Anyway, the first book of the trilogy is a huge step away from the style of The Hobbit. If The Hobbit felt like a children's book, this one had a more serious tone. I have watched the famous films back in the days, so I kinda know the story, but there were several things that were excised from the book to fit the time limit of the film, I suppose. And I was glad that I read the original.
I don't want to do a synopsis of the book here, as perhaps this is one of the more famous works of fantasy literature, that it is way better to just google it and read for oneself, instead of relying on someone who didn't really enjoy the book, like me. So let me talk about why I didn't enjoy it, instead.
I may be mistaken, but fantasy seems to always involve some sort of travel. In The Hobbit, the characters traveled across some fantastic terrain and encountered fantastic other characters, and that was the main gist of the story. Here, it was the same. Yes, there is the motive as to why they are traveling, in order to get rid of the ring. However, it was still travel. Frodo and his escorts needed to go to Mordor in order to destroy the ring. Why is it that fantasy literature always involves a road trip?
Yes, I know, that there is a deeper meaning in this, which is basically the timeless battle between good and evil. And so far, every evil has been defended and purged by the good camp. Of course, Gandalf died, but if you have watched the movie, he gets resurrected in the second book. Is there a fantasy literature that is not predictable like this?
Oh well, I do not understand why people need to resort to fantasy in order to tackle the battle between good and evil. Perhaps because in real life, life is a little bit unfair, as the saying goes. Sometimes evil triumphs over good, and people get unfortunate. Only in realms like Middle Earth can one be assured that good still triumphs over evil, providing a temporary escape from the reality that to some people, can be unfortunate.
So, how do I rate this book? I give this one 2 out of 5 stars. Still, as I am one of those people who gives everything a chance, and given this is a trilogy, I will still keep the other two books in my reading list. Who knows, it may get better once I finish the three books.
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