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

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The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings. In a sleepy village in the Shire a young hobbit is entrusted with a immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power - the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord's evil dominion.
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Bryce
Oct 12, 2007 Bryce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 28, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Emily *Full-time Fangirl*
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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...more
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...more
Jessica
Jul 15, 2007 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Amy
Jan 10, 2011 Amy marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Fred D
Dec 20, 2007 Fred D rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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.
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 "...more
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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midnightfaerie
Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien was so much more enchanting then I remember. It just goes to show how much our tastes can change along with how we view the world can alter as we get older. I really didn't like any of these books when I was a kid, but it was fantastic. I couldn't wait to finish it so I could watch the movie again, which I hadn't seen in years. I was impressed by how closely the movie followed this book, beside the leaving out of Tom Bombadil. The elves and Galadriel are...more
Caris
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve never seen the movies. I’m not willing to say anything bad about them. Sure, I tried watching the first one (twice), but fell asleep almost immediately. After I’ve finished reading the series, I’ll probably try the movies again. Because, let’s face it, you can never have enough walking.

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
M
Jul 19, 2014 M rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans who loved the movies
Shelves: fantasy, male-authors
****

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
Devlin Scott
There is no better fantasy, adventure tale. J.R.R. Tolkien has created a world unmatched by any fantasy writer. This series is a 'must-read' for all true adventurers at heart.

Devlin
Kim

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
Kerstin
When we're talking about novels that for some reason happen to be overshadowed by their big-screen movie adaptations (granted, not many exist), then The Lord Of The Rings belongs into that category. I know that the Tolkien-purists might crucify me for saying this, but I'm saying it nonetheless. For me, watching these movies usually equals an exercise of little to medium effort; reading the book, I often found myself on the verge of frustration. And I'm not one with an attention span of a grapefr...more
Ron
Have read this series at least once a decade since college (which was a few decades ago for me) and it continues to be fresh and refreshing.

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
Randy
Hate this cover art, hate the movies (PJ turned them into horror rather than moralistic epic fantasy), but this is my favorite series.
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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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet,WWI veteran (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 language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a cl...more
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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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“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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