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Friday, November 7, 2014

The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkein---A Review

The first book of my challenge from Noah has been read.    Good for me!   As this is not my genre of choice, it took a good while for me to get into reading The Fellowship of the Rings, but I did it.   Partly because when I got beyond the prologue and into the adventures of Frodo, the book called to me to be read in entirity.   Yes, it did.   Now Noah and I will watch the film together.    He has already started the second book and I will start it soon as well.   But I am not sure what I can add to the existing  reviews for this book.   We'll see.


Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him - and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be destroyed - in the very center of Sauron's dark kingdom.


The prologue was overwhelming to me as it was a basic lesson in the difference cultures and races of middle earth.....which consisted of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and men...otherwise known as big people.   I found the prologue, long and rather like a history lesson.    To me it was a bit confusing with names and descriptions as I had no reference point at that time.

Once I got into chapter one, and the adventures of Bilbo and Frodo Baginess and enterauge, My attitude soon changed as I enjoyed one frightening adventure after another with the hobbits, the one ring, and their extensive travels.    I felt the pain in their feet after miles and miles of walking.   I felt their fears as they entered the old forest and escaped just barely.   I enjoyed studying the folks they encountered along the way.   Who was friend and who was foe?

I loved old Tom Bombadil, Strider and Galadriel and I appreciated the kindnesses shown to Frodo and friends and the friendships they made as they journeyed.    I also mourned with them the loss of a dear friend in Moira.

This first book in the series is full of adventure and lots of heart and J R R Tolkein is a master at creating a world of yesteryear.    His characters are absolutely well fleshed out, although the enemy remains a bit of a mystery.   I can totally understand why a teenager or a fantasy lover would be well endeared with this read.    Truly I felt a full range of emotions as I read and endured with the heroes at hand.

I rated this book 4 WINKS and I am thrilled with my grandson for having selected it for us to read together.    I have requested a hold for the second book in this series as well.

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  This series was purchased for my Grandson, Noah who challenged me to read the series with him.   Gotta love these grandkids!  

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