Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Date Finished: 09/08/13

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : Yes – The Classics Club

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely brilliant

Well, I have taken my time to get round to reading the epic Lord of The Rings series but after all these years I finally picked up The Fellowship of the Ring whilst on holiday in Corsica.  Wow.  I was not prepared for it to be so utterly brilliant!  I knew I would love it, as I had loved The Hobbit in January but I didn’t realise quite how much I would love it!  Tolkien’s writing is so great, I don’t think I can fault a single area of the book.

People have often said that The Lord of The Rings is the ‘best story ever told’ and I agree that it is one of the best I have ever read (so far).  The way Tolkien manages to write an epic that is still easy to relate to and not over confusing is really special and definitely not very common.  The plot is probably what made me turn the pages most, even though half of me was saying ‘slow down and savour each moment!’  The twists and turns are very well done and manage to balance perfectly between not being too ridiculous or too predictable.  I cannot wait to see what happens next!

The characters are totally iconic in modern day life: everyone knows the names Frodo, Gandalf, Legolas etc and it was really enjoyable for me to put personalities to these vague faces I could dimly picture from trailers/TV.  The way each character develops throughout this first book is akin to a great Dickensian classic, especially the way Sam has gone from a faithful gardener to brave and loyal adventurer!  It is going to be amazing to see what happens to everyone as the story continues – surely Gandalf can’t really be gone?!  Also, I can’t wait to finally watch the films too to see how everything is presented on screen…although not until I have finished the books of course!

Middle Earth is a well-known setting but it is still very detailed and intricate, especially to those who are unfamiliar with Tolkien’s universe.  Therefore, the inclusion of maps at the end of the book is really helpful, particularly if you are like me and like to follow a journey on a page and picture the route.  The detail with which Tolkien has created this world is just beyond incredible and you end up believing absolutely everything you read!

I think the main (?) reason why we all adore The Lord of The Rings so much, is that Tolkien’s enormous love and enthusiasm for all things in Middle Earth is plainly obvious throughout the entire epic; it permeates through every myth, legend, song and story that form the background and history of his unique world and you can’t help but share it too!  Bring on The Two Towers.

P.S I have put that this counts towards The Classics Club, but I put LOTR as one entry, so I guess it only counts as a third of a classic? :L