Physical Description:423 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreward -- Prologue: Concerning hobbits, and other matters -- Book One -- I. A long-expected party -- II. The shadow of the past -- III. Three is company -- IV. A short cut to mushrooms -- V. A conspiracy unmasked -- VI. The old forest -- VII. In the house of Tom Bombadil -- VIII. Fog on the Barrow-downs -- IX. At the sign of The Prancing Pony -- X. Strider -- XI. A knife in the dark -- XII. Flight to the ford -- Book Two -- I. Many meetings -- II. The council of Elrond -- III. The ring goes south -- IV. A journey in the dark -- V. The bridge of Khazad-dum -- VI. Lothlorien -- VII. The mirror of Galadriel -- VIII. Farewell to Lorien -- IX. The great river -- X. The breaking of the fellowship.
At the center of the saga is Frodo Baggins and the magical ring he inherited from his older cousin Bilbo (hero of Tolkien's earlier novel The Hobbit), a ring that has the power to corrupt even the stoutest soul with a lust for power. From the wise wizard Gandalf, Frodo learns that he must abandon his comfortable hobbit hole in the Shire and, with a band of brave companions, set off on a perilous journey to save the ring from enemy hands. They are pursued along the way by Orcs and the terrifying Black Riders commanded by Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor; and they are hunted by the treacherous Gollum, who once owned the ring. But Middle-earth dwellers of all sorts also come to the company's aid, as their quest takes them to Rivendell, Moria, and the Elvish land of Lorien. Yet the most dangerous part of their journey is still to come--a desperate trip into the shadowy depths of Mordor to destroy the ring once and for all.--cover.