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Book Review - Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien

Updated on June 25, 2013

Book trilogy...

books in hardcover binding
books in hardcover binding

Significance of the books...

As mentioned above The Lord of the Rings trilogy not only developed a book series and a movie trilogy, but it also built a subculture of fantasy fans. The world will forever consider The Lord of the Rings as the masterpiece of fantasy fiction and J. R. R. Tolkien as the master forge.

The Lord of the Rings series has been sold millions of copies around the world in many different languages.

About the books...

The Lord of the Rings comprises of three books (sometimes these individual books may be divided into two or more parts because of the size and length of the books and to make them affordable and easy to use).

The three books in order are;

  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

Sometimes 'The Hobbit' is also considered as part (more like prologue) of the series, because all of them are connected. But originally the above three books compose of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Paperback book cover
Paperback book cover

About 'The Fellowship of the Ring'...

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book of the series and one which sets the stage for the story. In reality the quest for defeating evil in The Lord of the Rings begins at some point in The Hobbit book, with the finding of the One Ring and this is why many believe that The Hobbit is part of The Lord of the Rings series.

To brief on the beginning of the Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf the Grey (a wizard) brings grieving news to Hobbiton (where the Hobbits live) about the rise of evil in Mordor. Sauron, the dark lord, has been given another chance at life!!!

The evil seeks only one thing to rise to the power-The One Ring. Seven rings of power were made by the Elves and One Ring was made to rule them all. Anyone and everyone in the possess of the One Ring is able to control the other seven ring bearers.

The One Ring was forged by Sauron in the fires of mount Doom, a volcano. So no weapon is capable of destroying the One Ring, but only the fires of mount Doom itself. And hence the journey begins to bring the One Ring to the volcano, but there in one problem. The mount Doom is located right in the middle of Mordor, the kingdom of the dark lord Sauron.

In the pursuit of this quest, a fellowship of the ring forms, which includes 4 hobbits, 2 kings, an elf, a dwarf and a wizard. And so the quest against evil begins...

Paperback book cover
Paperback book cover

About 'The Two Towers'...

The Two Towers is the part two of the Lord of The Rings series and continues from the end of the book one.

Frodo and Sam (the hobbits) encounter numerous troubles along the way to Mordor, yet they make progress slowly but steadily. The rest of the Fellowship provides them support, fighting off orcs, Nazguls and ringwraiths..

Even the nature aids in their quest. A type of trees named 'Ents' joins in their battle against the dark lord and helps destroy the Two Towers that stand guard on their path to Mordor.

A Hobbit maybe half the size of a man, but they sure got wits more than any other human. And on this quest, their miniature size is nothing but helpful in staying away from the Eye of the dark lord.

Paperback book cover
Paperback book cover

About 'The Return of the King'...

The Return of the King is the third and final book of the series and evidently consists of the completion of the quest by the Fellowship.

Tolkien brings the story to the ultimate point of excitement at the latter part of the book, where almost all of the attempts of the fellowship looks to be futile and an utter failure. The fate of the fellowship hangs by a thread and with some luck and power of will they do complete their quest in the end.

The final part is filled with emotions with the bonding of Sam and Frodo and Frodo's departure at the end. I will not go into more details about it because it might spoil it for new readers.

In conclusion it can be said that The Lord of the Rings series is not only a fantasy series but also an ultimate story of humanity, power of will and love...

About the movie trilogy...

The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was a massive success as revenue generating wise and as a quality motion picture production. The series won 31 Oscar nominations and 17 Oscar wins, and that is witness enough for the greatness of the series.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy Trailer...

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