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On Tolkien’s Fellowship, and Re-Reading

Some folks I talk to hate re-reading books, and never want repeats. We gladly accommodate that request! There are lots of books out there to read! Others, however, love re-reading, and want to revisit books they read years ago, or even just last year.

Illustration of the 9 members of the Fellowship, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Aragorn, and Gandalf
The iconic Brothers Hildebrant illustration of the Fellowship

I’m a pretty big Tolkien fan and have been for a long time. One of the great joys of loving something like The Lord of the Rings is the fantastic opportunity one has to re-read the books. To that end, I recently started re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring. For those of you not aware, that is the first of the three volumes that make up The Lord of the Rings. Much as I expected, with each reading there are different parts of the book that stand out to me and make me think. As much an exercise in enjoying the story, rereading a much loved book allows us to examine where we were the last time we read the book, and where we are this time.

If you have never read the Lord of the Rings, or you’ve only experienced the film adaptations, give reading The Fellowship a chance. It might be something that grabs you. If you’re already a fan and have read it before, give it a read going into September, when so much of the beginning of the book takes place! It’s a nice treat.

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings


By JRR Tolkien

As the Ring cycle begins, Frodo, a home-loving hobbit, inherits the magic ring that his Uncle Bilbo brought back from his adventures in “The Hobbit” (DB 48978).  To protect the ring from the powers of darkness, Frodo must make a long, dangerous journey.  Prequel to “The Two Towers” (CL 6368, DB 47487).  1954.

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