Bringing Up Books: The Lord of the Rings

With The Hobbit coming to theaters this weekend, I decided to pay a little tribute to the Tolkien’s epic.

The Hobbit , by J.R.R. Tolkien is the first book in the epic and the shortest. The story follows Bilbo Baggins, a homely hobbit from the Shire, a quiet, peaceful part of Middle Earth. Scared and somewhat reluctant he decides to leave the Shire to do something different, to go on an adventure. His great friend Gandalf, who has a soft spot for hobbits, both persuades and warns him of the world outside the Shire. His quest becomes to find the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smog. Through his journey he meets many different beings, and finds one very important ring. With the ring, he is able to become invisible, a huge help when his adventures grow more and more dangerous.

The Lord of the Rings is the 3 part continuation of the Tolkien epic.

The Fellowship of the Ring begins the 3 part continuation. Bilbo is now old and ready to stop going on adventures. Part of that past that he is ready to give up clings to him, but ultimately he gives the magic ring to his nephew, Frodo. Gandalf returns to tell Frodo the ring needs to be destroyed. With some hobbit company, Frodo sets off on what will be a very long journey to destroy the ring where it was forged. Faced with increasingly hostile regions, growing enemies, even friends that turn to possess the ring, the fellowship forms – a group of unlikely friends, determined to see Frodo through to destroy the ring.

The Two Towers, the second installment in the The Lord of the Rings, continues with a growing effort to protect Frodo and the hobbits. Alliances are formed and we begin to see corruption in some regions and potential greatness in others as the company journeys closer to Mordor, the Eye, and the fire from which the ring was forged. Frodo begins to show just how much of a burden the ring is, how heavy it begins to weigh on him, and how increasingly possessive he is of the ring and its power.

The Return of the King is the last part for the The Lord of the Rings. In this book we follow each part of the fellowship as they have journeyed in deprecate ways in order to form different alliances, wage war on the orcs and other enemies, re-establish control over kingdoms, and the main goal -to destroy the ring. The enemies are stronger than the previous books and the fellowship is now on enemy territory. What struggles Frodo faced carrying the ring, ignoring its seduction has now magnified and become nearly unbearable as he tries to go unnoticed through Mordor.

The Silmarillion is a collection of stories that basically show the evolution of the various races of Middle Earth.

These books have obviously made a profound impact on other medias and have served as inspiration for many. I loved (like everyone else) The Lord of the Rings movies. I’m not sure whether I will enjoy The Hobbit as much, especially since they are making 3 movies from the shortest book, but I could be surprised. As for the books, I love The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. I think The Two Towers is my favorite. As for The Return of the King, the first half of the book is awesome, but the second half is slow. Tolkien’s style is very descriptive and when the company walks in the forest for pages on pages without anything really happening it becomes monotonous. The Silmarillion has a similar feel, slow but still good

If you haven’t ever read it, it’s definitely an epic that should be on your to-read list.

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8 thoughts on “Bringing Up Books: The Lord of the Rings

  1. Read ’em. Loved ’em. Um … did I ever mention that my middle name is Lothlorien? I kid you not.

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