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@Read Epub · The Fellowship of the Ring ⚶ Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0618260269 copyright page ISBN is 0618346252 different from back cover One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle earth, it remained lost to him After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.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 back cover Never have I been so sad to give a low rating to such a revered book I m so sorry I can t tell you how sorry I am.Again, I m so sorry, but I found this book unbelievably dull I really am so, so sorry I m desperately sad about this This series has been such a foundation for modern day fantasy that I m incredibly disappointed in myself for not liking this I have always wanted to be a Tolkien fangirl I ve always wanted to learn Elvish and get completely offended la Stephen Colbert but I can t I just can t I want so desperately to love Tolkien, but it just ain t happening I ve been trying this book for 17 years Tolkien and I have a sad history I ve always been a book lover, when I was young, I would persist through any book, no matter how trying The Hobbit was the first book that made me fall asleep It s memorable to me because that s the first time, and only the second time it s ever happened The other book that made me fall asleep You guessed it The Fellowship of the Ring I tried The Fellowship in 10th grade I couldn t get past Bilbo s birthday party I tried it again almost 10 years ago when I was stuck in bed for several days due to, oh, a giant surgical wound in my neck My doctor said I had to stay in bed for a few days So, I reasoned, what better way than to resume my attempt at reading one of the greatest literary classics of all time than whole having no other option Audiobook it was I didn t last past Tom Bombadil before I decided, fuck this, I m going to head to the gym with a bloody bandage on my neck True story I got a lot of really weird looks My doctor gave me a prescription for Vicodin because he was concerned the pain would be too much to bear Apparently, I didn t even need the Vicodin because that pedophile Tom Bombadil put me right to sleep.Seriously, were it not for the fact that it is written by Tolkien, I would have hated this book It was so unbelievably dull There were parts, that to a Tolkien amateur like me, didn t have a whit of relevance or anything interesting to add to the plot namely, say, the first 700 pages of the book Seriously, what the fuck is up with the farmer and Tom Bombadil The plot was all sorts of disjointed Some parts just didn t make any sense Tolkien is a linguist at heart, and it shows, because all the famous quotes we know from him are just sound bytes In context, sometimes they don t really make any sense All the poems and songs are in there to sound pretty, and frankly, they bored the fuck out of me.For instance, in the middle of a serious dinner party where the company is just trying to decide what to do about the ring surely a simple task , all of a sudden little Frodo stands up and solemnly announces 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 I was like what the fuck, man Where did that come from It makes absolutely no sense in the context of the scene Oh, sure, it s an inside thing on how Aragorn was the secret king, but nobody knew that Everyone, elf, hobbit, dwarf, and me would have thought he was completely high on some elven grass.Let me make this clear I do not, for an instance, doubt Tolkien s literary value I think he has been an inspiration to generations of writers, artists, hell, gamers My beloved World of Warcraft game featured elves, pretty much every fantasy book we have these days have been inspired in one way or another by Tolkien Again, he was an amazing linguist, his work developing the Elvish tongue, among others, as well as his efforts in developing the rich, fantastic history of the world within his books is not to be disregarded by any means.But again, he is a linguist He is a scholar He may be the most brilliant one of those in the world, an inspiration to generations, but for me, personally, his writing is not to my tastes.But damn, the movies were amazing I refuse to write a review for one of the best books ever written Asking a serious fantasy fan to write a review for Lord of the Rings is like asking a Christian to write a review for The Bible So instead I will supply you with this graph Authors who inspire a movement are usually misunderstood, especially by those they have inspired, and Tolkien is no exception, but one of the biggest misconceptions about Tolkien is the idea that he is somehow an innovator of fantasy He did add a number of techniques to the repertoire of epic fantasy writers, and these have been dutifully followed by his many imitators, but for the most part, these techniques are little than bad habits.Many have called Tolkien by such epithets as The Father of Fantasy , but anyone who makes this claim simply does not know of the depth and history of the fantasy genre For those who are familiar with the great and influential fantastical authors, from Ovid and Ariosto to Eddison and Dunsany to R.E Howard and Fritz Leiber, it is clear that, long before Tolkien, fantasy was already a complex, well established, and even a respected literary genre.Eddison s work contains an invented world, a carefully constructed and well researched archaic language, a powerful and unearthly queen, and a central character who is conflicted and lost between the forces of nobility and darkness Poul Anderson s The Broken Sword , which came out the same year as The Fellowship of the Ring, has distant, haughty elves, deep delving dwarves, a broken sword which must be reforged, an epic war between the armies of light and darkness, another central character trapped between those extremes, and an interweaving of Christian and Pagan worldviews.So, if these aspects are not unique to Tolkien, then what does set him apart Though Dunsany, Eddison, and Anderson all present worlds where light and dark come into conflict, they present these conflicts with a subtle and often ironic touch, recognizing that morality is a dangerous thing to present in absolutes Tolkien or C.S Lewis , on the other hand, has no problem in depicting evil as evil, good as good, and the only place they meet is in the temptation of an honest heart, as in Gollum s case and even then, he is not like Eddison s Lord Gro or Anderson s Scafloc, characters who live under an alternative view of the world, but instead fluctuates between the highs and lows of Tolkien s dualistic morality.It is a dangerous message to make evil an external, irrational thing, to define it as the unknown that opposes us , because it invites the reader to overlay their own morality upon the world, which is precisely what most modern fantasy authors tend to do, following Tolkien s example Whether it s Goodkind s Libertarianism or John Norman s sex slave fetish, its very easy to simply create a magical allegory to make one side right and the other side wrong , and you never have to develop a dramatic narrative that actually explores the soundness of those ideas Make the good guys dress in bright robes or silvery maile and the bad guys in black, spiky armor, and a lot of people will never notice that all the good guys are White, upper class men, while all the bad guys are brutish foreigners , and that both sides are killing each other and trying to rule their little corner of the world.In Tolkien s case, his moral view was a very specific evocation of the ideal of Merrie England , which is an attempt by certain stodgy old Tories like Tolkien to rewrite history so that the nobility were all good and righteous leaders, the farmers were all happy in their proper place working a simple patch of dirt , while both industrialized cultures and the primitives who resided to the South and East were the enemy bent on despoiling the natural beauty of England despite the fact that the isles had been flattened, deforested, and partitioned a thousand years before.Though Tom Bombadil remains as a strangely incoherent reminder of the moral and social complexity of the fantasy tradition upon which Tolkien draws, he did his best to scrub the rest clean, spending years of his life trying to fit Catholic philosophy wholly into his Pagan adventure realm But then, that s often how we think of Tolkien bent over his desk, spending long hours researching, note taking, compiling, and playing with language Even those who admit that Tolkien demonstrates certain racist, sexist, and classicist leanings as, indeed, do many great authors still praise the complexity of his world building.And any student of the great Epics, like the Norse Eddas, the Bible, or the Shahnameh can see what Tolkien is trying to achieve with his worldbuilding those books presented grand stories, but were also about depicting a vast world of philosophy, history, myth, geography, morality and culture They were encyclopedic texts, intended to instruct their people on everything important in life, and they are extraordinarily valuable to students of anthropology and history, because even the smallest detail can reveal something about the world which the book describes.So, Tolkien fills his books with troop movements, dull songs, lines of lineage, and references to his own made up history, mythology, and language He has numerous briefly mentioned side characters and events because organic texts like the epics, which were formed slowly, over time and compiled from many sources often contained such digressions He creates characters who have similar names which is normally a stupid thing to do, as an author, because it is so confusing but he s trying to represent a hereditary tradition of prefixes and suffixes and shared names, which many great families of history had So Tolkien certainly had a purpose in what he did, but was it a purpose that served the story he was trying to tell Simply copying the form of reality is not what makes good art Art is meaningful it is directed It is not just a list of details everything within is carefully chosen by the author to make up a good story The addition of detail is not the same as adding depth, especially since Tolkien s world is not based on some outside system it is whatever he says it is It s all arbitrary, which is why the only thing that grants a character, scene, or detail purpose is the meaning behind it Without that meaning, then what Tolkien is doing is just a very elaborate thought exercise Now, it s certainly true that many people have been fascinated with studying it, but that s equally true of many thought exercises, such as the rules and background of the Pokemon card game, or crossword puzzles.Ostensibly, Scrabble supposedly is a game for people who love words and yet, top Scrabble players sit an memorize lists of words whose meaning they will never learn Likewise, many literary fandom games become little than word searches find this reference, connect that name to this character but which have no meaning or purpose outside of that The point of literary criticism is always to lead us back to human thought and ideas, to looking at how we think and express ourselves If a detail in a work cannot lead us back to ourselves, then it is no than an arbitrary piece of chaff.The popularity of Tolkien s work made it acceptable for other authors to do the same thing, to the point that whenever I hear a book lauded for the depth of its world building , I expect to find a mess of obsessive detailing, of piling on so many inconsequential facts and figures that the characters and stories get buried under the scree, as if the author secretly hopes that by spending most of the chapter describing the hero s cuirass, we ll forget that he s a bland archetype who only succeeds through happy coincidence and deus ex machina against an enemy with no internal structure or motivation.When Quiller Couch said authors should murder their darlings , this is what he meant just because you have hobbies and opinions does not mean you should fill your novel with them Anything which does not materially contribute to the story, characters, and artistry of a work can safely be left out Tolkien s embarrassment of detail also produced a huge inflation in the acceptable length of fantasy books, leading to the meandering, unending series that fill bookstore shelves today.Now, there are several notable critics who have lamented the unfortunate effect that Tolkien s work has had on the genre, such as in Moorcock s Epic Pooh and Mieville s diatribe about every modern fantasy author being forced to come to terms with the old don s influence I agree with their deconstructions, but for me, Tolkien isn t some special author, some fantasy granddad looming over all He s just a bump in the road, one author amongst many in a genre that stretches back thousands of years into our very ideas of myth and identity, and not one of the interesting onesHis ideas weren t unique, and while his approach may have been unusual, it was only because he spent a lifetime trying obsessively to make something artificial seem natural, despite the fact that the point of fantasy and fiction in general is to explore the artificial, the human side of the equation, to look at the world through the biased lens of our eye and to represent some odd facet of the human condition Unfortunately, Tolkien s characters, structure, and morality are all too flat to suggest much, no matter how many faux organic details he surrounds them with.My Fantasy Book Suggestions