The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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.”

and

“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

 

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4 comments

  1. I really like this series and want to reread it soon. Though I hate the Tom Bombadil (sp) parts. I’m kind of glad those parts were skipped in the film. I also liked the second book much more than the movie and I love the films. I think the cast is kind of inspired.

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  2. I’m so glad you liked it! I wondered if you’d notice Elijah Wood doesn’t fit the role of Frodo, which I agree with, and I have other issues with the films but I like them, generally. I can imagine Gandalf doesn’t look very cool in The Fellowship if you don’t know him from The Hobbit, but he gets better. And the descriptions are definitely a little annoying when you read it for the first time because you what to know what happens next. Great review!

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    1. It’s partly because I really don’t like Elijah Wood, but yeah I don’t think he’s a good fit. Frodo deserved to be someone a little more dignified, I think, even if he was still a tiny hobbit.

      I didn’t initially have much interest in reading The Hobbit, which is why I started with LOTR. But my friend last night was telling me more about The Hobbit and now I probably will read it eventually, at least just to see the movie. I’m glad to hear that Gandalf gets better!

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