I was on my second reading of The Silmarillion and I was still confused about all the proper nouns. Tolkien gave the same person many names and the names often sound alike. So I started over again, reading it a third time, but this time I took pen in hand and I started making notes in order to keep all the names straight. Now the notes are turning into doodles! But this makes the story easier to follow and the characters, places, etc. easier to track.