The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

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In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power - the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord's evil dominion.
Publisher: London, Eng. : HarperCollins, 2001, c1966.
ISBN: 9780007117116
0007117116
9780007129706
000712970X
9780261102354
0261102354
Characteristics: xvi, 398 p. :,ill., maps ;,20 cm.

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toniy_R
Mar 22, 2021

this book is amazing! i loved it! NOT BORING AT ALL! XD

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alexqise
Feb 21, 2021

The novel is set in a dark fantasy world where the Dark Lord, Sauron, attempts to reclaim the One Ring that he lost in order to enslave all of Earth. Bilbo Baggins, from The Hobbit, is advised by Gandalf that the ring he holds could be the One Ring. After confirmation, Bilbo gives the Ring to his cousin Frodo and tells him to take it far away from the shire. Frodo, along with three friends, set out as far as they can from the shire with many obstacles they need to face. The Fellowship of the Rings is a sequel to the events of the Hobbit which I enjoyed greatly. Since the story is the same, I also loved the Fellowship of the Rings.

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Shreeya_Amin
Feb 03, 2021

Long ago, Eleven smiths had created the Rings of Power; the most powerful ring out of all was the One Ring. The dark lord, Sauron stole and possessed the One Ring with his powers. The One Ring was able to possess the wearer under Sauron. It was then taken from him and lost for ages until it was found by a hobbit, Bilbo Baggins as mentioned in “The Hobbit”(this book is a follow up). Bilbo kept this ring a secret until he was forced to give it to his cousin Frodo Baggins who agreed to embark on an adventure to destroy it in the Cracks of Mount Doom. From his hometown, the Shire, Frodo along with a few friends went to Rivendell, a valley where elves lived under Lord Elrond. There it was decided that Frodo and his friends would go with a few other important visitors of Rivendell such as Aragorn. This group was named the Fellowship of the Ring and together they started their adventure to Mount Doom.
What I loved about this book is the description and details Tolkien gave about the elves, I really enjoyed reading that part. I also liked reading about the various backgrounds and places the members of the Fellowship came from. What I didn’t like about this book is that some parts of the book were a little boring to read and sometimes I lost my attention. Specifically, the long travels the Fellowship made could have been described more captivatingly.

Not a good book. I was surprised because the movies were so good, however I just found this book to be awfully boring as it dragged on for a while. I would recommend the movies, but not the book.

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taedwardcc
Dec 03, 2020

Despite being written nearly 7 decades ago, the first book in the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy still remains just as powerful and its impact on the fantasy genre remains unrivaled.
In the ancient land of Middle-Earth, Tolkien introduces a familiar cast of characters from The Hobbit, including dwarves, elves, and hobbits. Bilbo Baggins, the central character of the prequel, makes his appearance and transfers the ring he found to his nephew, Frodo Baggins. After being taught more on the lore of the ring by the wizard Gandalf, Frodo decides to leave on an unlikely quest to destroy the ring against the odds.
Although The Fellowship of the Ring is written in much older English and weaves in intricate details that can be hard to absorb and understand, I would recommend this book for anyone who wants an immersion experience and what I consider to be one of the greatest books written.

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Frey29
Nov 09, 2020

I couldn't get past this being the most boring travel log ever--sorry devoted fans.

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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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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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