The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first volume of the Lord of the Rings novel written by English author J.R.R. Tolkien and published on July 29, 1954 by George Allen & Unwin in the United Kingdom. The first edition was 423 pages in length.
Dewey Decimal: 823.912
About the Author:
"John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of our world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth. This was peopled by Men (and women), Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Orcs (or Goblins) and of course Hobbits. He has regularly been condemned by the Eng. Lit. establishment, with honourable exceptions, but loved by literally millions of readers worldwide.
In the 1960s he was taken up by many members of the nascent “counter-culture” largely because of his concern with environmental issues. In 1997 he came top of three British polls, organised respectively by Channel 4 / Waterstone’s, the Folio Society, and SFX, the UK’s leading science fiction media magazine, amongst discerning readers asked to vote for the greatest book of the 20th century. Please note also that his name is spelt Tolkien (there is no “Tolkein”)."
The Fellowship of the Ring was written in English and is set in pre-historic Middle Earth. The back cover synopsis of the novel reads as follows:
"The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings
'Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron.' - C.S. Lewis
'Exciting... Mr. Tolkien's invention is unflagging.' - W.H. Auden
One ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In ancient times the Rings of Power were creafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Rig to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is one of the twentieth century's best-loved writers. His books, which include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, have been translated into more than thirty language and have sold many millions of copies worldwide."
The Fellowship of the Ring received positive reviews and has been adapted into theater and film, most notably the 2001 film adaptation The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The Fellowship of the Ring is recommended by Lion Stationers and can be purchased from the following vendors: