Lord of the Rings: a Children's Book for the Ages Essay

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Jonathan Kumin Sarah Bullwinkel ENGL 101 19 February 2014 The Lord of the Rings: A Children’s Book for the Ages J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is the story of Frodo Baggins, a young Hobbit who must undertake a grandiose task. Four thousand, nine hundred and nine years before Frodo’s birth, the evil lord Sauron forged the twenty rings of power which were distributed among the different peoples of Middle-Earth: three for the elves, seven for the dwarves, nine for the men, and then “The One Ring” – which was Sauron’s. The One Ring contained a vast amount of Sauron’s power, and without it, he was unable to take a tangible form. The Lord of the Rings begins three thousand and one years after Sauron’s finger is cut off, causing him to lose The One Ring of power, banishing him from the world of the living. The ring then cycles through various “Ring-Bearers” until it finds its way to Bilbo Baggins, Frodo’s guardian. When Bilbo turns one hundred and eleven, he then disappears and gives the ring to Frodo. The task is then given to Frodo by Gandalf the Grey, one of the few wizards of Middle-Earth, to take The One Ring and destroy it in Mount Doom, a volcano in the center of Middle-Earth, before Sauron can reclaim it. What makes The Lord of the Rings stick out in my mind is a distinct list of characteristics that set it far above and beyond other tales of its genre. The most interesting aspect of The Lord of the Rings is that it is a coming-of-age story when you look at the entire fellowship (the group that must aid Frodo in his quest to destroy The One Ring). In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien employs mysticism, suspense, and strong character personalities to teach the moral that, despite the odds, good must triumph over evil; therefore, it has a powerful impact as a children’s novel. The mysticism in The Lord of the Rings is evident from the opening of the

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