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.