If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve seen me share my favorite things about each of the books in The Lord of the Rings. Today, I’m sharing my favorite parts of the trilogy as a whole. This post does not contain spoilers.
Disclaimer: These are my opinions, and you don’t have to agree with me.
Number 5: The worldbuilding is awesome.
I’ve talked about Tolkien’s worldbuilding on this channel several times, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of my favorite things about the trilogy. I love the depth of Middle Earth, and the diversity between and within the different races. I don’t want to be horribly redundant, so you can check out a more in-depth discussion of Tolkien’s worldbuilding here.
Number 4: The overall story is memorable.
I love the overarching plot. Who isn’t invested in the story of the Ring getting from the Shire to Mordor, so it can be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom? The quest element of this story is the plot I’m invested in. I want to see the Ring destroyed, so Sauron can’t cause problems in Middle Earth anymore.
Number 3: There are some great friendships.
I’ve talked about these friendships a lot, too. I love the friendships between the four hobbits and between Legolas and Gimli. You can read more about them here.
Number 2: There are so many great characters.
I love Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, Frodo (in the beginning), Merry, Pippin, and Gandalf. I discuss some of them more in-depth here. Aragorn is my favorite of the lot. He’s such a badass, and I love his arc. Legolas and Gimli are fun. Sam’s super loyal. Frodo is super eager to destroy the Ring from the beginning. Merry and Pippin are great friends and have enjoyable arcs. Gandalf is a wise, badass wizard. They’re all loveable, and I’m invested in their survival through this trilogy.
Number 1: Some of the characters have amazing arcs.
I said I wouldn’t go into spoilers, so I won’t share any details. I love Aragorn’s arc. I love Merry and Pippin’s arcs. I also like Eowyn’s arc, even though I’m not a huge fan of her character.
While I don’t think I’ll be rereading this trilogy anytime soon, I’m glad I finally finished reading it. I started it in sixth grade, and I finished it during my last semester of college. I got stuck on The Two Towers, but I finally made it through. I love watching the movies, too. This is such a classic story with classic characters, and I’m glad I got to read this story.
What are you favorite things about this trilogy? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments.