The Fellowship of the Ring

(The Lord of the Rings #1)

Paperback, 527 pages

English language

Published May 10, 1999

ISBN:
9780618002221

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4 stars (121 reviews)

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom. The volume consists of a foreword, in which the author discusses his writing of The Lord of the Rings, a prologue titled "Concerning Hobbits, and other matters", and the main narrative in Book I and Book II.

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The continuing tale concerning Hobbits that would alter the course of thier world

5 stars

(Note: review based on one of numerous rereading of the book.)

What started out as a request for another story about hobbits (after the success of "The Hobbit") grew in the telling until it became an epic tale about the quest to destroy the One Ring of Sauron; and how it was the 'least of heroes', unlooked-for even by the wise, would prove to be one to fulfil the quest and free Middle-Earth from domination by the Dark Lord.

This book has been released in many editions and in many forms over the years. The one I read was a one-volume edition that celebrates the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien and includes fifty paintings specially commissioned from artist Alan Lee.

Reading it now after watching the Peter Jackson films, it is easy to put the actors in the film into the scenes from the book, modified by the illustrations of Alan …

Review of 'The Fellowship of the Ring' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Dr. Nick Thesiger is a psychologist with a small practice in New York City, and is struggling with both finances and his marriage.

Nick is also the most unreliable narrator possible. As a psychologist, he has flashes of brilliance, but he can also be reprehensible. He is very smart, but is also afflicted with his own mental health issues.

In the beginning of this novel, Nick is sitting in a chair, in prison and shackled, having a conversation with his friend Bill, who is acting as his psychologist. Bill has asked Nick to write down the events of the last week, as he remembers them, hoping that this will help both of them get a better idea of the events in a more timely manner. During his encounter, Nick is obnoxious, argumentative, and arrogant. This is not stated directly, but at this point, the reader knows that Nick has been …

Review of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

I read this as part of my son's bed-time story. There are a lot of dark points in the book but so much about people continuing to try and do their best, even when all hope is lost. It's a great lesson for any child and it's the reason the Lord of the Rings remains one of my favorites.

Review of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This would be 4.5 for me. The Two Towers has always been this filler book for me, the one I enjoyed least of all books in the story. I did however really enjoy it this time round.

I would have preferred a similar structure to the movie when it comes to the narrative, so it would not have been Gandalf&Co and then Frodo&Sam for 300 pages each.

I recently watched the extended versions of all the movies, and so I am still noticing all the differences between books and movies. Most striking for the Two Towers: Faramir is really noble and kind in the book, very unlike Boromir, whereas in the movie he's kind of an asshole who captures Frodo and wants to use the ring to please his father. Not sure why he got such a bad spin in the movie.

Looking forward to concluding the saga once again …

Review of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is still the book that moves me most of the three that make the Lord of the Rings. Sure, it has its weaknesses. Especially the first 150 pages could have done with some heavy editing. It's still a remarkable story, with remarkable characters that so many years later still move me to tears.

Again, I am glad that I read both the Silmarillion and The Hobbit previously, for further references to past events reveal the grand scope Tolkien had.

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