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The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings [Paperback]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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5.0 out of 5 stars You better go ahead and buy them all now Sept. 16 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Books! March 20 2014
By Angela
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic story, crappy binding on this edition Sept. 11 2013
By Liz. C
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Odd Man Out Feb. 23 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
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. And the ring has no power over him, not even making him invisible when he tries it on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The War Of The Ring Begins Sept. 2 2012
By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Hardcover Edition
I bought this because I wanted to complete my LOTR set, of which the first two I found at Value Village. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2011 by Lyle Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of them all
A new wave of readers have discovered "The Fellowship of the Ring," thanks to the arrival of the epic movie hits. Read more
Published on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Read The Hobbit First
The Hobbit is a much easier read, and introduces the characters, and if you have read that first, then the whole LOTR series has much more emotional impact. Read more
Published on March 14 2010 by Ben Barclay
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic beginning
Everyone has read so-called high fantasy novels -- lots of dwarves, elves, wizards, Dark Lords, medieval lands lost in the mists of time, and other such fantasy tropes. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2008 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars The journey begins
A new wave of readers have discovered "The Fellowship of the Ring," thanks to the arrival of the epic movie hits. Read more
Published on March 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars The story begins
A new wave of readers have discovered "The Fellowship of the Ring," thanks to the arrival of the epic movie hits. Read more
Published on March 19 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic beginning
When Peter Jackson's epic movies hit the theatres, a new wave of readers began scrambling for "The Fellowship of the Ring. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2007 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Entirely predictable. A tad overrated.
It blows me away how the "fanboys/girls" love this book. I have given it 3 tries and still it is so predictable. It is the story of a quest and good vs evil. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2006 by Steven W. Williams
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