This review is more of a set of discussion questions I created for a book club. Feel free to comment so of your responses below. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to read my personal responses as examples, or enjoy the blank template of questions below.
Title- Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring
Author- J.R.R. Tolkien
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 into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
Quote- “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”
What is the significance of giving your most prized possession to someone else? Have you done so before? What was it and why did you make that choice? Did you ever regret it?
How do you view “pity” in society? Is it the same as judgement? Do certain people deserve your pity more than others? How is pity different than empathy?
What makes a character morally gray vs seemed as well-rounded? What morally gray characters have you liked reading about in the past? Do you ever switch perspectives between liking what their choices are and hating them for it? Give me an example.
When you leave your comfort zone for the sake of someone else, what does this say about your personality? Do you expect others to do the same for you? Why or why not?
Tell me about first impressions. Do they matter to you? What is a first impression you’ve had of someone that went extremely poor or well but contradicted what you later learned about them. Do you care about your own first impression you give others? Why or why not?
Tell me about the metaphors of crossing bridges in novels and in your life. Is there a bridge you have crossed that has made a drastic difference?
How does trust play a role in your significant relationships. Would you trust them to stay on your side in an epic battle? Why or why not?