All right, everyone, we are officially wrapping up our reading of The Fellowship of the Ring tomorrow!
Now, of course, I know some people may be behind depending on when you joined in, but luckily for you, this is a virtual book club, so you are free to read at your own pace. That said, I encourage you to keep up with me so that you are able to join our discussions as we move along. Next, we're starting The Two Towers (I've already gotten a bit of a head start), and I am excited to see what's ahead!
Now for a short wrap-up discussion of The Fellowship. Of course, as always, I want to hear what you thought as well. Feel free to leave a comment here or any of my social media accounts!
Let's start with overall thoughts. Starting out, I thought I might be disappointed picking this series up again. The first fourth, maybe third, of the book does move a little slow. Obviously, I'm approaching this with a modern reader's mind, but there is a good portion of this section that is little more than descriptions of their travels. BUT... For me, the book really started to pick up after the Council of Elrond. The passages about the Pass of Caradhras, Moria, Lothlorien, and beyond gripped me. As a big fan of the movies, it was reminiscent of the films in the right places all while adding Tolkien's elegant voice.
That brings me to one of my favorite things about the book, and that is the prose. Tolkien's writing style lends such a magical air to Middle-earth. As I read, I could almost hear the wind bringing news from the west and see the starlight glittering over the yellow woods of Lorien. In a lot of ways, I felt like the movie captured the essence of his tone really well--the otherworldly elves, the ignorant but well-meaning hobbits, the valiant Men of Westernesse embodied in Aragorn, and the stubborn and hardy dwarves.
Of course, the Fellowship ends right before the movie does (it actually stretches over into The Two Towers a little bit). The ending of the book feels incomplete. There's really no conclusion, no major battle. But I definitely don't think that's a bad thing. Having already started the sequel, it flows perfectly. And that's really how Tolkien thought of it: one continuous story. Our modern minds tend to split a series up into nice set of boxes, which makes this unbroken narrative somewhat refreshing and exciting.
Have you also finished The Fellowship of the Ring? Are you looking forward to The Two Towers?
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