Many people have heard about The Lord of the Rings by J.R R. Tolkien but not many people have actually sat down and read them. The trilogy is long and not the easiest to read. But even if that is the case, I believe anyone who is a fan of fantasy and epic high fantasy and world building novels, you have to read the one that has influenced hundreds if not thousands of books.
The plot behind The Lord of the Rings is pretty simple; Frodo Baggins, a hobbit, must destroy the Ring and prevent Sauron, the dark lord, from getting it and regaining his former power. We are given a basic good versus evil plot and are thrown into the Middle-World, a place that is home to hobbits, elves, dwarves, humans, wizards, and goblins.
In the novel, Frodo and his friends make a long and arduous journey across the Middle-World. They encounter many enemies as well as make new friends. Sauron pursues them with his army and wages war against the kingdom. Frodo and his friends have to overcome many obstacles and destroy the ring before it’s too late for everyone in the Middle-Earth.
The Fellowship of the Ring can be read as a stand-alone novel but the right order of the novel is The Hobbit and then the trilogy. The Hobbit take place a hundred years before the Fellowship and the events that take place in that novel do affect the Fellowship. However, you can read the fellowship first and then go back and read the Hobbit. And then watch the movies so you don’t feel lost!
As many of my readers might have guessed, I love fantasy novels and high fantasy novels. And as someone who has read a bunch of them, I can tell you how often I see the Lord of the Rings’ influence on many of those novels. It is amazing to see how much influence one author can have in one genre.
The hard part about reading the trilogy is putting it down. There is a lot that happens and it is hard to stop reading so read at your own risk. I obviously loved the novels and they are near the top of my all-time favorite lists and would recommend them to anyone that loves fantasy and world-building novels.