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.

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1)
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: 2012
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
ISBN: 9780007488315
My Rating: 3

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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Anmol Rawat

Anmol Rawat is a writer, which, considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense. His debut solo book ‘ABCs of Horror’ is a collection of 26 terrifying standalone tales. He thinks Game of Thrones and Supernatural are the best TV series ever made and devours on Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Stephen King & John Green. He would kill for a good cup of Cappuccino, as should all right thinking people.
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  1. Lord of the rings is my favorite read, it’s a adventure reading it, knowing the absolutely light hearted hobbits. There is everything in the book including lot of humour, how come you did not like it?. Can’t you feel that Bilbo is like our own grand father uncle and wonder about what a extraodinary bachular he was. Feel the cigar he had with Gandalf. Don’t you want to sing the songs , ‘beer song’, ‘ bath song’, and there is a road song I think and its so beautiful. Can’t you feel how Faramir is such a nice person that he released the hobbits not wanting their ring though his bro Boromir was attracted by the ring and tried to tried that from Frodo. Can’t you feel the friendship between these people that drwaft and elf I forgot their name they were in the adventure. Don’t you want to admire the bravery. So much of camping too, so many lores, its a epic.

    I am slightly put off that you not are happy with the book but I agree with you that movie does not do justice to the book story especially in potrayal of the charactors(: … though some of the visuals are lovely like Gandalf says that Balrog ‘you shall not pass’, that scene in movie was awe inspiring. I also liked wars and history and places and the prose. I agree the book can get boring but it has so much magic that’s its addicting. I am not a avid reader but this book caught me and made me Tokien’s fan for life. The hobbit was made much after the LOTR, you know.

    Anmol just think the genius it would have required to write this book, its so… I have no words to describe it.

    I can see Sam’s love for his horse that he had to let go later when they reached the cave I think. I can see that Pricesses spirit when she saved some Hobbit(with Pippin there was another one), where she killed one Orc when her father was dying,in the battlefield she was awesome. It’s been a while since I read the book, been years, but it’s been a lovely read. Anyway, I guess I am more visually than others to appreaciate such books. Thx for reading it and atlest telling it’s not a bad read, it’s just too intense with too many descriptions for your liking. I guess I understand it. Cheer’s let’s sing the beer song…

    “There was a …and there there was a beer so brown that the man in the moon came down…” something… there was a pusy cat… and one hobbit embarassed everyone there and caught the attention of the villains…and that Aragon he comes looks like a villain but comes to help the dear hobbits… Aragon…”all that glitter is not gold”, what a man!! …anyway

    Another scene, Frodo tries to escape because of Boromir leaving others, but Sam caught up being persistant… Frodo had that ring turned invincible, Sam was told by Aragon that Frodo has left to boat go caugh up with him…Sam see the boat leave and falls in the water, he does not know swimming so Frodo had to come back and pull Sam up the boat and he was as wet as a water rat…so cute(: … beautiful…so many heart touching scenes,,,love the dear hobbits want to have a party with them…

    • I understand you completely. May be I need to sit back and pick up the book with a cup of coffee and read for hours together to enjoy it. Therefore, I have left the series as of now and will read in future when I have that much of time 🙂

  2. this is really a long book, i started reading once but i just couldn’t move beyond first few pages 🙁 infact i felt that descriptions were really unnecessary. I have to have really long day in front of me and absolutely nothing else to do then only i will pick up this book again

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