Friday, October 15, 2010

The Lord of the Rings

The name of these books are The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, and they are the ultimate fantasy titles. First, a little background. The world of middle earth was thought up by a shell-shocked J.R.R.Tolkien in 1917, his first ideas eventually condensing into the Silmarillion (an unfinished work). After the War, Tolkien was appointed professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. In his spare time, he made a story to tell his kids about a small creature called a Hobbit, namely Bilbo Baggins. While the story was full of adventure, Tolkien never got around to finishing the story until his publisher found out about it. After that, Tolkien  finally wrote an ending to the tale. The Hobbit was very popular, and people practically demanded a sequel. And so the Lord of the Rings was born. The Fellowship of the ring is the first book and naturally this is where the plot begins. Or is it? (WARNING! to actually understand this series, you must read The Hobbit.) The initial setting is at Bilbo's birthday party, where Bilbo has planned a surprise. He plans to leave Hobbiton forever, giving his estate to Frodo, his nephew. Even his magic ring. Ever since his encounter with Gollum, Bilbo has treasured the ring, and somehow finds it hard to part with the curious thing. But finally, when the day comes, Bilbo overcomes himself and puts his ring in an envelope for Frodo. the party comes and goes, and Gandalf's spectacular fireworks wow the crowd. Bilbo disappears as planned and Frodo takes up possession of the Ring.
    This is the beginning of the Fellowship of the Ring.

Frodo Baggins is the protagonist of the story, although the Ring is almost as much a protagonist as he is. Frodo  is Bilbo's nephew, whose education was taken up by Bilbo. The Ring is a little gold object with Elvish written on it in fire. The Fellowship's main theme is the defeat of evil, like in many good fantasy stories. The mood is dark, but with a light at the end of the tunnel. Most of this evil is brought on by Sauron and the Ring. These books are so good that I cannot think of any weaknesses! Overall, this series is very good and is highly recommended. Overall, the Lord of the Rings is the ultimate in fantasy, and it is chock-full of action. That is all.

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