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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 50 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 Lord of Fantasy Jan. 12 2004
"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and those that is going to read it." - Sunday Times.
Assuming you fall into first category a synopsis is redundant, and assuming you are in the second category it is a spoiler. Simply summed up then Fellowship of the Ring is the continuation of THE HOBBIT OR THERE AND BACK AGAIN, which recounts the (mis)adventures of a hobbit, Mr. Bilbo Baggins and a ring. FELLOWSHIP, focuses on Bilbo's heir Frodo Baggins who when Bilbo in his aged state decides to leave his home in Middle-Earths shire, home to hobbits, leaves everything to Frodo. The mysterious yet kind wizard Gandolf drops hints to Frodo that the magic ring is not some parlour trinket, but of a dark design once owned by the evil Sauron, who seeks to claim "the one true ring to rule them all again." Hence Frodo and his friends begin their journey to destroy the Ring before the forces of evil can destroy them.
Might be hyperbole, but this is debatably the greatest fantasy epic ever written. The measuring stick against which all fantastic tales written since has been measured. Tolkien's gift of language and descriptive detail is second to none, possibly he was a magician in England conjuring stories in reaction to his keen distaste for what he saw the Industrial revolution doing. Read in that context adds an additional layer to a tale into which depths more than one hobbit, elf, dwarf and yes human has fallen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neils review June 4 2002
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The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three books in The Lord of the Rings; a story set in the fictional world of Middle Earth. The Lord of the Rings is Sauron, the Dark Lord, who long ago lost the One Ring that holds much of his power. His really wants his ring back and is controls some of the inhabitants Middle Earth. Through unknown ways, the ring is given to Frodo Baggins, a hobbit. Because of the ring, however, Frodo is caught up in business that will change Middle Earth forever
With Gandalf advice, Frodo sets out with three of his hobbit friends to keep the ring out of Sauron's hands. Lord Sauron's minions attack them, but, with the help of a man named Strider, they make it safely to Rivendell, a home of elves. There, with the help of Elrond, Frodo takes the task of taking the ring to the only place it can be destroyed, the pits of hell in the fiery mountain Orodruin, inside Sauron's realm of Mordor. A Fellowship is created to help him, consisting of Frodo, his servant Sam, two other hobbits, Strider, Gandalf, an elf named Legolas, a dwarf named Gemini, and a man from the south named Boromir.
The Fellowship heads south and tries to pass under the Misty Mountains through Moria, the ancient realm of the dwarves. There, Gandalf falls into the chasm of Khazad-dum while protecting the party from a terrible demon called a Balrog. The rest of the party continues on to Lorien, the forest of the Galadrim elves, where the Galadriel tests their hearts and gives them gifts to help them on the quest. From there, they go down the Anduin River by boat. When they must return to land, they cannot decide whether to head toward Mordor on the east or toward the sanctuary of Minas Tirith on the west. Boromir wants the ring and confronts Frodo, who decides that he must go to Mordor.
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As I read through the incredible story of The Fellowship of The Ring I was amazed at what J.R.R. Tolkien was able to create. Through all the imagination of the story and wide variety of characters I was entranced from the minute I started reading. I felt like I was part of the story all the way through to the end.
I very much enjoyed The Lord of The Rings and am quite excited to finally be moving on to the second book. Throughout the first book you really get the introduction of the story and all the characters. From poor old Bilbo to the young spirit filled Frodo the adventure begins.
It really starts out in the quiet parts of the Shire where Bilbo and Frodo Baggins both live. On Bilbo's 111th birthday he leaves the Shire forever leaving Frodo his most prized possession. This most prized possession is the ring. To describe the ring I leave you this poem of description which can be found in the first page of the book. Three Rings for the elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their hall of stone, Nine for mortal men doomed to die, One for the dark lord on his dark thrown, 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 together and in the darkness bind them, In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. This one ring falls into the hands of our young boy Frodo and on his adventure to destroy the ring is where the real plot begins. My favorite part of The Lord of The Rings I must say is the part where the company is staying in Bree and come across there soon to be 5th companion named Strider. The descriptions of this great powerful man with rustic, broad features are amazing and very overtaking. He is by far my favorite character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Books!
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!
Published 5 months ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic story, crappy binding on this edition
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Liz. C
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!!
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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lynae Yankee
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd Man Out
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. Read more
Published 18 months ago by John M. Ford
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Though receiving mixed reviews, there is little doubt that "The Fellowship Of The Ring" stands as starting a new era for fantasy literature. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dave_42
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
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