Release Date: 1954
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him - and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed - in the very center of Sauron's dark kingdom. (courtesy of Goodreads)
My goal for this summer was to read the entire Lord of the Rings series. I don't think that's going to happen, but I'd like to finish it. I'd read the first book (as well as the second) many years ago, but remembered virtually nothing. I liked it better than I did the first time, but it still probably won't go down on my list of favorite reads.
My main issue with the book is that it's so dense. That's not a criticism of the book. It's more of a personal taste. Sometimes I have time and am in the mood for a complex book that I really have to focus on, but not often. Especially when I have tons of other books to read.
To really get into LOTR, I think you need to delve completely into it. Unlike Harry Potter, it doesn't pull me in. I have to choose to immerse myself into it. This makes sense since LOTR is aimed at a different age of reader than Harry Potter. And fifty years separates the two series.
Fellowship of the Ring is much darker than The Hobbit. I'd read that Tolkien originally intended to write LOTR as a follow-up children's series but realized as it was going that it was more adult. The darkness develops slowly. The beginning has some of the light-hearted fun of The Hobbit. Bilbo and then Frodo leaves The Shire. We meet the big cast of characters and slowly the journey gets started. Very slowly. This book is mostly about the very beginning of the journey. I wanted things to get moving, but I appreciate that a strong foundation will pay off in the end.
I'm glad I re-read Fellowship of the Ring. I enjoyed it, but it often felt like homework. I appreciate the book as much as I like it. I'll continue with the self-imposed assignment and hope that I really click with the series eventually.
Recommendation: Borrow and then Buy if you really like it
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