This was a hard read even the second time through it. I think this may require a third time through and as I love to learn about my favourite world I'm willing. I'll admit the first part of the book reminds me of the bible's 'begats' but later as you hear more familiar names you begin to appreciate the detail. The first mention of Sauron gave me chills and learning his history and Galadriel's are well worth the read alone. I just wish there had been more detail about all the lost rings that go unmentioned in The Lord of the Rings. Did I really ask for more information? Yes I did because I'm kind of a junky that way.If you love the world that J.R.R. Tolkien created then please at least keep this as a reference.