Summary: Inspired by The Hobbit, and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that Tolkien created to provide “the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues.” From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between powers of good and evil… Read more.
Long but well worth it! If you’re a Tolkien fan it’s basically a crime not to have listened to the audio version of the books. A good narration makes it a fun and relaxing adventure across Middle Earth!
TI know you already know the story so I won’t get into that, but just because you’ve seen the movies or even read the books doesn’t mean you want to miss this! I’m a huge LotR fan so getting my hands on this audiobook was like gold!
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Summary of the LotR Audiobook
The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The prequel to the trilogy, The Hobbit, was published in 1937 and received immediate success.
Tolkien then spent the next 12 years writing LotR, developing and expanding the novel into the three-part series:
- The Fellowship of the Ring,
- The Two Towers, and
- The Return of the King.
The entire trilogy is set in a fantastical world named Middle Earth. Tolkien uses an interesting mixture of common, “human” elements, with mythical creatures, to create a powerful life-like fantasy for the work.
Some of the main characters include a mix of humans, wizards, hobbits, elves, dwarves, orcs and other demons, who exist within the same realms, form allies and fight for expansion of their kingdoms just as humans would. This gives a medieval flare to the work, mixed with magical elements.
The trilogy became instantly popular, and was recently made into a multi-billion dollar movie franchise. It is one of the widest selling works of all time, with over 150 million copies sold.
The Fellowship of the Ring Audiobook Overview
The story centers around the fate of Middle Earth, as there exists a series of rings of power, several for each of the primary kingdoms, which were forged millenia ago. Unknown at the time, there was also forged a single, all-powerful ring to rule the Earth.
The Fellowship of the Ring audio book begins with the story of a hobbit, Frodo Baggins, who inherits the ring from his Uncle Bilbo (the focus of the prequel: The Hobbit), and is urged by Gandalf the Grey to undergo a quest to destroy the ring.
He sets off with several hobbit companions, including his best friend Sam, and are soon joined by representative from all of the “good” kingdoms: elves, dwarves, and humans.
The small traveling party’s objective is to travel across Middle Earth to destroy the ring in the volcano in Mordor where it was forged, before the evil Sauron can take control of it and use it to conquer the Earth.
The Two Towers Audiobook Synopsis
Sauron’s emmissary, Sarumon, a dark wizard, is in the process of building an orc-army to annihilate the realms of men. He also sends hunting parties out to find The Fellowship, kill them and take possession of the ring.
Frodo and Sam split off from the group, as Frodo realizes his presence as the ring bearer is likely to get everyone killed. Gandalf is imprisoned by Saruman, and the other two hobbits are lost and find their way into a magical forest of walking trees, while Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimlii seek to warn the kingdoms of men and prepare for battle.
The majority of this novel depicts the massive battle that occurs. Though the outcome looks bleak at first, ultimately Saruman is defeated, as the elves come to the last minute aid of the humans, and Gandalf reappears with riders from a second human kingdom, uniting old alliances once again.
The Return of the King Audiobook Summary
Despite the defeat of his agent Saruman at the end of The Two Towers, Sauron continues to grow stronger, and prepares to launch an assault on Gondor.
Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam approach Mordor, intent on destroying the ring. Gollum, a creature who was once possessed by the powers of the ring, continues to follow them, and as they get closer to Mordor becomes ever more intent on killing them and taking the ring for himself.
Finally, Frodo is able to sneak into Mordor undetected, and reaches Mount Doom, where he must throw the ring into the fire. Goblin reemerges and bites Frodo’s finger (including the Ring), and falls into the volcanic fire below, thus destroying himself and the Ring
With the Ring of power destroyed, the forces of evil are immediately weakened, and the war comes to an end.
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