The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

eBook - 1973
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [1973]
Characteristics: xiii, 527 p. : map ; 21 cm

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The first volume in the trilogy tells of the fateful power of the One ring. All the members of the fellowship, hobbits, elves and wizards, are plunged into a clash between good and evil.


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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Dec 07, 2017

I read quite a bit of speculative and creative fiction: that is, fiction that takes place in worlds that look like our own, but are markedly different in terms of events, characters, and places. Tolkien’s invented world of Middle-earth is one example of such creative fiction that I enjoy, and have enjoyed for quite some time. My introduction to the Lord of the Rings came when a friend introduced me to the Peter Jackson films. I was awestruck with the ability to creature worlds and stories. I’ve attempted to read the books before, but have never been able to do so. Now, much older than I was then, I find myself breezing through Fellowship of the Ring, discovering myself as even more awestruck at what Tolkien accomplished with his writing.

In this book we have a world that lives and breathes, grows and changes, and of which we learn only a small portion of its history. At every turn I find myself reading about some new facet of lore, never fully explained, but only referenced, and I always want more. It seems one of the biggest complaint many readers have against this book is Tolkien’s use of poetry/song, but I find this one of the most fascinating and enchanting elements of the book. This is a part of what makes the world of Middle-earth feel so lived in and alive.

The story of hobbits, of these little and seemingly unimportant folk from the Shire, and how they meet elves, dwarves, men, and monsters, is the central theme to the story. Unlike Tolkien’s similar book, The Hobbit, the joy quickly drains from this work, and we find ourselves in the midst of war. Tolkien, however, never turns his narrative completely bleak, always managing to dangle hope in front of us; reminding us that not all things in the world are wicked and evil. There is goodness in the hearts of men, after all, even if it is easily buried and manipulated.

Fellowship of the Ring is a work of beauty and creative energy unlike any other. Part II of the book is especially engaging, drawing the reader into the events and travels of the fellowship as they attempt to unmake the dangerous Ring of Power. Many people have tried to make the One Ring a metaphor for the atomic bomb or other such things, but this seems to miss the spirit of the work itself. At its heart, The Lord of the Rings is a story about good overcoming evil. The ring itself is a small trifle, little more than a simple ring. Its danger lies in its ability to corrupt the minds of those who carry it (they need not even use it), and this, I think, is the key to the story. The ring is a thing of pure evil, no one can stand against it, but someone must destroy it. It is as though Tolkien is saying, “evil can and will corrupt the hearts of men, but we must do something to stop it!”

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green_zebu_65
Nov 14, 2017

THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!! My family has read this book and they all said it was good, so I read it. Also if you've seen the movie, but haven't read the book, you need to read it. While the movie is good, the book is better. 5 STARS.

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 14, 2017

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. ...no, the movies are not better, but they could not have been done any better to represent such a masterpiece.

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Gwen7154
Aug 02, 2017

'The Fellowship of the Ring' was probably the best instalment in the three-book series of 'The Lord of the Rings'. It is by far not as depressing, complicated, monotonous, and gruesome as the third book. I enjoyed reading this immensely. Legolas is my favourite character, followed by Gimli and Sam.

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hobbit_crazy
Jul 31, 2017

just to good

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clairelisabeth
Jul 19, 2017

This is a great book for all ages.

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darcyhudjik
Apr 12, 2017

Tolkien's writing is so easy to visualize in this book. I enjoy his writing style.

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Samuel Qiao
Apr 05, 2017

I borrowed this book from the library and I kind of liked this book. This book contains lots of adventure and action. This book is written by J.R.R. Tolkien. This book is about the main character (Which is Frodo) protecting the ring, which is an ancient treasure. My favorite character is Frodo because he is the bravest of the pack and fiercely protects the Ring, and he also does the most fighting. The pack is Frodo, Merry, Legolas, Gandalf, Strider (AKA Aragorn), Sam, and Pippin. Together they help Frodo Protect the Ring. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because this book contains lots of adventure and action.

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Book13worm27
Jan 16, 2017

I borrowed this audiobook with the hopes of listening to one of my childhood favorites while on the way to and from work (I have a long drive). I was sorely disappointed because this is not the book and I was frustrated that this dramatization does not even follow the story. It changes what I believe to be a crucial story plot point within the first half hour of listening.

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Racqu3l
Oct 06, 2016

Quite a long read, and dragging at some parts. But I still enjoyed it.

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red_gerbil_78
Nov 02, 2017

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Gwen7154
Aug 02, 2017

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mihin7
Jun 29, 2017

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ThePistachioKing
Jun 08, 2017

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picklepepper26
Jun 24, 2014

picklepepper26 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

gdanu Jan 20, 2014

gdanu thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and under

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Spirostar
Sep 25, 2013

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Perenelle
Jul 13, 2013

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ThePistachioKing
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!

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bella_77
Aug 05, 2015

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

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BookWorm4Eva_101
Jul 12, 2015

Not all those who wander are lost

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BookWorm4Eva_101
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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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

"Bombur was now so fat that he could not move himself from his couch to his chair at table, and it took six young dwarves to lift him.”

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picklepepper26
Jun 24, 2014

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

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green_horse_2312
Jun 06, 2014

"Not all those who wander are lost"
-Bilbo

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Christine98
Jan 29, 2014

"I will come and see them, if ever I can," said Frodo. "How surprised Bilbo would have been to see all the changes In the Desolation of Smaug!"

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cardona99a
May 28, 2013

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

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twilightmom
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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picklepepper26
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.

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twilightmom
Jun 29, 2012

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

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GZZ
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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