Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring) – J.R.R. Tolkien

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I have had this book collection from I was 12 years old and I have never gotten round to reading it, I think (shamefully might I add..) that it may be the longest running book on my TBR. I have been saying for so long that I will read this and keep setting a personal challenge to read it each year and finally I can say I have done it. If I am honest I have no idea how I haven’t read it yet or seen the movie because as much as I would have liked to say I knew what Lord of the Rings was about I hadn’t fully grasped the plot, and I realised that now.

I don’t know how I’m supposed to describe Lord of the Rings because I may be the only person who has never read it before but it basically comes down to Frodo Baggins being given the ring and realising its power, and how he must head to Rivendell to avoid making contact with the dark horsemen who are trying to capture the ring and return it to Mordor.

I found this book really interesting and a captivating read, it was so fantastical and full of weird and wonderful elements I found it hard to put down. Being completely new to this world I think it was nice to experience it for myself rather than from friend’s obsessions or even the movie. I quite liked Frodo’s character as he isn’t the typical hero yet the plot captures a story of growth as he gets stronger and learns to control his power over the ring and others around him.

The fantasy elements of this book were extraordinary from elves to hobbits, dark powers and different lands, languages and more; there is no shortage of magic. It was intriguing to see Tolkien’s take on this genre as many people refer to him as ‘The Father of Fantasy’ although I think he may be for modern fantasy however for me this genre was birthed as far back as Greek Myths and Legends.

I found the book extensively descriptive in places and I seemed to know more about the setting than the plot at times. I also thought this book had a lot of characters to the point where I had to keep reflecting back to place them and how Frodo knows them or how they are relevant to the journey. In saying this I understand the need for so many characters giving the journey a fresh outlook after each break such as in Bree.

Either way I loved this story and I am determined to keep going with the series of course keeping The Hobbit until the end as advised by a few friends. I also really want to watch the movie now as I’ll have a better understanding of who each character is and their relevance. I gave Lord of the Rings a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads which it most definitely deserved, I just hope that I enjoy the movie as much because although I’ve never seen it I am familiar with the actors that play the characters and couldn’t help picturing them as the characters in the books.

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