The Lord of the Rings Trilogy! What order?

I’ve never seen any of the movies or read any of the books. Which order do they go in? Does it start with "The Hobbit"?
The Hobbit
Fellowship of the rings
Two Towers
Return of the King.
Just an FYI, the Hobbit has not been made into a movie yet.

Yes it has, just not a good movie.

Haha, I didnt even know they put anything like that out!
What are you talking about? The Hobbit was a great movie. It’s just old.

The Hobbit was a great story, not a great movie.

Yes it has, just not a good movie.

I LOVED than movie

I’m afraid you were mistaken. The Hobbit is nothing compared to the Lord of the Rings or the Silmarillion, it’s just a fairy tale, but the movie was just about perfect considering the source material.
I enjoyed reading The Hobbit more than I enjoyed the 2nd and 3rd books of the trilogy, and had trouble getting through the Silmarillion. I think it has potential to be an excellent film, but the cartoon rendition of it is not that.
I read and watched The Hobbit, loved the story and was a great read.

I couldn’t get into the trilogy books but loved the movies

The Hobbit was a PERFECT fairy tale. It also set a very in depth context for the conditions under which Frodo was to later develop, which amplifies the drama of the later trilogy. One of the reasons Tolkein has achieved such epic status is because of the sense of underlying history at every level of his writing. The Hobbit was a wonderful book, and an excelent precursor to a much darker tale.
Yes, it is a great story, and it serves its purpose well. But the overture is not the symphony.

I never read all the way through the Trilogy books, myself; I got about halfway through. The Silmarillion was captivating, though; I kept having to stop myself at 3am so I could sleep enough to make it through classes in the morning. If you haven’t read it, you really should, though it might decrease your appreciation for the Hobbit. Once you have all the millennia of background info that the Silmarillion has, and once you see that the entire Trilogy occupies the last page and a half of the Silmarillion, you’ll realize that the Hobbit is a good story but it’s not a requirement to read it if you’ve read the story from the real beginning.
I don’t think those books are a very good investment of your time anymore. In the 50s when they were written, life moved at a slower pace. You could take the time to look at the map and write out the list of characters and follow them around. It was fun, I suppose.

Not so much today.

I think the Bhagavad Gita is a more interesting read that the lord of the rings.

I don’t think those books are a very good investment of your time anymore. In the 50s when they were written, life moved at a slower pace. You could take the time to look at the map and write out the list of characters and follow them around. It was fun, I suppose.

Not so much today.

I think the Bhagavad Gita is a more interesting read that the lord of the rings.

I think you need a get an Av. Hoser.
The Hobbit > LOTR > Silmarillion. In terms of enjoyability to read. The Silmarillion is just to damned wordy and chapters are drawn out. I’ve read it once, and I will likely never read it again. I’ve read both The Hobbit and LOTR twice. I had to pain myself through some of LOTR as it gets awfully boring at times. Never had that problem with The Hobbit though. It is enjoyable throughout.

i haven’t read silmarillion, but i have to agree about the wordiness. while i appreciate someone setting up the scene, i would sometimes skip a few pages ahead and he’d still be describing the trees in a particular area. the LOTR was very dry at times.

what’s the subforum, by the by? this is supposedly the one for books and such, but there are just too many others to keep track of at times.