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Yeah I read it in the 60's. Bought the third book and about a third of the way in figured out I needed to read it all so I went out and got the first book and began and finished the series in a very short amount of time. Then straight through again. I feel that the movies kind of ruined it for me. Or maybe it was getting old and jaded and too mature for the fantasy. I used to read them all in the spring to pull me out of my Northwest winter funk and into the spring. Too many times to count. I'm sure it shaped me lots of ways. I'd love to run into another series that could hook me as this one did in my youth but can you imagine having that kind of time to read.
One of my all time favorite! I've read the trilogy three times and certainly will read it again. I love the way Tolkien creates a whole universe, which is actually based on some real facts or beliefs, and makes you (at least me) feel that the various characters' feelings and desires.
In The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains there are seven basic narrative frames upon which stories are based: "overcoming the monster", "rags to riches", "the quest", "voyage and return", "comedy", "tragedy" and "rebirth". The Lord of the Rings masterfully include six of these seven plots (there is little or no comedy).
A classic of fantasy literature. The amount of detail and the scope of the story set the bar high for those who followed in Tolkien's foot steps. This is easily one of my favorite stories of all time. It becomes difficult to not fall in love with the various characters and wish for all to return to peace. Tolkien's writing style does much to draw the reader in and keep you hooked to see what lies in store for the Fellowship of the Ring. A must read.
Hands down, Tolkien is the Father of Modern Fantasy. Literally. Without him, the genre wouldn't look anything like what it does. "The Lord of the Rings" is his masterpiece. He spent 17 years crafting the story- and the background- and it shows. Middle Earth becomes alive; characters defy stereotypes; and who really is the villain? If you love elves and dwarves, epic love stories and intense battles, and world-changing quests, this book is for you. Well, I'd recommend "The Lord of the Rings" to anyone, anywhere, anytime. It's a classic for me. And you should really give it a try.
This may be the only story I've ever come across that I can honestly describe as "epic". It's simply, solidly good on all levels, and it would take a Tolkien to give it the review it deserves! It's not for everyone, though, due in part to some lengthy description. Some may think it's full of already overused character types, but the truth is, The Lord of the Rings is the ORIGINAL fantasy, to which pretty much all medieval-world fantasy (spreading even beyond books and movies into D&D and things of that nature) owes a debt that can never be repaid.
This timeless, classic, epic fantasy took me on a wild ride. For some reason I couldn't put it down. Looking back, I mean, a lot of it seems rather dull, just a lot of scenery description and constant, week-long travels. But in the moment, I really became engrossed in the story.
I've never seen the Lord of the Rings movies all the way through, though I have pieced together the main story from the snippets and chunks I <i> have </i> seen, so this was a really cool experience. Some parts of the book I recognized and could see the movie version running in my head as I read the written version, while others were completely new to me. Characters I'd never previously heard of became important on Frodo's quest, which was pretty cool. The Fellowship of the Ring was a very good book, but probably not for those who get bored with a story if it isn't fast-paced. It takes some patience to read it, but so far it's been worth it, for me at least. I'm excited to read the next two!
I came to the novel after seeing the Peter Jackson film. The scene in the film where Gandalf and Sarumon blast away at each other with their staffs seemed very Harry Potter, and rather silly. There is nothing like it in the film, where Gandalf is simply put in detention by Sarumon’s retinue who greatly outnumber him. The Balrog who confronts Gandalf in the novel is only a little bigger than an NHL defenceman. In the film, he is as tall as a high-rise building and one really wonders why Gandalf confronts him. If he had retreated with the others the monster’s weight by itself would have been enough to bring down the bridge. Boromir scares Frodo into ending the fellowship of the ring and trying to slip away by himself in the direction of Mordor. He doesn’t die valiantly defending the fellowship against an Orc attack in the novel as he does in the film. Reading the book made me wonder if the film, good as it is, shouldn’t get a remake that would be truer to Tolkien, less dramatic perhaps, but also less silly.
"I think it's boring because there's not enough action in it." Review submitted by Kira Robinson for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.
A classic! Must read. These books allow the reader to fully submerge himself into their world- a wonderful read.
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As with any Tolkien work, he goes in depth with detail. The images that it invoked with the paragraphs and paragraphs of a setting could lead one to skip a bit just to find that for the past pages were about the same location.
But in all honesty, we read these books to see how far away the movies swayed. Well in all honesty, the 3rd movie should have been shorter. They should have followed the books in ending "The Two Towers".
In the book "The Two Towers" we have the ending at where Frodo is stung by the giant spider, and later captured by the orcs. Sam looks helplessly at the tower at which he must venture to save his dearest friend. This would have been a great ending for the 2nd movie. It, like within the book, would have given the audience that yearning to see the conclusion to this epic tale. Also, it would have shaved 30 mins off from the ridiculously long "The Return of the King" movie.
I don't know how to describe it, so I'll say this- it's "book of the 20th century" title is well deserved. Who is this Shakespeare?
Stunning and heartbreakingly beautiful. This story will stay with you forever. This epic tale of good versus evil takes place against an incredibly rich backdrop. The whole world and all the characters are SO real.
Wow, BTVS must've been retired for a long time if he read this in the 1060s! Did they even have 401k back then? That's probably older than Gandalf!
Lord of the ring is epic!I love this book so much once I read it I had to get a copy!If you love fantasy you will love lotr!
I read this series for the first time as an adult and I wish I could read it for the first time again and again. This series takes you to another place...its amazing.
Excellent - This is work that launched the fantasy genre to new heights. Tolkien's world is detailed, rich and vast, and has since inspired (even if in a small way) most popular fantasy fiction since. My love for this genre started with these books and I find that every so often I return to them. I would recommend this to anyone, of any age, who wants to become immersed in a vivid fantasy story.