After my summary of Lord of the Rings for my daughter, I was immediately struck by the desire to revisit certain scenes -- Bilbo sneaking into Smaug's lair, the battle on the bridge at Khazad-dum, the Entmoot, the Battle of the Pellenor Fields, Sam and Frodo atop Mount Doom at "the end of all things." After putting my daughter to bed (which takes a considerable amount of time, mind you) I went to grab the DVD's and queue up some of those scenes. Then I stopped myself:
"Man, you have the books right there. Go get them. When was the last time you actually read them?" I couldn't give myself an answer, which bothered me. Once upon a time, I'd reread them almost annually, but I don't think I've actually read them since I did a re-read before the films came out.
Crap, that's nine years ago.
Hence, my idea: a public and communal re-read of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. We could set up some sort of schedule, then engage in multiple posts across multiple blogs on a somewhat regular basis. Anyone interested?