I am only fourteen years old. Compared to a lifetime, that's
still a small number. I have read quite a few books, but there
is a vast number of books in the world to read. These things
considered, I still don't think any book I will ever read will
affect me like J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings".
Don't stop reading. I am not using these minutes of your time
to try to make you read an ordinary book review, because if you
are like me, you don't see "The Lord of the Rings"
as an ordinary book. You see it as an experience; an epic, tragic,
and inspiring experience at that.
The first sign that this book is different from others is
its size -- stack the novels on top of each other, and the story
is about the size of an average encyclopedia. People are turned
off from the fact that the book is of the fantasy genre. They
have the stereotypical view of fantasy with little fairies, trolls
that hide under bridges, and elves that run around with little
pointy shoes. In this book, and his other books, located in the
same world, Tolkien creates a fantasy, which is much more mature
than anything that had ever been done before, plagued by war
Even after his death, there is still a debate over whether
or not Tolkien was writing a secret message of World War 1, the
Hobbits representing the British, the dwarves representing the
Germans, and certain others. When asked about this, Tolkien flatly
refused it. I do not believe any secret message was intended.
"The Lord of the Rings" is the sequel to the book
"The Hobbit". This is a highly praised fantasy story
also, but in my opinion it is not as good a book as "The
Lord of the Rings", because of the fact that Tolkien wrote
the book in more of a manner that is was directed to a young
audience. Of course, it is still a great book, and I have read
it many times.
"The Lord of the Rings" is now being made into three
live action movies, directed by Peter Jackson, and produced by
New Line Cinema. The films are to be filmed mostly in New Zealand.
Tolkien's books have created a huge following. There are actually
people whose careers are artists for Tolkien's work! The Sunday
Times once said on the subject of "The Lord of the Rings":
"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have
read "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit",
and those who are going to read them". That is a statement
I completely agree with.
The Lord of the Rings
Tolkien Book Society