|Lord of the Rings|
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: Lord of the Rings
Review by: CL6 Dominic
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So, I've never reviewed a book...I think I know how, though, so don't worry *L*. I was told to review the story and I just can't do that. It's not that I don't want to, because I do. I can't do it because it is impossible, and that's one of the reasons the book is so great. Tolkein created a masterpiece with Lord of the Rings. A masterpiece that started in 1936 with The Hobbit, and that is still growing today. Now, for the reasons this book is what it is: the greatest fantasy story ever written.
The best thing about this book is that it's story is not only found inside it. Various extensions are written that we get a glimpse of in Lord of the Rings. For example, The Hobbit, which talks about how Bilbo the Hobbit found the magic ring, or The Silmarillion that talks about the First Age of Middle Earth (LOTR takes place at the end of the Third Age). All in all, we don't really read a story, we read a history. A history of a fantastic world.
Other subjects I particularly enjoy is geography and history, and we get alot of these. Again, The Silmarillion is an example of this speaking of the beginning of Middle Earth, through the book we learn various historical things that are relevantto the story, and you even find some of them in the Silmarillion.
Geographically speaking, maps of all Middle Earth can be found in the book with names of important places, rivers and such. When you read the book, you will find that all the places you read about are on the maps, placed exactly where they should be. I was also able to find a map of Middle Earth with the path taken by our heros during their journey. If you're at all familiar with the story, you will know that a book called The Atlas of Middle Earth exists, and I'll leave you to wonder what that is.
The appendixes are something I also extremely enjoyed. They give even more background information than there already is. You don't have to read them to understand the story, but once you read the book, you'll want to. The appendixes vary from the royal families of Men, Dwarves and Elves, to Hobbit family trees.
I almost forgot the most important thing. The Story *L*. Frodo inherits a ring. The ring has the power to enslave the world, and Frodo, with the help of Gandalf, Aragorn (or Strider if you prefer), Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Merry, Pippin and Samwise must bring the ring to the Cracks of Doom in the Land of Mordor to destroy it. Of course, more than interesting things wil happen to them all, with many tragedies and surprises. The book keeps you captivated until the end - you won't want to put it down.
These are only some of the reasons I am in love with this book since the age of 11. I haven't talked about the way the book was written, the incredible dialogue, and you can't forget the poems and songs in the book. You will not be able to have enough!
Title: Lord of the Rings