Not a "one story in one book" kind of book. Rather, the chronological collection of various versions of the tale of Beren and Lúthien (first published in the Silmarillion, I think). Some chapters are prose, some in form of poems.
Brief versions: The mortal man Beren and the immortal elf-maid Lúthien cannot "just be together" (because her father does not approve) so they go on a quest to collect a Silmaril, the most precious gem in existence which just so happens to be in the possession of Morgoth, the most evil creature in existence. Drama ensues.
There are some parts which are dry. Christopher Tolkien goes into detail on the single fragments that he pieced together from his father's unpublished material, which is interesting in a way, but also sometimes it's not.
But then there are parts where I myself was surprised at how captivating a poem spanning 20+ pages can be. The tale itself is beautiful and dragged me into the realm of middle-earth again.
Spent a few weeks listening to the audio book. In one way to prepare for the upcoming season of the TV show, in the second way to finally continue with the original work. I had read book 1 and 4, but somehow left some gaps in between.
So, this was really good! Great characters, amazing dialog, well-crafted universe. Learned some new details here and there; the true and tragic story of Ser Jorah Mormont's lost love, just to name one.
Good to see that after years I can still get more and more invested in the story. To be honest though, I will probably never be able to remember the Targaryen family tree. Well, maybe after the next book.
Verdict: 37 hours well spent.
After a couple of non-fiction books, I wanted to just grab a light read. Read this in a stressful time, so I didn't fully devote my attention to the story, which is why it didn't capture me completely and confused me sometimes. I laughed in parts, but yeah, can't really rate this properly, because I didn't pay attention all the time. I think this is a good story though, definitely had some captivating characters.
Wow, what a weird again into Neil Gaiman's world that's kind of like our world, but in a weird way. This book made me want to go on a road trip through the US. Overall, I really liked it, even though somehow Gaiman's fantasy is sometimes too... unpredictable (?) for me. I like when I have a feeling for what could or could not happen in a fictional world, but with Gaiman's stories, this feeling never sets in.
Spannendes Universum, interessante Charaktere -- und irgendwie ein Hauch von russischer Kultur, den ich gar nicht fassen konnte, der mir aber zugesagt hat. Die Sprache war in Teilen schleppend, ich vermute das passiert einfach mit Übersetzungen. Vermutlich ist es in Russisch besser, aber halt außerhalb meines Horizonts. So hat es mich in Phasen als Leser leider verloren, dann aber wegen einer spannenden Aktion wieder gewonnen. Ein Auf und Ab, so wie diese Bewertung. Mal schauen, ob ich den nächsten Teil noch lesen werde (Tendenz ja), vorerst aber erst anderes.
What I had heard about this book ranged from "the best fantasy book in like EVER" to "completely overhyped". My own opinion lies somewhere in the middle. A very character driven story - which I liked. However, there just didn't seem to happen... much? I know it's book 1 of an unfinished trilogy, but so far it all felt like setting the scene so that the story could take off. Curious to learn how it continues, but will probably read some other books first.
Als ich mitten in meiner Fantasy-Phase mal wieder etwas Deutsches lesen wollen, kamen Die Zwerge wie gerufen. Laut Internet wirkt Markus Heitz selbst sehr sympathisch, und um mich herum hatte plötzlich jeder irgendeine Connection zu ihm. Alle Zeichen standen gut. Aber dann... gefiel mir der Text leider so gar nicht. Die Handlung ist okay und irgendwie wollte ich auch ein bisschen wissen, wie es weiter geht. Aber von den Charaktermotivation hat mich nichts so wirklich überzeugt, die Welt hat mich nicht verschlungen und sprachlich hat es mir einfach nicht zugesagt. Es gab zu viele Floskeln, bei denen ich die Augen verdrehen musste, Namen, die wie aus einem Fantasy-Generator gefallen wirkten und zig offensichtliche "Andeutungen", deren gewollte Subtilität mich kirre gemacht hat. Liebe Zwerge, ich wollte euch mögen. Aber es ging einfach nicht.
I don't why it took me until now to read the Silmarillion, but it was about time. With an initial phase of getting used to the writing style that Tolkien chose for this mythic tale (it's like the bible of Middle-earth after all), I then deeply enjoyed it. So much background about the world that I had thought I knew. One epic tale followed by the next. Still, it's clear I will need to read this again, (or "study", as some may put it). I am sure there is so much that was lost on me the first way through. So for now, I'll say 4 stars, which only marks that I think there is much more appreciation this work will receive from me over time.