The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

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Houghton Mifflin, 1994 - Fiction - 398 pages
37 Reviews
The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings

"Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." -- C. S. Lewis

"Exciting . . . Tolkien's invention is unflagging." -- W. H. Auden

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

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Review: The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1)

User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

The first entry is rather the most boring of the three. I found myself wanting to skip pages, skip songs and skip paragraphs. The book describes almost every single detail, Literally. At times, you ... Read full review

Review: The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1)

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

I wanted to finish this, but I just couldn't. I simply can't get behind all the cutesy-ness of this fantasy and I hate the elves. The best parts include Tom Bombadil and the Barrow-Wraithes. Maybe in ... Read full review

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Contents

A Longexpected Party
21
The Shadow of the Past
41
Three is Company
64
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher. In 2013, his title, The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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