La Comunidad del Anillo (The Lord of the Rings #1)
Many have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Fa...more
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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
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...more
a stretch of pleasant hills and an ominous wood.
Let us romp in the remnants of innocence,
free of the fear pumping 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 The Lord...more
That said, Tolkein is not a terribly good writer. He tends to go on in excruciating detail about trivial concepts. Par...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
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
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
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
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
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
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....
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?
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
"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."
This is the Story of Frodo Baggins, a little Hobbit with a big heart, living in the Shire, Middle Earth. Frodo lives with his Uncle, Bilbo Baggins in their house under a hill in Hobbiton. Bilbo has a very treasured possession, a magic ring, that he...more
I only read eighty pages. I tried. I really tried. But I gave up. There were several reasons.
1. I saw all the movies before reading this book.
2. So I knew half the plot.
3. Gandalf just went on and on. The old guy needs to shut up sometimes.
4. Too much information thrown at me in such short amount of pages.
5. Writing style is a bit ancient. It was okay in the beginning. But it got long and dragging.
6. I had eleven other well-reviewed books I checked out from the library....more
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
Now, while I haven’t seen The Fellowship of the Ring, I have seen The Breakfast Club. And, so far as I can tell, it’s the same story.
We’ve got Frodo, he’s our Andre...more
Two years ago I would not have believed that I'd start reading books that I have spent most of my life avoiding. However, my reading horizons (which I used to think were fairly broad) have expanded enormously since I joined Goodreads and I suspect that's going to continue for the reasonably foreseeable future.
So here I am, embarking on a buddy read of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I come to this first volume of the trilogy with some disadvantages. Not only have I never been a reader of fantas...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
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
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
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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 cl...more
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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.”