Review: The Fellowship of the Ring

One does not simply do a book review on The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring…

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Rating: 5/5

One does not simply do a book review on The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring…

Especially if it’s your first! But as I was making my way from one shelf to the next at the library, I saw The Fellowship sitting there for the taking and so started my journey with Frodo and company to Mount Doom.

One of the things on my priority list since moving to the east coast was making sure I get a library card. Before we dive into the world of hobbits and wizards, I just want to commend the library close to my home for having a drive-thru! Talk about convenience.

Moving on, The Fellowship is the first of three volumes and it follows Frodo, a Hobbit from the Shire, who is faced with an immense task to make a perilous journey across Middle-Earth to destroy the Ring forged by Sauron, the dark lord.

I’ve seen the movies as a child and have been drawn to a world that Tolkien created. My parents dragged me with them to the theaters and I’m thankful that they did because since then, LOTR has been on my TBR list for at least a decade.

Now here I am. I finished the first book and I am in love with it! I soaked in the details, I immersed myself in the Shire, I drank with the Hobbits and the folks of Bree at The Prancing Pony, I endured the long, intense hike with the company, and I mourned the loss of a great character. 

I’ve even gone as far as playing a Spotify playlist of LOTR while sitting on the couch, snuggled up with my dog and my book. 


Eventually, the journey had to end. It’s bittersweet, but this means I get to jump into the next book! But before I get myself worked up about The Two Towers, here are some of my favorite takeaways from this read:

The friendship between the Hobbits and the loyalty of Merry, Pippin, and Sam to Frodo. They knew Frodo needed to leave the Shire. They knew him so well they knew he was going to try and leave without saying goodbye and they decided they were going to accompany him on his journey, regardless of the danger it was going to put them in. Sam knowing his master Frodo all too well, finding him trying to sneak away on the boat and making Frodo take him along, was a great way to end the book!

Gandalf’s death. It was devastating! Imagine seeing this great wizard, whom you’ve known practically all your life, falling to his death from saving you from a balrog. It’s not something you expect to happen so soon let alone in the first book. Or ever.

The Songs, Poems, and Prophecies. The songs presented in its entirety gave me a sense of tradition. Ancient times were known for passing stories, events, and prophecies through songs and poems which Tolkien does a marvelous job of writing. It made me feel as if I were witnessing the unraveling of numerous long-awaited prophecies and songs that were going to be written about The Fellowship after their journey. His love for language and philology was brought out through his creation of entirely new languages just for Middle-Earth!

When you think about fantasy literature, you can’t help but think about Tolkien. He puts every detail, down to the last tree, in his work and overall, I enjoyed this book and will most likely read it again. It’s a hefty read if you’re just dipping your toes into fantasy, but if you’re like me and you enjoy diving into genres and being whisked away into a completely different world filled with different possibilities, this one is a must read.

“I sit beside the fire and think

of people long ago,

And people who will see a world

that I shall never know.”



Justine  Schulz

Justine is an avid reader who recently discovered her love for book and brew blogging. She moved to Virginia Beach from San Diego and currently works for Huntington Ingalls Industries. When her nose isn’t stuck in a book, she spends her time with her dog, gaming, or tricking her husband into going to Target for just one thing.
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