Author: J.R.R. Tolkien.
Published: 29th July, 1954.
The first in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I finally got around to reading this. I loved it. After reading The Hobbit I was hooked into the Middle-Earth universe. This is a great start to Frodo Baggins’s journey to destroy the ring.
It’s a wonderful fantasy novel. First off, it’s beautifully written. The prose throughout the novel is so enjoyable to read. The depiction of the landscape as the fellowship journeys throughout middle-earth is supreme. Along with that the songs and poems that the characters recite are beautiful and musical.
The fellowship is made up of a cast of interesting, contrasting and whimsical characters from all different races.
The only slightly negative thing (and the reason why I didn’t give it 10/10) is that it does take quite a while to get into the meat of the story. It takes almost 200 pages (nearly half the book) for the actual journey of the fellowship to begin. I think it was because after The Hobbit, I was expecting to be thrown right away into the action. It didn’t massively bother me, but it really picks up the pace around the halfway mark and I really enjoyed it from that point. The events then are exciting and compelling and you get a real sense of the danger of the orcs and other such creatures. The battle with the Balrog was the highlight for me.
All in all, a masterpiece of a novel. I can’t wait to read the next two books.