderful songs, poems, and riddles for you to enjoy.
Pro Incredible storytelling
Tolkien is one of the all-time masters of story telling, and Lord of the Rings is his masterpiece. You enter the realm of Middle Earth, where men are joined by elves, dwarves, orcs, and other fantastic creatures, in a battle for the fate of the very world.
Pro J. R. R. Tolkien created 5 new languages for the whole story
One of the most amazing things about The Hobbit & The Lord Of The Rings is the different languages for different race. It is incredible to think that Tolkien created new languages for his story. A language of the Elves, a language of the Dwarves, a language of the Ents, The Black Speech, and 3 languages of men. No other fantasy writer did that.
Con It may be too slow for a casual reader
The Lord of the Rings has a very slow narrative pace to begin with, and all the incredibly detailed descriptions of the environment don't help with that very much.