“Fellowship Of The Ring” brings reader under captivating spell. Studded with every mood, this novel is an exemplar of splendid imagination.

Fellowship Of The Ring - J R R Tolkien

Genre – Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Classics, Adventure
Author – J R R Tolkien
Rating – 5 Stars Out Of 5


Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him the Rings Of Power – the means by which he will be able to rule the world. All he lacks in his plan for dominion is the Ruling Ring, 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 the ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-Earth to the Cracks of Doom, deep inside the territories of Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.


Sometime back I read The Hobbit, which is a timeless classic. I liked the story telling ability of Tolkien, witty dialogues in the novel and splendid set up of fictional Middle-Earth and I was impelled to read the Lord of the Rings – a sequel to The Hobbit. “Fellowship Of The Ring” is the first part of the series which starts where “The Hobbit” ended.

Entire novel revolves around The Ring - The One Ring to rule the world. J R R Tolkien has excelled in sticking in suspense about the ring from page one only. He has created such a set up in initial few pages about the ring that you would feel under an enthralling spell of it. It is amusing to read about the ring, how it was created , how did it travel in middle earth, it’s importance, why it needs to be destroyed an so on. The history of the ring and it’s significance justify such a large volume written for it. To understand the history of the ring and the middle earth you would need a good amount of concentration in the book, but believe me Tolkien has written the book so nicely that it would draw your attention automatically and you don’t have to do it intentionally.

J R R Tolkien has slew of queer things in his fantasy bag. He just doesn’t tire introducing queer and new characters in every chapter which keep the book intriguing and hard to put down. I could not find a single chapter where there is no new character. Author would start a chapter with introducing a new character or a place and he would give it’s full account from it’s start to present which is amusing. Every time The Ring is in danger a queer character is introduced and trust me it is never boring or similar. The novel would keep you on the edge guessing what would happen next till the last page.

There are many themes on which a fantasy novel could be written, but Lord of the Rings picks up a very basic theme – Fight of White and Dark, War between Wise and Unwise. With this very basic theme J R R Tolkien has created an amazing world of Middle-Earth to render every color of human behavior, utmost creativity and unforgettable adventure.

Fellowship Of The Ring – Movie Vs. Book

I felt that the first half of the movie was too swift as compared to the book. Many events were missing in the movie e.g. Frodo’s journey through old forest (It is very short in the movie), meeting Tom Bombadil etc. I was feeling as if I am fast-forwarding the movie!!! Also Strider’s first meeting with Frodo is more intriguing and detailed in the book. The book gives full account of Strider and his link with Gandalf and so on.

But second half of the movie is more exact adaptation of the book. The set up of the places, fight with Orcs is more amusing in the movie. The fight of Balrog and Gandalf is awesome to see than to read. Provided 3 hours’ span and so many places, characters to show; the movie has done a great job indeed. Still I would rate book higher than movie for it’s detailed description of the middle-earth, Ring and it’s history, Formation of fellowship of the ring. I enjoyed movie and book both but book is more amusing.

Rating & Conclusion

I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND this book to every book lover. Amazing story telling, awesome fictional middle-earth and so many fantasy things make “Fellowship Of The Ring” an enchanting epic fantasy. It is the second most selling book of all time after “Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens”. I would rate it 5 Stars Out Of 5. A must read.

Posted by: Pravin Patil
Last revised: 02 Feb, 2014 09:02 AM


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