I first read The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien when I was in middle school after my uncle watched the movie with me. I reread it (audiobook this time) when I was in my final semester of college, which was last fall. Today I’m sharing my favorite things about this fantasy classic, mostly spoiler-free.
If you don’t want the book and/or movie spoiled, please skip Number 7.
Disclaimer: These are my opinions, and you don’t have to agree with me.
Number 7: The irony toward the end is great.
I love it toward the end of the book when the members of the Fellowship are talking about whether or not Frodo should go to Mordor alone; and while they’re having those conversations, Frodo’s preparing to do just that. I like how their thoughts just automatically go in the same direction.
Number 6: Of course, I have to include the worldbuilding.
Tolkien’s worldbuilding is very thorough. The references to Middle Earth’s history make the world seem more realistic, while also adding more depth. I also like the different cultures, and how there are clear differences between the hobbits, dwarves, elves, and men. In addition, each “kingdom”, for lack of a better word, has distinct characteristics, e.g. Rivendell versus Lothlorian, Rohan versus Gondor, and Moria versus Erebor.
Number 5: Frodo’s courage and desire to destroy the Ring make him a compelling character.
I like that Frodo is courageous and proactive in the book. (I don’t like movie Frodo.) I particularly like that he wants to destroy the Ring from the start, even before the meeting at Rivendell. This makes Frodo a likeable character.
Number 4: Sam is loyal.
I love Sam’s loyalty to Frodo. He refuses to abandon Frodo, even when Frodo wants to go alone. It’s such a great quality, and I admire Sam for sticking by Frodo’s side no matter what.
Number 3: The hobbits have a great friendship.
The friendship between Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin is so wholesome, and it makes me happy. These are friends who are willing to support each other through any hardship, even if it puts them in danger. Wouldn’t it be nice if all friendships were like this?
Number 2: There’s high tension and stakes.
In most of the book, the tension is really high because the Fellowship is constantly dealing with problems. The stakes are also really high. Most of the situations they end up in are potentially fatal; and if they fail to protect the Ring, Sauron will regain his full power and take over Middle Earth. The high tension and stakes keep me engaged in the story.
Number 1: Aragorn is an awesome character.
I love Aragorn’s character. It probably comes as no surprise that he’s my favorite. Not only is he knowledgeable in history and lore, but he’s also a capable woodsman and fighter. He’s humble and fights for what he believes in. He steps in and protects the hobbits on their way to Rivendell. I can’t think of anything negative about him.
These are my seven favorite parts of The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s a great beginning to the classic trilogy.
Do you like these parts of The Fellowship of the Ring? Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments below.