The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1)
The first volume in J.R.R. Tokien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings
"Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." — C. S. Lewis
"Exciting... Mr. 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 darkness bind them
In ancient times the Rings of Power were craft...more
Many have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Fa...more
I love this but writing a review of it is really freaking hard. It's the first book of The Lord of the Rings; everything really important has been said. So, I'm going to talk about some little things. The things that always catch me when I read Tolkien or (almost all) of the books and authors that have been influenced by him. Because I don't get why these books, particularly this one where they don't even get out of the Shire for two hundred pages, when so much of the genre fall...more
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...more
That said, Tolkein is not a terribly good writer. He tends to go on in excruciating detail about trivial concepts. Par...more
In high school, as today, I harbored geekish obsessions, had a wandering imagination, and nurtured an appreciation for minutiate. In other words, I should...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
So instead I will supply you with this graph:
JRR Tolkein is an artist. He takes his paints and spread them all over the canvas, expecting the viewer in the museum to understand it, as if this is the simplest thing in the world. Only the explanation at the sidebar beside the picture, let the viewer understand what the artist wanted to say by painting the picture. Watching such picture is a dangerous dive into the artist's soul.
Suddenly, while you dive into the picture, slowly but steadily, you notice something. It starts small, and turn...more
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...more
There are many praiseful things I can say about this book, but I'll try to keep it short. One of the sharpest things about this first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is its ability to create terror and suspense without actually introducing us to the enemy, Sauron (or even Saruman, his wizard henchman, for more than a few pages at least). The evil...more
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...more
This review has been critically analysed ;)
So, this might be the toughest review I have written up-to-date. So, I’d better start at the very beginnin...more
Ah Hobbitler! Çok yaygaracı ve eğlence düşkünüler. Kitabın başlangıcı sırf onların Shire daki hayatına adanmıştı. Onları okumak, yaşamak beni gerçekten yordu. Eğlenceliler ama! Bunu es geçmemek gerek. Özellikle attıkları her adımı, elflerde böyle gerçi, şarkı ile tamamlamaları beni bunalttı.
Frodonun 50 yaşında olduğunu hiç düşünmemiştim. Göstermiyor ama değil mi? Her ne olursa o Eylülün 22 sinde başlıyor yolculuklar demek daha doğru olu...more
When the first of the Lord of the Rings movie came out a little over ten (!!!) years ago, I admit that I only watched it for two reasons: (1) everyone in my senior high school class was watching it; and (2) all the girls in my class who has watched the movie were all raving about Legolas. I didn't care about the book (I can't even remember if I knew of the book back then), but I only watched it because I didn't want to be left out. I was sufficiently amazed by the m...more
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien foi um escritor britânico. Não apenas escritor, era também professor universitário e um estudioso de línguas e literatura.
É também considerado por muitos o pai da literatura fantástica, ou pelo menos, a personalidade que veio revolucionar não só a literatura britânica, mas sim a mundial.
As obras de Tolkien que falam sobre a Terra Média são as mais conhecidas de todo o mundo e são também um marco na cultura universal.
Não sendo fã entusiast...more
Great story and great storytelling.
The gold standard for fantasy.
Elsewhere goodreads invites us to identify movies which fell short of the book. Cute poll, but the wrong premise. By their nature, no movie can compare with the book. Take Fellowship as an example. Peter Jackson spent great energy, money and creativity capturing the spirit of Tolkien's first LO...more
However, I don't think it does any harm to tell a little story showing yet another way of how Tolkien can enter peoples' hearts: We were at the time living in Spain and our son attended an international school with an English curriculum. He was anything but a keen reader, in fact, he had had reading problems from the time when he...more
I am currently telling everyone I have read them 11 times, but I am quite certain it is more, I just don't know how many more. Whenever I just feel really worn out and almost sick . . . I recoup my energies by being inspired again by Tolkien . . . usually every 2 or 3 years.
These books have been a powerful influence in my life -- it so much easier to read a mode...more
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Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C.S. Lewis.
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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.”
"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.”