Must-read: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

IMG_20170308_083954_617Title: The Lord of the Rings

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Publication Date: Published in three parts between 1954 and 1955.

Brief Synopsis: Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring — created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier — is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron’s lair. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well… (Courtesy of Goodreads)

My Rating: 5 out of 5 flowers (I’d give it more if I could)!

Why I think this is a must-read: For my first “Must-Read Monday,” I thought I’d start with a book (or books if you buy it in the 3-volume set) that has sold more than 150 million copies, has been translated into more than 40 languages, has influenced the likes of George Lucas and Led Zepplin, and is the most widely-read fantasy epic of all-time. It’s a classic tale of friendship, love, heroism, and the eternal struggle between good and evil (both in the greater world and within us as individuals). The Lord of the Rings is my first “must-read” pick because this is one of those books that once read, will stay with you forever. At least it has for me. I’ve never tired of re-reading it, always finding some new detail that I missed in years before. And, it’s a tale rife with powerful messages, my favorite of which comes at the conclusion of the novel, where the reader must accept that even though good has triumphed, evil left it’s mark on the world, and it has been forever changed.

Favorite Quote: “Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” – Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past

Have you read The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien? What did you think?


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