My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was long overdue and I am so happy to have finally read the first book. Finishing Books 2 and 3 will be among my early goals of 2018. I can’t say enough about how much I loved this book. It’s always fun to read about a character who is on the move. The constant action, even if it’s as repetitive as avoiding a trail and walking through the woods for two days, kept the narration grounded, which was important in painting a picture of how vast middle earth was.
I love the movies in their own right, but I think I prefer Frodo in the books over the movies. Nothing against the direction Peter Jackson took it, I just thought Frodo came across as far more mature and wise in the book. We had the benefit of hearing his internal dialogue, rationalizing his decisions.
I know there is not much I can add to reviews that haven’t been said already. This is one of the most read books of all time for a reason though and I’m glad to finally see first hand what that reason is; they are as good as people say they are (or at least the first one is)