The Lord of the Rings
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Why this book?
I first read this book when I was about 13 years old and it started me on my journey through the various wonderful fantasy worlds that so many fantastic fantasy writers have created. JRR Tolkien’s descriptions of Middle Earth and the multitude of characters that inhabited it were so vividly brought to life with his wonderful writing. What really came through for me was the underlying story of how, with the help of good and trustworthy friends, you can achieve the seemingly impossible.
That premise stayed with me and grew into the nugget of an idea that underlies my own storytelling. The Lord of the Rings is really worth reading by anyone who loves fantasy books. Don’t be put off by it looking daunting as it’s really three separate books and not one big long book as it might appear.
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