The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, is a fantasy story that follows the life of Frodo Baggins on his journey to destroy a ring born of dark magic. Frodo's mission begins when his uncle Bilbo Baggins flees the Shire, home to many hobbits, leaving Frodo with the deadly ring. Anyone who wears the ring for an extended period of time will be invisible to most; but while doing so, the sanity of the ring wearer will slowly diminish, and their location will be exposed.
The plot of The Fellowship of the Ring is fast-paced, exciting, and easily keeps the reader interested in this unique fantasy world Tolkien has created. As Frodo and his comrades (Samwise Gamgee, Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, Legolas, Boromir, Gimli, Merry Brandybuck, and Pippin Took) begin the quest to Mordor, they encounter creatures and challenges of all varieties, making this story an exciting expedition for the reader similar to the journey within the pages of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Tolkien's vivid and descriptive writing style only adds to the already enthralling content of The Fellowship of the Ring, making the story easy to see in the reader's mind and consequently adding to the effect of the story itself. The descriptions of the Shire and its residents bring this region to life, as seen in this quote describing Bilbo Baggins's party:
"There were green trees with trunks of dark smoke: their leaves opened like a whole spring unfolding in a moment, and their shining branches dropped glowing flowers down upon the astonished hobbits, disappearing with a sweet scent just before they touched their upturned faces. There were fountains of butterflies that flew glittering into the trees ..."
The characters in The Fellowship of the Ring were both entertaining and charming; many of the characters -- in particular, hobbits Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee -- steal the reader's heart with their witty humor and determination to do what is right. While this story contains many antagonists, Tolkien also gives the reader a plethora of lovable and relatable characters.
The Fellowship of the Ring is a brilliantly developed story with an intriguing storyline, vibrant and descriptive writing, and endearing characters. It is no surprise that the Lord of the Rings trilogy has been loved by so many for such a long period of time, and it will undoubtedly continue to be loved for years to come.
"There is a seed of courage hidden (often deeply, it is true) in the heart of the fattest
and most timid hobbit, waiting for some final and desperate danger to make it grow."