The Fellowship of the Ring

Paperback | January 31, 1999

byJ. R. R. Tolkien

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Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.Part of a set of three paperbacks, this popular edition is once again available in its classic black livery designed by Tolkien himself.

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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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Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends ...

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pagesPublished:January 31, 1999Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute Classic This is the seminal fantasy work which paved the way for everything else in the genre. Still unparalleled in world building and mythology, this is really a monumental work that any fantasy fan should read. Quite different in tone from the movies so go in with an open mind.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy Classic It took me half of the book to get into the writing style, but after that, I breezed through the rest of the series easily. I can't wait to re-read these.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The movies were amazing, but this was better. Worth the journey.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Tolkien's work is just so brilliant, this was an incredible start to the bets series of all time.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginning This great adventure has a great beginning; this is my favorite of the three books.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read A must read for any fantasy book lover. A classic!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This is a great read. Tolkien was very good at describing the world he created down to the colour of the trees, the sound of the wind and the clothes on the characters. You could paint a picture with his words and this is an amazing read as the first part of an epic trilogy!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book!! I liked the plot of this story.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read Very entertaining
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Defined a genre #plumreview Tolkien must be given tremendous credit for establishing what has become the common tropes of the fantasy genre that we now take for granted, but for me, the characters are a little too one-dimensional, particularly our heroes (Frodo, Gandalf and Aragon) being almost impossibly good at all times.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless LOTR is the best novel ever written.
Date published: 2016-02-29
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

'The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them.' Sunday Times'A story magnificently told, with every kind of colour and movement and greatness.' New Statesman'Masterpiece? Oh yes, I've no doubt about that.' Evening Standard