fellowshioReview of:  The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Reviewed by: Caleb

“One ring to rule them all.” In The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, Frodo Baggins is a pleasant hobbit who lives with his relative Bilbo Baggins. When Bilbo leaves home one day, Frodo inherits everything Bilbo owned, including a gold ring. The wizard Gandalf, a friend of Frodo, tells him the ring contains great evil. He must go to Mt. Doom and destroy the ring in its fiery pits. When Frodo sets off, his friends Sam, Merry, and Pippin come with him. While they’re traveling they encounter mysterious cloaked horsemen called black riders, who are asking about Frodo. Apparently, a great evil wants the ring. When they enter the land of Withywindle accidentally after defeating evil trees, strange things start happening. Another evil tree attacks! Luckily, they are saved by a strange man named Tom Bombadil, who aids them again when the hobbits are captured. Then, they go to an Inn called the Prancing Pony where they meet Strider, a ranger and friend of Gandalf.  With this new helper, the party goes to Weathertop Hill, but the black riders attack. In the midst of the fray, Frodo is stabbed by one of their evil blades and must be taken to the elves for healing; he barely makes it to the house of Elrond, elf lord of Rivendell.

In Rivendell, Frodo is reunited with Gandalf, his friends, and even Bilbo!  Elrond, an elf lord, holds a council. Dwarves, men, hobbits, and elves are all there. It is revealed that Gandalf had been captured, but escaped. Then comes the matter of the ring. Who will take it to be destroyed? Frodo says he will, but he doesn’t go alone. A fellowship forms, made up of Gandalf, Legolas, Golin, Frodo, Strider (actually the king Arogorn), Boromir, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. They call themselves the Fellowship of The Ring.  Will they complete the quest or not?

I think The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring is a very well-written novel. The quest is full of danger, action, and magic. I also enjoyed all the humorous complaints from the travelers. I think the theme is power corrupts; I saw this multiple times when all the people would ask for the ring, and act angry or not themselves. I think it is because of the ring’s power that the people were becoming cruel. While reading, I felt excited because of all the twists and turns on the journey. I rate this book three and one half stars.

I recommend this book to people 12 and up, because the book is long and there are many advanced words. I also recommend this novel to people who like fantasy, because this book is choc-full of it.