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 is faced with an immense task, as the elderly Bilbo entrusts the ring to his care. Frodo must 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.
- ISBN10 0786251786
- ISBN13 9780786251780
- Publish Date 5 February 2008 (first published 29 July 1954)
- Publish Status Out of Print
- Out of Print 11 October 2016
- Publish Country US
- Imprint Thorndike Press
- Edition Large Print ed.
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 855
- Language English
Let's fast-forward now to Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday, which is a grand affair as it is joint with his nephew and heir, Frodo. Much preparation has gone into the party in which Hobbiton had yet to see for many a year. All goes splendid until Bilbo's infamously boring speech, year 111 is no exception until he suddenly disappears at the end of his roast on Hobbiton. After vanishing he walks into the night to mingle with the elves. Upon his leaving, but with great difficulty, leaves the magic ring for Frodo to inherit.
After discovering how dangerous the ring is Frodo and Sam who swears he wasn't eaves-dropping and heard " N-nothing important. That is, I heard a good deal about a ring, and a Dark Lord, and something about the end of the world, but... Please, Mr. Gandalf, sir, don't hurt me. Don't turn me into anything... unnatural." Anyway, they're off to Morder. As not to make this description any longer will just say that after forging the fellowship the seven members experience consent peril and betrayal.
There are thousands of adjectives to describe The Fellowship Of The Ring but none could do it justice. Instead I will simply say that Middle Earth is a place that can only be dreamed of but with lush descriptions and 3D characters it is very easy to picture a hobbit hole or the Mines of Moria. Alas, despite the vivid detail, it is not a happy story (little people willing going to their death doesn't make for light reading). The novel begins out nice enough showing a peaceful and gay time but slowly grows darker and darker. I thought this was brilliant because it shows what is worth fighting for and are willing to go to the ends of Mordor to keep it safe. A beautifully crafted story, and am still pondering why it has taken me so long to reread it.