I have always kept a journal, since my early teenage years. Since I have embraced the minimalist culture quite recently, I decided to shift to digital diary. Sure, it doesn't offer quite the same level of personal connection between you and your words as a combo of ink and parchment would, but they're still my words, my thoughts and my feelings, and at the end of the day that's what's most important. Having your journal on your phone makes it infinitely easier to carry, which means you can input entries as soon as you want to. Depending on the size of a real notebook, it can be a real pain to carry around. There are many different uses for journals and diaries, but no matter what you use it for one of the benefits is being able to step into the proverbial time machine and revisit your past with commentary to help paint a vivid picture of your memories. It can be hard to flip through the pages in a notebook, especially if your chronicles are long enough to fill an entire ream of paper or even transcend multiple books. I wouldn't dare go back and change an entry that would change the entire framework of the story I was telling, but if I noticed a grammatical or spelling error I would only be able to edit it if that entry was created by pencil, or if I use white-out for those entered with pens. And even if you do have the ability to correct something it might not be all that elegant due to the limited space being taken up by other words. That's not the case if you go digital. It can be devastating to lose your journal, whether it's due to misplacement or due to it being destroyed by that nosy dog of yours, and no one in their right mind is going to go back and write a lifetime's worth of entries (let alone remember the entirety of it). You won't have to be out of luck with an online version, though, so long as you make regular backups to a secure and reliable location.
The first book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a mystery. The second one The Girl Who Played with Fire is a thriller. The third one The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest is a courtroom drama.
The first book starts off as an investigation of a 40-year old disappearance of a teenage heiress, but gradually morphs into a tale of serial murder and corporate trickery spanning several continents and later takes in complicated international financial fraud and the buried evil past of a wealthy Swedish industrial family.
The second one focuses more about the protagonist Lisbeth Salander. We learn quite a bit about the fascinating and horrific back-story that led to Salander developing her unique, defensive, prickly personality.
Don't ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she'll get a bigger gun.
Investigative part of the third novel displays all the pieces being brought together by teams of people. Some working for Salander's release and some working to make sure she never sees the light of day. I found it all very real, very interesting as if I were directly involved in the process. The trial is absolutely terrific.
No matter which way you look at it, this work will have to define as one of the most wrathful outcries against society's attitude towards women. The entire story is about the enormous acts of cruelty committed against women and the absolute indifference to it by everyone who is supposed to care.
Larsson determinedly exposes the unlikable aspects of society - misogyny and adherence to judgmental standards and gender norms that are ever-present even in the European paradise of Sweden. The surface mystery is just that - a plot device, an excuse to get a new angle on Larsson's favorite topic. We see the various shades and sides of hatred towards women, especially if they try to get out of the bounds that society neatly places for them. This is reflected first and foremost in the awful treatment that Salander receives, but also in the treatment of Lisbeth's mother, Sonia Bodig, and the helpless and easily ignored by the society victims of sex trafficking.
Salander is such a compelling character. She is the outcast that women are when we fight back. She operates on her own terms, beholden to no one except to herself, vicious to her enemies, yet intensely vulnerable.
My only qualm about the books, a small one, was the characterization. The character of Mikael Blomkvist smelled of a male wish fulfillment fantasy, the one where a man is adored by all women, gets laid all the time and always gets lauded for his stellar bedroom skills. Lisbeth Salander also felt a little shaky and I thought Asperger's Syndrome didn't quite account for her strange personality. I thought her antisocial behavior was inconsistent.
What I've learned from Millennium's trilogy by Stieg Larsson:
All rapists and violent sex offenders should have these words tattooed on their stomachs: "I AM A SADISTIC PIG, A PERVERT AND A RAPIST". The tattoo should be done by an amateur and not be removable even by laser. Repeat offenders will be tattooed on their foreheads. It is recommended that the subject be tasered first before undergoing this involuntary procedure. “Statistics showed that the absolute majority of people who harassed women were men.” a taser (a 50,000 volts jolt to the crotch will incapacitate even the burliest of men). "Men could be as big as a house and made of granite, but they all had balls in the same place". A crucial fact to remember in a fight, especially if you are fighting a 300 pounds, six foot six giant with hands as big as frying pans. You can use duct tapes to close up serious wounds; they keep the blood in and the germs out. You can live on Billy's Pan Pizza for days on end and STILL look like an anorexic teenager. Asperger's Syndrome may give you the idea that a T-shirt that says 'I'M AN ALIEN' is acceptable office wear, but also photographic memory and phenomenal mathematical ability. A cigarette case is a useful tool for digging yourself out of a grave. "There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer". Buy a good-sized one from the hardware store and keep it in your bag always.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a sweeping action-adventure story set in an era when villainous pirates scavenged the Caribbean seas.
While there are loads of Potterheads, we don't usually come across someone who is a huge fan of the PotC (Pirates of the Caribbean in short) series. Yet, it does have a fandom community where almost everyone sided with the pirates. Indeed, the legendary pirate of the Seven Seas, Jack Sparrow is the world's all time favorite pirates. A captain of equally dubious morality and sobriety, a master of self-promotion and self-interest, Jack fought a constant and losing battle with his own best tendencies. Jack's first love was the sea, his second, his beloved ship the Black Pearl. To be honest, my PotC crush is not Jack Sparrow but that doesn't mean I do not like him though. I greatly fancies the slender, handsome actor Orlando Bloom (alias William Turner) and immensely admire the gorgeous, daring actress Keira Knightley (alias Elizabeth Swan).
“Have you not met Will Turner? He's noble, heroic, a terrific soprano.” ―Jack Sparrow to Davy Jones.
The son of pirate "Bootstrap" Bill Turner, Will Turner is an accomplished blacksmith by trade, an excellent swordsman by pursuit and a budding pirate by fate. Will Turner sails the seas to save his father, find his true identity and reunite with his true love Elizabeth Swann. Being thrown into Jack Sparrow's adventures, Will learned what it means to be a man.
Elizabeth Swann was the daughter of Governor Weatherby Swann. With an adventurous spirit and the need to break societal boundaries, she had long been fascinated with the freewheeling world of buccaneers to a point of learning a song about pirates as a child. Over the years, Elizabeth blossomed into a beautiful young lady, although drove her father to distraction with her willfulness and disregard for propriety. Both Jack Sparrow and Will Turner change Elizabeth's notions of romance and adventure forever, soon learning that all the rules she believed in are meant to be broken.
“Ahoy matey!” I wonder if anyone else tried to learn the pirate language like I did. xD I've also changed my Facebook language to English (pirate). Below is a list of a few words and phrases which I've learned:
Jolly Roger - The infamous black flag with white skull and crossbones... an invitation to surrender.
No Prey No Pay - An agreement that a crew receives no wages, but instead... shares any booty (treasure) pillaged.
Parley - A French term found within the pirate's code that allows one to request free passage until negotiations with a ship's captain are resolved.
Savvy...? - A piratical term meaning... Do ye get what I'm saying matey... or are you familiar with?
Yo-ho-ho - Why... pirate laughter o'course... an' a general merry expression. (well, being a One Piece fan, this reminds me of Brooks)
Dead men tell no tales! - A pirate sayin' to ensure no prisoners are taken durin' battle...an' no one left to reveal any secrets or details o' the event.
[Piracy History] Though pirates have existed since ancient times, the Golden Age of Piracy was in the 17th and early 18th centuries, an era where the pirates were mostly active. Throughout history there have been people willing to rob others transporting goods on the water. These people, known as pirates, mainly targeted ships, though some also launched attacks on coastal towns.
Corsairs were pirates who operated in the Mediterranean Sea between the 15th and 18th centuries. Muslim corsairs, such as the Barbarossa (red beard) brothers, had bases along North Africa's Barbary Coast, while Christian corsairs were based on the island of Malta. Both used to swoop down on their targets in oar-powered boats called galleys, to carry off sailors and passengers. Unless these unfortunates were rich enough to pay a ransom, they were sold as slaves.
Buccaneers lived on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and its tiny turtle-shaped neighbour, Tortuga, in the 17th century. At first they lived as hunters, but later the governors of Caribbean islands paid the buccaneers to attack Spanish treasure ships. Although raids began in this way, with official backing, the buccaneers gradually became out of control, attacking any ship they thought carried valuable cargo, whether it belonged to an enemy country or not. The buccaneers had become true pirates.
Privateers, meanwhile, were privately owned (rather than navy) ships armed with guns, operating in times of war. The Admiralty issued them with 'letters of marque' that allowed them to capture merchant vessels without being charged with piracy.
What I loved about the Transformers movies, or what anyone loves about them, was watching the robots transform and fight. I still remember the scene from the first movie where Ironhide jumps up and shoots missiles mid-air in slow motion as the woman is screaming below, and Starscream jumping and transforming mid-air and flying off, Sideways getting sliced in half by Sideswipe, Scorponok rising from the ground, and the brief scenes with Demolisher and Devastator in the second movie and finally the Shockwave sequences and that time Bumblebee transforms with Shia LaBeouf still in the car from the third movie.
Pure escapism; intense action from beginning to end, extraordinary animated transformations with vehicles that whiz and whir into alien robots, spectacular sci-fi stunt chases, and glistening military hardware, it is a fantastic movie because it makes you feel like a child with a new toy again.
The interstellar battle between the Autobots and Decepticons rains destruction down on planet Earth as director Michael Bay adapts Hasbro and Takara's popular Transformers franchise into a big-budget, sci-fi live-action.
Long ago, on the planet of Cybertron, a massive, powerful alien race divided into two factions, the noble Autobots, and the devious Decepticons. They fought for the sole access to a talisman known as the Allspark, a cube with the capacity to grant infinite power, and eventually the Autobots smuggled it off the planet's surface, hiding it in an unknown location on Earth. Now, hundreds of years later, the Decepticons have come looking for it, and if the Autobots don't find it first, the Earth will be enslaved or destroyed by the evil aliens' use of its massive power. The Autobots don't know where the cube was hidden, but the information may be stored in the most unlikely of sources, as a gangly young Earthling named Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) who's just picked up his first car, has a strange connection to the Allspark's history, making him the unlikely ally of these enormous creatures, as they fight for humankind's survival and the chance to return home.
Set two years after the events of the first film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen finds Optimus Prime and his Autobots working alongside a multi-national, top secret military unit dubbed NEST -- which includes returning characters Captain Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and Master Sergeant Epps (Tyrese Gibson) -- to hunt down the remaining Decepticons hiding around the globe.
The Decepticons resurrect Megatron, the top disciple of The Fallen, one of the original Primes and sort of the Lucifer of giant f***ing robots. The Fallen wants to destroy Earth's sun and feed off its energy. Obviously, the good guys don't want this to happen. The action heads to the pyramids of Egypt where both the heroes and villains seek an ancient secret from the Transformers' distant past on Earth.
The third movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is not so much of my favorite. I was disappointed not to see Megan Fox who according to the news dropped from the franchise for hating Michael Bay and for likening him to Hitler. And worst, I don't find the new starred 'actress' fascinating at all (who happened to be a British underwear model with whom Bay worked creating adverts for lingerie chain Victoria's Secret). Anyway, at least we have Shia LeBoeuf and the robots obviously as the only entertaining factor. This third installment in the Transformers franchise piles on the explosions and metal smackdowns but does little to remedy the lack of plot.
The fourth one (Age of Extinction) is a disaster with incoherent action sequences.
The Last Knight which is the fifth movie from the Transformers' series is so convoluted and drawn-out that it feels like double that amount of time has passed. Just like the rest of the series, Michael Bay's fifth Transformers film sees the Autobots (good) fight the Decepticons (evil) for little more reason than that's simply what they do. And, just like the rest, it tries to crowbar Transformers lore into human history and legends, almost to the point where it seems like Earth belongs more to these big old cars with faces than to us. This time around it's King Arthur and the Crusades, where we see that Merlin was given a magic staff by a Transformer, and that staff is now the key to saving the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron.
If that sounds familiar, it's because that same idea is literally what happens in almost every single Transformers movie to date. In the first film it was a dusty pair of glasses that held the key to saving Cybertron and now it's a big stick.
Though, the storyline sucks, I still watch the movie series for the sake of those cool robots and outstanding transformations. Indeed, I wish earnestly that my car was actually a super cool robot just like Bumblebee, my all-time favorite Transformer.^^
Dystopian fictions depict a negative view of "the way the world is supposedly going in order to provide urgent propaganda for a change in direction”. Susan Collin's Hunger Games, Veronica Roth's Divergent series and James Dashner's Maze Runner series are popular dystopian science-fictions which consist of a few similar concepts and they really are amazing novels to dig into. I much prefer to read books before watching the film adaptation so that I can imagine and creatively picture the characters and events. Dystopian worlds have existed in all sorts of forms - whether we look at Narnia under the White Witch or George Orwell's Animal Farm or Frank Herbert's Dune - but these science fiction dystopians are a new twist on the genre.
A few glaring similarities between HG & Divergent:
One guy character who is so incredibly perfect you wonder where they make these men. (Peeta, Four) Check. One main female character who emerges as a leader and grieves for the losses she has suffered as a result of War. (Katniss, Tris) Check. The main guy is subjected to some treatment which makes him think that his female love interest is his enemy. (Peeta is implanted with fake memories, Four is injected with simulation serum) Check. The people are divided into different sections and each section's population acts in a particular way or engages in a specific profession. (Districts, Factions) Check. We can find young protagonists who are pitted against each other in winner-take-all battles to the death which reflect to what adolescence have turned into. If you spend your early teens being told that your future depends on how well you do on your exams and on effectively simulating the appearance of a socially, politically, and artistically engaged super-being.... well, you have no problem identifying with youngish heroes who must emit a constant stream of miraculous exploits or be crushed. HUNGER GAMES
The Capitol is the cruel Government of the twelve districts of Panem which holds a tournament every year called the Hunger Games. Each of the country's 12 districts must offer one girl and one boy between the ages of 12 and 18 to fight to the death on live TV. Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl from District 12, volunteers to take her younger sister Primrose's spot in the tournament. From her district, she's joined by Peeta Mellark. In the second book, Catching Fire, the Capitol are furious at Katniss for starting a second rebellion, so they create a special version of the Hunger Games for all the previous victors, which means that she and Peeta must return. During these games, they create a team of victors, who manage to destroy the arena and escape to District Thirteen, which most people thought did not exist. However, the Capitol capture Peeta, and they destroy District Twelve. The last book, Mockingjay tells the story of Katniss leading the revolution. They rescue Peeta, but he has been tortured and now he hates and fears Katniss. A team of rebels including Peeta and Katniss then go on a mission to assassinate President Snow in the Capitol, but Katniss' sister Primrose is killed by a bomb. Katniss later discovers that the president of the rebels made this bomb, so she kills her own president in place of Snow. She then returns to her home, District Twelve, to try to recover with Peeta. At the end of the book we see them married with two children.
When I first read Divergent, I was so awed that it got me hooked straightaway and I finished it in less than 24 hours. The story revolves around a young girl name Beatrice, aged sixteen, who lives in a divided society where people are split into five factions according to their personal qualities. The factions are Dauntless (the brave), Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent), and each individual must choose a faction at the age of 16. 'Abnegation fulfills the need for selfless leaders in government; Candor provides trustworthy and sound leaders in law; Erudite supplies intelligent teachers and researchers; Amity gives understanding counselors and caretakers; and Dauntless provides protection from threats both within and without.' Her aptitude test result is Divergent which apparently means that she possess multiple personality traits. She eventually choose Dauntless during the Choosing Ceremony and strive to be a member of that faction, otherwise she'll turn out to be a factionless, in complete isolation and in abject poverty which sounds like a fate worse than death. Once, she entered into the Dauntless faction, she changed her name to Tris. Divergent reflects the contemporary division of our society and also all those who find it difficult to fit in, can also relate. I wonder what would have been my aptitude test and which faction I would ultimately choose and came to the conclusion that Candor and Amity suit me best.
Playing on the trains, She became a Dauntless one day
She's got mud on her face
A parental disgrace
Now she'll be kickin your ass all over the place
We are, we are DIVERGENT
We are, we are DIVERGENT
Tobias is a Dauntless, Divergent
Shoutin' to them all, We can take on the world today
Erudite got blood on their face
We'll put them in their place
Into the past, out of our Fear Landscapes
We are, we are INSURGENT
We are, we are INSURGENT
The simulation training is really fascinating. 'The simulation stimulate the amygdale which is responsible for processing fear, induce a hallucination based on fear, and then transmit the data to a computer to be processed and observed.' 'Learning how to think in the midst of fear is a lesson that everyone needs to learn.' 'It's basically a struggle between your thalamus, which is producing fear, and your frontal lobe, which makes decisions. But the simulation is all in your head, so even though you feel like someone is doing it to you, it's just you, doing it to yourself.' The less number of fears you've got and the less time you take to confront your fear, the most successful you are. This also left me wondering about the numerous fears I'll face if ever I'd taken part in such simulation.
The last book, Allegiant, revealed blatant truths about the world Tris was living in which boost up my excitement but that did not last longer. The fun and laughter is over. I remember finding myself staring blankly in disbelief as it was an ending I absolutely didn't see coming and to be honest, I find the main character's sacrifice comes off as utterly meaningless. As it turns out, the world has apparently been so full of assholes that the government decided to eliminate the genes in citizens that caused dishonestly, selfishness, cowardice, stupidity, and aggression. Unfortunately, this backfired and just created more assholes that were more asshole-y than before, that is genetic damaged people. Hence, the government constructs gigantic city-sized behavioural experiments all across the country and get volunteers who had their genes screwed with to have their memories wiped and stick them into a city and force them to choose a faction. Eventually these people will reproduce enough times until they finally manage to have "genetically pure" (a.k.a. Divergent) babies that are free from messed up genes. The story shifted from the old unresolved conflict between the factionless and the factions to a whole new conflict between the genetically pure and the genetically damaged people. Much time and energy are spent fighting for something that isn't really a problem for the most probable reason: they have been taught that it is a problem.
The story starts off with a boy named Thomas who find himself in a strange place called the Glade where there are other guys known as Gladers. Outside the glade is a maze which has to be solved for the Gladers to be out. There is one threat stopping them from figuring out the maze, one threat stopping them from going out at night and from going too far into the maze, horrific animals that go by the names of grievers which are giant bug-like creatures. Many of them lost their lives fighting grievers and finding their way back, but eventually the rest of them made it till the end only to discover that they are all suffering from the most horrible disease known to mankind called The Flare.
In the second book, The Scorch Trials, some of the boys discover another group of girls who also underwent the same experiment. Solving the maze was supposed to be the end but instead of freedom the Gladers find themselves faced with another trial. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, much of the earth is a wasteland. They met Cranks who are people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim... and meal. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks.
In the last book, The Death Cure, we learn more about the Flare. The Flare virus was engineered by the founder of World In Catastrophe Kill-zone Experiment Department (WICKED) in an attempt to control the human population because there was so many people dying, the founder says that the virus was supposed to wear off after a while but the virus got out of control and now only the immunes can stop it before the virus kills all of the human species. Nothing mentions on how the immunes were suddenly 'immune' to the virus, and the number of them is massive, it is like as if it is an experiment to see who is strong enough to withstand the heat, this basically indicates that if they can survive the Flare virus, they can survive the heat, but that got out of control so they are now killing and experimenting on the immunes.
In the end, everyone goes through the Flat Trans, and on the other side is a paradise. Like a legit paradise with green everywhere and an ocean and everything. So, eventually the Gladers really made it and are free. But that's not really the end. We get another epilogue with a memorandum from Chancellor Paige. In her memorandum, she says that the paradise for Thomas and the 200 or so Immunes was WICKED's Plan B. Once their Plan A had been ruined, they decided the only way to save the human race was to get a bunch of immune people to start civilization all over again; to do this, she made Brenda and Jorge help Thomas make it to paradise. In the end, WICKED does end up saving the human race, despite the awful crimes they've committed against humanity.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” - William Styron -
Just like we call ourselves Potterhead for being a Harry Potter fan, LOTR fans a.k.a the Ringers. Besides reading the books, I've also watched the film version by Peter Jackson. Tolkien's writing really is extraordinary. I also adored the songs and illustrations. Well, about the songs I felt I was in a ruddy musical. My all time favorite is The Misty Mountain and This is What Bilbo Baggins Hates.
Moreover, Rivendell remains a pretty special place. If I am ever fortunate enough to be able to retire, I think I would like to spend my final days there. Only a diehard fan would sacrifice their time learning Elvish language (for *crush* sake) ... guess who? XD ...LEGOLAS *o* ~ Melamin (My love), ~ Mela en' coiamin (Love of my life), ~ Cormamin lindua ele lle (My heart sings to see thee) ~ Cormamin niuve tenna' ta elea lle au'(My heart shall weep until it sees thee again) ~ Elen sila lumenn omentilmo (A star shall shine on the hour of our meeting) ~ Lirimaer (Lovely one), Lle naa vanima (You are beautiful), Lle naa curucuar (You are a skillful bowman), ~ Aa' i'sul nora lanne'lle (May the wind fill your sails), ~ Aa' lasser en lle coia orn n' omenta gurtha (May the leaves of your life tree never turn brown), ~ Aa' menealle nauva calen ar' malta (May your ways be green and golden), ~ Amin mela lle (I love you) .....
The characters are diverse and contrasting; I think the differences between the elves and the dwarves are best captured in their music. The music of the elves is full of mirth and is generally quite playful whereas the music of the dwarves is strong, deep and full of resolve to match their stubborn nature.
I was wondering how life would have been if we lived in the midst of creatures other than humans, such as elves, dwarves and hobbits. I mean there are all types of animals who are considered to be another type of creatures but they don't speak to us. Anyway, if these creatures truly exist, I would eagerly quit the human race to go and live with the Elves xD
J.R.R Tolkien's novel The Silmarillion is the tragic, operatic history of the First Age of Middle-Earth, essential background material for serious readers of the classic Lord of the Rings saga. It conveys all the powerful events and emotions that shaped elven and human history long before Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and all the rest embarked on their quests. Beginning with the Music of the Ainur, The Silmarillion tells a tale of the Elder Days, when Elves and Men became estranged by the Dark Lord Morgoth's lust for the Silmarils, pure and powerful magic jewels. Even the love between a human warrior and the daughter of the Elven king cannot defeat Morgoth, but the War of Wrath finally brings down the Dark Lord. Peace reigns until the evil Sauron recovers the Rings of Power and sets the stage for the events told in the Lord of the Rings. This is epic fantasy at its finest, thrillingly read and gloriously unabridged.
Bilbo Baggins, who is mostly content to enjoy hearty meals and a good pipe, lives a quiet existence until Gandalf the Grey recommended him to be part of a quest as a burglar. The quest involves a group of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield, a dwarf king, who aim to return to their home, inside the Lonely Mountain, somehow rid the place of Smaug, the dragon who has taken up residence, and regain the land and incredible treasure, which is rightfully theirs. Bilbo, of course, has never burgled a thing in his life, and is horrified by the prospect. Hobbits are known to be very fond of their comfort of their home. But eventually Bilbo joins the dwarves and the adventure is on.
One of the most appealing aspects of The Hobbit is that we can all find our inner-Hobbit; the part of us that wants nothing by an easy and comfortable life. But there is still something inside all of us that perks up at the thought of adventure and a journey into the unknown and I think this is why The Hobbit is such a firm favorite and fondly remembered by all who read it.
The two introductions about characters that I absolutely loved were the Elrond's and Smaug's;
“He was as noble and fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong, as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer. “
“My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”
Simply... wow !!
The Hobbit movies are a trilogy of The Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and The Battle of the Five Armies.
Following up the trilogy sequel; Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
“One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them"
Frodo Baggins is the sole heir of Bilbo and hence he was left with the magical Ring that the latter found in the caves beneath the Misty Mountains. Later, Gandalf reveals to Frodo that the ring is in fact the One Ring, forged by Sauron, the Dark Lord, thousands of years before to enable him to dominate and enslave all of Middle-earth. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. He was later joined by his fellow hobbits; Sam, Merry and Pippin, Gandalf the wizard, Legolas the elf, Gimli the dwarf, and the two men Aragorn and Boromir; who called themselves as the Fellowship of the Ring.
The Lord of the Rings is timeless and universal because it's the product of a truly top-shelf mind. Tolkien was a distinguished linguist and Oxford scholar of dead languages with strong ideas about the importance of myth and story and a deep appreciation of nature. His epic, 10 years in the making, recounts the Great War of the Ring and the closing of Middle-Earth's Third Age, a time when magic begins to fade from the world and men rise to dominance. Tolkien carefully details this transition with tremendous skill and love, creating in The Lord of the Rings a universal and all-embracing tale, a justly celebrated classic.
Thanks J.R.R. Tolkien,
To be able to conjure a whole new, magical world and all these creatures in it that are absolutely amazing. The characters! The scenery and the fantasy world building! A.k.a Tolkien's world. The underlying themes of hope in a world that's slowly succumbing to darkness! Really terrific and breath-taking! Best fantasy books that I've ever read.