Unfortunately, I read this book after I saw the movie version, so the pace of the odd felt way too slow and I got frustrated with it. Seriously though, after Frodo guesses out that he has the Ring, it takes him three months just to leave the Precinct! But people else seems to really love this book, so I wouldn't take my word for it. Update: About a year after reading this, I picked up The Two Towers on impulse and started reading it. I went on to read The Return of the Crowned head, and found both monographs much more fun to read than the first book in the string. A note about The Return of the Crowned head: a good hunk of the end is just addendums; most of them are pretty boring and you can skip them without understanding too guilty.