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The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring picks up from some of the events that occurred in The Hobbit. A hobbit named Bilbo Baggins finds a ring while wandering in a deep cave. He takes this ring back to the Shire, which is the home of the Hobbits in Middle-earth. Bilbo has no idea that this ring is the One Ring and that the Dark Lord Sauron is searching for it. All he knows is that this ring makes him invisible. The book opens with celebrations of Bilbo’s 111th birthday. Bilbo is giving the ring, albeit reluctantly and on Gandalf the Grey’s insistence, to cousin Frodo Baggins. Gandalf suspects that this ring is none other than the One Ring. He tells Frodo to immediately take this ring away from the Shire and ensure its destruction, as the Dark Lord is growing in power. Frodo sets out of the Shire along with Pippin, Merry, and Sam, who are his three hobbit friends. Undertaking this journey becomes a tumultuous affair for Frodo and his friends, as they encounter Sauron’s servants, the nine Ringwraiths, who are pursuing them. They get lost in the woods, navigate through snow and rock slides, and still head on bravely towards the Cracks of Doom, which lie at the heart of Sauron’s realm of Mordor, the place where this Ring was forged. They still bravely march ahead with the sole intention of destroying the ring and stopping the Dark Lord from pursuing his evil intention of possessing the ring and using it to enslave all of Middle-earth. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, and The Lord of the Rings series on the whole, are recognized as a masterpiece. It rose to amazing critical acclaim, with the likes of the great poet W. H. Auden showering praise on Tolkien and this series. The film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings have also been popular. The Lord Of The Rings has been honored with both International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award. About J. R. R. Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, professor, and philologist. He is the author of The Hobbit, The Children of Hurin, The Silmarillion, and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, now Free State Province, South Africa, in the year 1892. He taught at two different colleges at Oxford, Pembroke College and Merton College from 1925 to 1959 in the position of Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature respectively. He was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Because of the popular revival of the fantasy genre, Tolkien has been called the father of modern fantasy literature, or high fantasy, to be more precise. He passed away at age 81 in the year 1973.