Friday, September 1, 2017

The perilous journey of a Ring-bearer across the Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom : A Review of "The Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring 
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication date: September 18th, 2012 (First published July 29th, 1954)
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal
Page Count: 398

Series: The Lord of The Ring #1

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A journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom.

One Ring to rule them all. One Ring to find them. One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Can someone just pat me on the back for finishing this book?

It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.’
Hear, hear, Fikah!


It was a love-hate relationship I had with The Fellowship of The Ring, in all honesty I could say. I am the type of reader who loves to read cover-to-cover, but this book is definitely on another level.

It brought out the sides of me that I never knew I had – hello, I pushed myself through and through to finish this book, even though I could simply give up and mark it as DNF, I guess, I was a persistent reader after all.

I struggled a lot during “The Council of Elrond” chapter, I kept on questioning the relevance of the chapter during the first few pages. Then, I noticed the importance of it :
  • to discuss the next strategies to take,
  • to find out the best solution as to what to do with the Ring,
  • and to decide who would go for the next adventure as part of the Fellowship squad.

Not to mention, the language used was out of my league. That served as a reminder for myself to read more of this (okay, wait, what!?) to get used of the language style. I really learned a lot, anyway!

Nevertheless, there were parts I enjoyed reading, like :
  • when Frodo and the squad (pre-meeting Aragorn aka Strider) stayed in Bree and were served by Tom Bombadill himself, as well as his wife;
  • during their stay (together with Aragorn and the rest – Boromir, Legolas and Gimli, (view spoiler)) in Lothlorien, where both Lord and Lady of Lothlorien welcomed them with open arms;
  • and last but not least, when the Company gave Frodo time to be alone to think and decide what their next destination would be, and all were willingly to follow wherever he would choose, I could feel how genuine they felt about Frodo.

However, despite Bilbo’s wise words :
“Books ought to have good endings. How would this do :
‘and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?’
the ending was a freaking cliffhanger!

I don’t think I’m going to survive having to read the next book! Though I terribly want to do so!

Image of the book, courtesy of Goodreads.