I've succeeded! It's taken me 12 years to do so, but I've finally finished The Hobbit. In the end, it took me a week to read it through, but I've been trying on and off to do so for 12 years. What's surprising is, due to my lack of success in previous attempts, I started it with the intention of at least being able to say 'I've read it', yet by the end I was in love. I'd never appreciated the richness of the story and the description. There's something about the way Tolkien writes that sucks you in and really makes you feel like you're there. I'm re-reading the Fellowship Of The Ring now - I read it once before when the films came out but found it heavy-going, but I hope that's not the case anymore. I don't suppose anyone really is bothered by this frankly un-life-changeing story, but I dont know anybody else that is interested in Fantasy writing (my girlfriend openly dispises The Hobbit for example - and she's studying English Lit!), so I thought I'd share it with you all. db.