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.
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:
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.