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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Aug 06, 07

bookshelves: scifi-fantasy, tolkien, best-books-ever
Recommended for: Anyone willing to devote the brain power.

The story of Frodo Baggins and his quest to destroy the evil One Ring of Sauron, the minion of the great Morgoth. Tolkien's gift is his ability to create a world that is more fully realized than our own. The characters and at times the plot can be archaic and two-dimensional, but he uses words like a poet, describing the landscape and kingdoms fallen into dust with a magic that defies the written word. If you're looking for action you won't necessarily get it--the power is in the world. When reading Tolkien, you are fully aware that a pebble kicked off the path by a character will come to rest in a completely different story, just as complex as the one you are reading. It's an amazing thing, but not for those unwilling to put 110% of their brainpower into the read.
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