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  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    Never have I been so sad to give a low rating to such a revered book I'm so sorry I can't tell you how sorry I amAgain I'm so sorry but I found this book unbelievably dull I really am so so sorry I'm desperately sad about this This series has been such a foundation for modern day fantasy that I'm incredibly disappointed in myself for not liking this I have always wanted to be a Tolkien fangirl I've always wanted to learn Elvish and get completely offended à la Stephen Colbert but I can't I just can't I want so desperately to love Tolkien but it just ain't happening I've been trying this book for 17 years Tolkien and I have a sad history I've always been a book lover when I was young I would persist through any book no matter how trying The Hobbit was the first book that made me fall asleep It's memorable to me because that's the first time and only the second time it's ever happened The other book that made me fall asleep? You guessed it The Fellowship of the Ring I tried The Fellowship in 10th grade I couldn't get past Bilbo's birthday party I tried it again almost 10 years ago when I was stuck in bed for several days due to oh a giant surgical wound in my neck My doctor said I had to stay in bed for a few days So I reasoned what better way than to resume my attempt at reading one of the greatest literary classics of all time than whole having no other option?Audiobook it was I didn't last past Tom Bombadil before I decided fuck this I'm going to head to the gym with a bloody bandage on my neck True story I got a lot of really weird looks My doctor gave me a prescription for Vicodin because he was concerned the pain would be too much to bear Apparently I didn't even need the Vicodin because that pedophile Tom Bombadil put me right to sleepSeriously were it not for the fact that it is written by Tolkien I would have hated this book It was so unbelievably dull There were parts that to a Tolkien amateur like me didn't have a whit of relevance or anything interesting to add to the plot namely say the first 700 pages of the book Seriously what the fuck is up with the farmer and Tom Bombadil?The plot was all sorts of disjointed Some parts just didn't make any sense Tolkien is a linguist at heart and it shows because all the famous uotes we know from him are just sound bytes In context sometimes they don't really make any sense All the poems and songs are in there to sound pretty and frankly they bored the fuck out of meFor instance in the middle of a serious dinner party where the company is just trying to decide what to do about the ring surely a simple task all of a sudden little Frodo stands up and solemnly announces All that is gold does not glitterNot all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not witherDeep roots are not reached by the frostFrom the ashes a fire shall be wokenA light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was brokenThe crownless again shall be king I was like what the fuck man? Where did that come from? It makes absolutely no sense in the context of the scene Oh sure it's an inside thing on how Aragorn was the secret king but nobody knew that Everyone elf hobbit dwarf and me would have thought he was completely high on some elven grassLet me make this clear I do not for an instance doubt Tolkien's literary value I think he has been an inspiration to generations of writers artists hell gamers My beloved World of Warcraft game featured elves pretty much every fantasy book we have these days have been inspired in one way or another by Tolkien Again he was an amazing linguist his work developing the Elvish tongue among others as well as his efforts in developing the rich fantastic history of the world within his books is not to be disregarded by any meansBut again he is a linguist He is a scholar He may be the most brilliant one of those in the world an inspiration to generations but for me personally his writing is not to my tastesBut damn the movies were amazing


  2. Lyndz Lyndz says:

    I refuse to write a review for one of the best books ever written Asking a serious fantasy fan to write a review for Lord of the Rings is like asking a Christian to write a review for The Bible So instead I will supply you with this graph


  3. J.G. Keely J.G. Keely says:

    Authors who inspire a movement are usually misunderstood especially by those they have inspired and Tolkien is no exception but one of the biggest misconceptions about Tolkien is the idea that he is somehow an 'innovator of fantasy' He did add a number of techniues to the repertoire of epic fantasy writers and these have been dutifully followed by his many imitators but for the most part these techniues are little than bad habitsMany have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Father of Fantasy' but anyone who makes this claim simply does not know of the depth and history of the fantasy genre For those who are familiar with the great and influential fantastical authors from Ovid and Ariosto to Eddison and Dunsany to RE Howard and Fritz Leiber it is clear that long before Tolkien fantasy was already a complex well established and even a respected literary genreEddison's work contains an invented world a carefully constructed and well researched archaic language a powerful and unearthly ueen and a central character who is conflicted and lost between the forces of nobility and darkness Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword which came out the same year as The Fellowship of the Ring has distant haughty elves deep delving dwarves a broken sword which must be reforged an epic war between the armies of light and darkness another central character trapped between those extremes and an interweaving of Christian and Pagan worldviewsSo if these aspects are not uniue to Tolkien then what does set him apart? Though Dunsany Eddison and Anderson all present worlds where light and dark come into conflict they present these conflicts with a subtle and often ironic touch recognizing that morality is a dangerous thing to present in absolutes Tolkien or CS Lewis on the other hand has no problem in depicting evil as evil good as good and the only place they meet is in the temptation of an honest heart as in Gollum's case and even then he is not like Eddison's Lord Gro or Anderson's Scafloc characters who live under an alternative view of the world but instead fluctuates between the highs and lows of Tolkien's dualistic moralityIt is a dangerous message to make evil an external irrational thing to define it as 'the unknown that opposes us' because it invites the reader to overlay their own morality upon the world which is precisely what most modern fantasy authors tend to do following Tolkien's example Whether it's Goodkind's Libertarianism or John Norman's sex slave fetish its very easy to simply create a magical allegory to make one side 'right' and the other side 'wrong' and you never have to develop a dramatic narrative that actually explores the soundness of those ideas Make the good guys dress in bright robes or silvery maile and the bad guys in black spiky armor and a lot of people will never notice that all the 'good guys' are White upper class men while all the 'bad guys' are 'brutish foreigners' and that both sides are killing each other and trying to rule their little corner of the worldIn Tolkien's case his moral view was a very specific evocation of the ideal of 'Merrie England' which is an attempt by certain stodgy old Tories like Tolkien to rewrite history so that the nobility were all good and righteous leaders the farmers were all happy in their 'proper place' working a simple patch of dirt while both industrialized cultures and the 'primitives' who resided to the South and East were 'the enemy' bent on despoiling the 'natural beauty of England' despite the fact that the isles had been flattened deforested and partitioned a thousand years beforeThough Tom Bombadil remains as a strangely incoherent reminder of the moral and social complexity of the fantasy tradition upon which Tolkien draws he did his best to scrub the rest clean spending years of his life trying to fit Catholic philosophy wholly into his Pagan adventure realm But then that's often how we think of Tolkien bent over his desk spending long hours researching note taking compiling and playing with language Even those who admit that Tolkien demonstrates certain racist sexist and classicist leanings as indeed do many great authors still praise the complexity of his 'world building'And any student of the great Epics like the Norse Eddas the Bible or the Shahnameh can see what Tolkien is trying to achieve with his worldbuilding those books presented grand stories but were also about depicting a vast world of philosophy history myth geography morality and culture They were encyclopedic texts intended to instruct their people on everything important in life and they are extraordinarily valuable to students of anthropology and history because even the smallest detail can reveal something about the world which the book describesSo Tolkien fills his books with troop movements dull songs lines of lineage and references to his own made up history mythology and language He has numerous briefly mentioned side characters and events because organic texts like the epics which were formed slowly over time and compiled from many sources often contained such digressions He creates characters who have similar names which is normally a stupid thing to do as an author because it is so confusing but he’s trying to represent a hereditary tradition of prefixes and suffixes and shared names which many great families of history had So Tolkien certainly had a purpose in what he did but was it a purpose that served the story he was trying to tell?Simply copying the form of reality is not what makes good art Art is meaningful it is directed It is not just a list of details everything within is carefully chosen by the author to make up a good story The addition of detail is not the same as adding depth especially since Tolkien’s world is not based on some outside system it is whatever he says it is It’s all arbitrary which is why the only thing that grants a character scene or detail purpose is the meaning behind it Without that meaning then what Tolkien is doing is just a very elaborate thought exercise Now it’s certainly true that many people have been fascinated with studying it but that’s eually true of many thought exercises such as the rules and background of the Pokemon card game or crossword puzzlesOstensibly Scrabble supposedly is a game for people who love words and yet top Scrabble players sit an memorize lists of words whose meaning they will never learn Likewise many literary fandom games become little than word searches find this reference connect that name to this character but which have no meaning or purpose outside of that The point of literary criticism is always to lead us back to human thought and ideas to looking at how we think and express ourselves If a detail in a work cannot lead us back to ourselves then it is no than an arbitrary piece of chaffThe popularity of Tolkien’s work made it acceptable for other authors to do the same thing to the point that whenever I hear a book lauded for the ‘depth of its world building’ I expect to find a mess of obsessive detailing of piling on so many inconseuential facts and figures that the characters and stories get buried under the scree as if the author secretly hopes that by spending most of the chapter describing the hero’s cuirass we'll forget that he’s a bland archetype who only succeeds through happy coincidence and deus ex machina against an enemy with no internal structure or motivationWhen uiller Couch said authors should ‘murder their darlings’ this is what he meant just because you have hobbies and opinions does not mean you should fill your novel with them Anything which does not materially contribute to the story characters and artistry of a work can safely be left out Tolkien's embarrassment of detail also produced a huge inflation in the acceptable length of fantasy books leading to the meandering unending series that fill bookstore shelves todayNow there are several notable critics who have lamented the unfortunate effect that Tolkien’s work has had on the genre such as in Moorcock’s Epic Pooh and Mieville’s diatribe about every modern fantasy author being forced to come to terms with the old don's influence I agree with their deconstructions but for me Tolkien isn’t some special author some ‘fantasy granddad’ looming over all He’s just a bump in the road one author amongst many in a genre that stretches back thousands of years into our very ideas of myth and identity and not one of the interesting onesHis ideas weren’t uniue and while his approach may have been unusual it was only because he spent a lifetime trying obsessively to make something artificial seem natural despite the fact that the point of fantasy and fiction in general is to explore the artificial the human side of the euation to look at the world through the biased lens of our eye and to represent some odd facet of the human condition Unfortunately Tolkien’s characters structure and morality are all too flat to suggest much no matter how many faux organic details he surrounds them withMy Fantasy Book Suggestions


  4. Voldemort Voldemort says:

    As a single lady myself I also love to put a ring on it And shoutout to my homegurl Sauron you go girl take over middle earth Reach for the stars With that balrog on your side you can do anythingThat main dude Frodo tho reminds me of dat boi Harry besides what does he need the ring for??Anyways I gotta give it a low rating cuz theres 2 much frodo not enough orcs


  5. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    I’m not going to write a normal review; it’s almost impossible for a fantasy fan to do so in this case Instead I’m going to give you a series of ten points to explain exactly why I love this particular book Take from it what you will There will be spoilers Here goes 1 The wizards “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards for they are subtle and uick to anger” Now I do love wizards Who doesn’t? The wisdom of Gandalf is unmatched He is in effect the leader of the forces of light He is the commander in chief the battle general and the tactician He organises everything From Aragorn’s coming to the hobbits bearing the ring Gandalf is behind it all He has walked middle earth for thousands of years He has seen it all And he understands the perilous nature of the uest better than most He is the grand optimist the man who sees the best in people He should have been the leader of the Isatri He was the most pure He is nothing like the changeable leader of his order Contrastingly Saruman is the realist He is neither light nor dark but a being who can adapt to the circumstance He saw only defeat for man so he turned his cloak and helped to usher in the doom of middle earth His mind was poisoned by the palantir Sauron fed of his ambition and bent him to his will Something Saruman didn’t fully conceive He considered himself the eual of Sauron In reality if Sauron had regained the ring he would have crushed Saruman like a bug And if Saruman had gained the ring first things would have become much different It would have been a war between the two one that would have unforeseen circumstances 2 A desperate uest The uest itself the sending of just nine people to destroy the conduit of darkness speaks of desperation The elves are not what they once were in the first age Their power has diminished their people are leaving these lands They do not have the power to stand against the tide The Dwarves are shattered and broken Their leadership in Erabor has their own problems to deal with They too face invasion And men men are weak Well at least according to Elrond So sending of a small party of mighty heroes and a few untested hobbits is a back door attempt of destroying the evil that infests middle earth And I love it Have you ever read about a uest so unlikely and so improbable? “I will take the Ring he said though I do not know the way” 3 A Hidden KingOther than the obvious wizard the agile elvish prince the stalwart dwarf lord the fellowship has a secret weapon Aragorn the heir to Isildur has finally come forth “All that is gold does not glitterNot all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not witherDeep roots are not reached by the frostFrom the ashes a fire shall be wokenA light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was brokenThe crownless again shall be king”He alone has the power to unite the failing world of men Only he can save the white tree of Gondor and insure that men do not fall into darkness And the darkness it genuinely fears him He is the last hope of men he is their salvation His ancient ancestor Isildur struck the ring from the hand of evil; thus Sauron fears his coming However he is powerful than Isildur He has lived amongst the elves and he has learnt how his ancestor failed to crush the darkness in his vain weakness Aragorn will not make the same mistake He will do better 4Loyalty The party itself the Fellowship of the Ring are bound together with a mutual goal But it’s than that; they are dependent on each other Each has skills the others could never possess And each brings with him the hope of a people Simply put these heroes cannot fail Middle earth depends on them They are the best of their races the most representative of their cultures and their participation speaks of a will to conuer the shadow that approaches It speaks of commitment 5Finding your courageNot all the party have been fully tested With them travel four young hobbits the most unlikely of companions for such a journey They are the overlooked the forgotten about the race that is casually discarded and considered insignificant in the wider world And perhaps this has been the downfall of society in middle earth previously The forces of darkness exploit everything they can get their hands on from giant spiders to rampaging trolls from dragons to orcs from men of the east to the undead Sauron tries to wield it all This is something the forces of good have not fully considered until recently Within the bosom of the hobbit beats a strong heart of fortitude and resilience “My dear Frodo’ exclaimed Gandalf ‘Hobbits really are amazing creatures as I have said before You can learn all that there is to know about their ways in a month and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you at a pinch” They carry with them the key to destroying the dark Bilbo showed them how he could resist the ring The hobbits are an almost incorruptible race and because of this they are Sauron’s doom It is something he has overlooked “It would be the death of you to come with me Sam said Frodo and I could not have borne thatNot as certain as being left behind said SamBut I am going to MordorI know that well enough Mr Frodo Of course you are And I'm coming with you” 6The Rich History Middle earth didn’t pop up overnight This word has been around for thousands of years Such can be seen from the ruined statues and monuments that dot the landscape to mentions of historic battles and finally to kings long since departed This is a world that has seen a lot This moment in the third age which is arguable the most important series of events this world will ever see is merely the surface Go read The Silmarillion Go see how old and beautiful this world is I could lose myself in Middle earth And this book carries with it all the baggage of what came before It’s extraordinary 7The Diverse Languages and RacesAnd with this history comes the language of the people The elves the men the dwarves and Sauron’s creatures of darkness all come with their own developed languages This isn’t some random phrases stuck in the book which you may see with other fantasy novels but actually fully developed languages They have their own grammatical forms syntax styles and sound ualities that reflect the speaker The languages are real Naturally the elvish language is a personal favourite of mine 8The Power of RedemptionIt is easy to judge Boromir of Gondor He tried to take the ring from Frodo though for all his misguidedness he was trying to do right by his people He naively believed due to his farther Denethor that the ring could be wielded against the evil So when a young hobbit is trying to destroy his people’s supposed salvation he strikesUntil that moment he doesn’t fully understand the evil it holds until his desire for it twists his heart and turns him violent But afterwards after he sees what he has become his willpower does prevail he understands He later dies defending the Fellowship of the Ring a bloody end but one that saves his honour 9 The Forces of Darkness One evil binds them all Sauron tried to make himself the ultimate tyrant and claim dominion over all lands he wanted to be the de facto ruler of middle earth He failed Those that followed his initial claim are forever left in the dark Their souls are black their hearts corrupt their bodies no The Nazgul have become the living dead; they are complex figure driven by hate and a will no longer their own These men have become something else Do they wish to rest? I do not know Do they wish to carry out their master’s work or are they driven by his domination? I do not know Orcs are mere tools for the darkness the Nazgul are something much darker They are the perfect harbingers of their lord 10 The Elves The elves are my favourite part of middle earth I should have been born an elf I would love to spend a few years in Rivendell especially in Elrond’s library relaxing by the waterfalls reading the histories of middle earth Doesn’t that just sound like so much fun? The best thing about reading fantasy like this is the pure escapism it provides the worse thing is realising how shit the “real world” is in comparison To uote another fine author of fantasy and to conclude this review I will simply repeat these words They can keep their heaven When I die I’d sooner go to middle Earth You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree


  6. Petrik Petrik says:

    “All that is gold does not glitterNot all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not witherDeep roots are not reached by the frostFrom the ashes a fire shall be wokenA light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was brokenThe crownless again shall be king” As someone who’ve read than three hundred fantasy novels it may come as a surprise to many people that this is in fact the first time I managed to finish reading The Fellowship of the Ring Honestly there’s nothing new I can offer here; for several decades there have been many analysts and heavy devout of The Lords of the Rings Middle Earth and pretty much everything related to Tolkien My knowledge of Middle Earth contained only what I’ve read from The Great Tales of Middle Earth Silmarillion this book and from watching the movie adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy Matched to these experts my knowledge is just a drop in a sea of diligence What I will write here instead is my personal experience; mainly on why it took me this long to finally finish reading this legendary novel for the very first time and how much I disagree with the illusionary ‘reuired’ reading surrounding this seriesPicture The One Ring by Donato GiancolaFor many readers The Lord of the Rings is responsible for being their gateway into the fantasy genre; for me it was the one that pushed me away for years The last time I pushed myself to read The Fellowship of the Ring was all the way back in 2012 when The Hobbit movie came out; I DNFed it because I was mindlessly bored and before that I have tried reading this book so many times but ended up DNF it every time Frodo met Tom Bombadil Now now don’t unleash your Gurthang on me yet let’s put things into perspective first Same with many readers I absolutely love The Lord of the Rings movie—extended of course—adaptations; it probably will always be my favorite fantasy movies of all time I have watched it so many times that I lost count now; last year I re watched the trilogy only to find myself in awe by everything about it again I personally think the movies did a great job of rearrangingcutting content for watching enjoyment; in comparison to the novels they are also so much fast paced relatively Obviously it’s not fair to compare them like that because they’re different mediums of entertainment; movies will always be faster paced than the books However try putting yourself in the shoe of someone who wasn’t keen on reading novels—I haven’t found my gateway into fantasy novels yet back then—and have known about the main plot of the series from watching the movies so many times being put into reading The Fellowship of the Ring that’s verbose; it was the opposite of enjoyment it was boredom Back then I found that the forming of the Fellowship of the Ring brotherhood and their adventure took way too long to reach because I’m much used to the pacing of the moviesPicture The Fellowship in Hollin by Donato GiancolaThen I kept hearing from many fanatics that “you’re not a fantasy readerfans unless you’ve read and loved The Lord of the Rings” and not gonna lie it pushed me off the genre for years; I thought reading epic fantasy novels wasn’t for me because of this statement I will disagree with this notion that you’re reuired to read a specific series to be considered as a fantasy reader Not only this is incredibly disrespectful to countless fantasy authors and readers but it also speaks heavily of elitism and childish behavior that the world seriously doesn’t need If you want to feel superior or powerful for having read this series and be condescending towards other people you should raise your hand to your back and pat your asses three times because what you just pat is what you’ve become There’s an unlimited number of amazing fantasy books out now in the whole world it’s outrageous to gatekeep a gate that doesn’t exist just because they don’t follow your Tolkienism I love sushi do I have to fish and eat the first fish that popularized sushi as a popular food so that I can be considered as someone who loves eating sushi? What if I had listened to this garbage statement back then? What if I had completely given up back then because of my sour experiences with this book and the fandom? I would be missing on so many grand and unforgettable adventures I received from reading other fantasy books It may be shocking but The Lord of the Rings isn’t the only available fantasy books to readThere is no ‘reuired’ reading—other than to read ANY fantasy book—to become a fan of a fantasy; it is an illusion made up by elitists who should not be listened to Also this is kinda related I consider Malazan Book of the Fallen one of my favorite series of all time For years I’ve been hearing many angry complaints towards Malazan fanatics and to be fair some of them can indeed be annoying when they keep on recommending the series even when the series doesn’t fit the reader’s reuest for a recommendation This situation however is not exclusive to this series Any popular and famous series will always have a large fandom filled with passionate readers that’s sometimes transformed into fanatics I’ve had my share of dispute and grievances with some Malazan fans due to their seniority elitist and spoilers galore that ended up taking me a long time to plunge myself into the series Unfortunately speaking from my experience the same can be said for those who worshipped The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien maybe even much worse due to their tendency for gatekeeping “Deserves it I daresay he does Many that live deserve death And some that die deserve life Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement For even the very wise cannot see all ends” This rambling has gone on much longer than I expected now and I haven’t even begun talking about what I loved and disliked about The Fellowship of the Ring That being said because The Lord of the Rings is technically one big tome divided into three I prefer doing a full spoiler free review on The Lord of the Rings when I have finished reading The Two Towers and The Return of the King as well For now let me just briefly say that I enjoyed reading The Fellowship of the Ring so much now than all of my previous attempts With relatively many fantasy books read now I was able to tolerate Tolkien’s verbose writing style If you’re one of those who struggle through reading this book my advice—if you want to push yourself—is to persevere until Frodo reached the village of Bree and meet Strider In my opinion this was the checkpoint where the novel started being engaging Before that even reading it now many parts felt super sluggish; Tom Bombadilo’s singing and sections were pure nonsense that I wouldn’t mind skipping There aren’t enough praises I can give to Tolkien for the depth of his world building remember this was published than 60 years ago and creating some of the most iconic scenes in the fantasy genre that led to a myriad of beautiful fan art like thisPicture The Shadow and the Flame by Anato FinnstarkAnd speaking of iconic scenes what we read in The Fellowship of the Ring is merely a small taster of what’s to come in The Two Towers and The Return of the King Although I’m not a huge fan of Tolkien’s prose—the singing was a bit too much and he uses third person omniscient narrative which I’m not too keen of—there’s this sense of being transported into another world by reading his writing Plus let’s not forget that he wrote some of the most memorable uote; this one is timeless “I wish it need not have happened in my time said FrodoSo do I said Gandalf and so do all who live to see such times But that is not for them to decide All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” I am not denying the importance of Tolkien’s role in the fantasy genre; it would be insane to deny that The Fellowship of the Ring and the next two parts of The Lords of the Rings were and still some of the most important fantasy novels that shaped and made the fantasy genre popular However I personally wouldn’t recommend this series as a fantasy gateway series for people who are looking to get into reading adult fantasy for the first time Same with all books I reviewed my rating is based on reading enjoyment not on a technicality achievement or any other external factors Unlike the existence of The One Ring to Rule Them All there isn’t one fantasy series to rule them all as a foolproof recommendation This is also what makes fantasy fantastical and wonderful; it’s truly a favorite genre of mine that is filled with boundless and infinite imaginations Instead of banishing fantasy readers for not readingloving The Lord of the Rings I definitely prefer to welcome them with recommending other fantasy books that in my opinion would work for them Let’s do better “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief it grows perhaps the greater” You can order the book from Book Depository Free shippingYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Devin Hamad Joie Mike Miracle Nicholas


  7. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    A review of Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring by SauronHello You may remember me as the title character of the Lord of Rings I go by a lot of names Dark Lord of Mordor Sorcerer Red Eye Dark Power Lord of Barad dûr Ring maker and Base Master of Treachery I use that one in my band I actually object to Tolkien's chosen name of Sauron which I understand originates from an adjective that means foul putrid in his crappy invented language What can I say the showers in Mordor are sketchy at best On weekends my poker buddies call me Sauron the Destroyer of Nacho Platters Because Tolkien intentionally failed to give a proper description of me in his books allow me to give you an idea I have a bit of a dark look My uest for world domination having been thwarted I watch a lot of TV these days My body is roughly euivalent to the The Situation on Jersey Shore Oh no I don't watch that but the Witch king of Angmar is obsessed He won't shut up about Snowcone or some bimbo on that show I'm missing a finger which while preventing me from raining down carnage on Middle Earth allows me to collect decent EI Plus the best lawyer in Mordor got me covered under the dismemberment clause on my insurance so I'm riding the double dip gravy train Much has been written about my terrible Lidless Red Eye blah blah blah It freaked out that little twat Frodo pretty good I'll have you know that conjunctivitis is no laughing matter Having to keep it open 247 to look for hoodlums skulking around Mordor is murder on my hydration The Nazgul have enough lift and aim to get up there to toss a bucket of Visine at it but it's just temporary relief Regardless I'm still of a looker than your precious King Elessar or Aragorn or whatever he's calling himself these days He's never met a brooding look he didn't like Buy a razor Get a real jobSomeone sent me Peter Jackson's movies in the mail The package had no return address but it was postmarked Hobbiton where ever the hell that is As I watch these movies over and over I never even finished the books I was reminded of all my mistakesPerhaps a ring was not a good choice Some buddies have suggested that maybe I shouldn't have tied all of my terrible powers to something as easy to misplace as the One Ring In retrospect I should have forged The One Gas Station Bathroom Key Chain of Power It would have been a lot harder to tief I even could have pimped it out by making it from an Ent branch or Saruman's foot for all the good that old fart did me Maybe a ring would have been just fine if it had been a toe ring Then it wouldn't glow in the dark like a target for every freaking Man on the battlefield I heard that the guy who beat me was named Isildur?? WTF Maybe I could have worn tougher gloves I don't know Perhaps the door to the Fires of Mount Doom should have had a better lock ADT could have hooked me up with motion detectors but I hear that even cats can set those off They claim they can calibrate them but I'm not so sure The Uruk hai are always jumping up on the table so they would set it off for sure Maybe just the alarm that goes off if something hits the lava like pool alarms for kid Although I guess it would have been too late by then My preccciioouussss Learn some balance a holeFrodo That little prick I'd rather not discuss how my uest for utter dominion was defeated by something I could poop out unnoticedI'm getting off track I'm supposed to discuss the events of the first book the Fellowship of the Ring Good times I was on a comeback Then the withered up senior citizen Gandalf had to go to the library and do a little research and figure out that my Ring was not some cracker jack prize My Ringwraiths tried to track down the Ring but apparently taking it away from children was too difficult If I had put the Nazgûl on fell beasts rather than bloody horses from the start I might have tracked down Frodo prick and his three buddies in the bloody woods Don't horses have a good sense of smell? Anyways the fell beasts would have at least avoided drowning in a river Sweet Mary Then those Elves suggest a damn fellowship Could you have come up with a lamer group name?? Why not call it the Loose Association of People Who Share Common Beliefs or Activitiesof the Ring That Balrog almost did me the biggest favour he was always one of my peeps You shall not pass What a line Gandy How cow I heard that one took like 15 takes because Pippin kept making everyone laugh by adding in the word gas Fool of a TookAnyways by the end of the Fellowship of the Ring I still had a fighting chance Great book Anyways The Two Towers won't be as fun to review Sht hits the fan A note from Sauron's agent full credit for the idea of this review goes to Kemper and his awesome review of Drood


  8. Matt Matt says:

    I wasn't really cool back in high school I never made out with girls under the bleachers or smoked under the bleachers or did any of the other things under the bleachers that I am lead to believe the popular kids did Instead I maintained a low profile and waited for the teenage years that wilderness of strangled thinking to endIn high school as today I harbored geekish obsessions had a wandering imagination and nurtured an appreciation for minutiate In other words I should have been JRR Tolkien's core audience For whatever reason perhaps intuition that I didn't need to dig my social hole any deeper I never read The Lord of the Rings when most people first come upon The Lord of the Rings Actually I was barely cognizant of LOTR until college when the movies were released I absolutely loved Peter Jackson's film trilogy During law school I left a legal writing final halfway through in order to see Return of the King on opening day Despite this I never desired to read the source material From talking to my friends who were Tolkien enthusiasts nerds I assumed I wouldn't like the books They seemed too talky dense and plodding Finally one fair summer night on my patio my friend Jon and I were drinking beer and talking about The Lord of the Rings and how it was funny we could do this openly and still have significant others of the opposite sex I believe my wife was inside at the time deciding what she would take in the divorce Somehow in a Miller Light and bratwurst haze Jon got me to commit to giving LOTR a try Then I did a keg stand with Jon's homemade beer This is how I read Now having finished Fellowship of the Ring I have new appreciation for what Peter Jackson accomplished Yeah he made it into an action film but that's the medium of film; there needs to be action He did a fine job of taking Tolkien's essence and goosing it Sometimes he goosed the action too much but we can discuss Legolas surfing on his shield at Helm's Deep another day It was this love of the film that interestingly made me hesitant to read the books Folks who love Tolkien love Tolkien with a vengeance If it isn't obvious already I don't have that underlying feeling I understand theoretically Tolkien's achievement but I'm not going to pretend to know all the references religious mythic and linguistic used as ingredients What I do know is that at its heart LOTR is an archetypal hero's journey It begins with an orphan of average abilities who has a task thrust upon him This forces the hero to leave home and enter the wider world In the world he must pass tests learn lessons and eventually accomplish his task Once that is done the hero can return home; however he is forever changed and the home to which he returns is differentThe hero in LOTR is Frodo Baggins a hobbit Now a hobbit is well they're short but they're not dwarves That's the important thing to remember Hobbits are like pot smoking liberal arts majors They like to hang around eat smoke drink and talk Frodo's uncle Bilbo is a rare hobbit who has gone out and had adventures He also has a magic ring which he gives to Frodo This ringwell it's evil I could explain and Tolkien certainly does but suffice it to say the ring is a Macguffin It's like Marcellus Wallace's suitcase in Pulp Fiction it drives the plot and that's all you need to know This being Tolkien though you are certainly able to learn much much much Bilbo and Frodo's friend the wizard Gandalf tells Frodo that he must take the ring to the Cracks of Doom to destroy it lest the Dark Shadow Sauron get his figurative hands upon it With this the journey starts Frodo is joined by three other hobbits Sam the loyal one; Pippin the scared one; and Merry the one portrayed by Lost's Dominic Monaghan After some brushes with the Nine Ridersthe Nazgulthe Ring Wraiths Tolkien has a very Russian way of making up a name and then making up two or three or four synonyms which makes things a little confusing the hobbits meet up with AragornStrider who leads them to Rivendell where the elves live under Elrond There is a counsel the Fellowship is joined by Boromir a man Legolas an elf and Gimli a dwarf It all sounds like the set up for a very complicated joke But rest assured the fate of Middle Earth is at stake Though that does not stop the characters from stopping repeatedly for long meals; apparently the Fellowship is comprised of foodies and gourmands It's important to note what this book is not it is not an action packed adventure Mostly it is people walking through this make believe world talking about the past and worrying about the future There is a battle in the mountains of Moria that lasts for two pages; other than that there are only scattered paragraphs when people are running swords are unsheathed and the stakes are raised If swords and arrows are what you seek just stick to the films Moreover you aren't going to find complex characterizations The good guys are varing shades of good and the bad guys are really bad About the only conflicted characters are Boromir who is conflicted for five sentences or so and Gollum the strung out ring addict So what is the book? Well it's a place you visit Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Nyuill connoisseur or addict take your pick I often need something to calm my overactive mind before I can get to sleep Instead of the uill for the past weeks I used Fellowship This is a compliment Tolkien's world is so immersive so fully realized with its varied races songs languages and lore that whenever you open the covers it's a sublime escape You are in an ancient land filled with a rich and ancient history and a wonderfully described topography Sure the shadow of war hangs over Middle Earth but there is no tension If you feel like Frodo is in mortal danger and might not accomplish his task you're probably six years old and having the story read aloud Reading Fellowship was simply comforting I wouldn't mind a kindly wizard giving me sage advice Many that live deserve death And some that die deserve life Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment For even the very wise cannot see all endsAnd I also wouldn't mind going on a little hike through the forest and maybe hanging out with some elvesAway high in the East swung Remmirath the Netted Stars and slowly above the mists red Borgil rose glowing like a jewel of fire Then by some shift of airs all the mist was drawn away like a veil and there leaned up as he climbed over the rim of the world the Swordsman of the Sky Menelvagor with his shining belt The Elves burst into song Suddenly under teh trees a fire sprang with light 'Come' the Elves called to the hobbits 'Come Now is the time for speech and merriment'At the south end of the greensward there was an opening There the greenfloor ran on into the wood and formed a wide space like a hall roofed by the boughs of trees Their great trunks ran like pillars down each side In the middle there was a wood fire blazing and upon the tree pillars torches with lights of gold and silver were burning steadily The Elves sat round the fire upon the grass or upon the sawn rings of old trunks Some went to and fro bearing cups and pouring drink; others brought food on heaped plates and dishesFrodo's journey is secondary to Tolkien's creation of Middle Earth And the genius of Middle Earth is that it goes beyond the pages With its allusions to a long history filled with famous leaders and famous events and famous battles your imagination is ignited Upon finishing the first book I saw how LOTR became a place of refuge for the outcasts and iconoclasts of our world Like comic books it is a place of escape where the everyday order is turned upside down the stakes are high the heroes short the beer is plentiful and girls a distant afterthought


  9. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend From the valleys of the Shire to the summit of Amon Hen The Fellowship of the Ring is an extraordinary adventure of endearing characters defying impossible odds


  10. JV (semi-hiatus) JV (semi-hiatus) says:

    All that is gold does not glitterNot all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not witherDeep roots are not reached by the frostFrom the ashes a fire shall be wokenA light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was brokenThe crownless again shall be king Life is indeed a box of chocolates No matter how much we prepare for it we will never be ready Truth be told no one ever is — such is the mystery that life has to offer as we don't get to choose our own time so to speak 'I wish it need not have happened in my time' said Frodo 'So do I' said Gandalf 'and so do all who live to see such times But that is not for them to decide All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us' Sometimes the image that we conjure for ourselves doesn't necessarily match or mirror life itself At those times we often feel inadeuate overwhelmed and beaten yet we continue living even though we've suffered enough our own grief is too great to bear and that our losses cannot truly be mended Many that live deserve death And some that die deserve life Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement For even the very wise cannot see all ends However beyond these conditions we rise above them grow beyond them Humans always have the capacity to change the world for the better if possible or even change oneself if one so ever desires it — with the intensity of our spirit matching the fervour of our heart The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief it grows perhaps the greater We tell ourselves that the magic is in the journey and not in the destination Perchance the allegory of this book reflects that of life — generally morally historically and even spiritually It might also allude to Galadriel's Mirror showing things that were and things that are and things that yet may be Whatever interpretation you might have for this timeless magnum opus the burden is laid upon you for the Shadow will always grow and succumbing to the One Ring's call will always bring forth utter destruction lest we learn the simplest and most significant lesson of them all Three Rings for the Elven kings under the skySeven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stoneNine for Mortal Men doomed to dieOne for the Dark Lord on his dark throneIn the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lieOne Ring to rule them all One Ring to find themOne Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie All I know is that we are put here in this world to play a part that we have yet to see Some of us might be a Frodo — for we bear a burden too great; or even a Sam who doesn't even know what he truly wants but perceives that he has a purpose that lies beyond the Shire and that he has to see it through to the end We might even be a Merry or Pippin who will stick to you through thick and thin – to the bitter end And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you keep it yourself Mayhap a Gandalf a servant of the Secret Fire a wielder of the Flame of Anor telling others to flee and holding his ground to fight the Flame of Udûn Much like the Fellowship there will always be someone who will be there to help you bear the burden whatever what that might be When night is about you always remember that courage will always be found in the most unlikely places and that hope is but a chink in the curtain that lets the light through Audiobook rating narrated by Rob InglisNarrative voice style ★★★Vocal characterisation ★★★½Inflexion intonation ★★★Voice uality ★★★Audiobook verdict ★★★ Good performance overall


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The Fellowship of the Ring [Reading] ➮ The Fellowship of the Ring ➶ J.R.R. Tolkien – Thomashillier.co.uk Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0618260269 copyright page ISBN is 0618346252 different from back coverOne Ring to rule them all One Ring to find them One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind Alternate Cover Edition ISBN of the Kindle Ò copyright page ISBN is different The Fellowship PDF \ from back coverOne Ring to rule them all One Ring to find Fellowship of the PDF/EPUB ë them One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind themIn 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 HobbitIn 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 back cover.