book Review – The Lord of the Rings Book 1

 

The Fellowship of the Ring – Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings

What Is It About?

Frodo Baggins is a hobbit and so is his uncle, Bilbo. When chance grants Bilbo possession of a ring he seems strangely drawn to and that has prolonged his life, Bilbo stirs the embers of doubt in his best friend Gandalf’s heart. The wizard soon finds out this is the ring of power forged by Sauron, the Dark Lord, in centuries past to conquer all the other rings of power that were meant for good.

Held onto by Gollum, from whom Bilbo won the ring, it now seeks its master a portion of whose spirit resides in it, allowing him to live in some form until he reclaims it. Sensing it worn by someone, Sauron seeks it, corrupts the white wizard Saruman (once Gandalf’s friend and mentor) to help and sends out the nine riders who were once men given rings of their own but who fell to corruption.

A fellowship forms at Rivendell, one of the cities belonging to the Elves, to take the ring to Mordor (to Mount Doom, where it was made and where alone it can be gotten rid of) and destroy it before Sauron can reclaim it again and usher in an era of suffering.

What trials await the fellowship? Is there hope or was that shattered the second the ring re-emerged and started calling out to its master?

My Review Of It

This Book 1 of the trilogy is outstanding as far as plotline and literature goes. It has such depth of detail I felt it could all possibly be real somewhere in some dimension on Earth. The idea of Middle-Earth Tolkien has created in earlier books is enriched in this one. Whereas the movie took place in New Zealand, Tolkien used a whole different imagination to craft this epic tale which, with the other three books in the trilogy, he took more than a decade to complete.

The language is as beautiful as it is original, that of the Elves. The plot is not fast paced, which is where the LOTR books get their charm. The read is far from boring, revealing so much of everything and taking you through a veritable feast of human and inhuman emotions that are the cherry on this Book-1’s cake.

I enjoyed every moment, from the fun time to the battling and on to moments when I felt ‘no way can Tolkien carry the story forward after this’ and found myself in the wrong. The man’s a wizard.

Who’s The Writer?

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien [Born, January 03, 1892; Died, September 02, 1973], CBE, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings . Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C.S. Lewis.

Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father’s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion . These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the word "legendarium" to the larger part of these writings.

While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature—or more precisely, high fantasy. Tolkien’s writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire field.

In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.

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