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Lord of the Rings 1 Fellowship of the Ring

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Harpercollins (uk) | January 31, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

Lord of the Rings 1 Fellowship of the Ring is rated 4.6562 out of 5 by 32.

Impossible to describe in a few words, JRR Tolkien?s great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail. Tolkien created a vast new mythology in an invented world which has proved timeless in its appeal.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 576 pages, 7.01 × 4.37 × 1.38 in

Published: January 31, 1999

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0261102354

ISBN - 13: 9780261102354

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just keep reading, it gets better! This is probably the longest it’s ever taken me to read a novel, but it’s The Lord of the Rings so it’s understandable. As much as I loved The Hobbit, I just could not get into The Fellowship of the Ring. It was probably due to a combination of things… the pages-long songs, the ridiculous amount of detail and the fact that the story dragged down to the pace of a snail at the beginning. I’ve heard warnings about the first book before, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. But despite my first impressions during the first half of the novel, I did enjoy it. If it wasn’t for my class, I probably wouldn’t have picked the book up — but I’m glad I can say I’ve completed it! The Lord of the Rings is just one of those series that any literature-obsessed person should try. It’s like climbing a mountain — sure, you might not be able to reach the top the first time you try, but with persistence and further tries, you will make it to the top. I had many days when I couldn’t possibly imagine reaching the last page, but after 30 days I did! The novel didn’t change my life, nor did it make me feel like I had wasted my time. I enjoyed my time with this first novel and, as unbelievable as it sounds, I actually couldn’t wait to start reading The Two Towers after I had finished it. The idea of an epic quest to destroy the One Ring is original in itself, and I’m so thankful Tolkien put his ideas to print because without this saga, fantasy wouldn’t be the same today. But while the idea is fantastic, I did think the first novel that set up the story could have been tighter. The writing seemed to drone on and I couldn’t wait to get to Rivendell. The characters were all captivating in their own ways, and I found I really did care about what happened to them. But what really made me love the novel was the fact that Tolkien put so much love and passion into it. This was his life for so many years and he focused so much time into making this a novel unlike any other. The idea that he created his own languages for the novel and developed so many intriguing sets of characters (from Elves to Hobbits, Wizards to Orcs), is awe-inspiring! While I cannot say, as much as I wish I could, that this is one of my favourite novels, I can say that I have a new appreciation for Tolkien and can look at the saga with better eyes. To view more of my book reviews, visit: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lord of the Rings the fellowship of the Ring Novel Critique The Lord of the Rings the Fellowship of the Ring is, in my opinion, a novel of exquisite taste in literature. The book constructed by the famed and talented author J.R.R Tolkien is indeed worthy of its praise. The writing style is unique, and many today duplicate it. The ups and downs of the plot along with its many distinct and varied characters keep the reader enthralled. A book even of over 500 pages like this doesn’t get boring. The plot just keeps on getting better. In the beginning, Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthday party is used to introduce all the hobbits and generally inscribe their traditions and behaviors into the reader’s mind. Throughout Frodo’s journey, the reader gets a chance to better understand Middle-earth, from its reluctant elves, to its enchanted wizards and savage orcs. I felt as though this whole book was an introduction although, to the plot. Not much progress occurred in this book plot wise. The recurring macabre that is Gollum must be the book’s best feature. His life, utterly shattered by the obsession of possessing the One Ring, along with his ghoulish appearance, makes him among the more interesting characters. He demanded the ring from his friend, despite already having been given a present. He strangled his friend in cold blood, and took the Ring from him, and discovered its power- invisibility. He returned home and began thieving. His town grew weary of him and exiled him into the unknown. The remorse in his mind tormented him and he slowly drifted to insanity. The ring was all his life was about, and he even murmured to himself, calling it, “my precious.” It became his only purpose in life, and he kept it even though it didn’t desire him any longer. Gollum makes an excellent antagonist, as a persistent and chilling individual. The biggest concern for this book is its lack of progress. Tolkien’s style of writing is slow and may be unfamiliar to most. He progresses slowly in much detail, and takes his time explaining everything. Although this isn’t a bad thing, it just seems much of a waste if much of what you are reading is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. As for the movie version, Peter Jackson had done an excellent job of portraying the plot of the book. In just 3 hours, he summarized most of the 500 pages of the book, without making the movie seem rushed or choppy. He used his stereotypes well to get the viewer to better understand the characters. The atmosphere and music helped to quicken the understanding. In just 5 minutes of watching the movie, I felt as though I was there, in the exhilarating world of Middle-earth. The series made by Tolkien had become a widespread hit, forever reforming the fantasy genre. It has become a trailblazer for books about mythical lore. Eventually, it was decided that a game was to be made for the series. “The Lord of the Rings the fellowship of the Ring the Game” had been created for the PS2 console. I daresay the creators of the game were in over their heads if they were to believe that it would become a success. It used the popularity of the series to make money. It was not very detailed and the game play was simplistic. The combat also seemed rather bland. It was a very big failure in my opinion.
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A work of genius... Wow...I simply cannot find enough words of praise for this marvelous book! Simply astounding! I have read the Lord of the Rings many, many times...so many I have now lost count. They are dearly loved books, dearly loved stories; an amazing world I love to visit over and over again. As for JRR Tolkien, what a master wordsmith! Of course, Grammar and English critics would have a field-day over run-on sentences, etc. but the way he has created his world with these words is astonishing. None will ever be written better.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok... It was ok, not the best book ever and not as good as people made it out to be, it was quite long and yes well detailed and very diffrent from the movie, but still good enough.
Date published: 2006-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the Beginning of an epic Tale Lord of the Rings really speaks for itself, Tolkien is a master author who greats this vast detailed world in which his characters roam on their quest to destroy the lord of the rings, hence the name. This is the first of three, and must be looked at as only the first third of a book, not a book on itself, so read them all! They are on my top 10 least, probably number 1 or 2 for sure.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Simple Master Piece This first book in trilogy of The Lord of the Rings is a pricelss story, of which everyone should experience. An adventurous, and wondrous tale of hobbits, humans, elfs, dwarves, and wizards. Tolkien has a way of letting your imagiantion thread through his words, letting your thoughts, and dreams run wild. Pure genius, are the only words to describe an author such as Tolkien, who else, or what else could create such an intricate and elaborate world, with its own beliefs, settings, cultures, and languages. Reading this book will be one of the best choices you will ever make. However, beware...in reading the first book you will feel incomplete without reading the rest of the trilogy, with The Hobbit as an extremely long prologue. Do not deprive yourself of such a treasure, read the entire series, you will be glad you did.
Date published: 2005-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books ever! It's Lord of the Rings, do I really need to say more? well I guess I do since you are reading this review and not buying yet. This was a really enjoyable book. Even if you've seen the movie, there is still more things in the book that were left out (or changed). Although the book is lengthy, it didn't take me long to read since I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2004-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Down With Abra Kadabra Abra Kadabra, guess what I'm tired of \these little kids wizards and warlocks books. Finally a best seller about mystical creatures that has attitude. This is exactly what The Fellowship of the Ring, brings to its readers. A strong well thought out plot, with sephisticated vocabulary, instead of having books like Harry Potter with the Abra Kadabra stuff that we're all tired of. That's why I enjoyed The Fellowship of th Ring, easily decerving Five Stars.
Date published: 2003-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Adventure of excellence THe first part of the lord of the rings trilogy. A great adventure and stroyline that will make you keep reading this marvelous peice of work by Tolkien.
Date published: 2003-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from well sure the movies are good, but... ...they miss alot of the cool stuff. like tom bombadil (he's awesome!). Although i do agree that he DOES describe things too much.
Date published: 2003-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review on Fellow ship of the Ring I would recommend when you first read the Lord of the rings series you should read the Hobbit first and then it makes the Fellowship of the Ring a lot more interesting and the book is great as well because you get to picture everything for yourself and theres more in the book then in the movie and of course more details. I finnished this in 1 week. Even though it looks long if you read a chapter a day it goes faster. I think the bookks are great. Pass to your friends.Just don't always count on movies cause sometimes the book can be better.
Date published: 2003-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a simple tale, magnificently told, richly woven and excellently structured. I have yet to find a person who has not enjoyed reading this book. It demonstrates all of Tolkien's masterful storytelling and and his extraordinary intellect. Let's hope everyone enjoys this book as least as much as I did.
Date published: 2003-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a classic, give it some slack people! The Lord of the Rings is a very different set of books then The Hobbit, and though I admit to liking The Hobbit somewhat more, I can't bare to see such a classic set of books smashed. The LotR is long and complicated, but once I watched the movie and learned the general storyline I had no problem getting engrossed in the books, especially The Return of the King. Descriptions of places can wear on, but a bit of immagination is what is needed. The detail puts everything in place and suddenly a vivid world springs out at you, bringing the characters to life. A must read for anyone interested in fiction or fantisy!
Date published: 2003-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Star Book This is an exceptional book. Tolkien is an amazing storyteller. I would strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2002-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! An awesome read, if you have the time to read it! if you get bored at the council of elrond chapter, don't give up hope!!!!!!!!!!! The movies better, but you should read this so you understand it.
Date published: 2002-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from borrrrring! i feel that THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING was boring and TOO WELL DESCRIBED. Tolkien likes to describe every little detail which makes it boring. i read it and i missed about one third of it - because i was bored. and i'm a good reader! i relied on the movie (which was very good) to fill me in. or i asked my friends. (we all read it). they seemed to know more about it than me. i do not recomend this book to anybody. THE HOBBIT was good, so read that and forget about this book. just see the movie!
Date published: 2002-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book should be on everyone's bookshelves. As I was reading this book, it felt as if I myself was partaking in the journey across Middle-Earth with the hobbit Frodo, and company. Tolkien is so detailed in his writings and describes the areas so well that it feels like you are right there in the story. As well, the depth of the plot is huge, and you easily fall into it after the first chapter. I recommend this book to anyone who loves epic adventures, or just plain loves to read. Go out and buy this book right now!... please.
Date published: 2002-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Rings This novel is exciting,adventures,imaginative and most of all touching. This book gets four and a half stars out of five because the action is intense and makes you feel as if you're right there with the characters. This book takes way too long to get the action started. It takes 190 pages for the action to get finally started! But besides that this book is spectacular and you really feel like you know the characters. This novel is gripping and page turning and certainly gets my thumbs up.
Date published: 2002-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever written This book is amazing. When I first started reading it, I really could not put it down. its so good. I can't think of one bad thing about the book. It's not at all like the movie (which too was amazing). Everybody should read it.
Date published: 2002-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT I finished the trilogy about a month ago, and I was so taken with it. The Fellowship of the Ring started the epic adventure and I loved every minute of it!!!!! Definitely the best book EVER. ~*peace out*~
Date published: 2002-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genious A brilliant beginning to the Lord of the Rings series. Very discriptive, rich vocabulary, very insightful. A must be read book.
Date published: 2002-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly In-Depth Once you start reading this book it will just suck you in, and you'll never want to put it down, until its nearly 4 in the morning, and you have to sleep. All you can think about when you're not reading it, is what will happen next. If you haven't yet read it, I highly suggest you do!
Date published: 2002-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord Of The Books The Fellowship Of The Rings is one of 4 books in an exciting series. The plot is simply astounding. Never has there been a better adventure! I encourage anyone who reads this to read the books. Even if you have seen the movie it does not eiclude all of the story like the book. Truly, every book in this series is a 5 star book!
Date published: 2002-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LIKE THE BEST BOOK EVER!! OMG! This book was like so awesome. The plot was completly rich with detail, and the way they portrayed Gollum was deliciously henious!! I like was so totally into this book! rock On J.R
Date published: 2002-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece! The lord of the rings is one of the best books ever written. With the movie receiving great reviews and the two other chapters on the way, what are you waiting for? I don't even know why you're wasting your time reading this review, get up and go buy this masterpiece! J.R. Tolkien is a mastermind in its truest sense.
Date published: 2002-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FOLLOW THE FELLOWSHIP After reading The Hobbit, I craved more. I then found out about the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. I immediately purchased the first book and couldn't put it down. Excellent plot, characters, and setting. I'd give it a million stars if possible.
Date published: 2001-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fellow Ship of the win next to the Harry Potter series I think this is great one of the best. Warning: read every single word or else.
Date published: 2001-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fellowship of the Ring If you love spell-binding fiction that is jam-packed FULL of magic, and imagination, and mystery, and suspense, and thrills, and CHILLS -then this is the book for you! My advice to you is; BUY THE BOOK
Date published: 2001-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever This is the best book ever it has really descriptive plot and uses a very wide varity of vocabulary and The setting and character description is amazing i give this book.
Date published: 2001-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever!!!! This is truly he greatest book of all times. It changed my life and the way I think about books like this. Every detail is filled with rich, epic adventure. Also read The Hobbit which is just as good and gives you a better understanding of The Fellowship of the Ring. I love this book and will eventually read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and reccomend it to everyone!!
Date published: 2000-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fellowship of the Ring The Fellowship of the Ring is a great book for fans of the fantasy genre. it is adventurous, inventive, and humorous, and is overall a great read. If you have read The Hobbit, you will love The Fellowship of the Ring. I, personally, liked it because it is inventive and pays attention to every detail. If you haven't read The Fellowship of the Ring, I highly suggest you read it.
Date published: 2000-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unforgettable Epic. This story really shows the greatness and wonder of true myth. Anyone who is into mythology should check this out. Also this is the sequel of an equally good book "THE HOBBIT"
Date published: 2000-07-16

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Lord of the Rings 1 Fellowship of the Ring

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 576 pages, 7.01 × 4.37 × 1.38 in

Published: January 31, 1999

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0261102354

ISBN - 13: 9780261102354

From the Publisher

Impossible to describe in a few words, JRR Tolkien?s great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail. Tolkien created a vast new mythology in an invented world which has proved timeless in its appeal.

About the Author

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father?s death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures. His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward?s School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shone in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called The Book of Lost Tales but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion. In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that t
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The vision of J.R.R. Tolkien is so complete, a whole world, including diverse settings, characters and mythology, has sprung from his Lord of the Rings series. Part one, The Fellowship of the Ring, sets up this timeless collection. This new edition includes an illustration by well-known fantasy illustrator Geoff Taylor.
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