The story starts off at Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday party, Bilbo is Frodo’s uncle. Bilbo had built up a reputation of being queer, and having gold hidden in his home. He had previously gone on an adventure in the book The Hobbit. In the book, Bilbo finds a ring, a ring that later he finds, holds magical properties. And when he feels the need to go on one last adventure and leave the Shire all together, he disappears at the end of his party, leaving the ring to Frodo. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. –Galadriel, elf queen. Gandalf, who is a wise wizard who accompanied Bilbo on his adventure in The Hobbit, fills Frodo in on what needs to be done to the ring, and that he needs to leave the Shire, possibly forever. Frodo is accompanied by: Samwise Gamgee, Frodo’s best friend; Peregrin Took, also known as Pippin; Meriadoc Brandybuck, also known as Merry; and later on is joined by Aragorn, a ranger who is known as Strider; Legolas, an elf friend of Aragorn’s; Gimli, a dwarf who befriends the group; and Boromir, a man from Gondor.
They travel from the Shire to the lawn of Parth Galen, which is where the Fellowship separates. Pippin and Merry are captured by a battalion of Orcs, which Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli follow in pursuit. Boromir falls trying to protect the two hobbits, and Frodo tries to escape to go to Mordor alone, but Sam follows him and soon Frodo is glad to have him along. Gandalf had died fighting a Balrog in Moria. Frodo changes from being light-hearted and spirited to dark, and serious.
The ring starts to change him, and it starts to be a burden to carry. He is constantly tempted to slip it on in times of danger. And he soon finds out that he cannot trust anyone. This book was banned and challenged, because of the black magic, and the idea of good versus evil. Personally, I do not think it should be banned or challenged. It really doesn’t have anything that stands out to me as something that no one should read, or even be restricted. I see no problem with the ideas of magic and good versus evil.
This book is such a good read. The story is very thorough and detailed, giving the reader a clear image of what is happening. This book is valued as entertainment, and an adventure to experience. I loved the book, I thought it was a great read and would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, and who loves adventures, because that is what it is, a fantasy and an adventure. The ending is a major cliffhanger! It draws you in and leaves you begging for more, therefore I am going to start the sequel as soon as possible.