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The Hobbit (paperback)
This was my first introduction to Tolkien's work as a young teen. My seventh-grade class read it aloud and discussed it. I liked it very much, but was unaware that there were any other books associated with it. Then, my grandmother gave me her copies of the Lord of the Rings and I was hooked forever! Later, in my freshman year of high school, I was required to read The Hobbit again.
This story was indended for younger readers, so it is more a light-hearted adventure than his subsequent Lord of the Rings trilogy. But contained within it is the single most important event in the whole trilogy: the discovery of a magical ring!
The Fellowship of the Ring (paperback)
Almost immediately, Tolkien sets the serious mood of this story by revealing the evil past of the ring which Bilbo found in his adventures. The ring is passed on to Frodo, who finds his destiny is to bear it in a quest of its destruction. Those who accompany him in his quest comprise the Fellowship of the ring.Tragic death, treachery, and heroism mark the ending of this portion of the story.
The Two Towers (paperback)
The Fellowship now broken, each party must continue on in whatever way it can to help the ring-bearer succeed in his quest. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli set out to rescue Merry and Pippin, Frodo and Sam continue on to Mount Doom, and Gandalf finds himself sent back to fight treachery. The feeling of foreboding intensifies and the plot begins an intricate weave of events.
I was so enthralled by this book that I was raging and weeping along with Sam at the end. Tolkien makes his characters so real and engaging, I forgot I was reading a novel!
The Return of the King (paperback)
I picked up the third book immediately after finishing the second. Tolkien masterfully brings the story to its conclusion, though no one I have ever talked to about the books ever wanted it to end! I was somewhat placated by reading the appendices which at least tells the fate Frodo and the other "ring-bearers", including Sam.
It also includes an invaluable pronunciation key for reading the ample poetry, names and places in other languages.
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This page last updated October 20, 2002.