The lord of rings was written by John Tolkien in 1955. He made up a mystical world called Middle Earth. And the start of the story, is not a person, but an object, a ring. The ring allows one to control a host of other rings handed down to the different peoples of Middle Earth: three rings belong to the immortal elves; seven to the dwarfs; and nine rings to mortal humans. The ring that rules all the others, forged using the fires of Mount Doom by the evil Wizard Sauron, gives its holder so much power that it corrupts all those who seek to wear it, even the purest. Of course, there are some peoples that are more pure than others. Humans generally seem incapable of wearing it without being corrupted by its influence. But there exists a diminutive people, the Hobbits, who do seem at least capable of carrying it without being polluted too much. So the fate had come to a Hobbit---- Frodo, who had to carry this Ring deep into the shadows of Mordor and unmake it in the place precisely it was made. If this Ring exists, the world may fall in the Power of the Dark Lord. So Frodo, with his gardener Sam, started an amazing journey towards the hope.
But the Hobbits is a kind of people who loves peace and quiet. They don’t care much about affairs in the world, nor do they like to take part in adventures. But Frodo and Sam have no chance to choose their destiny. The future of the Middle Earth depends on this little creature. In the story of this trilogy Frodo is the most impressive character not because of his heroic movement, but his true personality. As a reflection of our human being, he has been afraid, he has been tempered by the power of the ring, and he has doubt about the possibility of the success. Just because he’s so similar to us, the journey becomes more dangerous and difficult, which makes it easier for this character to move us.
I can still remember the narration of the beginning of the story. In a small Hobbits town called Shire, which is just like the unforgettable dream land, a Hobbit boy, Frodo, shiny like the bright sun shine, reading beneath the tree. His clear blue eyes represent the purest soul in the world, which lets me doubt about the truth that there’s no angle in the real world. He’s just an insignificant nobody, he never thinks about the ambitious dream of fighting for the justice and freedom. But he loved his uncle, his friends and his hometown Shire. He packed up and went on the journey for adventure just because he wanted to save Shire, the place he never wants to leave. The first time the story moves me is when the two hobbits stepped out of the wheat field of Shire. Sam stopped and said:” one step further makes the furthest trip away from home”。 Until that time had I realized what a great sacrifice they made.
When the chance came to him that he can leave the ring with the king of the Elves, he made his decision. When he saw the outstanding representatives of different peoples quarreled with each other about how to deal with the ring, he stepped out and said:” I will take it! I will take it! I will take the ring to Mordor!” I was shocked and surprised by the great power that burst out from this little creature.
The other theme of this book is the friendship that runs through the story. In the novel, after the wizard Gandalf and human Boromir died in succession on the way to the Mount Doom, Frodo crumbled down. He began to hate the ring, and cursed it that why it had chosen him to be the carrier. He picked himself up quickly and decided not to bring anyone else in this dangerous journey, he wanted to shoulder this great responsibility by himself. So he got the only little boat and set out. At that time, his friend Sam found him and jumped into the river though he couldn’t swim. Sam embraced Frodo closely and said “I made a promise：Don’t you leave him. And I don’t mean to, I don’t mean to.”
The whole story gets to its most exciting part when Frodo and Sam finally made their way to the Mount Doom. The ring’s ex-holder Gollum took the chance to guide Frodo and Sam to the Mount Doom and wanted to get the ring back. So Gollum sown discord between Frodo and Sam, which made Frodo drive away Sam mistakenly. But Sam didn’t leave his friend, instead, he followed them and protected Frodo when he got into danger. When Frodo got so tired that he could not stand up and go on the last few steps on the mount, Sam told him “I cannot take it, but I can take you." Then he carried Frodo on his back although he was as tired as Frodo. Looking at every difficult step Sam took, tears fill my eyes. Sam made the promise that he would accompany Frodo until the end of the trip，and finally he made it. The light of the fire on the Mount Doom shone on Sam’s face, I knew he would not give up from the fortitude of his expression.
But Frodo hesitated，when they finally got to the top of the Mount Doom and he had the chance to destroy the ring forever just by loosed his hand and let the ring fall into the fire of the Mount Doom. It was not surprise for me, because nobody could resistant the temptation of the ring. After the long journey with the ring, it had been one part of his body, and corrupted his soul day by day. Sam shouted to him: Frodo, just drop it, please! But Frodo refused and turned back with the ring put on his finger. But thanks to Gullom, who was thought of dead before, came out and fought for the ring. And finally, Gullom fell down into the fire with the ring. In my opinion, the ring in the story represents the money and the power in the real world which was chased by many people even the kindest.
After I checked the background information of the writer John Tolkien, I understand the novel better. He joined the army in the World War 2 and suffered a lot in the war. So I have sufficient reasons to believe that the ring, the Mount Doom and all the evil characters in the novel was related to his horrible experience of the war. And the kindness, the bravery and the sacrificing spirit of different peoples on the Middle Earth represent the beautiful world he dreamed of.
I’d like to sum up this with one sentence: read it and you will love it.