The Fellowship of the Ring Response

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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The novel The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien is set in a fanciful world filled with strange creatures and magical happenings, but not everything is so unlike our world. Many of the characters change over the course of the story, just as we do over the course of our lives. Frodo, the main character and the carrier of the magical ring, is part of the mythical race of Hobbits, yet he is remarkably human. He has the same values as we do, and his small size hides his big heart. His journey throughout the novel changes his life and his outlook on life. In the beginning he is content with his quiet life, and his voyage leaves him lusting after adventure. Of all the characters, however, I believe that the most realistic one is Aragorn. He grew up knowing that one day he would have to step up and become king of the land, but he didn’t want to be a ruler. He had heard the story of how the aura of the magical ring had poisoned the mind of his ancestor, and Aragorn did not want to meet the same fate. Aragorn was terrified of the powerful and evil ring, and so he fled into the forest, leaving his fate and his rank behind. By the end of the novel he realizes that he must become the king to save the country, and he accepts his role without complaint. He never wanted to become king, yet his journey made him realize that it is his destiny.

One thing that I like about Tolkien’s books is that there is no specific time period. Now, you are probably thinking that because it is a fantasy novel it isn’t unusual to have no designated era. But in lots of fantasy novels you can tell what time period it is by looking at some small details. For example, by looking at the clothing worn, the devices used, and the way of speech you can usually tell if it is set in ancient times or in the nineteenth century. Tolkien’s writing suggests more than one era. For example battles are fought with swords and not...
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