This is the second in the Fellowship trilogy -- the middle of what began as one journey and has become two. The first part of the book follows one set of travelers and the second part follows the other set. I won't write any more about the plot for those of you who haven't read The Fellowship of the Ring yet.
The first part of this book was far more enjoyable to me than the second part. There are dedicated friends, joyful reunions and moments of true wonder dispersed throughout. I enjoy the journeys of those choosing their own paths. The second part seems much more predictable as there is little choice involved for the travelers.
This novel introduces some of the best characters in the series -- Faromir, Eomer and the fantastic Fangorn, a.k.a. Treebeard. I also treasure the acts of love shown throughout the story -- Eomer for Theoden King, Sam for Frodo and many others who show love through loyalty. In fact, I think it was brave of Tolkien to use the word "love" a few times in this book. I find that it is a word not used often enough in non-romantic literature.
I am really looking forward to reading The Return of the King next month and I'm not sure I will be able to leave it until the end of the month!
Continuing forward with faithful friends,
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