The Lord of The Rings #1 Fellowship of the Ring
Title: The Fellowship of the Ring
Series: The Lord of the Rings #1
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Originally Published in English: 1954
Dansk titel: Eventyret om Ringen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2012
Finished Reading: Oktober 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure & Classics
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
I’ve enjoyed this slow but interesting journey immensely. The most important when reading a book is that you’re entertained, and I certainly was. It’s no secret, that I tend to watch the moves before reading the books, and this time was no exception. I’ve seen the move a couple of times and one time the extended version. As for the characters, I liked them better in the movies. Frankly, Frodo annoyed me so much and I couldn’t recognize him at all as a character. Tolkien made him lazy and emotionless in my opinion whereas in the movie he is the main hero. It would be a shame to call him that after reading the first book. No, Sam is the main character in the books and the one that we as readers care more for.
Gandalf is, unlike in the movie the key player. The glue to the story and characters. He is behind it all! He is the one organizing Aragorn’s arrival, the hobbits bearing the ring. He is without a doubt the most likeable about the story. I liked the group dynamic and the loyalty that arose in the group, so many different personalities all with a skill of sorts that another didn’t possess, it was all very balanced, and none of the characters felt overpowered or misplaced.
There’s a few things along the journey I just didn’t get why was so important. A few characters that seem purposeless appeared in the midst of nowhere. Maybe they will get a role later on in the books.
Anyways, if you haven’t read The Lord of The Rings yet, I’d say give it a go. If the book is not for you, you’ll know within the first fifty pages.
I had the pleasure of reading The Hobbit before reading this, and I must say that it made the read so much better. Many references to the book.
I love the universe that Tolkien created. It’s not purely imagination I know that other writers influenced him. However, they aren’t the ones we will remember in a hundred years, Tolkien is.