My Favorite Books #10: The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

lord of the ringsTitle: The Lord of the Rings
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers/Houghton Mifflin
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 1137 (including appendices)

Brief Summary:

When his cousin Bilbo disappears on his eleventy-first birthday, Frodo Baggins is left with the inheritance of a mysterious, magical ring. This act alone thrusts him into a dark and perilous journey across Middle Earth with a myriad of companions in order to save them all from a dark growing force that is Sauron.

Why I Like It:

  • It’s a classic tale of good versus evil
  • It’s full of fascinating characters (Pippin is my favorite)
  • There is a lot of rich detail throughout the book.
  • I don’t always like everything described, but I love the detail in Lord of the Rings
  • I’m sure one could do a complex analysis of the entire book (trilogy?) but I think it’s a simple tale of fighting against the bad the guys.
  • And you don’t have to like the bad guys.
  • There are bad guys to hate.
  • Because sometimes making you feel sympathetic towards the bad guys undermines you wanting to rooting for the good guys.
  • Harry Potter may have been my first “fantasy” book per se, but the Lord of the Rings was my first serious fantasy novel written in the traditional sense of the word.
  • Did I mention Pippin is my favorite hobbit?
  • ^he seems to have much more character development than any other hobbit
  • The tale of friendship is strong throughout the book and it’s satisfying to see such strong friendship.
  • How many books show true male friendship without making it allude to other things? (Not that it’s bad, but you know, it’s nice to have male friendship being shown)
  • The langauges in Lord of the Rings are so developed, you’d think they’ve always been here rather than invented.
  • Eowyn is just the best. I love her for being strong and overcoming her infatuation with Aragorn. Arwen couldn’t do that.

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