The Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring

Written By J. R. R. Tolkein

The Summary of Tolkein's Novel

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings, and it is set in the fictional world of Middle-Earth. Middle-Earth is an information dense world packed with many tales. Within It lies a town known as Hobbiton, which is where the story begins. Throughout the town Hobbiton and the wider region of the Shire lived multitudes of hobbits big and small, but not tall. They had hairy feet and lived in holes in the ground primarily with round doors. One Hobbit in particular named Frodo Baggins was vigorous and adventurous just like his cousin Bilbo Baggins who Adopted Frodo at an early age of 21 to live with him at Bag End. While having lived with Bilbo, Frodo had heard some great stories and met some amazing creatures too. To be truthful, this was very unusual in the Shire and disliked my many fellow Hobbits.

The story began with the great wizard, Gandalf the Grey, visiting Hobbiton for his old friend Bilbo Baggin's 111th birthday. It is at that point when Gandalf realizes that Bilbo has the one ring that was forged in the land of Mordor, which is of course, in Middle-Earth. So, he decided that something must be done or evil from Mordor would get to the ring and bring the evil to everyone in Middle-Earth. He prepared Frodo for this great adventure that would help to bring the one ring close to its demise. Frodo, along with Samwise Gamgee, Merry, and Pippin head towards their first destination hoping to meet back with Gandalf the Grey. Instead of running into Gandalf, they get stuck in a great and constant adventure where they run into humans, elves, and even dwarves to help them to the land of Mordor. In addition to meeting up with nine companions in Rivendell, they had to make several hard decisions in their adventure. They also found themselves in the midst of battle with enemies similar to orcs and goblins. Some of them perished due to their decisions, but they couldn't forget about their longing pursuit to destroy the ring at Mount Doom in Mordor. Hobbits may be the smallest creatures in Middle-Earth, but they are also the bravest.

My Opinion of the Book

I thought that the book, The Return of the King, was a very fascinating title. This book really inspired me into believing that a person can do anything if they spend their time wisely making the right decisions. This story brightens the readers mind with the underlying message that even the smallest of things can make the biggest differences in the world. To top that off, it is a story of awesomeness. The mystical creatures and tales that it bestows upon the reader are very unique and captivating. Throughout the story, it was almost impossible to set it down because there was always something to think about. I highly suggest this to anyone who wants to read an amazing story.

My Favorite Paragraph - Near the end of Chapter II - Book II

No one answered. The noon-bell rang. Still no one spoke. Frodo glanced at all the faces, but they were not turned to him. All the Council sat with downcast eyes, as if in deep thought. A great dread fell on him, as if he was awaiting the pronouncement of some doom that he had long foreseen and vainly hoped might after all never be spoken. An overwhelming longing to rest and remain at peace by Bilbo's side in Rivendell filled all his heart. At last with an effort he spoke, and wondered to hear his own words, as if some other will was using his small voice. "I will take the Ring," he said, "though I do not know the way."


Frodo Baggins

Frodo Baggins is an inspiring hobbit who is very curious and vigorous to explore the world. He expresses this need for adventure throughout the novel. In addition to his adventurousness, he is also very friendly and thoughtful towards others. I think he is by far one of the most courageous and distinguishing characters in The Lord of the Rings.

Samwise Gamgee

Sam is a very loyal companion, who gives constant support to Frodo on their quest to Mordor. He is best described as a trustworthy and caring character who never gives up. He has some sort of eternal flame where he always has faith and always has some type of goal in mind.

Gandalf The Grey

Gandalf is a very significant character that is known as one of the greatest wizards in Middle-Earth. He is a very logical and stern individual. Gandalf the Grey never forgets his underlying goal to create a more peaceful world. His goal is to create a world without evil.

Saruman - Main Antagonist

Saruman is a dark character that reveals his true intentions a little further into the story. He really changes his whole outlook on Middle-Earth and he believes the evil powers of Mordor are the more dominant side in society. He is a very evil wizard who always poses as a threat to the group of traveling companions with the ring of power.

The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Trailer (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Official Trailer #1 - (2001) HD

Cited Sources

The Book: Tolkien, J. R. R. The Fellowship of the Ring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Print.

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