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?



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

  1. we are alike in that regard!!! so many words I’d never seen or heard pronounced before in Lord of the Rings.

  2. 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!

  3. Kudus for you to have the will to look up words at that age. Wish all my students when I was teaching 7th and 8th grade English did the same.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.)

  6. 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}”.

  7. The dictionary is always a great source. It was fun and games for my family growing up, besiding looking up words.

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