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The Fellowship of the Ring: Lord of the Rings, Book 1 (original 1954; edition 2021)

by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Mythology. Inspired by The Hobbit, and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that Tolkien created to provide "the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues." From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between powers of good and evil. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien's great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe—hobbits, elves, and wizards—step colorfully forth from the pages. Rob Inglis' narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio. "Suffice it to say that this unabridged recorded version ... is marvelous in all respects. The narration is clear and delivered in a smooth English accent of a master storyteller."—Kliat.… (more)
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The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

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Um dos melhores livros da minha vida. ( )
  carolrisan | Nov 16, 2023 |
Finally finished the fellowship of the ring and while it was challenging, I did enjoy some parts of the book, (mainly Sam and Aragorn parts and a bit of Gimli and Legolas) but hopefully we get more pippin and merry in the second book since I felt they were “forgotten” at some parts. Hopefully I don’t see Tom bombadil again though, he annoyed me so much and I felt his chapter was useless. Boromir pissed me off the most in the end but I know why he did what he did but still, dude needs to chill out. ( )
  clstrifes | Nov 10, 2023 |
After reading so many comments about Tolkien being boring, I wish I was able to tell any fantasy lover before reading Tolkien for the first time this:
So you read a lot of fantasy books and you loved them. Now you want to read "the first and the best of them", expecting it will be exactly the same, only much better. Well, it still may be better, depending on your taste, but it certainly is very different.
Fantasy developed a lot from The Lord of the Rings. Today, fantasy is packed with action, quests, sub-quest... In Tolkien, you will find a lot of places where nothing really happens - they do not directly contribute to the plot. He just describes the world, characters, society they live in, their motivations, feelings... He imagined the world to tiniest details and the world lives regardless the story itself. In other fantasy books, anything that appears somehow serves the story, but in Tolkien the world just exists and he likes to describe it as such, even crossing to lyrics at times. It is therefore far less straightforward to read.
It is absolutely fine if someone does not like it, we all like different things. I believe though that a lot of disappointment comes from the expectation (it will be the same, just better). I was very lucky to read The Lord of the Rings in early age, not reading much fantasy before, and it completely blew my mind. When reading it again after several years of other fantasy books though, I do understand the disillusion of many if they expect just better version of what they know already... ( )
  Jiri.Kulik | Oct 28, 2023 |
The narration is amazing. Serkis has a large range for voices and gives many characters distinctive accents or pitches. He has a knack for knowing how to intone passages and disperse pauses for maximum effect. And the plethora of songs are actually sung, not read.

As to the content, it's been decades since I first read LotR and I've been reminded of what a grind the meandering first half of this book is. I nearly gave up on it then, but thankfully I persevered and learned what a treasure it is on the whole. ( )
  A.Godhelm | Oct 20, 2023 |
Another re-read, I may just do the whole series at this point since it’s been quite a while since I read them first.

The book is obviously much slower and less action packed than the movies, the characters do fight and perform daring deeds, but they feel much more mundane than their movie counterparts. What the movies cannot match, however, is the loving detail in every aspect of the world Tolkien created. It all feels acutely real and one gets the sense that Tolkien thought deeply about every plain and hill and forest. The world feels historically grounded and lived in in a way few other fantasy works do.

Generally enjoying my re-read of this series so far and finding quite a few things I didn’t appreciate or remember from the last time.
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  Autolycus21 | Oct 10, 2023 |
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Masterpiece? Oh yes, I've no doubt about that.
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Tolkien was a storyteller of genius
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A triumphant close ... a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force.
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A story magnificently told, with every kind of colour and movement and greatness
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J. R. R. Tolkienprimary authorall editionscalculated
Anderson, Douglas A.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Andersson, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blok, CorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sweet, DarrellCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for 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.
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Prologue - This book is largely concerned with Hobbits, and from its pages a reader may discover much of their character and a little of their history.
Chap One - When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
Quotations
Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too quick to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
I regret to announce that—though, as I said, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to spend among you—this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE!
The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far away the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's complete work The Lord of the Rings consists of six Books, frequently bound in three Volumes:
  • Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring, consisting of Book I, "The Ring Sets Out" and Book II, "The Ring Goes South";
  • Volume 2: The Two Towers, consisting of Book III, "The Treason of Isengard," and Book IV, "The Ring Goes East"; and
  • Volume 3: The Return of the King, consisting of Book V, "The War of the Ring," and Book VI, "The End of the Third Age," with Appendices.
This LT Work consists of Volume 1, The Fellowship of the Ring; please do not combine it with any other part(s) or with Tolkien's complete work, each of which have LT Works pages of their own. Thank you.
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Fantasy. Fiction. Mythology. Inspired by The Hobbit, and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that Tolkien created to provide "the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues." From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between powers of good and evil. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien's great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe—hobbits, elves, and wizards—step colorfully forth from the pages. Rob Inglis' narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio. "Suffice it to say that this unabridged recorded version ... is marvelous in all respects. The narration is clear and delivered in a smooth English accent of a master storyteller."—Kliat.

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In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and 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.
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Galadriel says,
“All will love me and despair!”
What a Drama Queen.

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