The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
The Lord of the Rings is a timeless classic that has captivated readers for centuries. The story begins with Sauron, the Dark Lord, who crafted the most powerful and magical of all rings – the One Ring. Filled with his own power, this Ring would serve as his ultimate weapon to rule over Middle-earth and its inhabitants. But when an unlikely hero—Bilbo Baggins—took it upon himself to seize the ring from Sauron, it began an epic journey spanning decades in which Frodo Baggins leads an excruciatingly difficult mission: to take back what was stolen by destroying the Ring once and for all.
This thrilling and suspenseful adventure through Middle-earth follows our heroes’ courage as they face every obstacle and risk their lives in pursuit of justice. Along their path they battle demonic beasts, form friendships with mythical creatures, and prove themselves as true champions of good against evil. Through it all readers will enjoy seeing each character face their own unique challenges while struggling to stay true to their journeys -- even when faced with formidable opponents and dire situations. As we follow them on this beloved tale of courage and hope, readers won’t be able to help but feel that same enthusiasm as they join together alongside Tolkien’s beloved characters. The Lord of the Rings is one story you won’t want to miss!
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J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Tolkien was a very devout Roman Catholic and is credited with influencing C.S. Lewis's conversion from atheism to Christianity, although Tolkien was disappointed that C.S. Lewis had joined the Church of England rather than Roman Catholicism. Tolkien was quite dismayed by some of the liturgical reforms and changes implemented after the Second Vatican Council, so much so that he would continue to make all his responses loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation would respond in English.
I'm a little embarrassed to say that I had not ever read this book until it was required reading for a course. It's not that I didn't want to read it before, but...it's large.
After I finished this book, I remember telling a friend that I would count it as one of the greatest pleasures of my life.
I know it can be intimidating to read a book like this, but make it happen. Find or start a book club to keep your accountable if you have to. But, please, don't miss out on both our best Catholic novel in English as well as our modern English epic.
This trilogy is a rallying cry for all Catholics. Tolkien's magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings is an absolute must read. Put these at the front of your list in terms of safe Catholic novels that are must-reads. The endless passages which will stir the depths of your heart and incite you with zeal and passion for the fight of good versus evil.
Tolkien's work was well worth the hype surrounding it. I had always wondered what made people so enthralled with this book, but after reading it to completion, I now completely understand why. The Catholicity of this work manages to work its way into the plot in a subtle manner, never coming across as heavy-handed or plainly overt in its references to the Faith. My only complaint would be the length of the work itself which was just a bit too long for my personal taste. (Over 1,000 pages!) Regardless, this is doubtlessly a classic well worth its stellar reputation.