The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
"An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book ReviewOne Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the 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 Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.
When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: 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.
The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
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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.