I’m making my way through the ever-growing list of books I still haven’t reviewed. This one is a little different than my usual YA-Fantasy read. I tend to shy away from classics, but this series is one of my favorites. I find it difficult to review books like this one, it’s essentially high fantasy royalty.
Just for some context, I started this series a few years ago and immediately loved it. I didn’t have my blog then, let alone think that anyone would be interested in hearing a teenager talk about her obsession with Middle-earth. I read this while visiting my family over Christmas this past year. When I read high fantasy I tend to need breaks in between and I also save the ebooks I have on my kindle for when I’m traveling so that I don’t have to schlep heavy books around *cough cough*
so I can bring new books back with me.
Since this series is so well-known, this review will most likely contain spoilers. Synopsis via goodreads:
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
Frodo and his 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 a battle in the Mines of Moria. And 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 was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
Let me start this by saying that I love these books. I haven’t read the last one yet *gasp* but I’ve watched the films a million times and can all but recite them verbatim. I remember my brother reading these when I young, being obsessed and forcing me to watch the movies with him. I loved every minute of it.
I’ll be the first to admit that the books are fairly dense, that’s why I take breaks in between. However, the world, the characters, and the story are all phenomenal.
The world has everything in it. A beautiful calm oasis of the Shire, the magical riverlands of Rivendell, and of course the mountainous regions of Mordor. Just as the landscape, the characters contain depth and histories that help shape the story. The characters are, honestly, what kept me going back to it when it got too dense for me. I won’t lie by saying that this was always a page-turner, but when I got a little bored chasing down hobbits and their captors, the characters really shine through for me. Being a huge language nerd, I also am super interested in the languages created by Tolkien and the way they are used throughout the story. Beyond that, it has everything that I love about Fantasy: magic, pending doom, clever characters, fantastic animals/ monsters, wizards, and elves. Specifically to this book, as opposed to the entire series, I really enjoyed Gollum and his outbursts once he started traveling with the halflings. Another part I really enjoyed was Shelob and the description of her lair.
And just because I can’t physically discuss Lord of the Rings without mentioning my two favorite characters:
Aragorn: he’s a badass ranger/ destined king, who, I really loved in book one.
Sam: he’s sweet, has a pure heart, and I love his love for Frodo. If you’re a fan of the films I highly suggest reading the books.
Have you read this trilogy? Who is your favorite character? Did you read the books or watch the movies first? Do you have any other high fantasy recommendations for me?
Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading! -xo Amber