In the sleepy countryside of the Shire lives young Frodo Baggins. His peaceful life is disturbed when he receives a call from an old friend, the wizard Gandalf the Grey who tells him a terrible secret about his golden ring, inherited from his uncle Bilbo. This ring is the One Ring, the ring to rule all the other Rings of Power forged by the Dark Lord Sauron in his days of Power. Now, thousands of years after his fall from his dark throne, the darkness gathers once again and Sauron of Mordor is looking for what was his. Frodo Baggins must journey right into the heart of the Shadow, into the dark land of Mordor and destroy the ring in the very Fire it was forged. However the Dark Lord now knows that the ring has been found and he has sent his cruelest servants to look for it...
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular books of all time. Written by JRR Tolkien and published in the 60's it was aimed at being an 'epic novel' by the author who was the Merton Professor of English and Language at Oxford University. The book has enjoyed widespread success as well as critical acclaim and revived the genre of fantasy fiction.
The book is written in the style of a narrative, in the third person with the scene shifting according to need. The style of writing changes according to context, for example when dealing with the rustic life in the Shire the style of narration is simple and almost child-like. It shifts to a grimmer and more 'epic' style of narration as the nobler characters or settings are encountered. Extremely detailed descriptions of the landscape complete with maps keep the readers grip on the geographical details of the advancing plot.
One of my most favourite books, appropriate for all ages as I first read it nearly ten years ago and re-read it at least once a year since then. The author has interspersed the book with poetry and songs both in english as well as the languages he invented for the universe of characters in his book.
Book Reviewed By Sayan Mukherjee
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