The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

fellowshipTitleThe Fellowship of the Ring

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

ISBN: 978-0547928210

Publication Date: 1945

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level/Interest Age: 12 and up

Plot: Frodo Baggins, a hobbit who lives in the shire, must go on a very treacherous journey to destroy the Ring of the Dark Lord, Sauron. The Ring is a powerful tool to control all others in the other lands and to prevent Sauron’s army from retrieving it, Frodo must take the Ring to where it was forged and destroy it. The journey is long and there are many dangers lurking in the shadows not knowing who is under Sauron’s control, so Frodo must be accompanied with eight others (forming the Fellowship of the Ring and also called the Nine Walkers) in order to survive through this quest. Of these Nine Walkers are Frodo, three other Hobbit companions (Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin Took, and Meriadoc Brandybuck), two Men (Aragorn and Boromir), a Silvan Elf (Legolas), a wizard (Gandalf), and a Dwarf (Gimli). These nine individuals will be faced with a great deal of challenges on this dark and dangerous quest.

Critical Evaluation: This novel is the first book in the series of The Lord of the Ring. Tolkien has created an impressive story line and has successfully shown that his imagination is extremely vivid. The author of this novel gives descriptive details about each encounter with others from distant lands that the reader can picture the person right in front of them. The words that are used throughout the story are able to create the right mood and tone of the book. When Sauron’s ring is mentioned, there is an obvious dark mood that hangs in the air.

Reader’s Annotation: The ring of Sauron is a powerful and dangerous artifact that brings out the evil from within. This ring must be destroyed and Frodo is their only hope to carrying out the task.

Author: Retrieved from The Tolkien Society website

“John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth. This was peopled by Men (and women), Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Orcs (or Goblins) and of course Hobbits. He has regularly been condemned by the Eng. Lit. establishment, with honourable exceptions, but loved by literally millions of readers worldwide.

In the 1960s he was taken up by many members of the nascent “counter-culture” largely because of his concern with environmental issues. In 1997 he came top of three British polls, organised respectively by Channel 4 / Waterstone’s, the Folio Society, and SFX, the UK‘s leading science fiction media magazine, amongst discerning readers asked to vote for the greatest book of the 20th century. Please note also that his name is spelt Tolkien (there is no “Tolkein”).”

Curriculum Ties:

  • Teamwork
  • Comradery

Booktalking Ideas:

  • If you were given a task that can save the entire world but will be a trying journey, would you be willing to take on the challenge?

Challenging Issues:

  • Religious viewpoints
  • Violence

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Book? This book never fails to entertain the reader.

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