Book Review: The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Pages: 398
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0618346252

Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him – and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed – in the very center of Sauron’s dark kingdom.

REVIEW

First off – fireworks!

(gifs courtesy of: Steepedsea)

The Fellowship of the Rings was never in my TBR pile for 2012, but when I saw this on TFG in Goodreads, I decided that I want to join in although I never did participated in the group personally. To be honest, The Fellowship of the Rings is one of those books that I dreaded to review not because it was horrible but because I was too afraid that I can’t properly write down my thoughts. I’ve read and reviewed The Hobbit and that alone was a handful though I enjoyed my experience very much. I am not like others who had read this way way back, this is actually my first time to read the book [I have watched the movie(s) first before I had the guts to read the book(s)].

Reading The Fellowship of the Rings was both joyous and arduous at the same this. It has been 4 days since I waited for the right string of words to write this review and give it justice but as I am writing this review now, I still find it difficult to come up with a review worthy of the book but bear with me and let’s get on with it shall we? This will be short and sweet I promise. 🙂

Tolkien created a world so vivid and descriptive that you can actually “see” it as you read it (well given that some of us have watched the movies first that’s a no brainer) but you know what I mean right? Tolkien has the talent in enticing readers to devour his novels not because of how talented he is in writing but because he created a world so new that readers can imagine and “travel” to. The world alone is a pull. It is not only Middle Earth that was interesting, it was also the characters and the adventure. It was a voyage that once you experience it, it will certainly be an expeirence to remember. I am so proud of reading The Fellowship of the Rings, to be able to finish it and to proudly say that I loved every page of it. Reading The Fellowship of the Ring maybe hard at first since Tolkien is a lot to grasp but every minute invested reading this novel is worth it. WARNING: Never read this book if you only have an hour or 2 a day since it can be very addictive and very disappointing when you have to put it down. Believe me, I know.

One thing I also like to note is how the movie adaptation was near close to the book. There were a few notable deductions but I believe it was much needed. A much better explanation is: The movie is the compressed version and the book itself is the in-depth and detailed version of the story. If you want the gist and not read the in between, watch the move; if you want to read EVERYTHING, grab the book.

The Fellowship of the Rings is a definite 10 stars on my 5 stars scale. 🙂 I can’t tell you enough how I love The Fellowship of the Rings and I can’t wait to read The Two Towers and The Return of the Rings – I just need to buy the books without the movie cover. Oh I hate those movie covers. Grrrr.

SIDE NOTE: And interestingly, there are quite a number of people who rated this 1 Star and 2 Stars in Goodreads (filter it by rating and see why). Ohh why people??!!!

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