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return-of-kingName : The Two Towers and The Return Of The King

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Genre : High fantasy, Adventure

Pages : 531+

Language: English

Publication Year: July 24, 1954

Is Review Spoiler: Yes

Rating: 5/5

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“The Lord of the Rings” is a pinnacle of all fantasy novels, no doubt about that and reviewing this book is not an easy task because there is always a risk that you won’t do proper justice to this awesome book with your review.

The Two Towers picks from exactly where the ‘The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring‘ ended. The Fellowship has broken and all members of fellowship are scattered. Meriadoc (“Merry”) Brandybuck and Peregrin (“Pippin”) Took have been taken by Orcs mistaking them for Ring bearer(s). Frodo with hobbit friend Samwise (“Sam”) Gamgee are left with the burden of the ring and they start their journey toward mountain doom to destroy the ring once and for all. But destroying the ring is not an easy task, Sauron is gaining the power and Saruman is also preparing his army invade Gondor and he(Saruman) also wants to take ring for himself.

Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs.

Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

The happy and always smiling Frodo is almost unrecognizable in these books, the burden of the ring brings in him so much changes that by the end of book three he is just a reflection of his former self. The ring start doing with him the things which it already did with Golum and he starts to do the thing which you would never have thought him doing. Over the time period he become more and more attached to the ring and start doubting about his best friend Samwise and even threatening him to kill. The more he resists the power of ring, the more falls into it’s grasp. Will he destroy it, will he give it up?

Gandalf: ‘All our hopes now lie with two little hobbits, somewhere in the wilderness.’

Samwise(who is the true friend of Frodo) will become a true pillar of strength to his friend. In this book he will kill Orcs with sting, he will tame the Golum who tries to take the ring from Frodo and even physically carries Frodo through Mordor. Whereas Merry and Pipin also plays a major role in the coming war against Sauran and Saruman with the help of long forgotten Ent’s.

Gandalf: ‘I will help you bear this burden, as long as It is yours to bear. But we must do something, soon. The Enemy is moving’

Gandalf has totally changed in these books from Gandalf the grey to Gandalf the white and now he leads the council of wise and removes Saruman from the council after the war of two towers. Aragon – becomes the king in ‘The Return Of The King’ from ranger and leads army of both living and dead without a flinch to victory. Legolas and Gimli become legendary friends which no one ever thought they will.

But this is not the end of war for Hobbit’s because when they return to Shire – there they have to fight one more battle, the last battle to free Shire from the grips of dangerous enemy.

At the end of the book ‘The Return Of King’ you will find a huge appendix in which author has penned down the history of Middle-Earth along with kings and rulers.

Gandalf: “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

It’s very difficult, once you complete the books, to accept the fact the you have to say goodbye to Middle-Earth and its enchanting inhabitants.

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fellowship_of_the_ringName : The Fellowship of the Ring

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Genre : High fantasy, Adventure

Pages : 531

Language: English

Publication Year: July 24, 1954

Is Review Spoiler: No

Rating: 5/5

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“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”.

The Lord Of The Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring is first part in epic fantasy trilogy (which was actually not an trilogy) written by J.R.R Tolkien.

One word is enough to describe the writing of Mr. Tolkien – Excellence. Amazing story teller was he and mastered the art of telling the story in way that you will forget all the world around you and start living inside Middle-Earth.

Set in a Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth – story starts with Shire where lives  Frodo Baggins who inherits the One Ring from Bilbo Baggins [how Bilbo came in possession of the One Ring? read the review of The Hobbit here], his cousin and guardian. Neither is aware of its origin and nature, but Gandalf the Grey, a wizard and old friend of Bilbo, suspects the Ring’s identity. When he becomes certain, he strongly advises Frodo to take it away from the Shire. And thus begins the journey of Frodo with his three hobbit friend Samwise (“Sam”) Gamgee, and two cousins, Meriadoc (“Merry”) Brandybuck and Peregrin (“Pippin”) Took and indeed a unforgettable journey.

Thus they travel to Rivendell to meet Elrond and there they form “Fellowship of the ring” with four hobbits and Gandalf, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Elf, and the Man Boromir, son of the Ruling Steward Denethor of the realm of Gondor. And thus they start their journey towards Mount Doom and they encounter many strange yet very dangerous creatures of middle earth long forgotten but coming to life again to aid Sauron – who raised again to destroy middle earth.

Tolkien has introduced many races in this book like Orcs, Elves, Hobbits, Dwarves, Wizards and evil ones such as Sauron, Nazgul,Balrog. Tolkien has very kept very well the feel and dialogues of each race different – you can almost say by the way they speak whether he is a Hobbit or Dwarves or an Elf, that’s the beauty of his writing.

The story is mainly narrated in this book from the perspective of Hobbit’s mainly from the perspective of Frodo Baggins.

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.

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.

Name : The Hobbit

Author:  J. R. R. Tolkien

Genre : Children’s literature,Fantasy novel

Pages : 310

Language: English

Publication Year: 21 September 1937

Is Review Spoiler: No

Movie based on this book:  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Rating: 5/5

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The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein is an Epic fantasy literature. This epic saga of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins will take you to the unforgettable journey from Shire through Misty mountains till Lonely mountains in search of legendary treasure of dwarves. The writing style is just amazing, depictions of all surrounding environment of Middle Earth, character & story is so amazingly depicted that many authors are still trying to parallel J.R.R Tolkien’s style of writing. This book will appeal all fans of fantasy genre of all ages.

This book has everything – emotions, love, friendship, greed, suspense and adventure. the story is narrated from the perspective of Bilbo and divided into different chapters. Each chapter introduces readers to new creature of middle earth or put some more light on previously introduced characters.

This is a story of Bilbo Baggins of Bag End, who unintentionally dragged into a treasure hunt adventure of dwarves by Gandalf the grey. Bilbo Baggins is like all other hobbits of shire who likes to sit by the fire-place beer in hand with stomach full of good meals and a pipe to smoke, that’s all he needs. One fine morning while he is having a tea, suddenly appears Gandalf the grey “looking for someone to share the adventure” and Baggins was not at all happy to share any kind of adventure, he just want to sit by his fire-place and with tea in one hand & pipe in another. Very next day out of blue appears thirteen dwarves at his hobbit hole looking for burglar to share their adventure.

The dwarves wants to reclaiming the Lonely Mountain and its vast treasure from the dragon Smaug and thus begins the most unexpected journey of Bilbo Baggins which will eventually change the history of middle earth. On the way to Lonely mountains they meet giant spiders, trolls, goblins, huge wolf, huge eagles and Gollum. One day while wandering in cave, Bilbo Baggins finds golden ring and without a second thought puts it into his pocket without knowing that this is the ring which will eventually change his life forever and will starts the events of lord of the rings.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s own description for the original edition: “If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) — if you do not already know all about these things — much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise.”


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