J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings (My favourite book and author)
One of my most favourite books is The Lord of the Rings trilogy, written by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve read it at least four times and I believe it is one of the best fantasy books ever. I really love it because it’s very exciting, full of fabulous characters and creatures, there are many great poems and songs and I also appreciate Tolkien’s language inventions and maps, which makes you feel that this story really happened.
I can’t write about The Lord of the Rings without mentioning The Hobbit. It is a story about little hobbit Bilbo and his fantastic adventure to the east of the Middle-earth, fantasy world where are almost all Tolkien’s stories situated. The second title for this book is There and Back Again. Bilbo and his 14 companions (13 dwarves and Gandalf the Grey – wizard) went to the Lonley Mountain to reclaim the dwarves’ stolen treasure from the most-dreaded dragon Smaug. During this journey in an Orcs’ tunnel, Bilbo found a strange ring. Just a little ring, but it plays a key role in The Lord of the Rings.
This book has three parts. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The story is too complicated and mentioning even the most important characters and events is almost impossible. That’s why I have to cut it, but don’t forget the most important. Anyway, I believe that the best way how to start the tale is the poem:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for the Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
The firs part, The Fellowship of the Ring, told how Gandalf the Grey discovered that the ring possessed by Frodo, Bilbo’s nephew and heir, was in fact the One Ring, ruler of all the Rings of power. It’s master, the Dark Lord from Mordor – Sauron, wanted it back. The book recounts the flight of Frodo and his companions from their quiet home Shire , pursed by the terror of the Balck Riders of Mordor, until at last, with the aid of Aragorn the Ranger, they came through desperate perils to the House of elves, in Rivendell. There was held the great council of Elrond, at which it was decided to attempt the destruction of the Ring, and Frodo was appointed the Ring-bearer.
The Companions of the Ring were choosen, who were to aid him in his quest: to come to the Mordor, the land of Enemy himself, where alone the Ring could be destroied. In this fellowship were Aragorn and Boromir representing Men, Legolas for the Elves, Gimli for the Dwarves, Frodo with his servant Sam, and his two young kinsmen Merry and Pippin, for the Hobbits, and Gandalf the Grey. They journyed in secret far from Rivendell in the North to the South lands, as close to Mordor as possible. In Moria, old dwarven mines, Gandalf was killed and Aragorn, revelated as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, led the company on. Later, when the war was very close, it was necessary for them to decide whether they should turn east to Moria or to go with Boromir to the aid of Minas Tirith in the coming war. When it became clear that the Ring-bearer was resolved to continue his hopeless journey, Boromir attempted to seize the Ring by the force. The first part ended with the fall of Boromir to the lure of the Ring, with the escape and disappereance of Frodo and Sam, and scattering of the reminder of the Fellowship by a sudden attack of orc-soliders.
The second part, The Two Towers, recounted the deeds of of all the company after the breaking of the Fellowship. At the beginning it told about the death of Boromir, of the capture of Merry and Pippin by orc-soliders and of their pursuit by Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. They all joined a battle against wizard Saruman, secret ally of Sauron, and met Gandalf again, returned from death, now as the White Rider.
Story than turned to Frodo and Sam. Their situation was so deaperate, that they had to accept help of Gollum, little cerature who owned Ring before Bilbo. He guided the hobbits to a secret way through mountains to Mordor. While this, the great War of the Ring had begun. This part ended when Frodo was during his passing through a secret tunnel wounded by a spider Shelob. The third and last part, The Return of the King, told of the opposing strategies of Gandalf ans Sauron, until the final catastrophe and the end of the great darkness. Fordo and Sam succeed in their quest and destroied the Ring. Aragorn became a king and married his love Arwen, Lady of Rivendell. Then they all set sail from the Shadow Harbours to a New Land, because after the detruction of the Ring, all smaller magic rings lost their power and Middle-earth was condemn to doom.
And now something about the Master writer… J.R.R. Tolkien was born in 1892 in South Africa.
He was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke Colleg, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and then, until his retirement in 1959, Merton Professor of English Language and Literature. His chief interest was in the literary and linguistic tradition of the English West Midlands, especially in Beowulf. He wrothe The Hobbit in 1937 for his children and then in 1954-1955 trilogy The Lord of the Rings. The mytholigical beginnings of Middle-earth are represented in Slimarillion (1977). He is aslo known to the reading public as the author of Farmer Giles of Ham or The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Tolkien died in England in1973.
I believe that The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece. Tolkien was able to create not only a fantastic and unnforgettable tale, which draws you into the story, but he ceated Middle-earth history, language and fabulous maps. He made a whole new world which lives in our minds and we will never forget it.