Book Review

Book Review: The Lord of the Rings

I use Grammarly’s grammar checker online because parallelism is not just about parallel lines, but words and sentences too. Oops! I just made an error here … a parallelism error, caught by Grammarly! Did you see it too?

Well, this post is not really about grammar, it’s about a great book I read known as “The Lord of the Rings“. Before I delve into a critical account, I would just let my inner child say … “this was the most fantastically fantasical super awesome oh god in hell superb Aragorn! Gandalf! Go to hell Sauron! I loved it!!”

Whuff! Now that its out, I can be more sober. 😉

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This work was written a long time ago and one can argue that the World Wars in Tolkien’s may have influenced his work, but I do not believe so as The Lord of the Rings is only an account of a brief period of the Third Age. Tolkien, a linguist by profession, created his own world, complete with detailed history, geography, mythology, sociology and everything else. A parallel universe as wondrous as the real, if not more. Personally I would liked to have been born in his universe rather than my present one, but you know the saying, “the grass looks greener on the other side”.

The Lord of the Rings consists of three books:

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. The Two Towers
  3. The Return of the King

After reading this large volume, I can now say something about Tolkien’s style of writing. He paid great attention to detail. The geography of every land encountered by Frodo or Gandalf‘s company was described beautifully, and in words only known to an expert in this field. It might be too much for a reader to grasp initially but if you just try to guess the meanings and go along, you eventually reach a stage when the scenery just starts to display right in front of your eyes. It is the most amazing geographical detail style I have ever read in any book. Similarly, every character was described in detail, from his/her appearance to personality. And everything had a history associated with it, whether land or human, a clear reference only possible by reading his complete works, but wondrous nonetheless.

For me, this book (and the movies) are very close to what I seek in knowledge. There are so many life lessons I took away from it, such as, the importance of simple things, the growing, dying and passing away of man, lands and everything, the concept of time, which played a major role here. And the tales of heroism, of war, of the plots of evil, and the persistence of a man’s heart, had so much to teach me.

I would recommend any serious reader to relish this beautiful stream of words and bask in the glory of its suchness. I will read it again and again for I am sure I will find something new every time.

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