The Lord of the Rings (#1-3)
By: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin
Release Date: July 1954
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Where You Can Buy It: Anywhere books are sold!
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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In 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 could 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 by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.
When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.
The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
Let it be said that this series will forever be my all time favorite series. I have cried, laughed, cheered, mourned, and traveled with this fellowship and their friends throughout all three books. My heart swelled with fear and love. As amazing as these movies are, nothing can bet the books. These books are masterpieces beyond words can describe. Tolkien was a master writer and someone who changed the course of fiction for the rest of history.
Tolkien not only writes a story that is a fantasy novel that changed the course of fantasy, but he writes a story that will live down as the best work of fiction. In my short life, I have read many books but none can compare to this work of art. Tolkien writes beautiful underlining messages of hope, love, loyalty, friendship, and peace. You can see his worldview shining through these novels. Though, there is no Christianity in these novels, there is however messages and even I believe allegories (though he did not mean for there to be) of Christianity. Anyone who has studied Tolkien, knows how much his faith meant to him. It is what shaped him into the man that we all know and love.
Return of the King is by far my favorite book of this series. Though Fellowship and Two Towers are good, Return of the King is the book that I look forward to most reading. I honestly do not know what it is about this one that makes me love and adore it, I just do. However, the last few chapters had me in tears multiple times but I do not care because this book deserves the tears that I cried.
I started this series thinking that my love would end up dwindling but instead as I finish the last book, I realize that my love did not end up dwindling, but rather ended up growing even more. This series will forever be a huge part of my life and I honestly cannot wait to re-read it again.
About the Author
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .
Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C.S. Lewis.