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The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings Paperback – Jan 1 2005


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618574948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618574940
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #818,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 16 2006
Format: Paperback
I am not going to fill you in on the many lives of J.R.R. Tolkien. Nor am I going to paraphrase the story. J.R.R. Tolkien himself tells you what you need to know in the prolog. However I don't believe that people take him seriously when he says that this work is not an allegory.

The reason I say buy the complete "Lord of the Rings" now is that you will just be picking up speed and getting everything straight in your mind and you will come to the end of this volume. Talk about a cliffhanger. This animal leaves you with several.

Everyone in the book seems to enjoy pleasures. So should you and consider buying the hardback book. My images of the critters of course do not match any pictures. However you don't have to strain your eyes with a paperback in one hand, tea in the other and a cat in the third. A good size book will help detour any animals heading for your lap.
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By Angela on March 20 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a book lover and a huge fan of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis! I would own anything by them! These books are light which is nice for a hardcover!
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Bought this awhile ago in the set, to avoid the strain of my hardcover copy on the wrists.
This book is so thick, the binding let go after several reads. Probably because the large number of pages makes it harder to keep open. Never had that problem on a book before
Now there is so many pages falling out, it isn't really of use. Save your cash and buy a better copy.
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By Lynae Yankee on July 22 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book 3 times and I never get tired of reading it. It has a great storyline and it has some violence in it. I suggest that it should be read by an adult first.

Caleb yankee,10 years old
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By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the first volume in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. The next two are The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The Hobbit contains an important backstory, but is not absolutely essential for enjoyment of this tale.

Frodo Baggins discovers that the gold ring given to him by his uncle Bilbo is more than a trinket of minor magic. It is the physical embodiment of a great evil power. And its owner is looking for it. Frodo, along with three other hobbits from the Shire, travel to Rivendell to participate in the Council of Elrond. There it is decided to return the ring to be destroyed in the volcanic fires of Mordor, where it was originally forged. Frodo and eight companions set out to accomplish this task. The book follows the first part of their journey.

This book was made into the movie The Fellowship of the Ring, which is remarkably faithful to it. With one interesting exception. Between leaving the Shire and arriving at Rivendell, Frodo and his fellow hobbits spend an indeterminate period of time in the Old Forests as guests of Tom Bombadil. Tom was omitted from the film entirely. Both fans and critics have suggested he didn't belong in the book, either.

Tom does not fit well into the taxonomy of good, evil, and unaligned creatures in the rest of the trilogy. He is clearly powerful, working magic in his forest by singing and persuading plants and animals to do this and that.
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By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 2 2012
Format: Paperback
The Fellowship of the Ring:

Though receiving mixed reviews, there is little doubt that "The Fellowship Of The Ring" stands as starting a new era for fantasy literature. Prior to its publication (July 24, 1954), fantasy adventures were aimed at young readers, including Tolkien's previous work - "The Hobbit" which was published nearly 17 years prior. While "The Fellowship Of The Ring" still centers on the adventures of the child-like Hobbits, the material is much darker and more serious than its predecessor. Tolkien also showed that one can deal with serious themes (machine vs. nature) in fantasy writing.

Tolkien preferred the name "The War of the Ring" to the eventual title of "The Lord of the Rings", and he wanted it published in a single volume as part of a two-volume set which would have also contained "The Silmarillion", but Tolkien did not have much influence at that time, and so the Publisher dictated that the single work would be divided into three books, the first of which is "The Fellowship Of The Ring". Each of the three volumes is then divided into two books, though this volume also contains a prologue entitled "Concerning Hobbits" which summarizes the events in "The Hobbit" as well as provides background material about what type of beings Hobbits are.

The first book is titled "The Ring Sets Out" and covers the events of Bilbo Baggins leaving the Shire after his birthday, the transfer of the ring from Bilbo to his nephew, Frodo Baggins, and the adventures of Frodo, Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Merriadoc Brandybuck (Merry), and Peregrin Took (Pippin) as they escape from the shire and travel to Rivendale. In addition, the reader is introduced to Gandalf, Strider/Aragorn, Fredegar Bolger (Fatty), Farmer Maggot, Tom Bombadil, and Glorfindel.
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