Publisher: Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Way back in high school some of the English classes read The Hobbit. I've slept since then and don't remember if I read The Hobbit, or blinked out with other interests. I was not a good student in high school, but had matured by the time I went to college.
I've seen The Lord Of The Ring films. I've seen The Hobbit film.
This is the first time I've read a Tolkien story.
"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for the Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In The Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
Bilbo Baggins has in his possession the One Ring. A Ring with special powers. He passes the One Ring to his young cousin Frodo Baggins. They are Hobbits and live in a Shire. They are respectable and peaceful creatures. Frodo is given an immense task to travel across Middle-earth in order to extinguish the mysterious and powerful One Ring.
Before the story begins, the editors lay-out a Note On The Text, Foreword To The Second Edition, and Prologue. These helped me to understand about the world of Tolkien and his Hobbits. And what a world of creation, intelligence, and genius!
The Fellowship Of The Ring is a classic. Classics are heavy reads, because they require a heavy appetite for symbolism, word usage, crafty characters, and a dramatic story that leaves memories long afterwards.
Tolkien stories require a different type of brain power and I considered The Fellowship Of The Ring a challenge. A beloved challenge, but a challenge nevertheless.
My reasons for awarding The Fellowship Of The Ring 5 stars for excellent.
- Intelligent, intricate, complex, and creatively crafted characters. An entire world of characters. From Hobbits (and their different breeds,) to Dwarves, to Wizards, to a strange creature who lives in a mountain obsessed with his Precious, and to dark and evil forces.
- Mountains, hills, valleys, realms, and kingdoms in the Tolkien world.
- A specific language written for the creations of Tolkien's world.
- A feeling of magic.
- Definable good and evil characters.
- A strong quest led by a character who seems the least qualified.
- A pulling throughout the story to the finish line.