This week FBS Reading Ambassadors recommend:
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
Once upon a time there was a hobbit and a magical ring…
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…
In their epic journey they meet many fearsome obstacles; from Goblins to the riddlesome Gollum to the dark forest of Mirkwood where they are attacked by giant spiders and find themselves trapped in the dungeons of the Wood-elves. They are even involved in the climactic Battle of Five Armies… but not before Bilbo discovers The One Ring; a magic ring of invisibility.
In The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins inherits the Ring from Bilbo Baggins, his cousin and guardian. Neither hobbit is aware of the Ring’s nature, but Gandalf the Grey, a wizard and an old friend of Bilbo, suspects it to be the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power and corrupt those who wear it. After Gandalf confirms his guess, he tells Frodo the history of the Ring and counsels him to take it away from the Shire. Frodo sets out, accompanied by his gardener and friend, Sam Gamgee, and two cousins Merry and Pippin.
A three-part, perilous journey awaits.