The Fellowship of the Ring ch 1-6
- I am taking part in Brona’s Books #HLOTRreadalong 2017.
- I read The Hobbit but did not plan to write a review.
- Now I at least want to try to put some thoughts on paper.
- I am not a fan of fantasy …so this will be a journey for me
- as well as for Frodo, Merry, Pippen and Sam.
- My quest: complete the read-a-long!
- I needed to break the reading down into manageable parts.
- The Hobbit in February – DONE
- The Fellowship of the Ring in March – April – READING
- The Two Towers in May – June
- The Return of the King in July – August
- Write a blogpost after 6 chapters.
- This is the half way point in Fellowship of the Ring book 1.
- Write a short wrap-up post after I finish the book.
- My post will consist of my ‘random thoughts’ while reading.
- I’m trying to keep it simple.
Thoughts: Book 1 – chapters 1-6
- Quotes: settle down and grow some hobbit – sense!(Gandalf)
- Quotes: do not meddle in the affairs of wizards (Gildor)
- Quotes: short cuts make long delays (Pippen)
- Gandalf = wisdom
- Sauron = evil
- One Ring = power
- Old Man Willow tree = anger of nature toward those who try to destroy it
- Search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something
- Gollum and Sauron are on a quest find The ONE (ring).
- Ch 3: ‘What is to be my quest?
- Bilbo went to FIND a treasure…
- but I go to LOSE one…
- Ch 3: Frodo is on a quest “…find the Cracks of Doom…”
- great fissure that split a long tunnel that bored into Mount Doom.
- I enjoyed The Hobbit more than this book
- …just because I know what is going to happen in Lord of the Rings.
- I should have read the book first, then see the films versions.
- But if I read the book carefully
- ….there is much to discover besides the plot!
- Backround information: LotR does fill in the missing ‘gaps’ The Hobbit.
- Tension: Tolkien keeps the reader captivated with the hints Gandalf repeats
- Ch 1: The Ring: keep it safe, keep it secret; don’t use it!;
- Gandalf’s attitude: I am not certain, so I will say no more;
- I wonder many other things.
- The old wizard looked as if he was carrying a great weight.
- Ch 5: Figure: it looked like a dark black bundle
- … Something that is following us.
- Puzzle: Tolkien gives names to stars I don’t recognize but
- he adds descriptions to help the reader.
- My research taught me that
- Arda = earth; Eä = the universe; Timeless Halls = heaven.
- Ch 3: This book can be approached no only as a story but also as a puzzle!
- Remmmirath = Netted stars (Pleiades)
- Menelvagor = Swordsman of the Sky with shining belt (Orion).
- Borgil rose glowing like a jewel of fire (bright orange star in Taurus)
- Alliteration: I love Tolkien’s use of this literary device.
- It gives the text a musical effect…makes reading attractive to the ear!
- Ch 1: Frodo, Folco, Fredegar
- Brandybuck, Burrows, Bolger, Bracegirdle,
- Boffins, Bagginses, Brockhouse
- Grubb, Chubb
- Ch 4: bog and briar; deeply dug beds; steep slippery sides
- Friendship: is a element of ch 5.
- Ironically Frodo feels he cannot trust anyone.
- Merry explains he CAN trust his friends
- …to stick to you through thick and thin, to the bitter end.
- Merry explains Frodo CANNOT trust them
- … to let you face trouble alone and go off without a word.
I used this to follow Frodo, Pippen, Merry and Sam during these chapters.