4/5 star rating
Lord of The Rings by J R.R. Tolkien
Having mentioned Lord of the Rings by Tolkien in my last post, it only makes sense that I make my next post about him. I have to admit that the first time attempted the read the first book The Fellowship of the Ring I wasn’t successful; I was about 15 at the time but I found the first quarter or so of the book to drag unnecessarily. I don’t know if anyone else had this problem but it took a second attempt before I actually finished it and was able to get into it.
Frodo Baggins has inherited a rather remarkable ring from his cousin Bilbo. The wizard Gandalf arrives with some rather disturbing news as to the real nature of the ring and its true purpose. It must be destroyed for once and for all. So Frodo sets out with a few of his hobbit friends to accomplish this goal. Unfortunately neither the ring or its true owner wants it destroyed. With evil forces brewing and along with war it doesn’t take long for things to go wrong. The group gets separated and every one undertakes their own part in order to achieve the end goal. To cut a rather long-winded tale short, Frodo gets the ring to Mount Doom where it is destroyed and good overcomes evil.
I would have been about 15 when I read this book. There are moments that seem to drag on and it does get rather tedious and boring through parts. I don’t really need a whole page of Elvin language I don’t know how to read, nor a number of other seemingly pointless poems through the story. I do rather like The troll sat alone on his seat of stone though. The prolonged effort of Frodo and Sam to get the ring to Mount Doom goes on for what seems like forever sometimes. Still, it is a classic piece of Fantasy and a must read for anyone interested in Fantasy.
J R.R. Tolkien wrote and published The Hobbit in 1937. This became the basis of which the Lord of the Rings, published in 1954, is set. This is probably the few times I’d ever recommend that The Lord of the Rings is read first even though The Hobbit is published first. It might have been popular at the time but The Hobbit is even more tedious than the Lord of the Rings. It is somewhat interesting to learn the history of how the ring ended up with Bilbo to begin with but overall I think its fairly safe to skip this book completely and ignore its existence.
Who should read this book?
This is considered a must read for everyone who loves fantasy and regarded by many as the book that really got Fantasy started as a genre even though Tolkien himself was inspired by other works. It certainly helped make it popular and inspired so many writers since. It certainly has its moments and in places does make an enjoyable read. I wouldn’t recommend it to the casual reader though. This book is really for more hardcore fans of Fantasy.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars simply because it is a classic.
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