By Rafique Shabbir
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most well-renowned series of all time. It was written by JRR Tolkien, originally published in 1954, as three separate installments: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and the Return of the King. Since their release, the books have received critical acclaim, as well as very successful movie adaptations.
Before the events of the Fellowship of The Rings, thousands of years ago, Lord Sauron had forged many rings, and one ring to rule all of them. The rings would corrupt anyone who wore them, but at his defeat, the most powerful of the rings was taken by Isildur who would claim it as his own. But he would be ambushed by a group of orcs, and the ring would be lost, until found over a thousand years later. After a series of events, the ring would be claimed by Bilbo Baggins, who then was a young hobbit.
The first book starts off with the birthday of Bilbo Baggins, who has turned 100 years old. During the party, Bilbo literally vanishes in the front of the eyes of the party guests, and departs, leaving his home leaving everything he owns, including the ring, to his adopted nephew, Frodo Baggins. Gandalf the Wandering Wizard comes to warn Frodo that Sauron’s forces are at large and are coming after the ring. And thus, Frodo is whisked away on his own adventure.
The universe of The Lord of the Rings has is a very well fleshed out world, and the trilogy of books only represent the tip of the iceberg. New readers luckily don’t need to know any of the history and lore beforehand to read the novel. The Fellowship of the Ring is well written and very well fleshed out, and it’s this that immerses the reader in its world.
Lord of the Rings has a long-lasting appeal, because of its deep character development. It is tale speaks about heroism, friendship and bravery, as well as vices such as greed, anger and envy. However, first time readers may find it difficult at first to get through the first 200 page beginning, as it slow and deals a lot with character and world building. But once readers get over that hump, the rest the book is very well paced and will have readers on a hook till the very end.