The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Grandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
The complete story in 1137 pages, plus maps.
My favorite books. They are unique, inspiring, engrossing, uplifting, filled with adventure and courage and imagination and if i were on a desert island and could only have one book this is the book i would choose. whenever i finish it i want to immediately start reading that first page again. I've read it aloud once or twice and read it probably 18 times over the years. these books turned my brother from a non-reader, into a reader. And Tolkien's name is pronounced "tahl' keen" - information given to our college class by our professor who was Tolkien's personal secretary while he was working on the Silmarilion(sp?).
I just watched the movies for the first time, and just had to get the books! As is the general rule, the books are always better than the movie. However, as much as I loved the books, I could not read them all the way through, mainly because I had just watched the movies and knew too much.
Tolkien was a wonderful writer, and as you read you almost forget that Middle-Earth was created out of his imagination.
The books ARE a slow read, even for a speedy reader such as myself. Some parts, I admit, I skimmed over bacause they were detailing (with a little too much detail) the history of Middle Earth.
Overall, these books are wonderful, and should be at least skimmed through by fans of the movies. You'll appreciate the work they put into the movies even more.
I have this book, with all 3 complete novels. And have read it about 2 1/2 times. I have never heard of this before. And then the Fellowship of the Ring came out. My young co-worker was shocked that I have never read or heard of it. She was persistent that I get the book, then go see the movie with her. I finally gave in, and thought I might as well get the complete novel and found that I just love it. It is my favorite book.
Without going into the whole story line, I found the characters most interesting. It is a book of good and evil. The evil is beyond compare. But the good is also way beyond. It has so many moral phrases and values that I never realized till I read it the second time. It shows us how just one person, or in this case a hobbit can make a differnce in our world. How the most different of people can turn to be friends and respect one anyone. The storyline is most exciting, also. It is one of those books that is hard to put down. Everytime I run out of a book I pick it up and start where I left off.
I also loved the movie, which is odd. There were changes, but not to the extent it changed the meaning of the story. J.R.R. Tolkien has definitely written a classic and I still can't believe I never heard of it. It may be fantasy, but it is really true to life also. I highly recommend this book. You will be quite surprised.
And also, recommend the Silmarillion. It is the book that shows the beginning and is a help in understanding this novel. It is not imperative to do so, though. But I did order this and read it. Then read the LOTR again, understood alot better. Even purchased the Hobbit.
Sorry, for such a long review. But this book is worth it.