As you begin to read this book be prepared to go on one of the biggest and greatest adventures in all of literature!
In it you will meet valiant hobbits, great kings of old, beautiful elves, brave dwarfs, and a courageous fellowship of friends who are on a quest to save their world from evil and destruction.
This “The Fellowship of the Ring” is the first of three books in the Lord of the Rings series and it tells the story of a hobbit, named Frodo, who inherits a dangerous and powerful ring from his Uncle, Bilbo Baggins. When Frodo first receives the ring he has no idea what bearing it will cost him or how it will change his life forever.
Frodo’s friend, Gandalf the Gray, a kind and wise wizard warns him about the ring and about the Dark Lord who made it and will do anything to get it back. Already he has dangerous spies on the loose who are searching for the ring for him. Frodo must leave the shire and flee with the ring. But he is not alone his friends Sam, Merry and Pippin won’t leave him!
Together they go through many dangers and strange adventures. Then one night at a inn the town of Bree they meet a man like none they have ever seen before. Aragorn, son of Arathorn. A tall man with bright blue-gray eyes, dark hair and beard flecked with gray. A face both stern and kind, and a manner of leadership and bravery. He takes the hobbits into his care and brings them to the elegant city of Rivendell where the high King of the elves, Lord Elrond calls together a council to figure out how to get the destroyed before it is captured and all the world taken over. There is a big problem though.The ring can only be destroyed in the fires where it was first forged, in the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom. No one else dares to go. That is except Frodo. He is scared but he knows what he must do. “I will take the ring.” He says. “Though I do not know the way.”
His courage strengthens everyone in the council. He will not have to go alone. Gandalf steps up immediately to help him, Aragorn offers him protection with his sword, Legolas, an elven prince, gives Frodo protection with his bow, Gimli the dwarf gives him protection with his axe, Boromir of Gondor also offers his help, and Sam, Merry, Pippin refuse to be left behind. And so begins the journey of the Fellowship of the Ring. Together they must journey over cold mountains, through dark mines, in beautiful Elven forests, and down long rivers.
Why I Liked this Book So Much:
When I first began this book I was immediately intrigued by the story and read through it really fast as one page after another the story grew. It is very well written and the story is complex, fascinating, exciting, beautiful and filled with many important lessons and themes about friendship, sacrifice, love, and about the grief of greed and the danger and sin of lust for power.
Fantasy, I believe, is one of the most difficult genres of literature to write really well. But Tolkien has done a brilliant job in this book of not straying too far from reality even in the midst of fantasy. The story is amazing and good, the heroes are men of courage, honor, valor, loyalty and moral character. The story also grasps the human emotions we all feel and struggles that many have gone through. It makes me laugh, cry, and smile and challenges me to look beyond the here and now to what may lay ahead in my own life.
In essence it the story of a small, seemingly insignificant hobbit who is given an overwhelming task to do that the fate of his world rests on. But he and his friends will see it to the end no matter what!
I think that this quote from the book sums it all up very well: “All we must decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”~Gandalf.
This will forever one of my favorite books! ~Anna