This is my second time reading this book and I can tell that I am enjoying it much, much more than the first time I read it.
I really enjoyed the detail gone in the story. I liked the description of the Hobbits, to know more about them and know how they are divided. I appreciate the whole effort of creating a new world and detailing all of its history, that indicates that everything has been taught out and planned, so I praise the author for that.
I have always loved The Shire, a cozy, happy place, and the Hobbits have always been my second favorite race (my favorite being the Elves!) If I recall correctly, these first chapters are my favorites, then, when all the fighting comes I start to lose the book a little bit (I know, it’s weird, but I’ve never been into the fighting descriptions). And in the movies, I absolutely LOVE all the art of The Shire, it is very pretty and makes me want to live there!
While reading this time, the Ring of Power reminded me, in a way, of a magic wand. Like the wand,the Ring also “decides” who its owner is”: “It wasn’t Gollum, Frodo, but the Ring itself that decided. The Ring abandoned Gollum” (Sorry if those aren’t the original words, I only have the book in Spanish so that translation is mine)
Finally, about the characters, Gandalf has been one of my favorite, only second to Sam. I like his strength of not wanting the Ring because he knows he is going to be tempted and corrupted by power. Gandalf knows his weaknesses and that’s admirable. Then, about Sam, don’t you think he was lovable when he started crying after knowing he was going to accompany Frodo in his journey?? And I also like Frodo. He is brave, and the fact thathe is accepting the mission because otherwise The Shire won’t be a safe place anymore is admirable. He wants to protect the others. Hands down!