Second Sunday Series

SECOND SUNDAY SERIES – SEPTEMBER

My husband is going to be so happy to see this series featured on the blog.  The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkien is most definitely a series that can be enjoyed by all ages.  I started the series when I was in elementary school.  My mother was actually the one who got me interested in it.  She had this boxed set of books that were from before I was even born and when I asked her about it she described this fantasy world that I couldn’t wait to sink into.  I will say when I first read the Hobbit I fell in love, but I couldn’t get into the Fellowship of the Ring.  It was a little much for my comprehension level I guess, but I tried again a few years later and it was every bit of amazing as I thought it would be.  I’ve honestly read this entire series three times from start to finish, but I have read individual books in the series multiple times.

When my husband & I first started dating he was absolutely shocked that I hadn’t seen the movies.  He knew how much I loved the books from growing up so he had me sit down and watch all the movies.  I won’t focus on the movies too much – because this is a book blog after all – but the movies follow the books reasonably well.  So if you haven’t read this series but you enjoyed the movies, I would highly recommend you try this.  There are so many companion reads and books that take place in Middle Earth but I didn’t feature any of those.  J.R.R Tolkien created this whole universe and you could spend months, or years even, immersed in the fantasy fiction world.  All you fantasy fans out there – how do you feel about this classic?  Have you read it and if so, what did you think?

 

The Hobbit
Published: 1937
Length: 366 Pages

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

The Fellowship of the Ring
Published: 1954
Length: 398 Pages

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness 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 Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

The Two Towers
Published: 1954
Length: 322 Pages

The Fellowship was scattered. Some were bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Sauron. Some were contending with the treachery of the wizard Saruman. Only Frodo and Sam were left to take the accursed Ring of Power to be destroyed in Mordor–the dark Kingdom where Sauron was supreme. Their guide was Gollum, deceitful and lust-filled, slave to the corruption of the Ring. Thus continues the magnificent, bestselling tale of adventure begun in The Fellowship of the Ring, which reaches its soul-stirring climax in The Return of the King.

The Return of the King
Published: 1955
Length: 490 Pages

The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf returned, miraculously, and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo progressed towards Mordor to destroy the Ring, accompanied by SmEagol–Gollum, still obsessed by his ‘precious’. After a battle with the giant spider, Shelob, Sam left his master for dead; but Frodo is still alive–in the hands of the Orcs. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing. J.R.R. Tolkien’s great work of imaginative fiction has been labeled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail.

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