The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) – Book Review
Before I begin with the review, I would like to add that I’m coming from the epic world created by Peter Jackson in the trilogy that was adapted from the Tolkien’s epic fantasy. I decided to pick The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) because books are generally better than the movies and since everyone keep talking about the father of fantasy, it makes you curious. Oh and by the way, I enjoyed reading The Hobbit, which I think was far better than the movie trilogy.
The Fellowship of the Ring continues the story that began in The Hobbit.
The ring that can help Sauron rule the middle earth had fallen into the hands of Bilbo Baggins. It is the only ring that is keeping the Dark Lord away from living his dream. In the Shire, the elderly Bilbo offers the ring to his younger cousin Frodo leaving him under enormous pressure. Now, he must leave the home and travel across the Middle-Earth to the cracks of Doom to destroy the Ring. He must carry the responsibility of foiling the Dark Lord’s evil plans and save everyone.
I took a long time to read the book.
Although there are several reasons behind that, the prime reason is the pristine details and innumerable characters that are stuffed into The Fellowship of the Ring. I do understand that he literally infused life into the fantasy genre. But I have never been fond of overtly detailed descriptions of the surroundings, scenery and characters that won’t matter in the book later. This was the only problem I faced while reading The Hobbit.
The book begins slowly and even though you anticipate it to pick up pace, it never does. That’s not the real issue I have. Even at slow pace, an author can leave significant impact and Tolkien manages to do that every now and then while you are reading.
The real problem is the lengthy descriptions and unnecessary sub-plots.
The Fellowship of the Ring is about the journey of Frodo. It was quite obvious that he would meet many people in that journey because he has to go all the way across the Middle-Earth. However, pages and pages of excruciating descriptions of the forests and mountains didn’t go well with my taste. In parts, the book was too dull to read. Several characters have a back story , which is not necessarily important for a reader who is more interested in following up the journey.
I do understand that Tolkien has made a crucial contribution to literature with this series and paved way for so many modern day fantasy writers who seek their inspiration in his epic series. However, personally it is painful for me to read damn thing in so much detail. A few things can definitely be left for imagination.
I’m not saying The Fellowship of the Ring is a bad book.
Don’t get me wrong. I have been highlighting all the negative aspects so far, but I did enjoy reading it in pieces. I would enjoy a certain section of the book and the things crawled in the next. It kept happening till the end leaving me with mixed feelings. The sense of companionship, courage and loyalty are well portrayed through characters who are somewhat skeptical of the journey.
Coming from the movies, I would say that this The Fellowship of the Ring is one of those books where I would prefer the movie any day. Nevertheless, it is my personal opinion and it varies from person to person.
Overall, the book is nice. But I really wish it was a bit crisper in narration and chunks of it were edited out.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
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