Photo Review – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Summary: 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.

Source: I purchased a softcover.

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I read The Hobbit a few years ago and absolutely loved it. The Lord of the Rings has been on my to-read list for years and years, but it just seemed so daunting and long. Much like other older fantasy books, I expected it to be long and boring and dry, so I kept putting it off. For the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided I would finally read it this year as Book Mentioned In Another Book and finally get to scratch it off of my 100 Essential Books Scratch Off Poster.

I’m glad I read it! It wasn’t nearly as slow as I’d expected and I was able to match up a lot of the characters with those in the movie, which helped me put some faces to names and keep it from being confusing. It also helps that I read The Hobbit, so I cared a lot about the events in the beginning and I’m not sure I would have cared about Bilbo and his party and his birthday if I hadn’t read The Hobbit.

I still prefer The Hobbit because Frodo just isn’t as fun as Bilbo (not that his task was really fun in the first place) and because everything was so dark and serious and dramatic and I much preferred the lightheartedness of The Hobbit. Still, LOTR was really good and much better than I expected it to be.