I originally found the pace of the opening chapter of Fellowship of the Ring to be quite slow and annoying. On second read, though, I was quite struck by the way Tolkien uses this chapter to frame the whole of the story.
2020 has been traumatic for so many reasons. We first started hearing glimmers of news from across the ocean in late January. As far as I knew, it was something happening across the ocean and probably wouldn't effect my life in any way.