The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

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After discovering the true nature of the one ring, Bilbo Baggins entrusts it to the care of his young cousin, Frodo, who is charged with bringing about its destruction and thus foiling the plans of the Dark Lord.
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2012], c1994.
ISBN: 9780547928210
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tolkien J.R.R.
Characteristics: xvi, 398 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Lord of the Rings


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J. R. R. Tolkien - Born January 3, 1892

Part one of The Lord of the Rings, in a lavish hardcover edition illustrated in full color by Alan Lee. The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure, The Lord of the Rings. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power -- the means by which h... Read More »

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Jul 01, 2020

The Fellowship of the Ring is a good book, but long, kind of boring, and only for the devoted reader.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Apr 07, 2020

For me, Fellowship of the Rings gets better with time. Your mileage will vary with this, and it will likely change depending upon what you bring to the book and where you are in your life; but it's that sort of book, too. It obviously does not change, yet I have as I've interacted with it over the years. Growing up, I loved the opening sections of the book in Hobbiton of the Shire, where life was simple and peaceful and folk lived in holes in the ground on the west side of the Brandywine; the old forest loomed over Buckland; and the big folk kept to themselves over in Breeland, but for the most part had no issues with their Hobbit neighbors. As I've grown up, I've loved the middle section of the book: the quest upon which Frodo and his three friends embark, eventually to meet Strider ("all that is gold does not glitter..."), a wandering and elusive ranger from the north; they carry with them a dark secret and are pursued by dangerous enemies into the wilds.

But now I find myself most enjoying the latter part of the book, after the party comes to Rivendell, when the fellowship proper is formed, and they embark upon their great quest. I enjoy the delve into Moria, and the escape across the Bridge; the stay in Lothlorien where time is different even if the days feel the same; and finally the slow journey down Anduin the Great, toward the falls, and toward the moment when the fellowship faces a difficult choice. It's such a sad ending to book, and the beginning of the next book is no less sad.

Some critique the book for a lack of "depth," but I think that is in part because of what they bring to the book. They bring with them ideas of what a story, narrative, and characters should be like. But this book is of another time and place; perhaps even a bit antiquated when it first released, it feels much older than it is, and this is especially true once the party leaves Rivendell. This is a book not about adventure, although there is adventure in it, but a book about lamenting things that have been lost or shall be. Every character throughout talks of things they or their people have lost because of the growing shadow in the east: the elves their connection to the world, men their great kingdom, the dwarves their mighty halls, and the halflings their peaceable lives. Because the magic of the world is fading, no one can win, or at least it seems as much; yet the characters push on because they must do what's right. This heroic impulse in the narrative is also perhaps off-putting for modern readers because we see how foolish it is. In a world where everything seems to be waning, the only thing waiting for Frodo is death; yet he goes forward anyway.

A fantastic start to Tolkien's epic. There are several scenes to readers may notice were not included in Peter Jackson's movies.

Jan 17, 2020

I thought I would like it. Boy was I wrong. As a lover of the films and The Hobbit (the novel), I prepared myself to finally delve into the brilliant and deep Lord of the Rings trilogy, almost buying the complete set because I was SURE I would love all three of them. The beginning is fabulous. Bilbo and Gandalf and Frodo and Sam. Seeing what life is like in the Shire and enjoying the simple but rich lifestyles of these affable halflings (except those dastardly Sackville-Baggins'). But as soon as the traveling begins, and as soon as the fellowship is assembled, it becomes a slog of "traveling, eating, resting, repeat." If the Silmarillion is the wordy academic deep-dive into Middle Earth history, then The Fellowship of the Rings is an exhaustively-detailed travelogue with little nuanced character motivation other than "evil bad, kill ring" or "evil bad, use ring." Unfortunately I will not be continuing my campaign to read the entirety of the Lord of the Rings. I will have to settle for Wikipedia summaries.

I just realized that though I've become such a Middle-earth nerd that I've read the History of Middle Earth, I have never reviewed the books that began my Middle-earth obsession.
Well, no more!
The Fellowship of the Ring is a wonderful beginning to the trilogy, starting out as a very light tale, and gradually growing heavier as Frodo's journey continues. I really enjoy all the backstory and little touches that give it so much depth.
Every time I read this, I am more impressed with the world that J. R. R. Tolkien created. (And every time I read it, I confuse my best friend more.)
This is a wonderful book, and I am really glad to have read it.

Jun 24, 2019

I really loved this book. It was really well written, and definitely worth being made into the movie trilogy. Since its a book that was written quite a while ago, the language is slightly difficult to understand, and it's made an even harder read by all the long and confusing names and backstories. Overall though, it's definitely worth reading.

Feb 03, 2019

I first read this when I was in middle school, and it has only gotten better now that I am an adult. The magic that Tolkien brought to us via the characters and tales of Middle Earth isn’t lost with my growing up. In fact, I can now see more of the magic than I could as a child.

With deep storylines, beautiful descriptions, and vivid, multilayered characters, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ is a wonderful beginning of a story that changed the genre of fantasy forever. Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, and Men each have their part in a tale much bigger than themselves, and the interwoven plot and character development is fascinating to read.

If you have a love for fantasy and lore, you’ll find a world that’s as varied as our own. I recommend it to anybody and everybody who enjoys fantasy.

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 22, 2018

Specifically on the audio book: Listening to someone else reading it is a different experience. Rob Inglis was the right age and with the right vocal quality to make you feel that the great author himself is reading it to you. In any book you read to yourself, you can skip over places that get a little tedious for you, especially when re-reading. But with an audiobook, you are forced to listen to every word – which means you hear the story in new ways and get reminded of how you felt when you read it for the first time.

The book is not perfect, even in Inglis’s reading. There are a lot of masculine voices and if I didn’t know the story so well, it might be difficult sometimes to know if Aragorn or Gandalf or Boromir is speaking. And Tom Bombadil’s singing is still irritating. But after so many times through the book, by now I see even that as a “feature”, not a problem. Even with flaws, the great scope of *The Lord of Rings* makes it one of the major books of the 20th Century and a permanent classic. It will be popular 100 years from now.

Dec 21, 2018

Describing this book is quite simply impossible. The story itself was written as six novels, with depth given to even the trees and shrubs so that the reader could really imagine what Tolkien himself was. I highly recommend this book. It is a high fantasy classic for a reason. Character development is first rate among all genres. No clear use of deus ex machina like in most fantasy stories. Every step feels full and heavy. Many parts of the story really have you believing you can no longer read another line (in a good way) while a certain character feels he can't take another step. It is filled with wisdom. Do yourself and those around you a favor and read this book. If you hate fantasy, you will love this. If you love fantasy, you will be bewildered at the amount of thought that is placed at each step, and the connection you feel with the story., the movies are not better, but they could not have been done any better to represent such a masterpiece.

Nov 05, 2018

plot- "fantasy" the first in the classic trilogy that inspired the Genre

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Oct 29, 2019

“I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”

Oct 29, 2019

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Oct 29, 2019

“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.

Oct 16, 2019

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.

Jun 08, 2017

'None here can do so,' said Elrond gravely. 'At least none can foretell what will come to pass, if we take this road or that. But it seems to me now clear which is the road that we must take. The westward road seems easiest. Therefore it must be shunned. It will be watched. Too often the Elves have fled that way. Now at this last we must take a hard road, a road unforeseen. There lies our hope, if hope it be. To walk into peril - to Mordor. We must send the Ring to the Fire.'

me_tis_awesome May 01, 2016

Otho: ... I insist on seeing the will. (reads will) foiled again, and after 60 years, spoons!

Aug 05, 2015

I wish the ring had never come to me, I wish none of this had happened. -Frodo

Jul 12, 2015

Not all those who wander are lost

Jul 12, 2015

All that is gold does not glitter

Laura_X Apr 13, 2015

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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Jun 30, 2020

Frodo Baggins inherits his uncle's mysterious ring, and the wizard Gandalf finds it is the One Ring, a ring designed by the evil Sauron, who has returned in the form of an Eye. Accompanied by fellow hobbits Sam Gamgee, Pippin Took, and Merry Brandybuck, and pursued by the evil Nazgul, or Ring-wraiths, he goes to the only place the ring can be destroyed, Mount Doom, right next to enemy's lair...

May 28, 2013

frodo now has the ring , he is in danger but he has friend to help . Gandalf .

Jun 29, 2012

In the first installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins is given the task of bearing the One Ring to the elf city of Rivendell. Once there, he teams up with a fellowship of men, elves, dwarves, and hobbits and begins the long, perilous journey to Mount Doom, also known as Orodruin.

Here in the first book of the Lord of the Rings we meet the fellowship of men, hobbits, an elf, a dwarf, and a wizard. Their mission is to take the one ring to be destroyed at Mt.Doom. In this first part we see how hobbits live, the chase of the ringwraiths, and meet a demonic creature deep in the mines of Moria.

lms May 27, 2008

"Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to deliver the one ring of power to the dark land of Mordor in order to destroy the ring on the forge of its creation." (Novelist Review)


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Jun 24, 2014

Violence: This book does not describe the violence graphically like the movie does, and that is because you are seeing the movie. But Tolkien does not use graphic descriptions so I think it's fine.

Jun 29, 2012

Violence: This book includes some battle sequences, all between human and nonhuman creatures.

Apr 27, 2012

Other: The Lord Of The Rings was intended to be a single novel. Not three seperate books. Hence the Part 1, 2 and 3. :)

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