The Fellowship of the Ring Author:J. R. R. Tolkien The first book of Tolkien's trilogy is set in Middle-earth, a place of high and heroic adventure populated by many strange creatures—most notably hobbits, a peace-loving "little people" with furry feet. Hobbits are cheerful and shy, like large meals and long naps, and almost never lock their doors at night. But dark forces fr... more »om the land of Mordor threaten these lovable beings, along with the other dwellers of Middle-earth—dwarves, elves, and even men.
At the center of the story is Frodo Baggins and the magical ring he inherited from his uncle Bilbo, a ring which has the power to corrupt even the strongest soul with a lust for power. From the wise wizard Gandalf, Frodo learns that he must leave his comfortable hobbit hole in the Shire and set off on a perilous journey to save the ring from enemy hands. Frodo and his allies are pursued along the way by Orcs and the terrifying Black Riders commanded by Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, and they are hunted by the treacherous Gollum, who once owned the ring. But Middle-earth dwellers of all sorts come to the company's aid, as their quest takes them to Rivendell, Moria and the Elvish land of Lorien. Yet the most dangerous part of their journey is still to come—a desperate trip into the shadowy depths of Mordor to destroy the ring once and for all. "No imaginary world has been projected which is at once so multifarious and so true," wrote C.S. Lewis after the book was first published in 1954. "Here are beauties that pierce like swords or burn like cold iron."« less