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READ ¿ The Lord of the Rings ´ ❰Read❯ ➵ The Lord of the Rings Author J.R.R. Tolkien – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Celebrated Tolkien illustrator Alan Lee a conceptual designer for the blockbuster films based on The Lord of the Rings contributes 50 beautiful full page full color paintings to this elegant three vol of the The Lord of the Rings tells of the great uest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf the Wizard Merry Pippin and Sam Gimli the Dwarf Legolas the Elf Boromir of Gondor and a tall mysterious stranger called Strider Saga of a group heroes who set forth to save their world from evil A brotherhood of hobbits elves dwarves and people is formed to combat evil forces Tolkien drew on his extensive knowledge of folklore and the classics to create the worlds and creatures described in the trilogy which includes The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers and The Return of the Kin. Authors who inspire a movement are usually misunderstood especially by those they have inspired and Tolkien is no exception but one of the biggest misconceptions about Tolkien is the idea that he is somehow an 'innovator of fantasy' He did add a number of techniues to the repertoire of epic fantasy writers and these have been dutifully followed by his many imitators but for the most part these techniues are little than bad habitsMany have called Tolkien by such epithets as 'The Father of Fantasy' but anyone who makes this claim simply does not know of the depth and history of the fantasy genre For those who are familiar with the great and influential fantastical authors from Ovid and Ariosto to Eddison and Dunsany to RE Howard and Fritz Leiber it is clear that long before Tolkien fantasy was already a complex well established and even a respected literary genreEddison's work contains an invented world a carefully constructed and well researched archaic language a powerful and unearthly ueen and a central character who is conflicted and lost between the forces of nobility and darkness Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword which came out the same year as The Fellowship of the Ring has distant haughty elves deep delving dwarves a broken sword which must be reforged an epic war between the armies of light and darkness another central character trapped between those extremes and an interweaving of Christian and Pagan worldviewsSo if these aspects are not uniue to Tolkien then what does set him apart Though Dunsany Eddison and Anderson all present worlds where light and dark come into conflict they present these conflicts with a subtle and often ironic touch recognizing that morality is a dangerous thing to present in absolutes Tolkien or CS Lewis on the other hand has no problem in depicting evil as evil good as good and the only place they meet is in the temptation of an honest heart as in Gollum's case and even then he is not like Eddison's Lord Gro or Anderson's Scafloc characters who live under an alternative view of the world but instead fluctuates between the highs and lows of Tolkien's dualistic moralityIt is a dangerous message to make evil an external irrational thing to define it as 'the unknown that opposes us' because it invites the reader to overlay their own morality upon the world which is precisely what most modern fantasy authors tend to do following Tolkien's example Whether it's Goodkind's Libertarianism or John Norman's sex slave fetish its very easy to simply create a magical allegory to make one side 'right' and the other side 'wrong' and you never have to develop a dramatic narrative that actually explores the soundness of those ideas Make the good guys dress in bright robes or silvery maile and the bad guys in black spiky armor and a lot of people will never notice that all the 'good guys' are White upper class men while all the 'bad guys' are 'brutish foreigners' and that both sides are killing each other and trying to rule their little corner of the worldIn Tolkien's case his moral view was a very specific evocation of the ideal of 'Merrie England' which is an attempt by certain stodgy old Tories like Tolkien to rewrite history so that the nobility were all good and righteous leaders the farmers were all happy in their 'proper place' working a simple patch of dirt while both industrialized cultures and the 'primitives' who resided to the South and East were 'the enemy' bent on despoiling the 'natural beauty of England' despite the fact that the isles had been flattened deforested and partitioned a thousand years beforeThough Tom Bombadil remains as a strangely incoherent reminder of the moral and social complexity of the fantasy tradition upon which Tolkien draws he did his best to scrub the rest clean spending years of his life trying to fit Catholic philosophy wholly into his Pagan adventure realm But then that's often how we think of Tolkien bent over his desk spending long hours researching note taking compiling and playing with language Even those who admit that Tolkien demonstrates certain racist sexist and classicist leanings as indeed do many great authors still praise the complexity of his 'world building'And any student of the great Epics like the Norse Eddas the Bible or the Shahnameh can see what Tolkien is trying to achieve with his worldbuilding those books presented grand stories but were also about depicting a vast world of philosophy history myth geography morality and culture They were encyclopedic texts intended to instruct their people on everything important in life and they are extraordinarily valuable to students of anthropology and history because even the smallest detail can reveal something about the world which the book describesSo Tolkien fills his books with troop movements dull songs lines of lineage and references to his own made up history mythology and language He has numerous briefly mentioned side characters and events because organic texts like the epics which were formed slowly over time and compiled from many sources often contained such digressions He creates characters who have similar names which is normally a stupid thing to do as an author because it is so confusing but he’s trying to represent a hereditary tradition of prefixes and suffixes and shared names which many great families of history had So Tolkien certainly had a purpose in what he did but was it a purpose that served the story he was trying to tellSimply copying the form of reality is not what makes good art Art is meaningful it is directed It is not just a list of details everything within is carefully chosen by the author to make up a good story The addition of detail is not the same as adding depth especially since Tolkien’s world is not based on some outside system it is whatever he says it is It’s all arbitrary which is why the only thing that grants a character scene or detail purpose is the meaning behind it Without that meaning then what Tolkien is doing is just a very elaborate thought exercise Now it’s certainly true that many people have been fascinated with studying it but that’s eually true of many thought exercises such as the rules and background of the Pokemon card game or crossword puzzlesOstensibly Scrabble supposedly is a game for people who love words and yet top Scrabble players sit an memorize lists of words whose meaning they will never learn Likewise many literary fandom games become little than word searches find this reference connect that name to this character but which have no meaning or purpose outside of that The point of literary criticism is always to lead us back to human thought and ideas to looking at how we think and express ourselves If a detail in a work cannot lead us back to ourselves then it is no than an arbitrary piece of chaffThe popularity of Tolkien’s work made it acceptable for other authors to do the same thing to the point that whenever I hear a book lauded for the ‘depth of its world building’ I expect to find a mess of obsessive detailing of piling on so many inconseuential facts and figures that the characters and stories get buried under the scree as if the author secretly hopes that by spending most of the chapter describing the hero’s cuirass we'll forget that he’s a bland archetype who only succeeds through happy coincidence and deus ex machina against an enemy with no internal structure or motivationWhen uiller Couch said authors should ‘murder their darlings’ this is what he meant just because you have hobbies and opinions does not mean you should fill your novel with them Anything which does not materially contribute to the story characters and artistry of a work can safely be left out Tolkien's embarrassment of detail also produced a huge inflation in the acceptable length of fantasy books leading to the meandering unending series that fill bookstore shelves todayNow there are several notable critics who have lamented the unfortunate effect that Tolkien’s work has had on the genre such as in Moorcock’s Epic Pooh and Mieville’s diatribe about every modern fantasy author being forced to come to terms with the old don's influence I agree with their deconstructions but for me Tolkien isn’t some special author some ‘fantasy granddad’ looming over all He’s just a bump in the road one author amongst many in a genre that stretches back thousands of years into our very ideas of myth and identity and not one of the interesting onesHis ideas weren’t uniue and while his approach may have been unusual it was only because he spent a lifetime obsessively trying to make something artificial seem natural despite the fact that the point of fantasy and fiction in general is to explore the artificial the human side of the euation to look at the world through the biased lens of our eye and to represent some odd facet of the human condition Unfortunately Tolkien’s characters structure and morality are all too flat to suggest much no matter how many faux 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Middle Lord of the Kindle #214 earth it remained lost to him After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins From his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor Sauron's power spread far and wide He gathered all the Great Rings to him but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion On his eleventy first birthday Bilbo disappeared beueathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous uest to journey across Middle earth deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom. Writing a review of this masterpiece is impossible I can’t do it There’s too much to talk about and I love it far too much to articulate my thoughts in a normal way So instead I’ve picked one element of each book that I liked the most taken from my list of ten on each review and added them here It’s the best I can do though I know many goodreads users share my difficulty when reviewing this book Anyway here’s my top three1Finding your courage The Fellowship of the RingNot all the party have been fully tested With them travel four young hobbits the most unlikely of companions for such a journey They are the overlooked the forgotten about the race that is casually discarded and considered insignificant in the wider world And perhaps this has been the downfall of society in middle earth previously The forces of darkness exploit everything they can get their hands on from giant spiders to rampaging trolls from dragons to orcs from men of the east to the undead Sauron tries to wield it all This is something the forces of good have not fully considered until recently Within the bosom of the hobbit beats a strong heart of fortitude and resilience “My dear Frodo’ exclaimed Gandalf ‘Hobbits really are amazing creatures as I have said before You can learn all that there is to know about their ways in a month and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you at a pinch” They carry with them the key to destroying the dark Bilbo showed them how he could resist the ring The hobbits are an almost incorruptible race and because of this they are Sauron’s doom It is something he has overlooked “It would be the death of you to come with me Sam said Frodo and I could not have borne thatNot as certain as being left behind said SamBut I am going to MordorI know that well enough Mr Frodo Of course you are And I'm coming with you” 2 Gandalf the White The Two Towers “Do I not say truly Gandalf' said Aragorn at last 'that you could go whithersoever you wished uicker than I And this I also say you are our captain and our banner The Dark Lord has Nine But we have One mightier than they the White Rider He has passed through the fire and the abyss and they shall fear him We will go where he leadsGandalf the Grey was charming and uirky; he was everybody’s friend and advisor But he was also a great wonderer and a great uester He was an unearther of dark secrets and mysteries And Middle Earth no longer needs such a figure darkness is now on her doorstep; it is no longer hidden So Middle Earth needs a man or Istari with far sight that can unite the scattered forces of Rohan and manipulate events in order to ensure that the King does indeed return It needs a methodical man of great wisdom and intelligence; it needs a stagiest it needs a new white wizard now that Saruman has changed his colours And he has come 3Girl Power The Return of the King “What do you fear lady Aragorn askedA cage Éowyn said To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire”There have not been many moments for women to show their strength in this story Arwen’s moment in the films was non existent in the book Frodo was saved on the river by an Elf lord called Glorfindel So when Eowen battled the Witch King it is the first major moment Tolkien gave to a female hero In a vastly male dominated genre it was great to read this scene If I have one criticism of Tolkien it’s that we didn’t see of such things And here's a gif I like

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The Lord of the RingsOf the PDFEPUB #227 Celebrated Tolkien illustrator Alan Lee a conceptual designer for the blockbuster films based on The Lord of the Rings contributes beautiful full page full color paintings to this elegant three volume editionOne Ring to rule them all One Ring to find them One Ring to bring them all and in the The Lord PDF darkness bind them In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven smiths and Sauron The Dark Lord forged the One Ring filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others But the One Ring was taken from him and though he sought it throughout. not a review and there probably won't be one any time soon i also won't be climbing Mount Everest in the near future but here are some cool illustrations that i found and want to share World of the Ring by Jian Guo