The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings

Large Print - 2004
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A New York Times BestsellerPart One of The Lord of the RingsIn a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins is faced with an immense task as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the One Ring of Sauron to his care. Frodo must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the all-powerful Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Large Print Press, 2004.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781594130076
1594130078
Characteristics: 853 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm.

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connellsmith
Oct 08, 2020

Where to even begin with this? Tolkien might be my favourite author of all time. Few books have made me so emotional, even after reading them several times each beat is no less powerful for it. The whole world has a quality of scale and age that I don't think any story did before, and I don't think any story has really done to the same degree since. He has such a wonderful way of just immediately putting you there, in Middle-Earth, walking under starlit forests with the elves or listening to the bustle of Shire life or the empty horror of Khazad-Dum. I love this series to no end.

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mikey69
Jul 23, 2020

Part One of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, this story follows Frodo Baggins and his companions on an adventure as big as Middle Earth - that's the land this fantasy takes place in - itself. Frodo is in possession of a ring that in the wrong hands would enable an evil ruler to destroy Good. Ultimately, this tale boils down to individual liberty versus big bad organized (crime, business, government) evil.

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Star_14
Jul 13, 2020

As a lifelong fan of the movies, I came into the Lord of the Rings' book series with high expectations, and boy did it deliver. It's certainly different from the movies (especially different from the controversial, action-filled, overly-franchising Hobbit trilogy from 2012). As soon as you start reading, you can wholly understand why Tolkien's last name became an adjective. It's akin to the way J. K. Rowling's (tweets aside) writing style became so iconic, with her whimsy and creative world-building. The Fellowship of the Ring isn't necessarily timeless in the conventional sense, as it is very different from modern literature, but it has timeless themes and well-recognized brilliance, regardless of its publication date of 1954. Tolkien's work was most definitely affected by the events of this time period: the Cold War, the maintaining of the Civil Rights movement, and the economic shift of power from Europe to America, Japan, and Russia (then the USSR). Themes of the Cold War can be found in the orcs serving an industrial powerhouse headed by Sauron that only aims to destroy its enemies. Themes of the Civil Rights movement can be found in the racial discrimination between the hobbits/dwarves and elves/men. This book is reflective of Tolkien's time, but is also a reflection of a talented man with some groundbreaking ideas.

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kendrake791
Jul 01, 2020

The Fellowship of the Ring is a good book, but long, kind of boring, and only for the devoted reader.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Apr 07, 2020

For me, Fellowship of the Rings gets better with time. Your mileage will vary with this, and it will likely change depending upon what you bring to the book and where you are in your life; but it's that sort of book, too. It obviously does not change, yet I have as I've interacted with it over the years. Growing up, I loved the opening sections of the book in Hobbiton of the Shire, where life was simple and peaceful and folk lived in holes in the ground on the west side of the Brandywine; the old forest loomed over Buckland; and the big folk kept to themselves over in Breeland, but for the most part had no issues with their Hobbit neighbors. As I've grown up, I've loved the middle section of the book: the quest upon which Frodo and his three friends embark, eventually to meet Strider ("all that is gold does not glitter..."), a wandering and elusive ranger from the north; they carry with them a dark secret and are pursued by dangerous enemies into the wilds.

But now I find myself most enjoying the latter part of the book, after the party comes to Rivendell, when the fellowship proper is formed, and they embark upon their great quest. I enjoy the delve into Moria, and the escape across the Bridge; the stay in Lothlorien where time is different even if the days feel the same; and finally the slow journey down Anduin the Great, toward the falls, and toward the moment when the fellowship faces a difficult choice. It's such a sad ending to book, and the beginning of the next book is no less sad.

Some critique the book for a lack of "depth," but I think that is in part because of what they bring to the book. They bring with them ideas of what a story, narrative, and characters should be like. But this book is of another time and place; perhaps even a bit antiquated when it first released, it feels much older than it is, and this is especially true once the party leaves Rivendell. This is a book not about adventure, although there is adventure in it, but a book about lamenting things that have been lost or shall be. Every character throughout talks of things they or their people have lost because of the growing shadow in the east: the elves their connection to the world, men their great kingdom, the dwarves their mighty halls, and the halflings their peaceable lives. Because the magic of the world is fading, no one can win, or at least it seems as much; yet the characters push on because they must do what's right. This heroic impulse in the narrative is also perhaps off-putting for modern readers because we see how foolish it is. In a world where everything seems to be waning, the only thing waiting for Frodo is death; yet he goes forward anyway.

A fantastic start to Tolkien's epic. There are several scenes to readers may notice were not included in Peter Jackson's movies.

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evanbrow
Jan 17, 2020

I thought I would like it. Boy was I wrong. As a lover of the films and The Hobbit (the novel), I prepared myself to finally delve into the brilliant and deep Lord of the Rings trilogy, almost buying the complete set because I was SURE I would love all three of them. The beginning is fabulous. Bilbo and Gandalf and Frodo and Sam. Seeing what life is like in the Shire and enjoying the simple but rich lifestyles of these affable halflings (except those dastardly Sackville-Baggins'). But as soon as the traveling begins, and as soon as the fellowship is assembled, it becomes a slog of "traveling, eating, resting, repeat." If the Silmarillion is the wordy academic deep-dive into Middle Earth history, then The Fellowship of the Rings is an exhaustively-detailed travelogue with little nuanced character motivation other than "evil bad, kill ring" or "evil bad, use ring." Unfortunately I will not be continuing my campaign to read the entirety of the Lord of the Rings. I will have to settle for Wikipedia summaries.

I just realized that though I've become such a Middle-earth nerd that I've read the History of Middle Earth, I have never reviewed the books that began my Middle-earth obsession.
Well, no more!
The Fellowship of the Ring is a wonderful beginning to the trilogy, starting out as a very light tale, and gradually growing heavier as Frodo's journey continues. I really enjoy all the backstory and little touches that give it so much depth.
Every time I read this, I am more impressed with the world that J. R. R. Tolkien created. (And every time I read it, I confuse my best friend more.)
This is a wonderful book, and I am really glad to have read it.

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loveseal516
Jun 24, 2019

I really loved this book. It was really well written, and definitely worth being made into the movie trilogy. Since its a book that was written quite a while ago, the language is slightly difficult to understand, and it's made an even harder read by all the long and confusing names and backstories. Overall though, it's definitely worth reading.

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CASSIE ERIN KELLEY
Feb 03, 2019

I first read this when I was in middle school, and it has only gotten better now that I am an adult. The magic that Tolkien brought to us via the characters and tales of Middle Earth isn’t lost with my growing up. In fact, I can now see more of the magic than I could as a child.

With deep storylines, beautiful descriptions, and vivid, multilayered characters, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ is a wonderful beginning of a story that changed the genre of fantasy forever. Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, and Men each have their part in a tale much bigger than themselves, and the interwoven plot and character development is fascinating to read.

If you have a love for fantasy and lore, you’ll find a world that’s as varied as our own. I recommend it to anybody and everybody who enjoys fantasy.

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mikey69
Jul 23, 2020

With Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Man and wizards each given representation, theirs is the motley crew of Middle Earth.
http://www.penhead.org/

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“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.”

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

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blue_dog_17792
Oct 16, 2019

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring;
renewed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king.

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ThePistachioKing
Jun 08, 2017

'None here can do so,' said Elrond gravely. 'At least none can foretell what will come to pass, if we take this road or that. But it seems to me now clear which is the road that we must take. The westward road seems easiest. Therefore it must be shunned. It will be watched. Too often the Elves have fled that way. Now at this last we must take a hard road, a road unforeseen. There lies our hope, if hope it be. To walk into peril - to Mordor. We must send the Ring to the Fire.'

me_tis_awesome May 01, 2016

Otho: ... I insist on seeing the will. (reads will) foiled again, and after 60 years, spoons!

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bella_77
Aug 05, 2015

I wish the ring had never come to me, I wish none of this had happened. -Frodo

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BookWorm4Eva_101
Jul 12, 2015

Not all those who wander are lost

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BookWorm4Eva_101
Jul 12, 2015

All that is gold does not glitter

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mikey69
Jul 23, 2020

They're off! Part One of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (Ballantine Books, $2.95) follows Frodo Baggins and his companions on their quest to destroy a charmed ring. With Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Man and wizards each given representation, theirs is the motley crew of Middle Earth.

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Star_14
Jul 13, 2020

Hobbit Frodo Baggins lives a light-hearted and jovial life in the Shire of Middle-Earth with his adoptive hobbit father Bilbo Baggins. It is Bilbo's 111th birthday, and he intends to celebrate it in style, as he will be leaving for Rivendell, the civilization of the elves the next day, unbeknownst to Frodo. The extraordinary wizard Gandalf the Grey arrives at the party and catches Bilbo before he leaves, convincing him to leave a powerful and ancient magic ring to Frodo, known as The One Ring. This ring was made by Sauron himself, a dark and mighty entity that lost in the war fought by men to save Middle-Earth, and is now scrambling for power. Gandalf explains that Sauron is on the rise, and that a long and difficult quest must be taken to destroy The One Ring in the fires of Mt. Doom, where it was originally forged. Is this simple Hobbit up to the task? Without training, brawn, or resources at his side, will Frodo and the friends he gathers along the way be able to vanquish Sauron, and effectively evil, and save Middle-Earth?

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kendrake791
Jun 30, 2020

Frodo Baggins inherits his uncle's mysterious ring, and the wizard Gandalf finds it is the One Ring, a ring designed by the evil Sauron, who has returned in the form of an Eye. Accompanied by fellow hobbits Sam Gamgee, Pippin Took, and Merry Brandybuck, and pursued by the evil Nazgul, or Ring-wraiths, he goes to the only place the ring can be destroyed, Mount Doom, right next to enemy's lair...

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cardona99a
May 28, 2013

frodo now has the ring , he is in danger but he has friend to help . Gandalf .

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twilightmom
Jun 29, 2012

In the first installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins is given the task of bearing the One Ring to the elf city of Rivendell. Once there, he teams up with a fellowship of men, elves, dwarves, and hobbits and begins the long, perilous journey to Mount Doom, also known as Orodruin.

Here in the first book of the Lord of the Rings we meet the fellowship of men, hobbits, an elf, a dwarf, and a wizard. Their mission is to take the one ring to be destroyed at Mt.Doom. In this first part we see how hobbits live, the chase of the ringwraiths, and meet a demonic creature deep in the mines of Moria.

lms May 27, 2008

"Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to deliver the one ring of power to the dark land of Mordor in order to destroy the ring on the forge of its creation." (Novelist Review)

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Violence: This book does not describe the violence graphically like the movie does, and that is because you are seeing the movie. But Tolkien does not use graphic descriptions so I think it's fine.

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twilightmom
Jun 29, 2012

Violence: This book includes some battle sequences, all between human and nonhuman creatures.

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GZZ
Apr 27, 2012

Other: The Lord Of The Rings was intended to be a single novel. Not three seperate books. Hence the Part 1, 2 and 3. :)

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