The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Review by Irene in Year 7
Library age rating: KS3+ (Year 7+)
Genre: High/Epic fantasy, adventure
Content warning: some violence, mature themes
(The first volume of The Lord of the Rings). One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Nine companions set out to destroy the One ring. In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own 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 Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey, with the help of the Fellowship, across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. The nine companions include Men, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, and a Wizard; they unite, or they fall.
The Fellowship of the Ring is full of adventure and there are surprises at every corner. It's a very exciting read and Tolkien has you on the edge of your seat throughout the book as you wait to find out what becomes of the remaining heroes... and if they will survive...
You should read anything and everything by J. R. R. Tolkien! Start with The Hobbit and then read The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). You should also read The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth.