This book uses old-fashioned and complicated language frequently, and I took some time before adjusting to it. This lends a more formal and seemingly medieval feeling to the book, which makes it far more interesting to read. The word choice also sometimes helped to get a point across that would have been much harder to communicate by using everyday language. One weakness the book had was what I felt was an overuse of dialogue, which sometimes took far more space than what seemed necessary to tell what was going on. However, most of the time, the interesting language often made up for the sometimes rambling dialogue that would not make sense due to a lack of background knowledge. If I had to go back in time and pick a book for this project with everything I know about this book, I would probably pick it again because I truly think that, overall, it was a good read. On a scale of one to ten, I would give this book nine stars.
STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:
1. Why did Frodo leave the Fellowship?
1a. He left to prevent the ring from corrupting them. (1)
2. What is the name of the rider who stops Gimli, Legolas, and Aragorn?
2a. Éomer, the Third Marshal of Riddermark stops them to find out who they are. (27)
3. What is the real name of the man commonly known as Wormtongue?
3a. Wormtongue’s real name is Gríma. (131)
4. What did Galadriel warn Legolas and Aragorn to beware of?
4a.Galadriel warns them about the sea. (112)
5. Who saved Gandalf from the tower, and why?
5a.Gwaihir the Windlord, at the bidding of Lady Galadriel, saves Gandalf. (111)
6. What were Gimli and Legolas competing for at Helm’s Deep?
6a. They were competing for who could kill more orcs. (150)
7.What did Éomer think Saruman was doing?
7a. Éomer thought Saruman was oiling the Isen River. (171)
8. Why do the Ents hate Saruman?
8a. His orcs cut down their trees. (189)
9. Why did Frodo become furious at the thought of Smẻagol swearing on the ‘precious’?
9a. He does not want Smẻagol to “commit [his] promise” to the prophecy about the rings. (249)
10. Why does Smẻagol refuse to move until the moon sets?
10a. He fears that Sauron’s wraiths can see them at night. (264)
11. What was Sam’s rhyme about?
11a. Sam’s rhyme was about oliphaunts. (283)
12. How does Faramir confirm that Frodo actually knew Boromir?
12a. He proved it by the fact that Frodo’s brooch matched Boromir’s belt. (308)
13. What does Frodo liken the veil of water to?
13a. He likens the veil to gems and precious metals, kindled in an undying fire. (317)
14. How is Frodo captured by Shelob?
14a. He is tricked and betrayed by Gollum. (378)
15. How does Sam find out that Frodo is still alive?
15a. He eavesdrops on the orc guards that picked up Frodo’s body. (395)