Information About the Book
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published on: July 29, 1954
Awards: Prometheus Hall of Fame Award & International Fantasy Award for Fiction
The book is about a young hobbit who is trying to destroy the ring before the ring destroys the world.
About J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien)
Born: January 3, 1892
Died: September 2, 1973 (81)
He wrote other books such as The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales.
He is also a poet.
He served in the military from 1915-1920 as a lieutenant and fought in WWI.
This book takes place after the Hobbit. On Bilbo's 111th birthday and Frodo's 33rd birthday, Bilbo gave Frodo his powerful ring that has infinite power to destroy the world. Since Bilbo and Frodo are only Hobbits, a very low race, they only have the power to disappear. The ring was first held by Sauron, the creator of the ring who attempted to destroy all the good in Middle-earth. He was defeated by Ilsidur who lost the ring afterwards and founded by Smeagol which then led to Bilbo and now to Frodo. After Frodo recieves the ring, he is warned by Gandalf about the consequences of the ring. Frodo didn't want to hold so much power so he plans to destroy it at Mount Doom. With his trusty and loyal servant, Sam Gamgee, they pass through challenging obstacles and fight Black Riders who are hunting for the ring. During the journey, many other members join to help Frodo resist the temptation of the ring.
The theme of the book is that selfishness, not only does it lead to dangerous and risky situations, but it could hurt those affected by it, including yourself.
* Sauron used the ring to destroy all the good in Middle-earth
* Smeagol killed his friend for the ring
* Frodo almost left his friends to die to save himself
By these examples, you can see that people get hurt in these situations. It may not seem that bad sometimes but it can lead to a more serious consequence. In the real world, it may seem right to do what you want in the first place but once you see the changes and effects caused by your selfishness, you then start to regret the choices you made.
I would rate this book a 9/10 because it was very well written in details but it was a little slow. The book added many events that didn't necessarily need to be in the book because it didn't relate to the impeding events. I would recommend this book to 5th grade and up as a fun read but it may be a bit difficult to understand the meanings in 5th-6th grade. Overall, this was a really good read and I enjoyed the plot of the book and the many obstacles they overcame.