The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
(The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)

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13 Critic Reviews

What I recommend for you, my curious reader, is to pick up The Fellowship of the Ring, then pick up the next two because you’re not going to want this tantalizing journey to end.
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The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

“A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of Time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning.” – New York Times
 

About J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
 
Published February 15, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 432 pages
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Reviewed by Jessica Mileo on Jul 23 2012

What I recommend for you, my curious reader, is to pick up The Fellowship of the Ring, then pick up the next two because you’re not going to want this tantalizing journey to end.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Mileo on Jul 23 2012

What I recommend for you, my curious reader, is to pick up The Fellowship of the Ring, then pick up the next two because you’re not going to want this tantalizing journey to end.

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Seattle PI

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Mileo on Jul 27 2012

I tried to be as unbiased as possible, only to find that my opinions align heavily with popular belief: This book is amazing.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jan 28 2014

Tolkien'swriting is full of descriptive words; the text seems to reach out andgrab the reader. The Fellowship of the Ring is full of fantasy andadventure, which makes it a must-read.

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http://www.bookdrum.com

Good
on Feb 25 2015

One of the most detailed and most lovingly constructed otherworlds ever created, Tolkien’s Middle-earth is an incredible achievement brought vividly to life.

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The Literary Omnivore

Excellent
on Feb 28 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring manages to elegantly take us from the light tone of The Hobbit to the serious tone of Lord of the Rings, astound us with Tolkien’s flawless world-building, and make us love and care for nearly everyone in his varied cast. A wonderful start.

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Wondrous Reads

Good
Reviewed by Prophecygirl on Feb 09 2013

It was written in the 50's so of course it was a bit different to what I'm used to ( I admit I rarely read older novels) but still fairly easy to read. I really enjoyed it!

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So Many Books, So Little Time

Good
Reviewed by Denise on May 24 2012

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I am not really into high fantasy but I liked the Lord of the Rings movies so I figured I would give it a whirl. I am so glad I did. I have been told by many people that this was a hard book to get through but I didn't find that to be true at all.

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Live Your Dream

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Reviewed by Sayed Khadri on Aug 22 2013

I recommend this book to everyone even though you have seen the movie, go ahead and read it and I am sure you will definitely fall in love with this book.

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Bundle of Books

Above average
on Apr 30 2014

When I first read The Fellowship of the Ring I did struggle through parts (The Council of Elrond was a particularly challenging chapter!) However, with a bit of perseverance, you will discover a series filled with heroic deeds, heart-warming friendships and extraordinary courage.

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A Book a Day Till I Can Stay Blog

Good
on Sep 28 2010

...a book about the passing of things, representing Tolkien’s idyllic vision of his childhood. Repeatedly he describes how magic is leaving the world of Middle-Earth, leaving the world of men behind. Like a warm blanket, I enjoyed sinking into it for a day.

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Blogizomai

Above average
Reviewed by KYLE MCDANELL on Sep 15 2014

Overall, this is a great story and a great book. You already knew that. These books have been analyzed by smarter people than me. The Fellowship of the Ring has always been the slowest of the trilogy, but it sets up the rest. In it Tolkien is in no hurry wanting the reader to experience Middle-Earth. The story picks up the pace from here.

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The Relentless Pursuit Of Cold Shivers

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on Mar 08 2011

So if you take a deep breath and read it slowly, the richness of the world starts to come alive. (And I can’t help but wonder how strange this would have been to the original readers.)

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