The Fellowship of the Ring
In The Fellowship of the Ring, the main character is Frodo Baggins, a hobbit from the Shire who becomes the Ring-bearer. The main villain is Sauron, the Dark Lord that forged the One Ring to take over Middle-Earth. In the fellowship, besides the ring-bearer, are three other hobbits, Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck, three of Frodo's closest friends. There is also Gandalf, the wizard he is a powerful wizard, second to only Saruman the White. Legolas Greenleaf, son of the Elf King of Northern Mirkwood he is an eleven archer with a true aim. The dwarf Gimli heir to the throne of Gondor, Gimli wields a powerful ax in battle and is a great craftsman. He is the true King of Gondor hasn't yet re-claimed his throne but spends his time protecting and aiding the fellowship members, and finally Boromir, oldest son of the Steward of Gondor. He is next in line to be the Steward of Gondor, but doesn't always seem trustworthy however, as time passes he forms a bond with the Halflings' (the hobbits) and is very protective of them. Yet they all have some talent or purpose in aiding Frodo in the quest.
The book takes place in different parts of Middle Earth during the "Third Age". The mood is often quite tense with suspense and a sense of doom. They are in constant danger, always being watched or hunted.
The hobbits leave their precious homes and travel through the Old Forest to get to Bree, where they meet Aragorn and he aids them in their journey. All five later leave for Rivendell and the mood is quite tense with the Black Riders hunting them down. On the way, they stop at Weathertop, where Frodo is, unfortunately, stabbed with a Morgul blade. Luckily, they all get to Rivendell safely with the help of Glorfindel, an elf. Once there, Frodo is given time to heal before Lord Elrond summons a council and the fellowship is formed with nine members. The fellowship continue on their quest to get rid of the ring and were forced to trudge through Caradhras in order to avoid the dark and secret way'. However, they were forced to take that path, after being forced off Caradhras, through the Mines of Moria where it is believed that Gandalf had "fallen into shadow" in their escape. They next travel to Lothlorien, where they are given food, shelter and advice. Reluctantly, they leave, sailing down the Great River Anduin, resting on its banks and there they try to decide their next destination. They are attacked by Uruk-hai and Orcs, and the Fellowship is broken up THE END... read the next one
This is a really good book and if you haven't read it, you should. Many people are reading it now, or re-reading it again. It has a great storyline, lovable and enchanting characters, and a whole new world was created for it. Plus they are making a movie series about it so if you saw the first movie you need to read this to compare how they close they are. Also if you have read the Hobit you owe it to yourself to read this book because it is a great sequel and better in my opinion. It really is the Book of the Century