LOTR Fanon - For The Lord of the Rings Fandom; BFME Wiki - For The Battle for Copyrights and trademarks for the books, films, and other promotional. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's earlier fantasy book The Hobbit, and soon developed into a much larger story. It was written in stages between pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review One Ring to rule them all. sort of books and movies. But I had never seen or read any of the LOTR.
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The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author and scholar Structurally, the novel is divided internally into six books, two per volume, with several appendices of background material included at the end. The Lord of the Rings is a film series of three epic fantasy adventure films. The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The.
The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author and scholar J. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's fantasy novel The Hobbit , but eventually developed into a much larger work. Written in stages between and , The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling novels ever written , with over million copies sold. The title of the novel refers to the story's main antagonist , the Dark Lord Sauron , [a] who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth. From quiet beginnings in the Shire , a hobbit land not unlike the English countryside, the story ranges across Middle-earth, following the course of the War of the Ring through the eyes of its characters, not only the hobbits Frodo Baggins , Samwise "Sam" Gamgee , Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck and Peregrin "Pippin" Took , but also the hobbits' chief allies and travelling companions: The work was initially intended by Tolkien to be one volume of a two-volume set, the other to be The Silmarillion , but this idea was dismissed by his publisher. Structurally, the novel is divided internally into six books, two per volume, with several appendices of background material included at the end.
And it's not serious. Step upon step, twig after twig, lunch after lunch is being described.
Interesting dialogue of scenes are swept away in a sentence or two, yet a droplet of dew is given four paragraphs. If Tolkien wanted to write something to make you go to sleep or read something else that's actually interesting, he succeeded. The fact that it took a generation of drug-users to even get the lord of the rings thing started, and the fact that even the hard-core fans who read this garbage once a year admit to skipping large portions of the "book", is telling of it's lack of quality as a story.
There is one thing Tolkien did well tho, and that is the whole world building in the sense that he took time to actually try and insert various stolen myths and stories between every 15th variant to a king's name, in his "history". There were others who did it before and after him, better, but none did it as such a scale. Then again I guess it's easy to do when you have a good paying steady job that has so much down time that it's almost as if you're not even working.
I highly suggest it for anyone who wants an epic fantasy, fun read or simply beautiful tale. If you like LOTR you have to read this! When I was older they were read to me as a bedtime story and I fell in love with the beauty of the language used. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting it to real mythology and history, seeing peoples and cultures that not just anyone could of thought of.
R Tolkien said that the languages were not derived from the stories, but rather the stories from the languages. I found that the characters were very real and I disagree with previous accusations of the being wooden. This novel was one of the pioneers of modern fantasy.
I understand that many may of found it tedious and slow, among other things. It is not a novel for someone who prefers fast-paced action. I can empathise with those who found language difficult, as I am not yet thirteen and did not understand word such as 'pertness' and 'trothplighted' initially, untill they were explained I think trothplighted is an EXCELLENT word but still enjoyed the richness of it. Personally I think the need for fast paced action is a result of everything being fast paced in modern life.
The Silmarillion was a particullary difficult read and I mean to read it again when I am older.
One has to remember Tolkien described his work as history-making than fantasy. For those who do not like it bit and haven't finished, keep going, it's worth it!
For those who have read it but do not like it, not every book is to everyone's taste, and people who say that the people who don't like it are stupid are wrong as not everything is to everyone's taste and everyone has their own.
It is worth of the 'timeless classic' tag and should be read by any who enjoy the fantasy genre. It's influence cannot be understated and authors like Eddings, Brooks and Jordan all clearly displayed their admiration in their most famous works.
The Lord of the Rings is one of those books in which you can fully immerse yourself and it features some of the most memorable locations in any fantasy world Hobbiton, The Old Forest, Rivendell, Lothlorien, Minas Tirith and Mordor to name those that first came to mind. I read that people do not just want to read about Middle-Earth - they want to live there. And I am one of them. A truly wonderful and inspiring fantasy book. It is a quest in which a seemingly mismatched group of heroes are brought together by the behind the scenes machinations of the wizard, Gandalf, who has been sent to Middle Earth to unite all free people of good will in opposition to the dark lord, Sauron, the title character.
Sauron created a ring that holds most of his power but it was taken from millennia ago by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. The ring was lost, and then found by a creature named Smeagol Gollum who, in turn lost it to an unassuming hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins. The LOTR tells the story of how the ring was destroyed.
The beauty of the LOTR is in its language. Tolkien's prose sings to the ears in the same manner as spoken but not written Shakespeare. Tolkien's genius lies in the fact that he created his mythical world, created languages, created a history and then wrote the story. His love for his mythical world emanates from every word.
Never review a book before you finish it. If you finished it and still think it is boring Well, too bad. Lord of the Rings is not a high-paced thriller filled with action, it is a slow but amazing epic. If you give me a real explanation of downvoting it other than "It's too boring!!!!! Anyways I have a book to review. Professor Tolkien did the unthinkable in a book: he managed to make an amazing story against an even more amazing world.
Nowhere else have I seen such an amazing world with a constant realized background, while also having memorable characters, while also including a plot with such epic scale. From the peaceful village of Hobbiton, to the Cracks of Doom, you feel like this place must really exist.
Although in the great scheme of things, the War of the Ring is not too much like 2 pages in the Silmarillion it still is a great epic quest, especially for creatures as small as hobbits. The main flaws I can find in this story are lack of female characters Galadriel is still great though and some characters seem to be always good, while others always bad.
I guess that's just fantasy though. If you say Harry Potter is better, I can kind of see where you're coming from. The characters in HP are better in many ways. However if you say that Percy Jackson or Eragon is better Well that just makes me angry.
Sauron then launched a war during which he captured sixteen and distributed them to lords and kings of Dwarves and Men; these Rings were known as the Seven and the Nine respectively. The Dwarf-lords proved too tough to enslave although their natural desire for wealth, especially gold, increased; this brought more conflict between them and other races. The Three Sauron failed to capture, and remained in the possession of the Elves who forged these independently. He arrived in Middle-earth with such overwhelming force that Sauron's armies flee at the sight of them.
He did this by corrupting the King's mind, telling him that the immortality of the Elves was his to take if he set foot upon the lands of Aman , the Blessed Realm, where Valinor , the realm of the Valar, was located. However, upon reaching Aman, he and his army were buried by a landslide, and there they would remain until the Final Battle in Tolkien's eschatology.
After seven years of siege, Sauron himself was ultimately forced to engage in single combat with the leaders. Gil-galad and Elendil perished as they combat Sauron, and Elendil's sword, Narsil , broke beneath him. However, Sauron's body was also overcome and slain,  and Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand with the hilt-shard of Narsil, and at this Sauron's spirit flees and does not reappear in his terrible form for many centuries.
Isildur was advised to destroy the One Ring by the only way it could be — by casting it into the volcanic Mount Doom where it was forged — but he refused, attracted to its beauty and kept it as compensation for the deaths of his father and brother weregild. So began the Third Age of Middle-earth. Two years later, while journeying to Rivendell , Isildur and his soldiers were ambushed by a band of Orcs at what was eventually called the Disaster of the Gladden Fields.
While the latter were almost all killed, Isildur escaped by putting on the Ring — which made mortal wearers invisible. However, the Ring slipped from his finger while he was swimming in the great River Anduin ; he was killed by Orc-arrows and the Ring was lost for two millennia.
He fled to the Misty Mountains where he slowly withered and became a disgusting, slimy creature called Gollum.
In The Hobbit , set 60 years before the events in The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien relates the story of the seemingly accidental finding of the Ring by another hobbit, Bilbo Baggins , who takes it to his home, Bag End. Story-externally, the tale related in The Hobbit was written before The Lord of the Rings, and it was only later that the author developed Bilbo's magic ring into the "One Ring.
The story begins in the first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring , when Frodo Baggins , Bilbo's adoptive heir, came into possession of Bilbo's magic ring.
Bilbo's old friend, Gandalf the Grey , who got Bilbo involved in the adventures in The Hobbit that led to the discovery of the Ring, discovered that it was in fact the One Ring , the instrument of Sauron's power and the object for which the Dark Lord has been searching for most of the Third Age, and which corrupted others with desire for it and the power it held.
Sauron sent the sinister Ringwraiths, in the guise of riders in black, to the Shire , Frodo's native land, in search of the Ring. While Fatty acted as decoy for the Ringwraiths, Frodo and the others set off to take the Ring to the Elven haven of Rivendell.
They were aided by the enigmatic Tom Bombadil , who saved them from Old Man Willow and took them in for a few days of feasting, rest, and counsel. Aragorn led the hobbits to Rivendell on Gandalf's request. However, Frodo was gravely wounded by the leader of the Ringwraiths, though he managed to recover under the care of the Half-elven lord Elrond. From Whimsy To World-Building The Tolkien Society says that devising an order for Tolkien's books is " almost impossible to be prescriptive about " — and while that's true, it doesn't stop them from trying.
As we'll get into, an in-fiction chronological order wouldn't be a great way to ease oneself into the world Tolkien created, nor would reading the books in the order he wrote them which doesn't even match up with the order they were published in.
Similarly, a full completionist order would only be of real interest to someone who's already a hardcore Tolkien fan looking to do a re-read or to fill in any gaps in their Middle-earth knowledge.
Introducing someone to the books calls for a simplified list. Finishing "The Lord of The Rings" led to further changes which were eventually rolled into "The Silmarillion," even though that book is largely concerned with events that precede "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" — and it was drafted before both novels were written. The decades-long development of "The Silmarillion" had some to do with the commercial viability of the text, but it's also plainly more difficult to read without being introduced to many of its concepts by the far more digestible novels that were published before it.
Let's put it this way: You'll know if you have the stomach for the heavy-duty world-building at work in "The Silmarillion" if you're still hungry for more after finishing up the earlier books on the list.
Professor First, Author Second? You might say this is a perfect encapsulation of how potent Tolkien's world-building practice was — after having devoted himself to creating Middle-earth for some time already, his newer ideas for smaller, more focused stories could all be supported and informed by the myths, legends, languages and peoples he had already invested in. Tolkien was actually building backwards from the world that surrounded him.
Middle-earth is supposed to be our Earth a long time ago, and Tolkien started drafting his grand mythopoeic origin story of our world over two decades before "The Hobbit" was published. The tale of Bilbo Baggins started as a children's story with little-to-no connections back to his established lore, but in finishing the story for publication Tolkien brought the story into the fold of his "dominant construction," Middle-earth.
Before making that canonical link and publishing "The Hobbit," Tolkien essentially spent years making what would have amounted to little more than a curious passion pursuit of a humble Oxford professor had his publisher contacts rejected his manuscripts.
The secret sauce to Tolkien's fiction, both in its literary and commercial appeals, is the depth and detail of the world he created. Getting to "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" required that huge investment of time and energy on Tolkien's part, but a reader doesn't need to wade through all of that material to get the full impact.
If you've ever been dissuaded from dipping a toe into Tolkien's work because you thought you'd be expected to learn Elvish or know the entire history of the world before popping in on the residents of The Shire, worry not.
Tolkien's authorial genius and generosity are on full display in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" — it's the later, posthumously published texts that prove to be a little harder to engage with.
Tolkien to understand the man, you could read "The Father Christmas Letters. He must have poured hours into the letters, each a combination of carefully crafted storytelling, extraordinary penmanship and colorful illustration.
Seriously, take a peek at them — they demonstrate the same creativity and whimsy Tolkien brought to "The Hobbit" and "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Thousands of pages of Tolkien's work have been published posthumously under the care of his family, most notably by his third son, Christopher. When J. Huge canonical contradictions presented themselves at every turn, largely because of the fact that the whole canon of Middle-earth changed as a result of finishing "The Lord of the Rings": It was inevitable that "The Lord of the Rings" must alter "The Silmarillion," because having once been — as I have said — an enclosed myth, with a beginning and an end — it now has the vast extension.
And in "The Lord of the Rings" there are major figures who come out of the Elder Days, out of the primeval world of "The Silmarillion"; chief among them, Galadriel.
So a great deal of writing back would have to be done. But my father being who he was, this writing back would never be a simple thing because he — when Galadriel enters out of "The Lord of the Rings" into the world of the Elves in Valinor new stories begin.