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The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in the comfort of his hole.  But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves, and soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders and worse unknown dangers.  Finally, it was Bilbo, alone and unaided-who had to face the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside! 

This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his best-selling epic, The Lord of The Rings.

My Rating:/5

The Lord of the Rings  /5

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Book I-The Fellowship of the Ring

The dark, fearsome Ringwraiths were searching for a hobbit.  Frodo Baggins knew they were seeking him and the Ring he bore- the One Ring of Power that would enable the evil Sauron to destroy all that was good on Middle-Earth.  Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam, with a small band of companions, to carry the ring to the one place it could be destroyed- Mount Doom, in the very center of Sauron's dark realm.

Thus begins J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings, considered by millions to be the greatest epic fantasy ever written.

My Rating: /5

 

Book II-The Two Towers

The Fellowship was scattered. Some were bracing hopelessly for a war against the ancient evil of Sauron, while others were contending with the treachery of the wizard Saruman. Frodo and Sam were left to take the accursed ring to be destroyed in Mordor- the dark kingdom where Sauron was supreme, along with their guide, the deceitful and lust-filled Gollum, slave to the corruption of the One Ring...

Thus continues the magnificent, best-selling tale of adventure begun in The Fellowship of the Ring, Which reaches it's soul-stirring climax in The Return of the King.

My Rating:/5

 

Book III- The Return of the King

While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarmed out the conquer all Middle-Earth, Frodo and Sam struggled deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron's power, to send the Ring into the Cracks of Doom, to destroy it forever. But the way was impossibly hard, and Frodo was weakening.  Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring, he finally began to despair.

The awesome conclusion of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, called by millions of readers the best epic fantasy of all time.

My Rating:/5

The Chronicles of Prydain /5

by Lloyd Alexander

Book I- The Book of Three

This is a tale of enchantment, of good and evil, and of an Assistant Pig-Keeper who wants to become a hero.  Young Taran sets out, with a few strangely assorted companions, on a hazardous mission to save his beloved land, Prydain, from the forces of evil. He meets adventures in which action, humor and gallantry are blended in a way that will keep readers of all ages completely absorbed- for this is a fantasy that is rooted in reality and truth.

My Rating:/5

 

Book II- The Black Cauldron

In the imaginary land of Prydain, where "evil is never distant", it has become imperative that the Black Cauldron, chief implement of the Death Lord of Annuvin, be destroyed.  In his cauldron, Arawn Death-Lord has created his terrible army of diabolical warriors from stolen bodies of the slain.  For each of the chosen companions that were chosen to journey to Arawn's domain, the quest has a special meaning; to Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, this mission becomes a glorious opportunity to wield his first sword, and to prove himself a man among men.

My Rating:/5

Book III- The Castle of Llyr

The Princess Eilonwy accompanies Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, on all of his journeys.  But a Princess must have skills that can only be learned in a royal household. So she is sent to the Isle of Mona to be taught. But when Eilonwy mysteriously vanishes, and traces of the evil sorceress Achren appear, Taran and a small band of companions must set out to find her. Will Taran battle for Eilonwy only to lose her in the end?

My Rating:/5

 

Book IV- Taran Wanderer

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, who wants to be a hero, goes questing for his parentage, in hope that it will prove noble for the sake of Eilonwy, the princess with the red-golden hair.  Accompanied by several loyal friends, Taran begins his search and is sent by three wily enchantresses from the Marshes of Morva to consult the Mirror of Llunet for the answer he is seeking, with the cryptic promise that "the finding takes no more than the looking". In his adventures he meets Craddoc the Shepherd, and the common folk of Prydain, for whom he finds great admiration and respect.  From them he learns life's hardest lesson- to accept failure. Taran Wanderer, in a moving climax at the Mirror of Llunet, learns his own identity and the secret of the mirror.

My Rating:/5

 

Book V- The High King

When the sword Dyrnwn, the most powerful weapon in all Prydain, is stolen by Arawn Death-Lord, Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, his friends and Prince Gwydion raise an army to march against Arawn's terrible cohorts. After a winter march filled with danger and sorrow, Taran, who wants to be a hero, and his army finally arrive at Arawn's stronghold and, ultimately, to a discision for Taran that is the most crucial of all his life.

My Rating:/5

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