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The Ring Goes South

(The Lord of the Rings: Seven Book Editions #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  705 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Continuing the story of The Hobbit, this seven-volume paperback boxed set of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings is a collection to treasure.

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power; the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has
Hardcover, Millennium, 253 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Houghton Mifflin (first published July 29th 1954)
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Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I feel about LOTR the way most of the dudes in book club felt about Pride and Prejudice - appreciate it for what it is and don't dislike it, but find it kind of challenging and not exactly their genre of choice.

It is interesting to be reading the set of books where each of the three books in the trilogy is divided into two separate physical books. This definitely did feel like a different book and different story from the first. I think I liked the first half of FOTR better than this on
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: united-kingdom
Reviewing as I read:

Chapter 1:

Light and quiet chapter. Calm after the storm. Love the Elves. Also, BILBO!!

Chapter 2:

Bilbo seems different from the Bilbo of the Hobbit. More talkative and more surface, somehow. More old bumbling fool than an old and wise hobbit. Or maybe I just remember him differently.

I like Elrond. He is wise, but quite often he makes remarks with a smile. Like when Frodo volunteers to take the Ring to Mordor, and Sam jumps out from his corner and says, "But you wouldn't le
Christian Leonard Quale
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
In the continuation of trying (and failing) to read Lord of the Rings slowly throughout the year, The Ring Goes South is the second book of the Fellowship-part (Rivendell -> The Breaking of the Fellowship). I’m continuing to enjoy this re-read, but this part was less enjoyable than the previous one.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that a book which is pretty much exclusively about a bunch of people moving from one place to another place feels like it’s connecting the dots, but whereas The
Tony Calder
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second half of The Fellowship of the Ring and covers from the arrival of the hobbits in Rivendell through to the breaking of the fellowship on Amon Hen.

This is the section of Lord of the Rings that had the biggest emotional impact on me when I first read it - I remember when Gandalf fell in Moria I put the book down and didn't return to it for a couple of weeks. As always, Tolkien's use of language and his world-building are exceptional. Not having read Lord of the Rings for the bett
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this!!! I was worried that it would be slow or confusing because of some of the first book, but it was actually easier to follow. I still didn't know some of the people and places, but it got better as it followed, and the story was more compelling as well. It's also really cool being able to go 'oh I remember this from when I was a kid' when something happens.

The description of the scenery is amazing, and I really love the poems and songs Tolkien scatters throughout the story,
Shawn Birss
I didn't think I could enjoy Book One more than I did. I liked this one more.

At this rate, LOTR could become my favourite book, even ahead of East of Eden.

Reading it is like slipping into a clean fluffy comforter by a warm fire.

I noticed as I reached the end that Tolkien has completely engulfed the vocabulary portion of my brain, without my even realizing it. Full sentences in this book will sometimes contain as many of his made up words and names as true English ones. So immersed I am in the
Joshua Guadarrama
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Jack Christensen
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm less impressed in my adulthood with Tolkien's writing style, but fall more in love with his world building as I continue my re-read. I find myself wanting to explore the ruins and history of the world he has created and find myself continually asking questions about Gondor in its prime and how they constructed the Argonath; or Moria pre-balrog and the beauty the dwarves created. I want to be in Lorien and explore their world.

The second half of Fellowship moves considerably faster than the f
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-university
Oh, man, it feels like this book took me two months to read, and not two weeks.

I was generous with the rating of the first book, because I realize it's importance for the fantasy genre, and how that's shaped popular culture.

But I really didn't enjoy myself this time around. This was compounded by school and work and assignments, true, but I already enjoy the book aside. Having to read this for university, and write assignments for it, didn't help.

Who knows? Maybe I'll read this again later in li
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It had been a while since I read book 1 so I did have to read a recap of what happened but then I was able to jump right back into the story! For me, I felt there was a little bit of a lag in the story for the first 60 to 70 pages (it was mostly in the chapter called The Council of Elrond) as there was lots of lore being discussed. But when frodo and his pals started their journey the pace and plot really picked up!
Tõnu Vahtra
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"One does not simply walk into Mordor" - nop, this MEME is not found in the book. In general the movie follows this book quite closely and didn't notice major deviations (although watched the movie many years ago last time so might mix some things up) but the story was very captivating even with knowing the main story from the movie series (similar to Harry Potter series). ...more
Cabiria Aquarius
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about Lothlorien and the elves. And this read kind of like poetic and fun. Which was neat. I can’t believe how quick I went through it in four days. Quite a story even there. Some things the movies decided to leave out. I would’ve loved to see some of these things. It’s a beautiful story.
Verdena Gardner
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I raised all my kids on the Lord of the Rings. My seven year old is reading it now and my 20 year old is a published author! I can't think of any higher praise than if you want good, well-adjusted creative people in the world a steady diet of Tolkien is a MUST! ...more
Scott Pardoe
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a good read, but too much walking and not enough time spent on the action. It feels rushed through the fights, while being incredibly tedious throughout the endless walking, and lore, and frickin’ Elves singing...
excited to read the rest of the series though!
Aug 22, 2020 added it
Really enjoyed this one!! I found there were more interesting settings to read about compared to the first book, like Lothlorien, and introduction to more of the characters. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series...
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot more waffle in this book when you find you have to read it to a 9 year old. Also what the fuck are the Elves? Everything is light yet sturdy, ok I got that, no need to repeat yourself.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good read
Sara Aye Moung
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading the trilogy. The ring goes south starts to get ominous.
Kirsty McCracken
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 out of 6 complete! It has taken me YEARS to make it past the first book and I've finally completed the second! Huzzah! Here's to me being able to actually finish the whole damn 6! ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-star
1 star

Just like the first book, there were really interesting sections, and then there was most of the book. The description and songs and little-to-no plot were just killing me, and by the end I was just happy the book was finally over. I guess I'm not really getting the appeal of this series or something---it's just kind of boring.
Amy Martin
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ahh... I think this is one of my favorite parts of this series.

So Frodo and the other munchkins have made safe and sound(ish) to Elrond and Rivendell - nothing like the happy singing place it was in the Hobbit - its all a lot more serious this time around. But its not the end! Elrond gets the band together for an epic road trip to... somewhere dark.

The trip south is amazing. I can almost see the places, feel the weather, and smell the damn wolves prowling around. The journey through Moria is (of
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Brendan Childs
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
The reason I read this book is because it is the next book in a series I have been reading (The Lord of the rings). The category that this book completes is a book written by a male being J.R.R. Tolkein.

The parts of this book that I liked are that it continues on with the series very well still building up the storyline so that its interesting and intriguing. The good thing about this book is that it also has a bit more action in it making it more exciting than book one and also making it a bit
Jackie's Bookbytes
The Ring Goes South (The Lord of The Rings #2) makes no account of a misfortunate end for Boromir as does the movie version in The Fellowship of The Ring. However, Frodo and Sam Gamgee still travel towards Mordor and the Fellowship is indeed broken.

At the Council of Elrond it was agreed upon who might accompany Frodo, the bearer of the ring whose sole task was to destroy the ring. The journeying was tougher than anyone had expected and even though the Caradhras mountain had defeated the company
Jayanth Aluguri
Well, Frodo has reached Rivendell safely after his enduring journey with Merry, Pip, Sam. Thanks to the strider a.k.a Aragorn. This book speaks of the formation of The Fellowship Of The Ring and what they decide to do with the ring. After What, it is How and Where. The adventures inside the Mines of Moria, the soothing stay at LothLorien, the magical moments of Lady Galadriel are beautifully presented by Tolkien. Will the fellowship break and Will Gandalf fall - are the key questions that this b ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So follows the continuation of Frodo and his company's journey, setting South in hopes of destroying the One Ring and banishing Sauron's evil that is spreading out from Mordor.
I really enjoyed this next part and loved getting to hear more from different kinds of elves and seeing the evil growing.
Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! ^.^
Sannie Hald
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this story and its characters

Chris Lemmerman
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
I can see now where the films deviate and how they blend the books together, like the climax of this book and the beginning of the next. Gandalf's 'death' was also very well done. ...more
Bruno Kulić
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reread, audiobook
Love the elves, but here starts the stupidity that is Frodo Baggins.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 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

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