If right now I had to make the decision to read books from one author for the rest of my life, I’d pick J.R.R. Tolkien.
Why him and not J.K. Rowling, since I love Harry Potter so much? Because he has a ton of books under his belt and he’s built an entire universe based around Middle Earth. He has languages, religions, and histories. I could get lost in his world for the rest of my life and still not know all the mysteries.
The Lord Of The Rings is one of my favorite series, right behind Harry Potter, and the story give me everything. It’s beautiful, it’s sad, and it’s terrifying. The characters are amazing and so lovable, and lets not forget that in a time of men being the heroes, Tolkien had Éowyn slay the Witch King. I adore the lives he’s created in his work, they inspire me.
A lot of people don’t realize how deep the roots for The Lord Of The Rings are. There’s The Silmarillion, the histories, The Hobbit, and many other wonderful works. Tolkien wrote poetry and children’s books. He was an extraordinarily talented and versatile writer, I would not be lacking in reading material.
Tolkien also wrote a version of Beowulf that I’ve been trying to get my hands on for a few years. I could get it online but I’d like to get it second hand to support local businesses. I had a coworker tell me how awesome it was and I’ve been dying to get my hands on it ever since.
If you had to pick one author to read for the rest of your life who would it be? Let me know in the comments.