The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1)
Many have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Fa...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
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
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
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
I only read eighty pages. I tried. I really tried. But I gave up. There were a lot of 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 the hell up sometimes.
4. Too much information thrown at me in such a short amount of pages.
5. Writing style is a bit too old. It was okay in the beginning. But it got long and dragging.
6. I had eleven other well-reviewed books I checked out from...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
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"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 think Inglis did a really good job making the book come to life. I could do without the singing, but his talking voice is soothing and pleasant to listen to, which fits perfectly with Lord of the Rings. If...more
But, the story, the characters, the fantastic landscapes, and the songs and poetry are wonderful. I love this book every time I read it.
Re-read March 2012. I will give this 4-1/2 stars, because I always enjoy it very much. Just the beginning slows me down, but once the hobbits hit the road, I'm sucked right in again.
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
On the positive side, Tom saves the hapless hobbits twice: first from Old Man Willow, an ancient and malevolent tree that lives on a toxic mix of Highballs and lost Halflings; and then, from a number of barrow-wights, evil soul-sucking undead creatures, not to be confused with Barry Wights, who are excellent, soulful (and un...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 ;)
It was a very tedious read. I fell asleep 4-5 times while reading, I'm not joking.
Secondly, the world is too vast! There are so many characters, so many creatures, back stories, so much of information is dumped every now and then that I kept getting confused and everything just got mixed up in my brain if I tried to read more than 50 pages a day.
Nevertheless, it was a great pleasure reading this book,...more
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
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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.”