Book review scaffold
Title: The Lord of the Rings; the Return of the King
Author: J.R.R Tolkien
Publisher and date published: First published in Great Britain by George Allen and Unwin in 1955 Number of pages: 378, (556 with appendixes)
Setting: The setting of the novel is Middle Earth, a whole new world invented by Tolkien for the sole purpose of these novels. The main action happens in the realms of Gondor and Mordor although there are minor parts in the Shire and in Isengard. As it is a fantasy novel the setting greatly increases the interestingness of the text giving a background story for everything person, place or thing no matter how major or minor. Characters: The main characters include: Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc Brandybuck, Perigrin Took, Gandalf the Grey/White, Aragorn Son of Arathorn, Legolas, Gimli and Boromir. The characters are all believable and fit well into the context. The characters are very conventional for the genre; they each have their own specific roles and attributes that match the genre well. 1.
What is the conflict or problem in the story and how is it resolved? The major problem is that the dark lord Sauron wants to take over the world. This is resolved by Frodo, a Hobbit of the Shire, taking the One Ring (Sauron’s source of power) and casting into the fiery depths of Mount Doom, the one place the Ring could be destroyed. 2.
Do the tensions of the text reflect the conventions of the genre? How? Yes, I do believe that the tensions in the text reflect the conventions of the genre as the genre fantasy is a mix of other genres such as: Action, comedy, adventure, romance, thriller, horror, mystery and mythology, and all these are included in the text. Fantasy novels also are usually otherworldly bringing in creatures and monsters that only the imagination could perceive. And also fantasy novels include a strong sense of travel and Lord of the Rings definitely covers this. So to sum it up;...
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