Fantasy, High Fantasy
The Lord of the Rings, Book # 1
July 29th 1954
January 9, 2020 January 20, 2020
Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring 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.
J.R.R. 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.
About the book
How can I review such a popular and well-liked book when I didn’t like it? Maybe because I have already seen the movie, and honestly I never liked reading a book after seeing the cinematic transposition (which is also why I have not watched Games of Thrones and I think I will never watch it, since Martin will never finish his work), but I found it somewhat… I don’t know, boring? Very, very slow. I read it because Tolkien is said to be the father of the fantasy genre and having approached this genre last year I said to myself, maybe it’s better to start from the beginning. What a wrong choice to make!