Fellowship of the Ring, The: Progeny Press Study Guide

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Author: Michael Gilleland
Publisher: Progeny Press; loose-leaf format (in clear-front presentation folder)
Ages: 14-18
Grade: High School

Progeny Press Study Guides provide teachers, parents, and students with questions and comparisons from the firm, and timeless, foundation of the Bible. Their study guides deal with literature as works of art and philosophy; explain and use literary terms, and deal with plot construction; dig into why the characters act, believe, and feel as they do and examine what the Bible says in similar circumstances. Easy-to-use lessons include vocabulary exercises, comprehension and analysis, critical thinking, questions on related Biblical principles, activities, plus a complete answer key.

The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Rings, Part One

"Three rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages, it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken to destroy the One Ring and Sauron's power, the weaknesses and the strengths of men, the fate of the heir of Isildur, and the wars of the Ring.

The Fellowship of the Ring
In the first part of the Lord of the Rings, we renew our friendship with Bilbo Baggins, the hero of The Hobbit, and meet his cousin Frodo, the faithful gardener Sam, and Frodo's cousins Pippin and Merry. The story begins as Bilbo is about to set off alone on another adventure after his eleventy-first birthday and Frodo's thirty-third, his coming of age. With his departure, Bilbo bequeaths his magic ring and Bag End to Frodo. But Gandalf discovers that Bilbo's old ring is the ring of power, the One Ring, forged by Sauron in the fires of Mount Doom and that Sauron is gaining strength and seeking his ring. After a perilous journey to Rivendell, during which Frodo is gravely wounded, representatives from the kingdoms of Middle-earth meet at Council of Elrond. The decision to destroy the ring is made and nine companions set out to accomplish that task--the Fellowship of the Ring. Join Gandalf, Strider (Aragorn), Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, Pippin, Sam, and Frodo as they begin the great journey that is the story of the Lord of the Rings.

J.R.R. Tolkien's books of Middle-earth: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings (comprised of three parts: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King), and The Silmarillion. A note on The Silmarillion: While the events in this book preceed those in The Hobbit, references are made to events that occur after the Return of the King. This book is for those who long to read about the making and forming of Middle-earth and the lengends and history presented in the Lord of the Rings. This book sets the stage for all Tolkien's other writing.


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