Thursday, 14 July 2011

Review: The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien

This book really needs no introduction. Odds are, you've seen the films, or at least know the basic storyline. The Fellowship of the Ring, is of course, the first in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy.
For those who don't know, this is an epic fantasy novel. It really is the start of the whole fantasy genre, and a must read.
This series is essentially a Good Vs. Evil tale. Frodo must destroy the Ring, or all of Middle-Earth will fall under the reign of Sauron, and everything he knows will be lost. But Frodo is a mere hobbit, insignificant in the lands of Middle-Earth, forgotten to many. How much difference can one person make? How much inner strength can one person have? This novel is but the first leg of his journey.
If you like detail, this is the book for you. Middle-Earth is beautifully brought to life by Tolkien. How he thought of so many different scenes puzzles me. Each character has an intricate backstory, and individual traits. Not to mention all the songs, poems and Elvish language he created.
To me, this story starts slowly, but it is engrossing, and the writing is superb. Truly, if you don't know The Lord of the Rings, you don't know fantasy.

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