Monday, June 10, 2013

Review-ish: Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings part 1) 
J.R.R Tolkien

The dark, fearsome Ringwraiths are searching for a Hobbit. Frodo Baggins knows that they are seeking him and the Ring he bears—the Ring of Power that will enable evil Sauron to destroy all that is good in Middle-earth. Now it is up to Frodo and his faithful servant, Sam, with a small band of companions, to carry the Ring to the one place it can be destroyed: Mount Doom, in the very center of Sauron’s realm.

Well. It's been 4 FREAKING WEEKS, and I am proud to say I FINALLY finished. Halleujah. 

Now it's not that I didn't like it, but this books was clearly written in another time, for another generation. For a teenage 21st century girl, who's used to getting any information she wants at the click of a button, the details of every meal and every landscape were agonizing. 

Which is not to say the genius of this book didn't shine through; I saw elements of Harry Potter, of Eragon, of the Books of Pellinor and more (even Percy Jackson). You can see how this became the daddy of all fantasy books- albeit with ONE FEMALE CHARACTER. (Hey, that's one more than The Hobbit) Seeing as this is a classic, and I'm not really qualified to really review a classic, I've decided to feature this book mainly in my favorite quotes: (to it's credit, there were many good ones)
"Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." 
"I will not give you council, saying do this, or do that. For not in doing or contriving, nor in choosing between this course and another, can I avail; but only in knowing what is and what was, and in part also what shall be. But this I will say to you: your Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while all the Company is true."
"But do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know."
Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back. But I would not have come, had I known the danger of light and joy."

(See? I learned how to make quote boxes!) So I made it through the big guns. In truth, I saw it's brilliance, but it wasn't for me. I plan to watch the movie and read the other two, but probably in a long time.
So what are you reading? Ever read/watched LotR?
Love, Esty


  1. Woohoo quote boxes! I've "read" Fellowship (aka skimmed it), but it's so rich that it's really hard to sit down and spend hours reading. Great review!

  2. I haven't read them yet but LotR is sitting on my shelf and something tells me I will probably feel the same way about it that you did. I guess we shall see!


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