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

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  1,314,330 ratings  ·  10,968 reviews
Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him - and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed - in the very center of Sauron's dark kingdom.
Paperback, 398 pages
Published September 5th 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1954)
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Anne-Marie If you want the whole poem, it has a few other verses:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of…more
If you want the whole poem, it has a few other verses:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.(less)
Xanthia Davies In the book it says that Tom Bombadil is ancient and powerful and can wear the ring without disappearing. The point Tolkien is making is that there is…moreIn the book it says that Tom Bombadil is ancient and powerful and can wear the ring without disappearing. The point Tolkien is making is that there is the power in Middle Earth to resist the power of the ring and Sauron. If he were just mentioned then it would have little importance to the reader, but as he is a character in the story, it shows that there is power in the world greater than Sauron, but people make the choice not to use it. Also Tom Bombadil is an awesome character:) (less)
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Lyndz
I refuse to write a review for one of the best books ever written. Asking a serious fantasy fan to write a review for Lord of the Rings is like asking a Christian to write a review for The Bible.
So instead I will supply you with this graph:
Keely
Authors who inspire a movement are usually misunderstood, especially by those they have inspired, and Tolkien is no exception, but one of the biggest misconceptions about Tolkien is the idea that he is somehow an 'innovator of fantasy'. He did add a number of techniques to the repertoire of epic fantasy writers, and these have been dutifully followed by his many imitators, but for the most part, these techniques are little more than bad habits.

Many have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Fa
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Jonathan Cullen
A review of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, by Sauron

Hello. You may remember me as the title character of the Lord of Rings. I go by a lot of names: Dark Lord of Mordor, Sorcerer, Red Eye, Dark Power, Lord of Barad-dûr, Ring-maker and Base Master of Treachery (I use that one in my band). I actually object to Tolkien's chosen name of Sauron, which I understand originates from an adjective that means "foul, putrid" in his crappy invented language. What can I say, the showers in Mordor a
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Matt
I wasn't really "cool" back in high school. I never made out with girls under the bleachers, or smoked under the bleachers, or did any of the other things under the bleachers that - I am lead to believe - the popular kids did. Instead, I maintained a low profile and waited for the teenage years - that wilderness of strangled thinking - to end.

In high school, as today, I harbored geekish obsessions, had a wandering imagination, and nurtured an appreciation for minutiate. In other words, I should
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Jason Koivu
Give me a few friends,
a stretch of pleasant hills and an ominous wood.
Let us romp in the remnants of innocence,
free of the fear coursing through the veins of the greater world.
Give me the first half dozen chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring and I will gladly make a little heaven on earth out of it.


After finishing The Hobbit as a young boy, I needed something else, something a little more mature to meet my growing needs. Lucky for me, Tolkien had done just that in the form of his epic trilogy
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Doc Opp
Tolkein's masterpiece is notable primarily for its historical significance. He basically invented the fantasy genre, and because of that all fantasy readers owe him a debt of gratitude. Many things in his books will seem somewhat cliche nowadays, but that's because they have been used so often since he wrote this book - almost all of them were original when this book was written.

That said, Tolkein is not a terribly good writer. He tends to go on in excruciating detail about trivial concepts. Par
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Linda
(Update: Want to read the complete review? Visit the article in Counterpunch!)

I'll admit this: the only reason why I read the LOTR Trilogy was because I was jealous.

The year: 1972. It was a time of ridiculously insane fashion: hot pants, maxi-coats (and pads) and rough-woven cotton shirts, so scratchy they felt like the sartorial equivalent of surgical gauze with chunks of wood stuck between the weave. It was not for the faint-hearted.

And of course, who was the most faint-hearted? Me. I was ent
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adam
Read the review by Doc Opp; I think he covers it quite nicely. He explains how Tolkien was the forefather of fantasy writing, and why that makes his books important. He also shares his opinion that the historical importance sort of causes people to overlook that Tolkien couldn't write worth beans.

Opp posits that perhaps it has something to do with the concept of heroism being different in Tolkien's days than it is now. I'm not sure I agree with that. I mean I agree that his characters are a stud
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Bryce
Oct 12, 2007 Bryce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone. This is an essential read.
I consider the Lord of the Rings trilogy the best fantasy, and perhaps the best fiction, ever written. Middle Earth is a beautiful, rich, complete land to which Narnia pales by comparison (don't get me wrong, I very much like Narnia, too).

The beginning of the quest, which starts innocently but dives into a much larger, darker world than its protagonist, Frodo Baggins, could have ever imagined, is absolutely spellbinding. A small portion of the near-infinite background is revealed and armed with
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Chris
Do you have an old, worn piece of clothing? Perhaps that sweat shirt that you can’t wear anywhere except to bed or walking your dog? Perhaps it is an old blanket, a pair of shoes, maybe it’s a stuff animal. Regardless of what it is, every time you touch it or smell it, you feel peace, warmth, or perhaps, even home.

Know what I’m talking about? Good, that’s how The Lord of the Rings feels to me. I don’t how many times I’ve read the trilogy itself, let alone each book. I do know that I had to buy a
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 28, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
No debate: This is monumental!

Tolkien created a whole new world called Middle-earth. When Peter Jackson's movie adaptation came out in 2001, I thought that Middle-earth was some kind of an ancient city that was submerged somewhere beneath the earth just like Atlantis was a fictional city in the bottom of the sea. Well, that was before I attempted to read this book. When that movie came out in 2001, I bought a copy of the book with Elijah Wood on the cover but I did not get past page 50. I found
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Emily *Full-time Fangirl*
You know how they say
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The Fellowship of the Ring is proof of that! It takes the rule of show-don't-tell and flushes it down the toilet, because who would rather experience all the kick-ass action scenes themselves when they could just hear someone discussing them over dinner tables like they were discussing rice vs. potatoes? Pffft, no one ofc....

Right?

I mean, who likes action anyway. Why don't we just drop all the action in general and add pages of pages of scenery descriptions instead?

He
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Laz
Jan 28, 2015 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy lovers
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”


This is a world of wonder that Mr. Tolkien created more than 60 years ago and it leaves me at a loss for words to think he created something that then was considered to be 'nothing at all' but now stil
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Jeff
I know crazy that I have only just read this for the first time! I am not going to do much of review because everyone knows what this book is about and how great and foundational it is to the fantasy genre. I will say it is one of the very few instances that j saw the movies before reading the novels! With that being said, why would the movie leave out Tom bombadil!! Easily my favourite character. Anyway some will notice the 4 stars and wonder why. I know that most people might disagree with me ...more
Jessica
Jul 15, 2007 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone. Literally.
I first read this book after stumbling upon my father's copy. I hadn't enjoyed it (at the time, Tolkien seemed a little too long-winded for my taste); however, when five years later I requested the full set of Harry Potter novels (whatever had been out at the time), my Mother bypassed Rowling and bought my a full set of Tolkien instead... and I have been in love ever since.

I once read a quote about J.R.R. Tolkien, which asked increduously: "How did one man, in the course of a single lifetime, be
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Franco  Santos
Creo que su alguien menciona la palabra fantasía lo primero que se nos viene a la cabeza es Tolkien. Así que no sé qué podría decir de este libro. Pienso que todos saben lo que significa este autor para el género y la literatura. La saga de El Señor de los Anillos es una reliquia.

«Tres Anillos para los Reyes Elfos bajo el cielo.
Siete para los Señores Enanos en palacios de piedra.
Nueve para los Hombres Mortales condenados a morir.
Uno para el Señor Oscuro, sobre el trono oscuro
en la Tierra de Mord
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Lady Bilbo (Nicole)
I'm not even going to start talking about how much I bloody love this book and how amazing it is. GAH!!!






FlibBityFLooB
I suppose what I am about to type will be considered sacrilegious to some reading this review. However, I always believe in honesty in reviews, so here goes anyway :)

As much as I love the story, I have to say that I liked the movie better than the book. *gasp* There’s the blasphemy for you. Hehehehe. There was just so much singing in the book. I wish I could have skimmed the singing passages, but I was listening to the audiobook which made skipping the songs difficult. Maybe I was clouded in my
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Amy
Jan 10, 2011 Amy marked it as abandoned
Shelves: reviewed
Ok, I love this movie. It's a great, beautiful story. But no matter what, I *cannot* get through this book! It is so *boring*! I have tried numerous times, and every single time I fail miserably. I tried before the movie came out, and I've tried since the movie came out. Invariably this book winds up collecting dust on the night table. I just... can't... make... it... through!! Thank goodness for Peter Jackson, New Zealand, CGI, and great acting, otherwise I'd be missing out on a really great st ...more
Stephen
5.0 stars. I just re-read this book as it has been a LONG time since I first read it and was curious about how well it would hold up over time. The answer is... AMAZINGLY WELL. I was actually a bit surprised at just how good this book is as it is very easy to be disappointed when you read the "consensus" standard of any genre. Well this series not only IS the standard, but it DESERVES to be the standard of epic fantasy. I am looking forward to re-reading the next two books in the trilogy.
Denisse
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"Y aquellos que habitan mas allá del mar no lo recibirán: para mal o para bien pertenece a la Tierra Media. El problema tenemos que resolverlo nosotros, los que aun vivimos aquí"

NOTA: Hay algo que quiero expresar antes de dar mi opinión sobre el libro: Esa quote la AME! No creo que la mayoría entienda el significado de esas lineas. Verán, la pregunta ¿Porque Dios deja que estas cosas pasen? es muy común, no creo que pueda ser explicado de una mejor manera que con esas sabias palabras del maest
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Inge
Well, that took me way too bloody long. It's an amazing world that Tolkien has created. The fantastical creatures, Middle Earth, all the places and languages and songs. That must have taken forever to come up with, or maybe he was just a genius. Either way, I'm gonna be a blasphemist here and say I prefer the movie. The book felt too long-winded and not as enticing as the movie. The characters stayed two-dimensional and most of them were not that different from one another. The story went on too ...more
Nikki
Sorry, J.R.R.: I am going to review the three volumes separately, but it’s really more of a running commentary of what’s on my mind. I don’t actually see The Lord of the Rings as three separate books; the volumes just provide a good place to pause and take stock. And there’s always a lot to take stock of, when you’re reading these books: Tolkien made sure of that. This isn’t the first time I’ve read them for pleasure since my Tolkien module during my MA, but that aspect of my reading is maybe a ...more
Aaron Vincent
This is kind of surprising. The elements I dislike in some novels in the swords-and-sorcery genre are present in this book: very visible division between good and evil, clean-cut and self-sacrificial heroes, lengthy cross-country travelogues, etc., but in this case, those things actually worked in favour of the book. Perhaps it is the eminent sense of the foreboding tragedy that made me look past those stuff. Although I saw the entire movie trilogy and I know that the mortality rate wasn't that ...more
Haleema
I want to read this book again because I feel like I'm missing out on the real message and how good this book is.
Rob
Executive Summary: A classic must read for any fantasy fan, but you don't need me to tell you that, do you?

Audio book: Robert Inglis is really excellent. He does a variety of voices and he sings the songs. That might wear on some people, but I thought he did a good job of it. If you want unabridged, you GET unabridged. Songs and all. Overall this is an excellent way to do this book, whether it's for a reread like me, or your first time.

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Crystal Starr Light
I'm not even going to bother with a formal review. If you've heard of the Lord of the Rings (and really, in recent years, how could you not?), you've probably already made your decision whether or not to read it before you even hit my review.

I first read this book in 2002, just before I rented and watched "The Fellowship of the Ring" on video tape (because yes, IT CAME OUT ON VIDEO TAPE!). Up to that point, I had mostly read science fiction, minus an attempt to read Tamora Pierce (but the book "
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Rebecca
'I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."


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Fred D
Dec 20, 2007 Fred D rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody
Shelves: fantasy
What can I say about The Lord of the Rings? I could go on and on forever. It is my #1 favorite book of fiction of all that I've ever read in my entire life. I am going to review each book separately, but much of what I have to say here applies to all 3 of the books. LOTR is so incredibly EPIC! The scope of the story expands as it progresses to enormous proportions. Tolkien uses a very sophisticated "old" style of writing which at first I found intimidating but eventually I got used to and which ...more
Violante
Reading challenge 2015: #7 Libro con personajes no humanos.

"-Pero parece que no puedo confiar en nadie-dijo Frodo.
-Todo depende de lo que quieras-Intervino Merry-Puedes confiar en que te seguiremos en las buenas y en las malas hasta el fin, por amargo que sea, y en que guardaremos cualquier secreto, mejor que tú. Pero no creas que te dejaremos afrontar solo las dificultades, o partir sin unas palabras. Somos tus amigos, Frodo."


Decepcionada, muy decepcionada.

Siempre me había tirado para atrá
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan
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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
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