FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING BOOK
Book II opens in Rivendell at the house of Elrond. Bilbo asks to see the Ring again, but Frodo resists. The Fellowship of the Ring book. Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once .. A review of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, by Sauron Hello. book two. I Many Meetings. II The Council of Elrond. III The Ring Goes South. The first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring, was published.
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The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the novel The Lord of the Rings. It is divided into two books, Book I and II. It was originally released on. The first book sets the stage for the adventure and follows Frodo Baggins as he design for the dust-jacket of The Fellowship of the Ring. The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings [J.R.R. Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction.
I'll never be completely happy with the casting. Some of the scenes that were cut from the book were my favorite the Old Forest deletion is a crying shame and that's unfortunate, but expected. All in all, my complaints are far outweighed by the laurels I could lay upon this…considering the grand scope, let's call it, this achievement.
View all 23 comments. This book did nothing but put me to sleep and sink me in a slump. But the best part? This is all you need to know about the plot - A ring with exceptional powers, handed over to a young Hobbit as an heirloom. A Dark Lord seeking This book did nothing but put me to sleep and sink me in a slump.
A Dark Lord seeking the ring. The Hobbit on the run with a few friends. Reach destination one. Set off with a few more companions. Reach destination two. Set off again. Promise of more walking. The End. In other words, more than half of this book constitutes of walking, wherein Mr. Tolkien utilizes the time to describe every single detail about the surrounding trees, the beauty of day and night sky, the shape of trees, the sharpness of the blades of grass, and the impending doom. There is a wide array of characters with funny names, popping here and there, belonging to different species of the fictional world of Middle-Earth.
Wizards are supposedly magicians, but what kind of magic do they perform? Instead of describing everything else, Tolkien could have tried to describe his creatures and their history a bit better, tried to give his readers something to imagine. And the history lessons, when it came, was like information dump and went straight over my head. It was easy to fall asleep - after all, who ever listened to history classes? Sam might be my favorite and his undisputed loyalty to his master is what I loved the most.
Honestly, everyone else was rather unlikable and their voices sounded the same — too cheery, unnecessarily excited, always uttering sentences that end with an exclamation mark. By the end, nothing of significance had happened, except that our characters are ready to walk more.
That was 12 hours of my life I'm never getting back. Also shoutout to the guy who left us midway and went off on his own Merry aka Fares View all 81 comments. Jul 30, Lyn rated it really liked it.
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Bilbo Baggins, formerly of the Shire. Bilbo, how are you tonight? Bilbo Baggins: Anderson Cooper: Tell me, what was it like working with Peter Jackson? How was he different than working with J. R Tolkien? Ronald was a wonder, a finer man this world has never known.
He was sensitive, but not in the way this generation uses the term; he was a real man, he could chop wood and build a fire, but he had in mind the celestial, he was a Godly man. Peter is more worldly, but spiritual in his own way. Was Hollywood different than England in the s? My word, yes! But mostly in the scale of things, not so much the substance.
When Ronald first published our story in your time of , there was some fuss and attention but nowadays there is another level of fame and fortune altogether, I cannot wrap my mind around it!
The world has gone topsy-turvy. And your nemesis, Sauron, how has he changed over the years? Now there is a query, yes sir! Let me just say that he was a pain the arse in the distant past and remains so today. His kind will always be a ticklish spot on the mattress if you get my meaning; I was not at all surprised to see him get involved with your politics. What about that, Bilbo — is it alright if I call you Bilbo? Please do. Let me speak candidly, Anderson, Sauron is a self-serving lot.
His foray into your politics is all about what is best for him. Were you surprised that he has adapted so well to our political climate? Not at all!
Oh my goodness, no! He was made for the arena, as your Mr. Nixon would say. Bilbo, has fame changed you at all? Fair enough, I like to get the top of my feet waxed. The top of you feet waxed? A mild vanity, I assure you, a simple pleasure for me to preen and pleasure. Well, there are the simple ways to be enjoyed. Bilbo, what would you like to convey to our audience before we sign off?
Thank you, Anderson. If we can win the small battles at home, then the larger wars will take care of themselves. Thank you, Bilbo, it has been a pleasure. Why not? Thanks again to Mr. Take care, America. My first impressions after rereading this wonderful story is that at its heart it is a travel book, from the departure from the Shire , through Bree, and all the way along the dangerous paths, down through Moria and visiting Lorien this is a story about a journey.
Jackson must sell tickets, I understand that. Finally, the scene between Boromir and Frodo is classic in literature.
Well done, Professor Tolkien. View all 21 comments. Apr 29, Doc Opp rated it liked it Shelves: Tolkein's masterpiece is notable primarily for its historical significance. He basically invented the fantasy genre, and because of that all fantasy readers owe him a debt of gratitude. Many things in his books will seem somewhat cliche nowadays, but that's because they have been used so often since he wrote this book - almost all of them were original when this book was written.
That said, Tolkein is not a terribly good writer. He tends to go on in excruciating detail about trivial concepts. Par Tolkein's masterpiece is notable primarily for its historical significance.
Parts of the book, such as Ent poetry, are downright painful to read. And his leaf by leaf descriptions of forests can get fairly trivial.
Since he wrote this series, several other fantasy writers have basically stolen the story and rewritten it with higher quality prose. Terry Brooks Shannara series, for example, is more or less identical in plot and characters, but Brooks is a notably better writer.
So depending on whether you prefer the authentic text, or the better written text, you should choose accordingly. The notion of heroism in Tolkein is particularly worth noting. It is, so far as I can tell, the first set of novels that defines heroism entirely by internal features.
The protagonist has no ability to fight, or to use magic, or basically do anything except to doing his best to do the right thing. This conception of heroism, which is what is what most people think of nowadays, is quite different than it was historically conceived where heroism was synonymous with strength or ability, sometimes in conjunction with morality, but sometimes not.
So, in this way, like so many others, Tolkein has had tremendous effect on popular culture. Jan 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Tolkien 's first novel in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, later made into a billion dollar movie franchise. I count myself lucky to have been able to read this book before it became a movie, though I loved the movie, too.
Why This Book I was 13 years old when I stumbled upon this book while a friend was reading it. He was a major video gamer, fantasy sports leaguer and avid reader of science fiction. Though we were good friends, I had different hobbies. He was about a third of the way into the book, talking about Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf He lent it to me once he finished it, and I ran through the trilogy quicker than a trip to Mordor.
Overview of Story It would take an entire chapter to summarize the book, so I'll try to keep it simple. It takes place in Middle Earth, a huge land full of different types of people: As you'd expect, lots of re-alignment between groups over the centuries occurs during epic battles between the good and the evil.
A long time ago, a ring was forged, unbreakable, except to be destroyed in Mordor. People have hunted the ring for years, to use its power, but it was rarely ever found. Bilbo Baggins, an elderly hobbit, comes across it one day. And its dark forces take over his mind, willing him to run away with it. But Gandalf the Wizard convinces him to give it up, and the ring falls to Bilbo's young cousin, Frodo, to throw into the fire hell of Mordor. He cannot escape the journey, but along the path, he is protected by Gandalf and many other friends.
He has epic battles and at the end of this book, he's come upon one of his first major stops to seek protection, but is forced to flee with new best friend, Sam, for Mordor. And it's to be continued Tolkien's created a world where anything can happen, and one where readers have little history to know what's real and not real. The book follows Frodo on his path as the primary character, and you see much through his eyes. It is in third person omniscient, meaning you do see most everyone's thoughts.
Strengths The creativity.
The imagination. The fortitude. The lessons. The moral code. The honor among friends. The fear of a foe. The power of a wizard. Struggles to survive. The book has it all, even a little romance. And death. One of the original masterpieces in this genre, it set the bar for everything to come. It was published midth century, when books simply didn't exist in trilogies. There were a few, and some were decently written, but this is the beginning of a cult phenomenon.
But Middle Earth is an epic journey across a vast time period and a vast land. Written more for an older young adult crowd, it has fans everywhere from ten to a hundred. Why is it acceptable to kill someone in protection of the ring? How do you handle fear on a journey you must go on? Should it be used in schools? There are so many lessons, ideas and themes to ingest.
Is it a pleasure read or something to teach? I see both sides. Should I re-read it? Final Thoughts You cannot help but be immersed in this story. If you're not a fan of fantasy, this is NOT the book to start with. There are probably characters to keep track of, each with a unique set of powers or goals. If you are going to take it on, you need to invest in the entire world About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT.
I write A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. View all 4 comments. A day may come when I can actually review my favorite books View 2 comments.
My education as a young German continues. I have been able to read children's books easily for some time, but books for grown-ups are still challenging. I thought that reading The Lord of the Rings in translation might be helpful, since for me it's intermediate between children's literature and adult literature. The vocabulary and grammar are more like adult literature; but the writing is concrete and straightforward as children's literature tends to be, with little of the abstractions, generali My education as a young German continues.
The vocabulary and grammar are more like adult literature; but the writing is concrete and straightforward as children's literature tends to be, with little of the abstractions, generalisations and complicated narrative structures that characterise adult fiction.
I think it's worked well, and I could positively feel the book stretching my vocabulary. But most importantly, it's increased my appreciation for the poetics of the language. The text was many times able to reach me emotionally, and I could recapture the magical effect it had on me when I first read it at age ten: I couldn't quite understand why, but when I looked through some of the other reviews it became clearer.
Readers of my generation were able to enter the enchanted world of Middle Earth and make it part of our own reality. But now I glance at Khanh's review , which has attracted votes and a depressing number of positive comments, and see that for many people it is no longer possible.
They understand nothing. The Elves have departed over the Sea, and left only a nostalgic memory behind them. It is desperately sad, and it is just this ineluctable tragedy of the passing of time that Tolkien captures so perfectly.
The long years have passed like swift draughts of the sweet mead in lofty halls beyond the West, beneath the blue vaults of Varda wherein the stars tremble in the song of her voice, holy and queenly. Who now shall refill the cup for me? For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the Stars, from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds, and all paths are drowned deep in shadow; and out of a grey country darkness lies on the foaming waves between us, and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya for ever.
Now lost, lost to those from the East is Valimar! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar.
Maybe even thou shalt find it. View all 36 comments. One does not simply review the LOTR!!
The Fellowship of the Ring
Yet here I am, trying to do so. In the words of Sam-the-wise Gamgee, I can sum up my review. Non believers, I tell you! I have taken my own sweet time with this book, relishing each of its pages and words and watching the movie as I read the book.
It has been a great time! All of the Shire is invited to celebrate the event of a queer hobbit who is rumored to have immense treasures accumulated from his adventurous journey so long ago. For Bilbo though, there has always been one treasure. A golden shiny ring. I regret to announce that — though, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to spend among you — this is the END.
I am going. I am leaving NOW. For many years life goes on for Frodo as it should, with his friends Pippin and Merry and not to forget Sam. Until one day the wizard Gandalf pays him a visit and tells him the secret of his heirloom. Who never wanted to be put in such a situation. Frodo, who led a simple and peaceful life. But that is not for them to decide.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. And who shall accompany him but his friends Merry and Pippin and always Sam, my dear Sam. There lies our hope, if hope it be. To walk into peril — to Mordor. We must send the Ring to the Fire. It must be true what they say. You can learn all that there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.
He should carry the heavy burden. It is hardly possible to separate you from him, even when he is summoned to a secret council and you are not.
I shall go, unless they chain me up.
There must be someone with intelligence in the party. A Man: Boromir of Gondor, Son of Denethor. A Dwarf: Gimli, son of Gloin. A King in exile: Aragorn, son of Arathorn An Elf: Legolas, son of Thranduil. A wizard: Gandalf the Grey Four hobbits: Frodo, Merry, Pippin and of course, Sam! So begins the journey of the fellowship of these nine that holds the future of all those who live in the middle earth.
Together they must brave so much to reach where they want to reach. But what binds them together? Naught but friendship and loyalty. And yet the evil of the ring shall lead to the breaking of this fellowship and still Frodo must go on, alone. But how can Sam ever leave his side? Sam wont. He shall keep him company through thick and thin. I have just read a book from a madman. But never did it actually take. Why would it? I never met any greats. I never read any greats.
I picked this book mostly on a whim. No reason why I would read a book whose story I know word for word through the movies that I have watched countless times. No real reason why would I read pages to get to an end I already know. Except for one reason. The writing. To experience a great man. To read from the father or Fantasy. And always I answer that having a story is the easy part.
The Fellowship of the Ring
Each one of us has a story or few inside our heads and hearts. Whether or not we tell them is a different matter but we all have stories, regardless.
The hard part is to tell it. To pen it down in a way that someone would want to keep reading. Many can do it. But there is still the hardest part left that not all can pull off. The toughest part is to create a believable setting, to create a world and then to populate it. To give it a feel. But a madman genius should be able to pull it off, right? So, is Tolkien that person? Of course he is. This is one the finest writing I have ever encountered and quite frankly it borders on madness.
So much work has gone into shaping up this world that we love in LOTRs collectively. This guy, he not only created a world and populated it, he actually gave it a history. There is so much in the books that points to the fact that this world has been around for a very long time and has a history.
So much history. Languages and poems and stories and back stories and different realms and beasts and the evil and even their history. I could feel everything mentioned in the book. I do not have any better word to describe it other than saying it is a VERY rich piece of writing. The best one I have tasted so far. There are poems and songs in the book and as annoying as they become at times, I cannot deny that they are beautifully done. This is a book from a master, one who was at the top of his game.
No one takes that away from him. This book is simply a masterpiece in terms of writing. The dialogues in most places are not upto the mark. Infact, at a few places, a few of them feel funny in a dangerous setting and sometimes simply aloof. A lot of what could have been part of the narrative is put in as a monologue from a character when they are alone. The characters are not all that well shaped up and the only characters that I liked in the book were Gandalf and Sam.
The most disappointing of the lot was Legolas. As amazing this book is, there is not one doubt in my mind that the movie, as wildly different from the book it turned out, it was FAR, FAR better and Peter Jackson created magic. And all the difference in the movie are for the better and it further goes to show how much effort was put into adapting these books.
This book though, the whole story is amazing but the thing that adds to the whole charm, for me, has always been the bond of Sam and Frodo. The camaraderie and the love that Sam has for Frodo. Needless to say that I will be seeing this series through because, One simply does not skip such amazing books! P I shall return soon.
To see Boromir redeem himself. To see Gandalf find his way back to Aragorn and to meet the horse lords of Rohan! But mostly, I shall return to accompany Frodo on his journey and for my dear Sam. I cannot tell you how glad. Come along! It is plain that we were meant to go together.
We will go, and may the others find a safe road! Strider will look after them. We may. View all 41 comments. Everyone knows the story. And there already has been said much about it. So I don't need repeat it. The Fellowship of the Ring kind of a bittersweet novel. But the beginning and the ending were really fun. That being said , this book is best as it is. It would be really difficult for me to talk about this book so I'd rather write the review in two categories.
What worked for me and what didn't. I loved almost every character in the novel. Apart from the hobbits , Gandalf was definitely my favorite character. Good vs Evil. It's still my favorite theme for any novel. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it.
This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet it is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: Small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere. How I wish I lived in Middle-Earth with all those hobbits and elves and dwarves?! Tolkein's world has endured more than half a century. And that's saying something. Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. Sounds weird?! But I like quotes. And Tolkein has set a benchmark in writing great quotes.
Maybe this book was meant to be a slow burn adventure. But I've been spoiled. Fast paced novels and character driven tight plots have made me lazy.
Half the time Tolkein was describing the trees , or the birds or the winds. These descriptions were a welcome relief at first. But then it was too much too soon. Tolkein's writing is fairly simple. Though a bit out of fashion it's easy to understand. I mean this book almost single handedly brought the fantasy genre into mainstream.
You'd have to give that guy at least that. And thus , I respect the slowness of the book. It's appropriate for the novel. Even I'm saying this. Fans of fantasy literature should read Lord Of The Rings at least once in their life. And a special shoutout to Frodo , Sam , Merry and Pippin for reading this with me. It was really fun guys how we bonded together while reading this book. I am going to say 4. In the beginning I thought it was a little dull. It was making me weary and sleepy reading it.
I actually stopped in the middle of chapters because I couldn't read anymore. I hate that! I kept moving, though. I am determined to finish this trilogy. I should have known this book would have taken me longer to read than expected. The movies took me nine days to finish. Don't judge. I was pregnant during that time and very sleepy. I am very glad I kept going, because the I am going to say 4. I am very glad I kept going, because the last half of the book was amazing.
My heart still hurts for the company. The book was written very well. It was beautiful. The world that Tolkien created amazes me. The scenery was so beautiful that the imagery I thought up stung my eyes. Elves , Men , and Dwarves. The One Ring has been inherited by Frodo who finds himself unwittingly in the midst of a struggle for world domination. The first chapter in the book begins quite lightly, following on from The Hobbit which is more of a whimsical children's story than The Lord of the Rings.
It begins with Bilbo celebrating his th or eleventy first, as it is called birthday, on the same day that Frodo celebrates his 33rd birthday his 'coming of age'. At the birthday party, Bilbo disappears after his speech, to the surprise of all. Frodo later learns about the ring which he had used to make himself invisible, and also about some of its darker powers.
Heeding the advice of the wizard Gandalf , Frodo leaves his home, taking the Ring with him. He hopes to reach Rivendell , where he will be safe from Sauron, and where those wiser than he can decide what to do about the Ring. From the start they are pursued by Black Riders , the Ringwraiths who serve Sauron.
Narrowly escaping these and other dangers and meeting other interesting characters en route e. They also pass the trolls which had been turned to stone in the previous book, The Hobbit. Early on Frodo meets his uncle Bilbo, whom he had not seen since he left Hobbiton much earlier. Frodo sets forth from Rivendell with nine companions: These Nine Walkers were chosen to represent the free races of Middle-earth and as a balance to the Nine Riders.
I tried The Fellowship in 10th grade. I couldn't get past Bilbo's birthday party. I tried it again almost 10 years ago when I was stuck in bed for several days due to, oh, a giant surgical wound in my neck.
My doctor said I had to stay in bed for a few days. So, I reasoned, what better way than to resume my attempt at reading one of the greatest literary classics of all time than whole having no other option? Audiobook it was! I didn't last past Tom Bombadil before I decided, fuck this, I'm going to head to the gym with a bloody bandage on my neck.
True story. I got a lot of really weird looks. My doctor gave me a prescription for Vicodin because he was concerned the pain would be too much to bear. Apparently, I didn't even need the Vicodin because that pedophile Tom Bombadil put me right to sleep. Seriously, were it not for the fact that it is written by Tolkien, I would have hated this book.
It was so unbelievably dull. There were parts, that to a Tolkien amateur like me, didn't have a whit of relevance or anything interesting to add to the plot namely, say, the first pages of the book. Seriously, what the fuck is up with the farmer and Tom Bombadil? The plot was all sorts of disjointed.
Some parts just didn't make any sense.Unfortunately, while I have always been enthusiastic about reading, I did not find the motivation to complete it for almost 15 years. Tolkien and I have a sad history. If you feel a little in need of literary revival, then the Fellowship of the Rings is only one step of three towards your goal.
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I tried The Fellowship in 10th grade. This moment in the third age, which is arguable the most important series of events this world will ever see, is merely the surface. I really am so, so sorry. Maybe I could have worn tougher gloves, I don't know. Merry and Pippin decide to join Frodo and Sam, while Fatty stays behind as a decoy. They then go to the house of Bombadil and meet his wife Goldberry.