I picked up this book on accident. I use this app called Goodreads to remember which books I want to read next. I forgot to check it so I grabbed any book I found at hand and it just so happened to be this one.
A darkness which for ages has remained hidden has emerged and is reaching it’s long, bony hand towards the shire. Frodo Baggins, a hobbit or a halfling to some, was bequeathed with a ring from his adopted guardian Bilbo Baggins. Little does he know that this ring draws the Enemy nearer to the Shire. At the urging of a wizard renowned for his spectacular fireworks, Frodo and his friends journey to the elven city of Rivendell where they learn of the Ring’s secrets. Now faced with the biggest adventure of his life, Frodo must decide if he is brave enough to be the Ring Bearer.
Frodo is a main character that is easy to relate to because be starts off as an ordinary hobbit. He is a likable young hobbit who like any other hobbit doesn’t have a thought outside the Shire. Everything that happens afterward is completely unexpected and previously had nothing to do with him.
Considering that this is a fantasy fiction book, Tolkien works extremely hard to make the story believable. It is relatively easy to immerse yourself in the developed elf language and the history behind the characters and places that is presented.
Don’t let the 458 page count fool you, this book is a long read. It’s taken me months to finish it. Overall, however, the plot followed an attention maintaining story line. Just when you started to get bored of walking through the forest, Tolkien throws in some adrenaline pumping adventure. Be warned though…Tolkien has a meticulous style and will describe everything in detail. Everything. It’s worth it but just prepare yourself.
I didn’t find this book to be very philosophical, but it does delve into the inner thoughts and qualities that humans and other creatures share. If you’re looking for an entertaining book…this is it.