In The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein, the reader is taken into Middle Earth where they meet a hobbit named Frodo. Frodo is given a ring by Bilbo that he later learns needs to be destroyed. The rest of this book is the first part of their eventful and difficult journey to destroy the ring. Along this journey we meet dwarves, elves, trolls and more, all with their own languages and dialects. The author even includes maps to help the reader see better where everything takes place. The creatures, languages and maps are part of what made me want to learn everything I could about The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
One of the main characters is a Hobbit, and his friends are hobbits except for Gandalf. Gandalf is a powerful wizard that helps Frodo and his friends on their adventure. Hobbits are very short and they have big feet. Hobbits are relatively unimportant to Sauron until Frodo and his friends go to destroy the ring. The hobbits speak English and all mostly live in the Shire.
The Shire is my favorite place because it is beautiful, with green grasses and sunny fields. The Shire is where we meet our main characters, and where the hobbits live. We also meet theNazgûl here when they come up to a hobbit and ask where Frodo lives.
The Nazgûl are the creatures that are hunting the main characters for a long time. Nazgûl are humans who were corrupted by rings that were given to them by Sauron. There are nine Nazgûl in total. They are the size of a human but have long black cloaks on them and they do not really have a visible face. They can only die by a magical sword. They ride on dark horses; that’s why they are also known as The Black Riders.
After the characters leave the Shire they go to a town called Bree. The people in Bree are mostly brown-haired and rather short. Bree has a tavern called The Prancing Pony, and that’s where the characters meet Strider. Strider is a human who befriends Frodo and his friends, and comes with them on their quest.
Before they get to Rivendell, they meet the Nazgûl again. This time the Nazgûl manage to stab Frodo. They fight off the Nazgûl then have to rush to Rivendell to save Frodo from dying. Rivendell is an elven city and according to the map Rivendell is right in between a split in the Loudwater river. In Rivendell the party meets more members that will go with them, they are: Legolas (elf), Aragorn/Strider (human), Boromir (human), and Gimli (dwarf).
I’m going to give you a bit of information about elves.There are many kinds of elves, tree elves, high elves, and many more. Elves all have pointy ears. They also have very elaborate architecture and very nice clothes. Elves are usually extremely acrobatic and are quite good fighters. Legolas is my favorite character because he is super cool and has even better skills than other elves.
The dwarves are short creatures that look like humans. Dwarves are very good at stoneworking. They make cities inside of mountains and are skilled miners. Sometimes they mine too much, though, and accumulate too much gold, or go too deep so monsters (like dragons and balrogs) destroy their home. You could say the dwarves are like hobbits, but more rough, and their feet are not as big as hobbits. Dwarves are my favorite race in Lord of the Rings.
Moria used to be a dwarven city inside of a mountain, but the dwarves dug too deep and found a balrog. The Balrog killed most of them and drove the dwarves out of Moria. As time passed, orks, trolls, and goblins started to go to Moria.
The Orcs are the soldiers that the dark lord Sauron uses throughout the whole story and throughout the entire series. Orcs come in many sizes and types. There are the Uruk-hai, the orcs of Mordor, and not to list too many, the orcs of Isengard and Moria. Orks all speak the same language, which is The Dark language of Mordor. The Nazgûl also speak this language too.
We first see a troll in Moria when it attacks the party. Trolls are also used by Sauron; they are big and ugly. Trolls are almost like orcs but bigger. Trolls can not be in the light of day because if they do they will turn into stone. Trolls speak English and they also speak The Dark Language. Trolls are also used to pull or push giant things.
Goblins also get added in when the party goes to Moria and the goblins attack them and chase them through Moria.Goblins are really just smaller orcs. In the book, we find that they live in an old Dorvin city called Moria.Goblins aren’t really used that much by Sauron. They are about the size of a Hobbit, but they are much uglier like most of the things that Sauron uses. Goblins can climb very steep walls; these walls can be up to 90°.
Balrogs first get added to the story when they chase the characters in Moria just like most of the creatures I have listed above. A Balrog is a gigantic demon that was created by sauron. In the book they are described as human-like, but have horns and look more devilish. Balrogs are about the size of a four-story building,they are very large.
When the company leaves Moria, they come out with one less member, and that is Gandalf. Gandalf has supposedly died according to them.Everybody is very sad that Gandolf died, and their morale gets very low. So, after Moria they ride with the river and stop at a bank on the side of the river where they fight orcs.
Our journey in this book finishes with Frodo and Sam leaving the company that they were in and trying to go to Mordor by themselves. Will they succeed? Well, that’s another book, but as of right now, they want to do it themselves.