Holy moly, I finally started The Lord of the Rings! And finished the first book!
Sooooo this is about Frodo, who kind of inherits a bunch of stuff when his Uncle Bilbo takes off to travel, including a weird ring. He doesn’t think much about the ring until an old friend named Gandalf comes around and explains what the ring is – the One Ring of Power that evil Sauron is looking for so he can destroy Middle-earth. Now it’s up to Frodo, Sam, and a small group of companions to bring the Ring to the one place it can be destroyed – Mount Doom, in Sauron’s very own kingdom.
Overall, I enjoyed this and I’m starting to see why it’s become such an epic fantasy – it’s unique, and it’s full of heroic personas and constant danger. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of hobbits – usually in fantasy it’s all elves and dwarves, so introducing a new human-like race of tiny people is kind of fun, and it’s not something you see a lot. Frodo really grew on me, especially by the end of the book – it’s such a shame that Elijah Wood plays him in the movies. It’s not a good fit. I also really liked Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. I was excited to see Gandalf, but he was kind of a disappointment in this book – he didn’t seem all that powerful, and he was kind of jerk sometimes.
The writing is usually pretty beautiful, but I have to say that Tolkien could have used more action. SO MUCH of the book is travelling, with not all that much happening. And DUDE, the descriptions of trees, and wind. After a while I was like “Yeah, nature is awesome, get on with the story…” But other than slow pacing sometimes, the writing was nice and there was a constant fear of attack, so even when there wasn’t a lot of action happening that suspense was always there.
I’m looking forward to the second book, and hoping that it has a bit more action in it. Some of my favorite quotes from this book…
“I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.”
“I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.”
Oh, and I’m thinking of watching the first movie soon. Most of the cast is invading my head anyways, so I figure I mind as well watch it while the book is still fresh in my head and I can nitpick a bit. We’ll see – I’m really lazy when it comes to watching movies.
Sarah Says: 4 stars