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J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 1955

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The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Genre: Fiction; high fantasy
  • Originally Published: 1955
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 860L; grades 7-12; college/adult
  • Structure/Length: 2 books; 10 chapters; approximately 432 pages; approximately 19 hours, 7 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. The central storyline follows Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit from the Shire, who embarks on a perilous journey to destroy the One Ring, a powerful artifact created many years before by the dark lord Sauron. He is accompanied by a diverse group of companions including Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and others who form a fellowship of protectors for Frodo as he pursues his quest. Their journey takes them through the lands of Middle-earth, encountering various challenges, creatures, and ancient mysteries. The novel explores heroism, friendship, the corrupting influence of power, and the battle between good and evil.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Warfare; perilous quests; fantasy violence; consumption of alcohol and use of pipe-weed; death and grief  

J. R. R. Tolkien, Author

  • Bio: Born 1892, deceased 1973; English writer, poet, philologist, and academic known for his contributions to fantasy literature; celebrated as one of the most influential fantasy authors of the 20th century left a lasting legacy in the fantasy genre with numerous tales set in Middle-earth
  • Other Works: The Hobbit (1937); The Two Towers (1954); The Return of the King (1955) The Silmarillion (1977)