Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) ★★★★☆

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Title: Fellowship of the Ring
Series: Lord of the Rings #1
Author: John Tolkien
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 432
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Bilbo, after the events from The Hobbit, has settled down to a nice slightly eccentric life. He adopts one of his nephews, Frodo, as his heir and begins to write his memoirs. On his One Hundred and Eleventieth birthday, Bilbo disappears and leaves everything to Frodo. Only Gandalf knows that Bilbo has gone to Rivendell.

Several decades later Gandalf visits Frodo and reveals that the little gold ring that allowed Bilbo to turn invisible, and that he left to Frodo, is actually a ring of great power, possibly The One Ring that was made by Sauron to control all the other rings of power. Gandalf tells Frodo he needs to go to Rivendell to take counsel and that he, Gandalf, will return in a year to help guide him there.

A year passes and no word of Gandalf. Frodo has been preparing and his cover story is that he is moving to Buckland, another settlement of hobbits. Two of his cousins, Merry and Pippin, along with Frodo’s gardener Sam, have all been helping him move. On the way to Buckland, Frodo runs into a black rider that inspires complete unreasoning terror in his heart. No longer knowing who to trust, Frodo and his companions begin their trek to Rivendell.

Having several adventures, the hobbits meet up with Strider, a human ranger who Gandalf trusted. They all head for Rivendell, doing their best to avoid the attention of the Black Riders, who Strider reveals are Ringwraiths, Sauron’s powerful underlings. The Group makes it to Rivendell and Gandalf shows up. He tells them that the head of the Wizard’s Council, Saruman the White, has been corrupted by a lust for power. Now the world must deal with Sauron and Sarumon, both who want the One Ring for the power it contains. Elrond, the elven lord of Rivendell, tells that the Ring will corrupt any being who uses it and that it must be destroyed. The only way to destroy it is to cast it back into the fiery Mount Doom from which it was created.

A Company is gathered. They set out. Hindered in many ways, they must eventually decide what they are going to do with the Ring. Gandalf perishes defending them from a Balrog, a being almost equal in power to Sauron himself. Eventually, one of the Companions, a human named Boromir, falls under the influence of the Ring and tries to take it from Frodo.

Frodo flees, along with Sam and heads off on his own towards Mt Doom. The book ends with the Fellowship breaking apart and heading their own ways.

 

My Thoughts:

This is going to be a lot shorter of a review than my 2012 one.

I enjoyed this but was not raving about it. A thoroughly good story that is at once personal and cozy and yet epic in scope all at the same time. It is no wonder that this trilogy ended up spawning the Fantasy Genre as we know it today.

The reason this doesn’t get more than 4stars from, and never will, is all the blasted songs and poetry. Sometimes they contained pertinent information to the current story and other times they were simply a history lesson and at others they were just an expression by the character. You never knew which. I ended up just skipping them, plot points be forsaken.

Anyone who reads Fantasy should read this trilogy. Period.

★★★★☆

 

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53 thoughts on “Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) ★★★★☆

  1. While I think it is a blasphemy not to give LotR the highest mark, I understand (or try to 😉 ) that every reader is entitled to his own opinion on the issue 🙂
    The songs grew on me. LotR is not just an epic novel, it’s heavily inspired by other forms of literature, and it’s reflected by, among other things, all these poems and songs. I don’t mind that 🙂

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    1. Part of it is that I’m not a Tolkien fanboy. I like this trilogy and the hobbit and that is about it. Anything else I’ve read by him has left me meh. I definitely don’t share the same literature world with him. Which goes exactly with what you stated about these not just being epic novels, but a form of literature that Tolkien himself wanted to read.

      He can have it 🙂

      I can barely stand songs in the Bible, so I consider it a victory that I finished the book with all those songs in it 🙂

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS THE SONGS WERE SO ANNOYING. I thought I was the only one who didn’t enjoy them. A lot of other readers I’ve encountered on the Internet seem to enjoy them a LOT.

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    1. I’ve often wondered about reading the whole thing as one book, as it was intended to be read. I wonder how that would affect your type of reaction. Maybe next time I go through this 🙂

      I do remember, vaguely, that I liked the Two Towers more than Fellowship. Fellowship had a LOT of setup to get all the characters where they needed to be…

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  3. Tolkien fangirl here! (or rather fan-old lady… LOL)
    I must say that I grew to appreciate the songs more once I read the LOTR in the original, since the translation of my first read did not give Tolkien’s poetry the fluency and… well… songlike magic I later came to see in it.
    One of these days I MUST find the time for my 10th (or 11th, or whatever) re-read… 🙂

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  4. I really enjoyed Fellowship as a kid and my dad read LOTR to me as bedtime stories, doing all the voices! I was never a huge fan of the songs and did find parts of the book over descriptive and heavy on detail we didn’t need.

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  5. When I started reading it, it actually took me a while to get use to the prose but once I got the hang of it, I went through the three books rather quickly. Reading it first before seeing the trilogy heightened by appreciation for both mediums. I only read it once though. 🙂 Great review — short but sweet 🙂

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  6. What have you against songs?? 😉 Though, truthfully, I was quite fed up with songs by my sixth or seventh re-read 😉 I must read it again, soon. I wonder how my perception has changed. Glad you do enjoy it still as much as you do!

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      1. How do you feel about fonts and layout, then? I know it’s a more pragmatic kind of artsy stuff, but I do find some books easier to read than others not because of content, but because of their form.

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  7. After many readings, I have accustomed myself to the poetry and songs and can even say I appreciate them. 😁

    HOWEVER ….. their time in the Old Forest lulled me into a senseless stupor and Tom Bombadil I’d love to bat over the head. Take that out and it would be 5 stars for me.

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    1. I think if I was in the correct mood I could appreciate them, a bit anyway. But mood reading is dangerous 😀

      Books like this remind me that I am glad I live fully in the age of the novel. The age of poetry (well, technically I’d be dead because of undiagnosed diabetes, but ignoring that…) would have killed me. Even ballads don’t do it for me. So thank goodness I live when I do.

      I haven’t checked my feed yet this morning, but do you have any posts coming up in the next couple of days?

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      1. Ya! I just posted a post (ha, ha) that I think you saw. I’m having so many troubles with my computer and I keep saying I need to take it in to get it fixed but how can I live without it for a few days? (sad, statement, huh?) My mouse keeps jumping me all over the place and it takes about 10 times as long to post a comment like this one, never mind reviews! I also have other stuff going on that is taking up scads of my time. I had intended to shoot you a short email but again … time ….

        Okay, I MUST get this stupid thing fixed! It’s driving me nuts ….

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  8. OKAY, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOTR AND THE HOBBIT TO BITS BUT…I completely agree with you about the songs part. And also all those unnecessary and painfully detailed descriptions about trees and hills and all sorts made my head hurt. I strongly think that Tolkien’s writing would have benefitted from a strict and merciless editor but then that it’s this overly detailed nature of his writing that led to the creation of the whole Middle Earth and beyond..
    But your review was on point. loved it. And I love your blog’s vibe. ❤ ❤

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    1. Tolkien definitely would have had a much harder time of it if he was writing today, that is for sure. Of course, like you pointed out, we wouldn’t be where we are in the SF/F world without him. Kind of makes you wonder what we’d be reading if it weren’t for him?

      Thanks for the comment. I love comments 😀

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      1. Hey, since we are on this topic, I am curious about your opinion of Game of Thrones. For me, it got real sucky by the end. Maybe it’s better in the books but I haven’t read them yet. I was introduced to show before I got to know about the books..but the show, in my opinion, was good for a couple of seasons but I soon lost interest in it as it got perhaps much much complicated than it should have been. What do you think?

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