Book review: The Lord of the Rings

May 12, 2009

Title: The Lord of the Rings
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Pages: 1031

The first thing that I noticed about The Lord of the Rings is that it is not  childish like it’s prequel, The Hobbit, was. The second thing I noticed is that the book contains a large number of songs and poetry. I skipped or skimmed over most of it and now I wish I hadn’t. The songs appear to be an integral part of Tolkien’s storytelling and I might have missed out on some imagery.

The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel based in an imaginary land called Middle-earth which is populated by creatures like Elves, Dwarves, Men, Hobbits, etc. The story is told amost entirely from the perspective of a few Hobbits, a race of diminutive men who prefer to live underground. The book revolves around the battle over a powerful magical ring which gives its wearer invisibility as well as other powers.

The Ring was created by Sauron, the Dark Lord, who stored a signficant part of his power in it.  Sauron wished to control the world using this Ring, which could control other magical rings. However, the Ring was taken from him after a defeat long ago. The Ring ends up in the possession of Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit, who inherited it from his cousin.

After Sauron recovers from his defeat, he seeks to dominate the world again using his Ring. Sauron begins to look for his Ring and sends his servants in search of it. It was decided, by Gandalf the wizard along with others, that Sauron must not be allowed to get hold of the Ring again. The Ring, however cannot be destroyed by fire or any weapon; it can only be destroyed where it was forged – The Cracks of Doom, Sauron’s land of Mordor. It becomes Frodo’s quest to voyage to Mordor and try to destroy the Ring, effectively finishing of Sauron as well.

I did not enjoy The Lord of the Rings as much as I hoped to. I found the first two parts (The fellowship of the ring and The two towers) of this book to be rather dry and boring. Howerver, the final part, The return of the king, more than made up for the other two in terms of excitement and action.

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2 Responses to “Book review: The Lord of the Rings”

  1. zawan Says:

    I’ve never read the Lord of the Rings but it looks like a very interesting trilogy. I think it’s too long, though!

  2. ipatrol Says:

    Hello Zawan, not only is it around a 1000 pages long but the story moves along very slowly. Tolkien definitely wasn’t out to grab our attention with an exciting, fast-moving plot.

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