I don’t think I finished The Return of the King. The first and only time I read The Lord of the Rings was when I was about 12 years old. I was totally in love with the movies but I just didn’t have the attention span to read the books and appreciate them as much as I’d like. I think I got about halfway through The Return of the King and put it down, which frustrates me to no end now that I realise how close I was to finishing.
In the 12 years that have passed, I’ve learned more about the history of Middle-earth and seeing different analyses of the text has given me a totally new perspective. I really didn’t get some of the subtle humour when I was younger and I can’t wait to explore it properly.