Unintentionally, of course. You see, I didn’t mean to, but I
spoke wrote before I knew I had this particular, weighty (ahem!) problem. Some would say I ought to have known beforehand, but I've had other business on my mind, dontcha know...Anyway.
There is a disturbance in the FORCE! (Sorry, wrong metaphor.) I found out the hard way that I cannot read the LOTR books. My hands and fingers are too weak to hold the hard cover volume for any length of time.
The problem may be due to the cancer, causing weakness in joints and muscles. It might also be the arthritis which I have in both hands. The fingertips become numb on occasion. I can no longer tell if the pain in the hands - like the pain in the legs - is due to the cancer nowadays, or still the arthritis.
I’ve tried reading with the book propped on my chest, but the weight and size are too clumsy and the book slips out of my mostly useless thumbs. The thought that reading the entire trilogy would have to take place sitting at desk or table, instead of snuggled up in bed, was more than I could take.
So, I did what I said I “would never do” I hunted down and purchased the entire trilogy in one volume. It turns out to be a Kindle Edition with surprisingly good reviews.
I’ve proof-read the first 3 chapters and compared each edition. Though the script of the Elves is very small, so far, so good. The Kindle version is the authorized Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. edition. Total cost was $9.00, delivered in less than 2 minutes, and I am a happy camper. Now to continue the annual read that is certainly going to take my mind off being a shut-in most of the time this winter.
Just shows to go ya; never say never.
I am amazed.