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The Fellowship of the Ring mobi ã Mass Market Paperback Read ç J.R.R. Tolkien Ê One Ring to rule them all One Ring to find them One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven smiths and Sauron The Dark Lord forged the ONds himself faced with an immense task as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle earth to the Cracks of Doom there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend From the valleys of the Shire to the summit of Amon Hen The Fellowship of the Ring is an extraordinary adventure of endearing characters defying impossible odds

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Ould rule all others But the One Ring was taken from him and though he sought it throughout Middle earth it remained lost to him After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins as told in The HobbitIn a sleepy village in the Shire young Frodo Baggins fi “All that is gold does not glitterNot all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not witherDeep roots are not reached by the frostFrom the ashes a fire shall be wokenA light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was brokenThe crownless again shall be king” As someone who’ve read than three hundred fantasy novels it may come as a surprise to many people that this is in fact the first time I managed to finish reading The Fellowship of the Ring Honestly there’s nothing new I can offer here; for several decades there have been many analysts and heavy devout of The Lords of the Rings Middle Earth and pretty much everything related to Tolkien My knowledge of Middle Earth contained only what I’ve read from The Great Tales of Middle Earth Silmarillion this book and from watching the movie adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy Matched to these experts my knowledge is just a drop in a sea of diligence What I will write here instead is my personal experience; mainly on why it took me this long to finally finish reading this legendary novel for the very first time and how much I disagree with the illusionary ‘reuired’ reading surrounding this seriesPicture The One Ring by Donato GiancolaFor many readers The Lord of the Rings is responsible for being their gateway into the fantasy genre; for me it was the one that pushed me away for years The last time I pushed myself to read The Fellowship of the Ring was all the way back in 2012 when The Hobbit movie came out; I DNFed it because I was mindlessly bored and before that I have tried reading this book so many times but ended up DNF it every time Frodo met Tom Bombadil Now now don’t unleash your Gurthang on me yet let’s put things into perspective first Same with many readers I absolutely love The Lord of the Rings movie—extended of course—adaptations; it probably will always be my favorite fantasy movies of all time I have watched it so many times that I lost count now; last year I re watched the trilogy only to find myself in awe by everything about it again I personally think the movies did a great job of rearrangingcutting content for watching enjoyment; in comparison to the novels they are also so much fast paced relatively Obviously it’s not fair to compare them like that because they’re different mediums of entertainment; movies will always be faster paced than the books However try putting yourself in the shoe of someone who wasn’t keen on reading novels—I haven’t found my gateway into fantasy novels yet back then—and have known about the main plot of the series from watching the movies so many times being put into reading The Fellowship of the Ring that’s verbose; it was the opposite of enjoyment it was boredom Back then I found that the forming of the Fellowship of the Ring brotherhood and their adventure took way too long to reach because I’m much used to the pacing of the moviesPicture The Fellowship in Hollin by Donato GiancolaThen I kept hearing from many fanatics that “you’re not a fantasy readerfans unless you’ve read and loved The Lord of the Rings” and not gonna lie it pushed me off the genre for years; I thought reading epic fantasy novels wasn’t for me because of this statement I will disagree with this notion that you’re reuired to read a specific series to be considered as a fantasy reader Not only this is incredibly disrespectful to countless fantasy authors and readers but it also speaks heavily of elitism and childish behavior that the world seriously doesn’t need If you want to feel superior or powerful for having read this series and be condescending towards other people you should raise your hand to your back and pat your asses three times because what you just pat is what you’ve become There’s an unlimited number of amazing fantasy books out now in the whole world it’s outrageous to gatekeep a gate that doesn’t exist just because they don’t follow your Tolkienism I love sushi do I have to fish and eat the first fish that popularized sushi as a popular food so that I can be considered as someone who loves eating sushi? What if I had listened to this garbage statement back then? What if I had completely given up back then because of my sour experiences with this book and the fandom? I would be missing on so many grand and unforgettable adventures I received from reading other fantasy books It may be shocking but The Lord of the Rings isn’t the only available fantasy books to readThere is no ‘reuired’ reading—other than to read ANY fantasy book—to become a fan of a fantasy; it is an illusion made up by elitists who should not be listened to Also this is kinda related I consider Malazan Book of the Fallen one of my favorite series of all time For years I’ve been hearing many angry complaints towards Malazan fanatics and to be fair some of them can indeed be annoying when they keep on recommending the series even when the series doesn’t fit the reader’s reuest for a recommendation This situation however is not exclusive to this series Any popular and famous series will always have a large fandom filled with passionate readers that’s sometimes transformed into fanatics I’ve had my share of dispute and grievances with some Malazan fans due to their seniority elitist and spoilers galore that ended up taking me a long time to plunge myself into the series Unfortunately speaking from my experience the same can be said for those who worshipped The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien maybe even much worse due to their tendency for gatekeeping “Deserves it I daresay he does Many that live deserve death And some that die deserve life Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement For even the very wise cannot see all ends” This rambling has gone on much longer than I expected now and I haven’t even begun talking about what I loved and disliked about The Fellowship of the Ring That being said because The Lord of the Rings is technically one big tome divided into three I prefer doing a full spoiler free review on The Lord of the Rings when I have finished reading The Two Towers and The Return of the King as well For now let me just briefly say that I enjoyed reading The Fellowship of the Ring so much now than all of my previous attempts With relatively many fantasy books read now I was able to tolerate Tolkien’s verbose writing style If you’re one of those who struggle through reading this book my advice—if you want to push yourself—is to persevere until Frodo reached the village of Bree and meet Strider In my opinion this was the checkpoint where the novel started being engaging Before that even reading it now many parts felt super sluggish; Tom Bombadilo’s singing and sections were pure nonsense that I wouldn’t mind skipping There aren’t enough praises I can give to Tolkien for the depth of his world building remember this was published than 60 years ago and creating some of the most iconic scenes in the fantasy genre that led to a myriad of beautiful fan art like thisPicture The Shadow and the Flame by Anato FinnstarkAnd speaking of iconic scenes what we read in The Fellowship of the Ring is merely a small taster of what’s to come in The Two Towers and The Return of the King Although I’m not a huge fan of Tolkien’s prose—the singing was a bit too much and he uses third person omniscient narrative which I’m not too keen of—there’s this sense of being transported into another world by reading his writing Plus let’s not forget that he wrote some of the most memorable uote; this one is timeless “I wish it need not have happened in my time said FrodoSo 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” I am not denying the importance of Tolkien’s role in the fantasy genre; it would be insane to deny that The Fellowship of the Ring and the next two parts of The Lords of the Rings were and still some of the most important fantasy novels that shaped and made the fantasy genre popular However I personally wouldn’t recommend this series as a fantasy gateway series for people who are looking to get into reading adult fantasy for the first time Same with all books I reviewed my rating is based on reading enjoyment not on a technicality achievement or any other external factors Unlike the existence of The One Ring to Rule Them All there isn’t one fantasy series to rule them all as a foolproof recommendation This is also what makes fantasy fantastical and wonderful; it’s truly a favorite genre of mine that is filled with boundless and infinite imaginations Instead of banishing fantasy readers for not readingloving The Lord of the Rings I definitely prefer to welcome them with recommending other fantasy books that in my opinion would work for them Let’s do better “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief it grows perhaps the greater” You can order the book from Book Depository Free shippingYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Devin Hamad Joie Mike Miracle Nicholas

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The Fellowship of the RingOne Ring to rule them all One Ring to find them One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven smiths and Sauron The Dark Lord forged the One Ring filling it with his own power so that he c Authors who inspire a movement are usually misunderstood especially by those they have inspired and Tolkien is no exception but one of the biggest misconceptions about Tolkien is the idea that he is somehow an 'innovator of fantasy' He did add a number of techniues to the repertoire of epic fantasy writers and these have been dutifully followed by his many imitators but for the most part these techniues are little than bad habitsMany have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Father of Fantasy' but anyone who makes this claim simply does not know of the depth and history of the fantasy genre For those who are familiar with the great and influential fantastical authors from Ovid and Ariosto to Eddison and Dunsany to RE Howard and Fritz Leiber it is clear that long before Tolkien fantasy was already a complex well established and even a respected literary genreEddison's work contains an invented world a carefully constructed and well researched archaic language a powerful and unearthly ueen and a central character who is conflicted and lost between the forces of nobility and darkness Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword which came out the same year as The Fellowship of the Ring has distant haughty elves deep delving dwarves a broken sword which must be reforged an epic war between the armies of light and darkness another central character trapped between those extremes and an interweaving of Christian and Pagan worldviewsSo if these aspects are not uniue to Tolkien then what does set him apart? Though Dunsany Eddison and Anderson all present worlds where light and dark come into conflict they present these conflicts with a subtle and often ironic touch recognizing that morality is a dangerous thing to present in absolutes Tolkien or CS Lewis on the other hand has no problem in depicting evil as evil good as good and the only place they meet is in the temptation of an honest heart as in Gollum's case and even then he is not like Eddison's Lord Gro or Anderson's Scafloc characters who live under an alternative view of the world but instead fluctuates between the highs and lows of Tolkien's dualistic moralityIt is a dangerous message to make evil an external irrational thing to define it as 'the unknown that opposes us' because it invites the reader to overlay their own morality upon the world which is precisely what most modern fantasy authors tend to do following Tolkien's example Whether it's Goodkind's Libertarianism or John Norman's sex slave fetish its very easy to simply create a magical allegory to make one side 'right' and the other side 'wrong' and you never have to develop a dramatic narrative that actually explores the soundness of those ideas Make the good guys dress in bright robes or silvery maile and the bad guys in black spiky armor and a lot of people will never notice that all the 'good guys' are White upper class men while all the 'bad guys' are 'brutish foreigners' and that both sides are killing each other and trying to rule their little corner of the worldIn Tolkien's case his moral view was a very specific evocation of the ideal of 'Merrie England' which is an attempt by certain stodgy old Tories like Tolkien to rewrite history so that the nobility were all good and righteous leaders the farmers were all happy in their 'proper place' working a simple patch of dirt while both industrialized cultures and the 'primitives' who resided to the South and East were 'the enemy' bent on despoiling the 'natural beauty of England' despite the fact that the isles had been flattened deforested and partitioned a thousand years beforeThough Tom Bombadil remains as a strangely incoherent reminder of the moral and social complexity of the fantasy tradition upon which Tolkien draws he did his best to scrub the rest clean spending years of his life trying to fit Catholic philosophy wholly into his Pagan adventure realm But then that's often how we think of Tolkien bent over his desk spending long hours researching note taking compiling and playing with language Even those who admit that Tolkien demonstrates certain racist sexist and classicist leanings as indeed do many great authors still praise the complexity of his 'world building'And any student of the great Epics like the Norse Eddas the Bible or the Shahnameh can see what Tolkien is trying to achieve with his worldbuilding those books presented grand stories but were also about depicting a vast world of philosophy history myth geography morality and culture They were encyclopedic texts intended to instruct their people on everything important in life and they are extraordinarily valuable to students of anthropology and history because even the smallest detail can reveal something about the world which the book describesSo Tolkien fills his books with troop movements dull songs lines of lineage and references to his own made up history mythology and language He has numerous briefly mentioned side characters and events because organic texts like the epics which were formed slowly over time and compiled from many sources often contained such digressions He creates characters who have similar names which is normally a stupid thing to do as an author because it is so confusing but he’s trying to represent a hereditary tradition of prefixes and suffixes and shared names which many great families of history had So Tolkien certainly had a purpose in what he did but was it a purpose that served the story he was trying to tell?Simply copying the form of reality is not what makes good art Art is meaningful it is directed It is not just a list of details everything within is carefully chosen by the author to make up a good story The addition of detail is not the same as adding depth especially since Tolkien’s world is not based on some outside system it is whatever he says it is It’s all arbitrary which is why the only thing that grants a character scene or detail purpose is the meaning behind it Without that meaning then what Tolkien is doing is just a very elaborate thought exercise Now it’s certainly true that many people have been fascinated with studying it but that’s eually true of many thought exercises such as the rules and background of the Pokemon card game or crossword puzzlesOstensibly Scrabble supposedly is a game for people who love words and yet top Scrabble players sit an memorize lists of words whose meaning they will never learn Likewise many literary fandom games become little than word searches find this reference connect that name to this character but which have no meaning or purpose outside of that The point of literary criticism is always to lead us back to human thought and ideas to looking at how we think and express ourselves If a detail in a work cannot lead us back to ourselves then it is no than an arbitrary piece of chaffThe popularity of Tolkien’s work made it acceptable for other authors to do the same thing to the point that whenever I hear a book lauded for the ‘depth of its world building’ I expect to find a mess of obsessive detailing of piling on so many inconseuential facts and figures that the characters and stories get buried under the scree as if the author secretly hopes that by spending most of the chapter describing the hero’s cuirass we'll forget that he’s a bland archetype who only succeeds through happy coincidence and deus ex machina against an enemy with no internal structure or motivationWhen uiller Couch said authors should ‘murder their darlings’ this is what he meant just because you have hobbies and opinions does not mean you should fill your novel with them Anything which does not materially contribute to the story characters and artistry of a work can safely be left out Tolkien's embarrassment of detail also produced a huge inflation in the acceptable length of fantasy books leading to the meandering unending series that fill bookstore shelves todayNow there are several notable critics who have lamented the unfortunate effect that Tolkien’s work has had on the genre such as in Moorcock’s Epic Pooh and Mieville’s diatribe about every modern fantasy author being forced to come to terms with the old don's influence I agree with their deconstructions but for me Tolkien isn’t some special author some ‘fantasy granddad’ looming over all He’s just a bump in the road one author amongst many in a genre that stretches back thousands of years into our very ideas of myth and identity and not one of the interesting onesHis ideas weren’t uniue and while his approach may have been unusual it was only because he spent a lifetime trying obsessively to make something artificial seem natural despite the fact that the point of fantasy and fiction in general is to explore the artificial the human side of the euation to look at the world through the biased lens of our eye and to represent some odd facet of the human condition Unfortunately Tolkien’s characters structure and morality are all too flat to suggest much no matter how many faux organic details he surrounds them withMy Fantasy Book Suggestions