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I'm about halfway through the Lord of the Rings 50th anniversary edition. Not much to say other than re-reading Tolkein is good for the spirit. His writing grips me in a way that makes me feel as excited as a kid opening up the latest Harry Potter right after getting away from the release night party. I've read LOTR before as a much younger person and while I knew it was good fantasy, I didn't get the emotional depth and maturity Tolkein uses as his basic character to character interactions. The word 'respectful' goes over and over in my head when I think about the Council of Elrond, and how disagreement don't have to end in bitterness and malcontentment and division.