The Fellowship of the Ring book review

The Fellowship of the Ring book review

This novel is the first tome of the classic fantasy adventure saga created by J.R.R. Tolkien’s. Don’t miss the thrill of checking it out!

The Fellowship of the Ring book review

the Book

For over 6 decades, J.R.R. Tolkien’s supreme fantasy has collected global recognition as the greatest adventure fiction ever written.

No other author has created a world, as distinct as Middle-earth, complete with its peculiar geopolitics culture and folklore. Moreover, no one has created roles as endearing as Tolkien’s hobbits. Tolkien’s saga remains to seize the minds of readers of all generations.

Back in time, the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elvensmiths, and Sauron forged the “One Ring”, charging it with his power so that he could control all others. But the “One Ring” was taken away from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-Earth, it remained lost.

Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were after him,  and the Ring of Power, to help enable Sauran in his destructive quest. Now it was up to Frodo and faithful Sam to carry the Ring away and destroy it.


The Author

A professor of Anglo-Saxon linguistics, J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973), is beloved throughout the world as the creator of “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Silmarillion”, and “The Children of Hurin”. His books have been translated into more than forty languages and are the main reference to modern fantasy fiction.


This book is a classic of the world literature.

The Fellowship of the Ring Analysis

Archetype Distribution

character spoilers

Protagonist = Frodo Baggins

Antagonist = Saruman, Sauron


Main Character = Frodo

Impact Character = Sam

Sam is the obstacle character to Frodo. He challenges Frodo’s line of thinking. After their intellectual conflict, Sam will be the main character to change and Frodo remains almost the same as in the beginning.



Guardian = Gandalf, Sam, Galadriel

Contagonist = The Black Riders, Boromir, Orcs 


Sidekick = Sam, Aragorn

Skeptic= Gimli and Legolas


Emotion = Pippin

Reason = Aragorn, Merry



Dramatic Structure Division

Act 1

The plot starts with Bilbo Baggins celebrating his 111th birthday and his heir, Frodo Baggins celebrating his 33rd birthday (coming of age).

At the end of the party, Bilbo departs from the Shire, the land of the Hobbits. He leaves his belongings, including his house and the Ring he had found on his adventures, to Frodo.

The Ring has the power of making whoever wears it invisible. Gandalf, the wizard, warns Frodo to keep the Ring secret and he leaves on his own business. Gandalf visits Frodo periodically.

One Spring Gandalf arrives to tell Frodo about Bilbo’s ring: It is the One Ring of Sauron (the Dark Lord), who forged the ring to subdue and rule Middle-earth.

But the Ring was cut off from Sauron’s finger by Isildur, son of Eledin, High King of Gondor and Arnor. Together with the Elven King Gil-galad, Eledin defeated Sauron, but both perished in the deed. Sauron was overthrown, and he fled.

Peace returned to Middle-earth, but the Ring was not destroyed. Isildur kept it to himself. Isildur was slain in the Battle of the Gladden Fields, and the Ring was lost in the Great River.

Thousands of years later, it came into the hands of Gollum. The Ring then is passed to Bilbo, and it reached Frodo’s hand.



Sauron has now arisen once more and has returned to Mordor, and he is looking for the Ring.

Gandalf warns that the Ring is no longer safe at the Shire. He sends Frodo to Rivendell, the elf-haven place, where he thinks Frodo and the Ring will be safe from Sauron for a while.

Samwise Gamgee, Frodo’s gardener, and best friend is discovered listening in on the conversation. Sam decides to go with Frodo on his journey. His other friends, Peregrin Took, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Fredegar Bolger, are also helping.

At midsummer, Gandalf tells Frodo he must leave.


Act 2

Frodo and his gang start a journey full of obstacles.


He departs with the other four hobbits and in their way they encounter the nine Black Riders, Ringwraiths of Nazgul, that ate looking for Frodo and the Ring. With the help of some Elves and Farmer Maggot, they reach Crickhollow on the border of the Shire.

There Merry, Pippin, Sam proceed with Frodo and Fatty stays behind as a decoy. In the hope of eluding the Nazgul, they travel through the Old Forest and Barrow-downs, and with the assistance of Tom Bombadil, they reach the village of Bree, where they meet Strider, a friend of Gandalf’s who becomes their guide to Rivendell.

Even with Strider’s help, they are attached by five of the Nazgul and Frodo is stabbed by the chief of the Nazgul with a cursed blade before Strider drives the Nazgul off. Part of the knife remains inside Frodo.

Strider leads the hobbits avoiding the main road. When they are near their destination, they meet Glorfindel, an elf-lord from Rivendell, who helps them reach the border of Rivendell. But nine of the Nazgul prepare a trap them at the Ford of Bruinen.

Glorfindel’s horse outruns the pursuers and carries Frodo across the Ford.

As the Nazgul attempt to follow them, they are swept away by a giant wave at the river, as Frodo collapses into unconsciousness.

In Rivendell, Frodo is healed by Elrond. Elrond convenes the Council of Elrond, attended by Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo and many others.
Gandalf explains that he had gone to Isengard, where Saruman, the chief of all wizards in Middle-earth dwells, to seek help and counsel.



However, Saruman desires the Ring for himself and imprisons Gandalf in his tower.



Gandalf manages to escape and learns that Saruman is creating his army of Orcs.



Act 3

In the Council of Elrond, a plan is created to cast the “One Ring” into the fires of Mount Doom in Mordor, which will destroy the Ring and end Sauron’s power for good.

Nine Walkers will form the Fellowship of the Ring.


Frodo, the Ring-bearer, sets forth from Rivendell along with eight companions:

  • Strider revealed to be Aragon, Isildur’s heir
  • Boromir, son of the Steward of the land of Gondor;
  • Legolas, the Prince of the Silvan Elves of Mirkwood
  • Gandalf, the wizard
  • Gimli, the Dwarf
  • 3 Hobbits, Frodo’s friends.

They try to cross the Misty Mountains, but heavy snow forces them to take a path under the mountains, the mines of Moria, an ancient Dwarf kingdom, now full of Orcs and other evil creatures.

Gandalf battles a Balrog of Morgoth, and both fall into an abyss.

The remaining eight members escape from Moria and head toward the elf-haven of Lothlórien, where they are given gifts from the rulers Celeborn and Galadriel.




After leaving Lórien, the Ring’s evil begin to show.

When Frodo is alone for a while to decide the future course of the Fellowship

Boromir tries to take the Ring from him, and Frodo ends up putting on the Ring to escape from Boromir. While the rest of the Fellowship scatter to hunt for Frodo, he decides that the Fellowship has to be broken, for the Ring was too evil.



Act 4

Frodo decides to depart secretly for Mordor but is joined by Sam.


This novel is a masterpiece of English literature.

The whole world created by Tolkien is unbelievably real. He creates a complete grammar for a language used by some of the characters. The theological contents of this book are enormous, and the clear battle of good and evil is a recurrence throughout the whole series.


This book is a must-have item in the permanent library of any reader. This complex story may need more maturity for a better understanding.



Recommended for Adults, Teenagers, and Kids.


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2 thoughts on “The Fellowship of the Ring book review

  • 2016-12-01 at 3:56 am

    I was raised reading books by Tolkien, C S Lewis and other fantasy writers. I believe it helped me a lot in becoming a more creative person.

    Great review!

    • 2016-12-02 at 2:51 pm

      Hello, Anjou,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Cheers!


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