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Lord Of The Rings. Remembering the Space Age: Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Conference: Proceedings on the 50th Anniversary Conference. The Lord of the Rings. The Lord Of The Rings. The lord of the rings. Anthem, Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition. Arwen's place in the books, at least as a maiden waiting for the hand of her king takes the "reason to fight" to even greater heights. And the only powerful female, Galadriel as the terrible, beautiful elven Queen, is too far removed from mortality and reality to be anything more than a mid-tale deus ex machina, thereby removing her from the realm of women and men and making her a pseudo-god whose power is allowed only because it is arcane and mysterious.
Post-Colonial critics have latched onto the racism inherent in The Lord of the Rings , pointing out the hierarchies between the races: from the "superiority" of the elves, to the "chosen" role of "European" Men of the West under the leadership of Aragorn, to the lesser races of Dwarves and Hobbits the former are "lesser" because they are "too greedy" and the latter are "lesser" because they are children.
Post-Colonialists look to the "orientalization" of Sauron's forces and the configuration of evil as an inherent quality of Orcs and "the dark folk. These criticisms further suggest, at least to me, that the archetypal source of all fantasy's entrenched racism -- even those books being written today -- is The Lord of the Rings.
Those fantasy authors who have followed Tolkien consistently and inescapably embrace his configuration of the races yes, even those like R.
Salvatore who try and fail to derail this configuration and the concepts of good and evil that go along with them, which leads to the stagnation and diminishment of their genre.
The fact is that these flaws do exist in The Lord of the Rings. They are present. They are easy to find. But few of Tolkien's rabid fans want to hear about them. And even when the criticism is not necessarily suggesting a flaw in Tolkien's work but merely the presence of some subtext, the dogmatists react with rage and condemnation. The Ring confers great power, but the only way to defeat Sauron is to refuse that power, and destroy it, even at great personal cost.
Frodo's self-sacrifice is quite moving.
I also think that Gandalf is an unusually interesting Christ-figure; sufficiently so that many people refuse even to accept him as one, though, at least to me, the argument on that point seems convincing. And let's not miss the obvious point that Gandalf is killed, and then returns reborn in a new shape. I find him vastly more sympathetic than C. Lewis's bland Aslan, and he is the book's most memorable character. But I don't think the morality play is the real kernel either.
What makes LOTR a unique book, and one of the most ambitious experiments in literary history, is Tolkien's use of names. All authors knows how important names are, and use them to suggest character; though when you think about what is going on, it is rather surprising how much can be conveyed just by a name.
Proust has a couple of long discussions about this, describing in great detail how the narrator's initial mental pictures of Balbec, Venice and the Guermantes family come just from the sounds of their names. Tolkien goes much further. Most of his names are based on a family of invented languages, linked by a vast complex of legends and histories, the greater part of which are invisible to the reader and only surface occasionally.
The astonishing thing is that the technique actually works. The interrelations between all the invented names and languages make Middle-Earth feel real, in a way no other fantasy world ever has.
When some readers complain that characters and locations are hastily sketched, I feel they are missing the point. Tolkien was a philologist. He loved languages, words and names, and tracing back what the relationships between them say about their history. In LOTR, he's able to convey some of that love of language to his readers. You have to read the book more than once, but after a while it all comes together.
There are literally hundred more things like this, most of which one perceives on a partly unconscious level. The adolescent readers who are typically captivated by LOTR are at a stage of their linguistic development when they are very sensitive to nuances of language, and programmed to pick them up; I can't help thinking that they are intuitively seeing things that more sophisticated readers may miss.
Perhaps the simplest way to demonstrate the magnitude of Tolkien's achievement is the fact that it's proven impossible to copy it; none of the other fantasy novels I've seen have come anywhere close. Tolkein's names lend reality to his world, because he put so much energy into the linguistic back-story, and before that worked for decades as a philologist. Basically, he was an extremely talented person who spent his whole life training to write The Lord of the Rings.
In principle, I suppose other authors could have done the same thing. In practice, you have to be a very unusual person to want to live that kind of life.
The guy is invited to a posh house, and sees this incredibly beautiful, smooth lawn. It's like a billiard table. Just seed, water, mow and roll regularly, and anyone can do it! View all 71 comments. Writing a review of this masterpiece is impossible. Finding your courage - The Fellowship of the Ring Not all the par Writing a review of this masterpiece is impossible. Finding your courage - The Fellowship of the Ring Not all the party have been fully tested. With them travel four young hobbits, the most unlikely of companions for such a journey.
They are the overlooked, the forgotten about, the race that is casually discarded and considered insignificant in the wider world. And perhaps this has been the downfall of society in middle earth previously. The forces of darkness exploit everything they can get their hands on, from giant spiders to rampaging trolls, from dragons to orcs, from men of the east to the undead, Sauron tries to wield it all.
This is something the forces of good have not fully considered until recently. Within the bosom of the hobbit beats a strong heart of fortitude and resilience. You can learn all that there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you at a pinch.
Bilbo showed them how he could resist the ring. It is something he has overlooked. Of course you are. And I'm coming with you. And this I also say: The Dark Lord has Nine. But we have One, mightier than they: He has passed through the fire and the abyss, and they shall fear him. We will go where he leads. But he was also a great wonderer and a great quester. He was an unearther of dark secrets and mysteries. And Middle-Earth no longer needs such a figure, darkness is now on her doorstep; it is no longer hidden.
So Middle-Earth needs a man or Istari with far sight that can unite the scattered forces of Rohan and manipulate events in order to ensure that the King does, indeed, return. It needs a methodical man of great wisdom and intelligence; it needs a stagiest: And he has come. Girl Power! Frodo was saved on the river by an Elf-lord called Glorfindel. So when Eowen battled the Witch King, it is the first major moment Tolkien gave to a female hero.
In a vastly male dominated genre, it was great to read this scene. And here's a gif I like: View all 10 comments.
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Look at thisss, hobbitses! Not bought at flea market for ten francses. Catalogue says worth seven hundred dollarses. Oh yes, Not knows about bookses, gollum. But can't touch, can't read, she says too valuable. Going to eat fish instead, but nice birthday present, oh yes precious. View all 39 comments. Oct 12, Leo. The true source of the fantasy fiction genre. Sam is the typical accidental hero. He is the girl or boy next door, the ordinary folk.
Sam is you and me and represents the courage we The true source of the fantasy fiction genre. Sam is you and me and represents the courage we all have inside of us. He shows that when the going gets tough and the shit hits the fan it is the most unlikely of us that step up. Hero's are not always musclebound hunks.
Not always the James Bond type character or the brilliant lawyer bringing justice to the deserving. Almost all of the time the hero is the one that does the things that go unnoticed, uncelebrated. There is a hero in all of us whether we know it or not. View all 28 comments. Dec 17, Markus rated it it was amazing Shelves: Three thousand years after the defeat of the Dark Lord Sauron before the slopes of Mount Doom, a magic ring falls into the care of Frodo Baggins, a young hobbit from the Shire.
Aided by his gardener Samwise Gamgee and the mysterious wizard Gandalf the Grey, he takes the ring on a journey to Rivendell, a hidden refuge of the Elves. A story starting, as the stories often do, with 'once upon a time' Once upon a time, there was a little boy who have never read a fantasy book.
Thinking back on it, it does seem like an awfully sorry state of affairs. The one day he discovered this huge brick called The Lord of the Rings , and started reading it. It would change his life forever.
The little boy grew into adolescence. He read other books, few of them fantasy. He discovered a passion for history, and started reading that. He read classics and sci-fi and mysteries and even religious texts. He read books considered by some as among the best books ever.
Later that little boy would grow up to become a man though he probably never will grow up completely, mind you. And he started reading fantasy again. A Song of Ice and Fire was one of the first attempts, and it quickly turned into a favourite.
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But compared to The Lord of the Rings? It was followed by tons of other fantasy series, among them Narnia , The Inheritance Cycle , Shannara and so on. And he loved them all.
But every once in a while, he had to go back to this huge brick to remember that there existed something even better. Where is the horn that was blowing? Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing? Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing? They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow; The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow. How do you actually describe the book you both love more than any other, and also consider the best book ever written from a more or less objective point of view?
I knew what it meant, but not the exact definition. So I checked.
And that is pretty much exactly how I would describe it. Sublime it is. I realised that I would never come closer to an actual description of The Lord of the Rings.
This is to me not only the main pillar on which the fantasy genre stands, but the ultimate masterpiece of literature. No contest even. I am so very grateful to have been given the chance to come along on the journey of the Fellowship of the Ring. To visit so many wonderful places in a land of myths and magic. To meet so many fascinating men, elves, dwarves and other legendary peoples and creatures Are there any negative things to mention?
I sit beside the fire and think of people long ago and people who will see a world that I shall never know. But all the while I sit and think of times there were before, I listen for returning feet and voices at the door. There is nothing in either fantasy or any other genre to match it.
It certainly surpassed all the magical worlds that had come before it, and none created since that time have been able to surpass it in turn. Writers like Robert Jordan and George R. I have had tons of delightful experiences while venturing into magnificent worlds of fantasy, in Westeros and Narnia and so many others. But Middle-Earth is like a fictional home. I seem to have left behind parts of my heart and soul by the waterfalls of Rivendell, the ancient trees of Fangorn forest, the plains of Rohan and the marble walls of Minas Tirith.
And I do not regret that for one second. Most of my standards for comparison also derive from this tome. I have yet to encounter a mentor character in fantasy who can compare to Gandalf, or a fictional love story that can compare to the tale of Aragorn and Arwen. I have yet to encounter a setting as detailed or writing as flawlessly eloquent as this.
And those are only a few examples of aspects in which I consider The Lord of the Rings to be superior to all others.
These musings can only begin to describe how much this book means to me. It sparked my passion for reading at a young age. It made me love the fantasy genre and all that came with it. It made me start creating worlds of my own, and in the end find one in particular that I liked so much I started writing stories set in it. Why, it even made me intrigued by poetry eventually. On my third and fourth and fifth reads of this book, I started looking beyond the immediately visible.
And I found something more to admire: And not only literarily, but historically, politically and philosophically as well. It is so much more. A legend trapped in words on pieces of paper. This is to me the apex of human creativity and imagination. The very best form of art a human mind can produce. There have been many books that I have cherished through the years, and I expect there will be many more to come.
But The Lord of the Rings will always be the one I treasure the most of them all. It has changed me forever. As it once changed the world forever. I'm afraid this was not so much an actual review as simply a story about my experience with and passion for this book. If you've been patient enough to read to the very end, I thank you for your attention. I'll leave you with the most beautiful passage Tolkien ever wrote, and my favourite literary quote of all time View all 65 comments.
May 25, J. Keely rated it liked it Shelves: Authors who inspire a movement are usually misunderstood, especially by those they have inspired, and Tolkien is no exception, but one of the biggest misconceptions about Tolkien is the idea that he is somehow an 'innovator of fantasy'. He did add a number of techniques to the repertoire of epic fantasy writers, and these have been dutifully followed by his many imitators, but for the most part, these techniques are little more than bad habits.
Many have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Fa Authors who inspire a movement are usually misunderstood, especially by those they have inspired, and Tolkien is no exception, but one of the biggest misconceptions about Tolkien is the idea that he is somehow an 'innovator of fantasy'.
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Many have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Father of Fantasy', but anyone who makes this claim simply does not know of the depth and history of the fantasy genre. For those who are familiar with the great and influential fantastical authors, from Ovid and Ariosto to Eddison and Dunsany to R. Howard and Fritz Leiber , it is clear that, long before Tolkien, fantasy was already a complex, well-established, and even a respected literary genre.
Eddison's work contains an invented world, a carefully-constructed and well-researched archaic language, a powerful and unearthly queen, and a central character who is conflicted and lost between the forces of nobility and darkness. Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword , which came out the same year as The Fellowship of the Ring, has distant, haughty elves, deep-delving dwarves, a broken sword which must be reforged, an epic war between the armies of light and darkness, another central character trapped between those extremes, and an interweaving of Christian and Pagan worldviews.
So, if these aspects are not unique to Tolkien, then what does set him apart? Though Dunsany, Eddison, and Anderson all present worlds where light and dark come into conflict, they present these conflicts with a subtle and often ironic touch, recognizing that morality is a dangerous thing to present in absolutes. Tolkien or C. Lewis , on the other hand, has no problem in depicting evil as evil, good as good, and the only place they meet is in the temptation of an honest heart, as in Gollum's case--and even then, he is not like Eddison's Lord Gro or Anderson's Scafloc, characters who live under an alternative view of the world, but instead fluctuates between the highs and lows of Tolkien's dualistic morality.
It is a dangerous message to make evil an external, irrational thing, to define it as 'the unknown that opposes us', because it invites the reader to overlay their own morality upon the world, which is precisely what most modern fantasy authors tend to do, following Tolkien's example. Whether it's Goodkind's Libertarianism or John Norman's sex slave fetish , its very easy to simply create a magical allegory to make one side 'right' and the other side 'wrong', and you never have to develop a dramatic narrative that actually explores the soundness of those ideas.
Make the good guys dress in bright robes or silvery maile and the bad guys in black, spiky armor, and a lot of people will never notice that all the 'good guys' are White, upper class men, while all the 'bad guys' are 'brutish foreigners', and that both sides are killing each other and trying to rule their little corner of the world. In Tolkien's case, his moral view was a very specific evocation of the ideal of 'Merrie England' , which is an attempt by certain stodgy old Tories like Tolkien to rewrite history so that the nobility were all good and righteous leaders, the farmers were all happy in their 'proper place' working a simple patch of dirt , while both industrialized cultures and the 'primitives' who resided to the South and East were 'the enemy' bent on despoiling the 'natural beauty of England' despite the fact that the isles had been flattened, deforested, and partitioned a thousand years before.
Though Tom Bombadil remains as a strangely incoherent reminder of the moral and social complexity of the fantasy tradition upon which Tolkien draws, he did his best to scrub the rest clean, spending years of his life trying to fit Catholic philosophy more wholly into his Pagan adventure realm. But then, that's often how we think of Tolkien: Even those who admit that Tolkien demonstrates certain racist, sexist, and classicist leanings as, indeed, do many great authors still praise the complexity of his 'world building'.
And any student of the great Epics, like the Norse Eddas, the Bible, or the Shahnameh can see what Tolkien is trying to achieve with his worldbuilding: They were encyclopedic texts, intended to instruct their people on everything important in life, and they are extraordinarily valuable to students of anthropology and history, because even the smallest detail can reveal something about the world which the book describes.
So, Tolkien fills his books with troop movements, dull songs, lines of lineage, and references to his own made-up history, mythology, and language. He has numerous briefly-mentioned side characters and events because organic texts like the epics, which were formed slowly, over time and compiled from many sources often contained such digressions.
So Tolkien certainly had a purpose in what he did, but was it a purpose that served the story he was trying to tell? Simply copying the form of reality is not what makes good art. Art is meaningful--it is directed. It is not just a list of details--everything within is carefully chosen by the author to make up a good story.
Without that meaning, then what Tolkien is doing is just a very elaborate thought exercise. Ostensibly, Scrabble supposedly is a game for people who love words--and yet, top Scrabble players sit an memorize lists of words whose meaning they will never learn. Likewise, many literary fandom games become little more than word searches: The point of literary criticism is always to lead us back to human thought and ideas, to looking at how we think and express ourselves.
If a detail in a work cannot lead us back to ourselves, then it is no more than an arbitrary piece of chaff. Anything which does not materially contribute to the story, characters, and artistry of a work can safely be left out. Tolkien's embarrassment of detail also produced a huge inflation in the acceptable length of fantasy books, leading to the meandering, unending series that fill bookstore shelves today.
My Fantasy Book Suggestions Feb 05, Luffy rated it it was amazing. The Fellowship of the Ring begins with the Shire and winds its way through the barren lands that lie on the way to Mordor. I tried to read this part of the book once, but DNF it then. Then I picked up the trilogy bound in one volume and went through it fairly steadily.
I've read that Tolkien wasn't as original as first claimed. Nevertheless Tolkien take on traditional myths was unique and groundbreaking. The Eddas, the Welsh my The Fellowship of the Ring begins with the Shire and winds its way through the barren lands that lie on the way to Mordor. The Eddas, the Welsh myths, and Norse myths all are the foundation for this great story.
This was a reread and was a satisfactory one because I wanted to reach my favorite parts. I looked forward to read Tom Bombadil's part again.
Did it. Then the Rivendell parts, ditto. Slowly I wound my way, sometimes following Sam and Frodo, sometimes Aragorn. Gandalf appears relatively scantily towards the third book.
Five well deserved stars, indeed.
View all 13 comments. Lord of the Rings I have read LotR many times over the years, in fact it is I think the book I have read the most in this world, which i suppose makes it my favourite book, albeit closely followed by half a dozen others shout if you want to know or take a gander at my favourites shelf. I have always enjoyed it, understatement, but for some reason this re-read is more special than ever. I had almost forgotten how much was different from the films, and despite having read LotR once before since t Lord of the Rings I have read LotR many times over the years, in fact it is I think the book I have read the most in this world, which i suppose makes it my favourite book, albeit closely followed by half a dozen others shout if you want to know or take a gander at my favourites shelf.
I had almost forgotten how much was different from the films, and despite having read LotR once before since the films, I seem to be getting more from the book this time than ever before. As anyone who actually reads my reviews will know, I very rarely need to use spoilers as I leave other people to read the book themselves, so you will find no or few spoilers in this review.
The first book weaves an amazing tale with incredible characters in a well constructed world. The characters and situations make you smile, laugh and even cry as the journey begins, the Fellowship is put together and at the close of this book, so cruelly broken.
Having somehow forgotten the differences to the film, I thoroughly enjoyed the differences, especially Tom Bombardil and the river daughter, and surprisingly I enjoyed all the poems, some brought tears to my eyes, is it the first time I have really read them??
February brings Again I think the book well outshines the film although the people I see inhabiting the characters are those from the films. Suffice to say the story continues apace and one falls in love with the characters even more. One is there fighting alongside them or willing them on when the going gets tough. The poems and rhymes again were a revelation to me and made the story even more enchanting, enthralling and yes again emotional.
It is slightly unsettling to be sitting on one's sofa on a Wednesday afternoon, fire lit, surrounded by ones three cats, sipping from a giant mug of coffee and finding tears streaming down ones face as you attempt to read what has become of the valiant loyal Sam or how Gandalf was returned to Middle Earth as the leader of his order. Most unsettling, hmm is it age?? And now I must again wait until next month to start book 3, such willpower ha ha. Again different to the film, but yet again immeasurably superior.
I put "just" in my marking of 5 stars and I think it is only just a five star read. Nothing is really "wrong" with this book, it just isn't as good ad the previous 2 in my opinion. Yes the battles are more epic, the journeys are more dangerous, the stakes are even higher the safety of the the world and the finale in Mordor is unbelievably dramatic but for some reason, despite being truly emotional about many scenes, yes there were tears rolling down my face, I still felt it was for some reason just not quite as good.
That said it was still amazing writing, both tense and dramatic, with pure poetry scenes littered throughout the book Faramir and Eowyn in the House of Healing the decision by Arwen Evenstar to accept a mortal life with Aragon Sam's determination to get to the top of Mount Doom and enough cliffhangers to last a lifetime. I think it reaffirms my view that the films are good, but the book is another level and just truly awesome.
I look forward to both discovering even more in my next read and being reduced to an emotional wreck yet again. View all 12 comments. Apr 23, Natalia Yaneva rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, Terry Pratchett read all night long and for the whole next day too. He read the novel for 26 hours with some small breaks, of course — the bladder of a year-old is not a water-skin after all.
In the years to come he continued to reread the book each year. This is how it goes, brilliant minds resonate in accord. Then you step outside the hobbit hole and the limits of the known and you plunge into adventures — you had been yearning so much to lose those familiar faces for a while and see if some glorious song might be sung for you too.
After that though you slowly realize that you carry a truly heavy burden on your shoulders, that you have responsibilities and failure means too much, it means the world. And like in life there are glimpses of hope, but also precipitous collapses in pitch-dark depths, you are sometimes alone among the multitude and sometimes there is a friend to lend you a helping hand, and you put one foot in front of the other and keep going because you know that nobody is going to wage that battle for you.
There be wonders. Who can say where the road goes? Where the day flows? Only Time View all 16 comments. Sep 12, Evgeny rated it it was amazing Shelves: I decided to read a one-book edition of the classic, just the way it was written. I will however split my discussion between three parts of it. I need to mention that I will not bother hiding any spoilers as I have trouble believing any modern person living in civilized enough parts of the world to have internet access has not read this one or at least has not seen the movies — which for all their faults were decent, but I am not talking about that abomination called the movie version of The Hob I decided to read a one-book edition of the classic, just the way it was written.
I need to mention that I will not bother hiding any spoilers as I have trouble believing any modern person living in civilized enough parts of the world to have internet access has not read this one or at least has not seen the movies — which for all their faults were decent, but I am not talking about that abomination called the movie version of The Hobbit. As I mentioned before I hope everybody and their brother are familiar with the plot, so the only purpose this description serves is pure amusement.
My first time I read this I was quite young. The end of the book I will refer to this work as a book, not a trilogy gave me the worst book hangover I ever had before. Much later on I saw the movies and reread it. I matured and became more bitter and cynical. My initial rating of 5 stars still stands. This is a classic of epic fantasy against which all other epic fantasy works were judged up until now and will be judged in the foreseeing future.
There is a reason countless carbon copies of this epic exist — of different quality. It is very much arguable whether it was different enough not to be called a blatant rip-off, but the next two parts of his trilogy were different enough.
What would happen if you replace Frodo with a biggest whining asshole you can think of and leave everything else intact: You would get Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R.
Donaldson; it gets recommended a lot and for some reason nobody is bothered by its similarities to The Lord of the Rings.
These two are just the best-known examples.View all 39 comments. He had originally suggested The War of the Ring , which was dismissed by his publishers. The singing is another matter. Admittedly having some giant walking trees to ride around in makes them seem a good deal more invincible but generally you have to give them kudos for having disproportionately large balls, and not the scrying kind either.
Syeda Afzal replied to Rea. The books are racist; they are sexist. The descriptions of eating are fine, although they just made me hungry in turn. Perhaps you wish to read it.
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