This trilogy is one of the great classics of the ages. I say great classics, because when I read supposed "classics," I oftentimes can't stand them, or find them to be so packed with immorality (in the case of some of the newer ones, like Huxley's abominable Brave New World) that I feel ethically obliged to put them down.
The Lord of the Rings, although admittedly a slow read as well as a tedious one, is a beautiful series. The pure-hearted devotion of Sam Gamgee and the tenacity of Frodo will warm your heart. The inscrutable wisdom of Gandalf is wonderful. And the majesty of Aragorn and Galadriel is inspiring.
"The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told... Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring -- created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier -- is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth."
- Majestic prose. Let's take a look at a few quotes, just for a sample.
PIPPIN: I didn't think it would end this way.
GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.
I am old, Gandalf. I don't look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can't be right. I need a change, or something.
Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
The Darkness has begun. There will be no dawn.
...generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel.
...it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
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Gollum would love to have you over for supper any time... if you catch my drift. ;)
However, I don't feel like there is anything that a Christian shouldn't read in here. I don't feel the same way about all books with magic (for instance, I still won't read Harry Potter). But Tolkien was a Christian, and based on the book itself, I feel like it's ok. But that's a judgement for your own conscience, not mine.
Christian fiction, Fantasy, Classics
Quite a few.
14+ (The content in here is acceptable for people much younger, but I highly doubt that many people under 14 would truly enjoy this, due to the difficulty.
This book is an epic. Read it as an epic, and I think that you'll love it, if you like the genre. If you're looking for an action novel, pick up something else.
7- There isn't a ton of violence, despite this being a war novel. But there is some.
10-for just about no romance.
Plenty. :P Read the above section on magic.
Great, unless you decide to take Gollum as a role model.