Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Lord of the Rings Book Review

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien revolves around the epic tale of the One Ring. The Dark Lord wants to possess this ring in order to obtain all the power that it needs to rule over Middle Earth. Frodo Baggins, a hobbit who hasn't experienced any adventure at all, was given the perilous task of destroying the ring so that the Dark Lord would not take hold of it. He is not alone in this journey, however. With him is the Fellowship of the Ring, namely: Boromir and Aragorn to represent men, Gimli for the Dwarves, Legolas for the Elves, and Pippin, Sam, and Merry for the hobbits. The nine of them set out from Rivendell (an Elven outpost) to make their journey into Mordor, and into the Crack of Doom, where the ring has to be destroyed.

The Lord of the Rings is a very adventurous book. It introduces us to our world when only a few men existed, alongside elves, hobbits, dwarves, and other fantastical creatures. In my opinion Tolkien could not have done a better job of describing this world. His writing style is spell-binding, and it makes you feel like you are a child again, listening to your grandfather tell you a story of a magical time. It is also very detailed, from the names and description of places in Middle-Earth, to the story that Tolkien tells. However, it is because of the amount of detail that this book has that it can be a little slow at times, focusing more on the authenticity of the world and the events rather than taking the reader on an adventurous and thrilling ride. Tolkien also writes in an old-fashioned manner. This adds to the realism of the story, but it can also be pretty arduous at times, especially for people whose English are not a first language. Once one is completely immersed to the story though, one paragraph just flows easily to another and the result is absolutely beautiful.  Take a look at this paragraph, for example:
“Here was one with an air of high nobility such as Aragorn at times revealed, less high perhaps, yet also less incalculable and remote: one of the Kings of Men born into a later time, but touched with the wisdom and sadness of the Eldar Race. He knew now why Beregond spoke his name with love. He was a captain that men would follow, that he would follow, even under the shadow of the black wings.” 
 As for the characters of the book, I thought they were absolutely marvellous, especially their developments throughout the books. One example is Legolas and Gimli, who as an elf and a dwarf irk each other by right. However, by the end of the novel, they have become such great friends. Another prime example is the development of the characters of the hobbits, going from comfort-loving, say-no-to-adventures creatures to heroes through the novel. The relationship between the characters was also very endearing. Legolas and Gimli's relationship for one, as well as, of course, Frodo and Sam's.

All in all I loved this book a whole, whole, lot. I had to read with the help of an audiobook (Phil Dagrash's, because, as I've said, it can be quite slow), but it only enhanced the reading experience! It did take me a month to read the three books though, but it the end it was all worth it! I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy novels and adventures!

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