It has been several years since I last read The Lord of the Rings, and even longer since I last read The Silmarillion. Returning to Middle-Earth was a better treat than I had at first expected. The first time I had read The Silmarillion, in middle-school in the 1980s, I found it to be interesting, although tedious in places. Two of the longest tales (and therefore the most tedious) were the tales Of Beren and Luthien and Of Turin Turambar. I found that I just had to plow through them to "get on with the story" of the First Age.