Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Fellowship of the Ring

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Ever since I started following Shamus Young's DM of the Rings, I've had an itch to reread the Lord of the Rings trilogy and finally bother to watch Peter Jackson's cinematic version. As circumstances had it, I was able to unpack the books before I ever made my way to the video store. The Fellowship, if you don't know, is the first volume of the trilogy. It tells the tale of Frodo Baggins, nephew and heir to Bilbo Baggins, the hero of The Hobbit. Amongst his inheritance is the magical ring that Bilbo acquired in the aforementioned story. It turns out that the ring is a lot more than it seems--'tis a thing of power and corrupting evil. And, it's creator, the evil Sauron, has started looking for it. The best solution is to return the ring to it's crucible of creation--the one place where it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for Frodo, it's a task that must be carried out by him. This volume starts the tale, as Frodo and various companions set out, pursued by the minions of Sauron. It's a sweeping epic, a rich tapestry of characters, setting and adventure. Why have I let it sit on my shelf so long?
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