Tarma, I feel like you read my mind!! Many things that you wrote are also some of the ones I found interesting.
First of all, I liked how Frodo was surprised when he found out that the others already knew about the Ring. He was willing to tell everything and cause an impression, when suddenly, it turns out that they already knew! But what I liked even more was the loyalty and friendship the Hobbits show, they were willing to accompany Frodo despite the dangers ahead of them.
That was really nice to read.
In this chapters we are introduced to new kind of dangers, which are not necessarily in the form of a “monster” or creature, and due to that, they are even scarier. I’m talking about the Dark Forest, and the mist, and that terrific river in which they almost drowned. I really liked how the atmosphere of these places was described as well as the psychology of anguish and fear of the characters. Like I told you, no need to have a “monster” to feel fear, it’s enough to imagine those places and know the things they do to feel scared of them.
Yes! I also enjoyed the appearanceof Aragorn.
He was a good addition to the plot, and reading about his “side” of the events was also interesting.
It was also really nice to see some more action.Frodo was attacked and the percussion of the Black Riders, were some events that changed the course of the story and not being solely “historical” like you mention Tarma.
The first book ends in an intriguing way, that makes you continue reading. Still…Where is Gandalf? What happened to him? Is a constant question the characters have and makes you wonder the same as well.
Oh, and I still can’t quite understandTom Bombadil. I love his character but…Who is he? Why is he immune to the Ring? (he doesn’t disappear and he can still see Frod when he’s invisible for the others? ) Is that because of the things you mention Tarma?
And regarding the movies, to be honest I’ve never been too fond of them. I guess the main reason is because when the first came out I was only 12 years old and I found it long and a little bit boring. I think I seriously need to watch it again this year. I have a feeling I will enjoy it much, much more this time. It is happening with the book. I have already read it but this time, I am discovering new things and I’m actually enjoying it quite a lot!