The Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien
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            “The Lord of the Rings” is epic fantasy book about Sauron, Dark Lord and his rings of power and the effort of people, elves, dwarves, wizards and hobbits to rule him out. The book is written by J.R.R. Tolkien, who was an English poet, philologist, University Professor and one of the most influential fantasy writers of 20th century. Hi is the author of the following books: “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil”, “Beren and Luthien”, “The Silmarillion”. In the three books “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”, “The Lord of the Rings” tells the story about Sauron, Dark Lord who made rings of power in order to have absolute control in the Middle-Earth. He gave those rings to elves, people, dwarves and one he made for himself. However, the one that he made for himself was more powerful than others and that’s “the one to rule them all and in the darkness to bind them”.

            “The Lord of the Rings” starts with the story about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit from Shire, who is leaving Shire and he leaves all his possessions to his nephew Frodo Baggins. Among the possessions hi left is a ring with magical power-when somebody put it on the finger that person will be invisible for the others. Wizard Gandalf is very interested in this ring and he founds very soon that this ring is the One Ring made by Dark Lord and that in order to prevent Dark Lord from gaining power and destroying the world, the ring must be destroyed. However, the ring can be only destroyed in the fire of the Mount Doom which lies in the Mordor, the land of the Dark Lord. Learning about the ring from Gandalf, Frodo makes his mission to go to Mount Doom and destroy the ring. However, this is not the easy task and he will encounter many perils on his way to his destination. On the other side, he will gain a lot from this trip in terms of true friendship, bravery, heroism and humanity. 

            I can say freely that this is the one of the best book that I have ever read. It has so many stories to tell and so many lessons to teach its readers. It’s a story about friendship, determination, preservation when chances are very low. I admired hobbits, who are so small and are only interesting in food and songs, but who found strength and courage within themselves to take on such a dangerous task. They could be role models to all of us, however it seems on surface, all of us have strength and with courage to take risk and determination we can achieve many great things in our lives. 

            I recommend this book to everyone: it’s truly master-piece that should be on every reading list. Especially I recommend this book to people to watch “The Lord of the Rings” movies, book is very different and a lot of important details from book are missed or changed in the movies changing the essence of the book. While I am sure I will read this book few more times, because of it’s wisdom and life lessons, right now my favorite quotes from this book are:

            “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out”;

            “Courage is found in unlikely places”;

            “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”.