Review: The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've just finished my yearly reading of The Fellowship of the Ring and I've avoided giving reviews for it in the past because how does one give an adequate review for such a story? Middle Earth is a beautiful place and though it is filled with danger it is also filled with good people and appreciation for simple things in life like music and laughter. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is just pure magic. Many have tried to emulate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and none have ever touched the sheer genius. Other stories may have a made up language but none are an actual language that you can learn and even speak or write and none can compare to the beautiful poetry and portrayal of loyalty that you'll find within it's pages. Very few stories inspire people the way that Lord of The Rings has for years. If you haven't read the Lord of the Rings then you're missing out.

In The Fellowship of the Ring we pick up years after the stories in The Hobbit. We meet an aging Bilbo Baggins and his nephew, Frodo Baggins. Bilbo has long been in possession of the ring of power which is wearing on his mind and the time has come for him to leave the ring in Frodo's possession, not fully understanding how important this decision is. The ring has already seeped into and is slowly poisoning his mind.

After the departure of Bilbo, Frodo learns the truth about the ring that has come into his possession and sets out on a perilous journey to destroy the ring once and for all in the fires of Mordor.

Accompanied by his loyal friends from the Shire he sets out and is later joined by a company, a fellowship of friends who have vowed to aid him in his quest. Staying loyal and true, even in the face of despair and adversity.

So, if you haven't read this epic tale, I encourage you to take the time to go to your library or find a copy somewhere and then sit back to enjoy one of the greatest stories ever written!

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