Author Biography

JRR Tolkien

tolkien.jpgJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born January 3rd, 1892 in South Africa. His parents were Arthur Reuel Tolkien and Mabel. He also had one younger brother named Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien, who was born February 17th, 1894. Tolkien took a deep interest in nature as his mother taught him botany, and even then languages were also very intriguing to him at a young age. By the age of four Tolkien could read and write in which his mother would let him read many books. The books Tolkien read had an influence on him that would later fuel his writings. Some few years later Mabel Tolkien died of untreated diabetes when Tolkien was 12 years old. Tolkien continued through school and later graduated from Exeter College in 1915.

In January of 1913 he married Edith Mary Bratt in Warwick, England at the Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church on March 22nd, 1916. After later serving in the British military during World War I he began writing the Lord of the Rings. By 1948 Tolkien completed the Lord of the Rings books. Tolkien had four children three of which were sons and one daughter. His retirement led to extreme fandom resulting in him having to move to the South coast in Bournemouth. In the end Edith Tolkien died on November 29th, 1971 followed shortly by Tolkien himself on September 2nd, 1973.


Ring.jpgThe Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Long ago an evil being known as Sauron seeked to gain much power and in so doing forged a ring in the fires of Mt. Doom. This ring had powers to dominate all of middle earth, but Sauron had bound most of his soul to the ring. After a great war Ilsildur cut the ring from Sauron's hand and ended the power of his ring. Isildur kept the ring for himself and obsessed over its power selfishly. Not long after, Isildur was killed and the ring was lost for thousands of years. Until finally the ring was found by a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who kept it as his very own using the powers of the ring to receive long lasting life and cast invisibility over himself. Bilbo then left the ring for his nephew Frodo Baggins who like his uncle did not know how evil the ring was.
A wizard named Gandalf was a friend of the Baggins' and became curious of where the ring came from. When Gandalf left to find answers he found the history of where the ring came from and what it was capable of. In a desperate rush back to the Shire, Gandalf warned Frodo of the rings power and told him to leave for Rivendell that night. On Frodo's way he is accompanied by Sam, Merry, Pippin and Aragorn. Along the way they come across wraiths that are in search of the ring and attempt to claim it after attacking Frodo and company. Nevertheless they reach Rivendell and have a meeting with the men, elves and dwarves to decide who will go on a journey to carry the ring to Mordor and destroy it in the fires of Mt. Doom. After all the commotion Frodo asked to be the one to destroy the ring, and with him eight others agreed to go with him as an aid. All nine members were then known as "the fellowship of the ring". Finally they begin their expedition to Mordor to destroy the ring in the fiery pit of Mt. Doom and end the power of Sauron and his evil forces.

It Worked!

This book is great in all ways possible and is extremely detailed. The book Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring makes it to the outstanding books because the book shows the real definition of fantasy. A book like this isn't intended for everyone though because it is highly descriptive and changes between characters many times making it hard to follow. But if anyone takes interest in this book it is guaranteed to make your imagination see a whole new world. The Lord of the Rings book is rated five stars in my opinion.

Literary Information

Point of View-Third person limited
Setting-Middle Earth

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