Lord of the Rings Part 1: The Fellowship of the Ring

One Ring to rule them all. One Ring to find them.

One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness, bind them.

This is the inscription on the One Ring. Locked inside of the ring, is the evil spirit of the Dark Lord Sauron. Wearing the ring will turn you invisible, but at the cost of being known to the enemy. They will see you, and know exactly where you are. But you have to be close to them.

This book takes place after The Hobbit.

Today is Bilbo Baggins’s 111th birthday, and the entire town is throwing a party for him. There is music, food, and dancing. Afterward, Bilbo makes a speech. He says that he’s glad that he’s lived this long, he says he’s going away, and he doesn’t know when he’s coming back, if ever. Then, he slips on the ring, and disappears. Gandalf the Wizard knows what happened though, and rushes to Bilbo’s house, where he finds him packing up. He says he is heading north, on another adventure. He gives Gandalf the ring, and leaves. In turn, Gandalf gives Frodo the ring, and also leaves, saying he has work to do.

“Keep it safe, keep it secret.”

Seven years later, Gandalf returns. He tells Frodo that the forces of Sauron are joining together, and they are looking for the ring of power. This is the same ring that Frodo was given. After some discussion, Gandalf says that the only way to defeat the forces of Sauron is to destroy the ring. But the only way to destroy the ring is to return it to where it was created. Mount Doom. Cast it into the fires, and one kills Sauron, and his entire army. But getting there is no easy task. It’s on the other side of the Middle Earth, from where Gandalf and Frodo are. It could take years to get to. At that moment, they hear a noise from outside the window. Gandalf thrusts his staff down, and hits something. He reaches down, and pulls up Samwise, Frodo’s best friend, and gardener. As punishment for eavesdropping, Gandalf sends him with Frodo, to the elf city, to try and figure out who will take the ring to Mount Doom. As soon as they step outside, adventure follows….

This book is one of the best books ever written. The plot is exceptional and intricate, the characters are so believable that they almost seem real, and the battles intense. The scenes pull you in, as if you where standing right in the middle of it all.

This book is one of my all time favorites, and I recommend it to any one who is longing for a book that will draw you in to a breathtaking and unforgettable journey. “I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise. ‘Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee’ And I don’t mean to.” –Samwise

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