This week, fans of J. R. R Tolkien celebrated world hobbit day on the 22nd September. Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters in Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
I thought there was no better time to write up my thoughts on one of my favourite recent reads; The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring.
I read this book about a month ago and was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I have been told by several people that the book was boring and difficult to read but my personal experience of it was completely different.
I immediately felt the sense of adventure at the beginning of the story. These hobbits go from the frying pan into the fire and then back into the frying pan again, there is never a dull moment.
Mr Tolkien includes humour in a way that allowed me to relax whilst waiting for something that is fantastically EPIC in its nature to unfold before my eyes – this was brilliantly done. I was smiling for half the time and please don’t think I didn’t laugh out loud a few times because I did.
The writing was easy to read. I knew that something great was in the works and Tolkien set up his characters and their universe like only a genius could. His characters are vivid and individual and I found myself thinking “oh shut up Sam!” or “for crying out loud Frodo!”
I enjoyed reading it so much that I cannot remember if there was anything negative to say about the book.
I gave it 5 stars on good reads because it deserves that and much more. If anyone is thinking about picking this story up, I would tell them to do it!
I hope they enjoy it as much as I did. Can’t wait to read the second book!