Welcome to my second book review! Today I’m going to be reviewing one of my favorite trilogies – The Lord of the Rings. The reading range for yesterday’s book was good for anyone. Today’s is good for older middle schoolers and up, unless your child has a high reading level. I think I first read through the series in 4th or 5th grade.
Remember that with my reviews, my goal is to help you decide whether or not the book is “clean” enough for you to read. This means that my reviews will focus less on the story line and more on content. 😊
And now, without further ado, my review! That sort of rhymed.
I love this trilogy (though technically it’s not a trilogy – it’s one long story written in six books and sold as three), and I’ve read through it many times. I’m re-reading it right now, in fact.
It’s fairly clean and a wonderful story. Tolkien is a master wordsmith, and the way he writes things makes the stories explode into your mind.
A few comments on the story – the only bad word in the entire series is the a-word. It’s only used a couple of times. The d-word is in there, but not used as a swear word – it is used in a sentence to mean “condemned,” which is what it used to mean. Some name-calling occurs as well, especially between the evil characters. The hobbits and some of the other characters smoke and drink alcohol. There is violence, but it’s not graphic.
Wizards do exist in this world, there are times characters seem to fall under spells, and wraiths exist. The elves live forever unless killed, and are considered creatures of light.
The center focus of this book is destroying the ring and the battle between good and evil.
There are some Biblical themes in the book, but Tolkien has said that he did not mean for his book to be an allegory.
Here are some links to boxed sets – they include the prequel story, The Hobbit.
Let me know what you think of the series! Please leave comments or questions below. 🙂