Reviews, part 1
“The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien:
I like the movies, but I’d assumed that the books would be too boring for me to appreciate. My sister suggested I try out “The Hobbit” first and if I liked it, to read the rest. “The Hobbit” is actually meant to be a children’s novel and the “prequel” to The Lord of the Rings. It’s the story of Bilbo’s adventures with a band of dwarves: including how Bilbo found “the ring of power.” The journey is perilous, but it’s also one of adventure, self-discovery, and unlikely friendships. So, I’ll make the same recommendation as my sister: read “The Hobbit” first and go from there.
“The Lord of the Rings” is certainly more complicated and much longer, but isn’t as difficult to read as you might think. Just try not to get too bogged down by all the weird names. You don’t need to remember them all! Just enjoy the story of how wizards, men, hobbits, elves, and dwarves fight to destroy the ring of power. Despite the violence, it’s about love. Love for family, friends, freedom, and way of life. I think that life or death situations can bring out the best or the worst in folks. It’s a story of sacrifice. I think it strikes a chord in our souls when one is willing to die to save others, for the greater good. Many of the main characters are honorable, admirable, loyal, and funny. I think you’ll fall in love.
Who’s your favorite character? Super tough call, but I think mine is probably Samwise: the greatest, most loyal friend any person (or hobbit) could ever have!
Stay tuned for my next post on “The Hunger Games”!