I actually thought about reading that, how is it besides having so many names to remember? lol
It's absolutely amazing biggrin
Tolkien had a brilliant talent for descriptions and for imagining entire worlds, and it's really showcased in this book. The story starts with the creation of the universe; I'm not sure where it ends (haven't finished it yet smile). It has all of the backstory, and it really puts everything into perspective. You see that The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are really just tiny pieces of the puzzle.
Also, if you have'nt read it yet, read The Children of Hurin. It's yet another piece to the massive puzzle that is Middle Earth smile
And it's kind of freaking amazing <3333
I am -really- looking forward to the Hobbit, mostly because Peter Jackson has made sure the dwarves are not all Gimli-clones, each one looks different and from the small little teasing clips we see do not all have phoney scottish accents! Should help to break the stereotypes of dwarves a bit. *Nod*