Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books with the Most Words I Had to Look Up

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A person thumbing through a large dictionary. My answer for this week is going to be short and sweet.

When I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy many years ago, I kept a dictionary open right next to it. There were so many new vocabulary words included in it that I kept having to stop reading to find out on what Earth the characters were talking about.

To be fair, I was in middle school when I read this series. Some of those words might be more familiar to me if I were to come across them again as an adult. But the memory of looking up words regularly during these hours of reading is a strong one for me.

If you’ve read this series, did you have the same experience?


14 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books with the Most Words I Had to Look Up

  1. That would stick with me, too, having to look all that up. I’ve tried the LotR and I couldn’t get into it. But hey, that’s just me. You liked it and that’s what matters. 🙂 Good post!

  2. I read The Hobbit in 6th grade. My teacher raved about that book soooo much. By the time we were done reading it as a class, it turned out to be one of my favorites, too. I went on to read the LOTR on my own. Love them!

  3. I don’t remember it from those books, but I was big on picking things up from context and I’d been reading a fair amount of fantasy before that. I do remember that I skipped over a big chunk of Return of the King because OH MY GOD, SOOOOO SLOW. (To be fair, I’m sure there was some dictionary work involved, I just don’t particularly remember it.)

  4. I can’t name a particular BOOK, but Bill Kauffman & Anthony Esolen always make me scramble for a dictionary. One of Kauffman’s sentences included the phrase “fossicking around in ultramontane (something}”.

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