Here are a few examples of what's included:
A look at major themes such as friendship, courage, mercy, and others.
Out of the wreck rose the Black Rider, tall and threatening, towering above her. With a cry of hatred that stung the very ears like venom he let fall his mace. Her shield was shivered in many pieces, and her arm was broken; she stumbled to her knees. He bent over her like a cloud, and his eyes glittered; he raised his mace to kill.
But suddenly he too stumbled forward with a cry of bitter pain, and his stroke went wide, driving into the ground. Merry's sword had stabbed him from behind, shearing through the black mantle, and passing up beneath the hauberk had pierced the sinew behind his mighty knee. - p. 824
Elements that are not so well done such characters who are too positive or too negative, simplicity of the good vs. bad, lack of female characters and relationships, and too many beginnings and endings.
- Beginning 1 - Prologue
- Beginning 2 - The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter I: A Long-Expected Party
- Beginning 3 - The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter IX - At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
- Nothing really happens in the first 147 pages (before Chapter IX):
The Lord of the Rings is not perfect, but its triumphs are many and far outweigh any deficiencies.
'Black Riders!' muttered Pippin. 'Black Riders of the air! But see, Beregond!' he cried. 'They are looking for something, surely? See how they wheel and swoop, always down to that point over there! And can you see something moving on the ground? Dark little things. Yes, men on horses: four or five. Ah! I cannot stand it! Gandalf! Gandalf save us!'
Another long screech rose and fell, and he threw himself back again from the wall, panting like a hunted animal. Faint and seemingly remote through that shuddering cry he heard winding up from below the sound of a trumpet ending on a long high note.
'Faramir! The Lord Faramir! It is his call!' cried Beregond. 'Brave heart! But how can he win to the Gate, if these foul hell-hawks have other weapons than fear? But look! They hold on. They will make the Gate. No! the horses are running mad. Look! the men are thrown; they are running on foot. No, one is still up, but he rides back to the others. That will be the Captain: he can master both beasts and men. Ah! there one of the foul things is stooping on him. Help! help! Will no one go out to him? Faramir!' - p. 791
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