The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag [Original]

Welcome to the first post in my themed series of Saturday posts this month – September Tolkien Reading Month! As you may know (or may not, if you’re new here), The Lord of the Rings is my favourite series of all time and that I’m a huge fan of Tolkien’s works. I haven’t been the best at reading all of his available books, but I want to try and fix that soon. This month I’m reading The Silmarillion. For updates on my reading progress or if you want to join me, please follow me on my Twitter or Instagram and DM if you’re interested! As much fun as it is (at least for me) to deconstruct Tolkien’s works and analyse them in depth, today I thought I’d keep things a little light and do a book tag. The ones that already exist didn’t quite suit what I had in mind, so I went ahead and created my own. I don’t think it’ll become a phenomenon like the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag but I’m very interested in others’ answers.
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Points to Note

  1. Please pingback to this post (so I can read all your responses!)
  2. Feel free to use the banner at the bottom in your own post if you feel like
  3. Be as creative as you like while interpreting the prompts
  4. Tag at least 3 people you think would enjoy doing this tag
  5. I realise that Gollum is not an official part of the Fellowship but I just wanted to have a round figure, so I added a prompt for this character too

Gandalf – A book that taught you something

Gandalf

I’m going with an obvious answer for this – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I read it first at the perfect time when I could relate to it and it has so many amazing characters who all taught me some things in their own ways. My favourites are Hermione, who taught me to be confident in being the girl who had all the answers and loved reading, Sirius, whose courage and spirit made me brave during difficult times, and Neville, who taught me to be loyal and defy the labels that others defined me by.

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Frodo – A book that left a mark on you

Frodo

I haven’t stopped thinking about The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang ever since I read it. This adult fantasy comes with a huge host of trigger warnings, which are very much needed. The author does not hold back in describing war crimes and atrocities. It also made me rethink my perspective of good and evil because a narrative usually picks a side to tell the story from but I found that the protagonist didn’t always make the best choices, which made it hard for me to sympathize with her.

The Poppy War

Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting

Legolas

It’s very hard to devour a fantasy book, even a novella, in one sitting but I started reading Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett one evening on my commute home and I stayed up to finish it even though I had office the next day because it gripped me like no other book had for quite a while. It has a wonderful journey element that reminded me of The Lord of the Rings, so it’s perfect for this one!

Gimli – A book that features an unlikely friendship

Gimli

I settled on La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman for this because Malcolm and Alice start off as bitter enemies but are forced to work together during dire circumstances and slowly grow to form a friendship with each other. I think they make an amazing duo as Malcolm is a thinker and Alice gets things done, so they complement each other very well, reminiscent of Gimli and Legolas.

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Merry – A book that pleasantly surprised you

Merry

I was surprised by how much I ended up loving A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. I started with The Star-Touched Queen, which I thought was average but decided to give this one a try as I loved her world-building and writing style. I feel like she improved a lot with this one, with a structured plot and complex characters.

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Pippin – A book that made you laugh

Pippin

The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud is an old favourite of mine whose first book I had devoured back in childhood. I recently finished the series and was reminded of what a phenomenal character Bartimaeus is. He always has a sassy reply or two at hand that mostly gets him into trouble.

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Boromir – A book/series that you think ended too soon

Boromir

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire is a recent read of mine. It is the third in a series of fantasy novellas with some of the best world-building I’ve ever read! Since they are so short, the plot resolves itself fairly quickly and I’m always left wanting more from each book in the Wayward Children series.

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Sam – A book with memorable side characters who stole the show

Sam

I did like Kell and sometimes Lila from Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab but my top three favourites were Rhy, Alucard and Holland. I really liked Rhy and Alucard together and the complexity of Holland’s character.

Aragorn – A good book with a bad/average cover

Aragorn

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao immediately springs to my mind for this, not because I don’t like the cover, but the series went through a cover change and I prefer that over the previous one. Snakes scare me so I’m a bit unnerved every time I look at this cover as it looks so realistic. It makes sense to put it on the cover, but compared to this gorgeous patterned one of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, there’s no contest at all.

Gollum – A book that had great potential but disappointed you in the end

Gollum

I received an ARC of Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi via NetGalley and was really looking forward to loving this African-inspired fantasy. It worked really well for me in terms of the world-building but it had a very abrupt and confusing ending. I really need to check if that’s the ending in the finished copy as well but my reading experience with this was just average. It felt like there was a lot of wasted potential there.

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I’m tagging some Tolkien book nerds like myself as well as some of my other favourite bloggers to do this –

Marta @ Cursed Books | Jenna @ Falling Letters

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books | Briana and Krysta @ Pages Unbound

Sara Letourneau | Megan @ Invisible World

Justine @ I Should Read That | Charvi @ Not Just Fiction

Sahitya @ My World of Books | Neha @ BiblioNyan

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Comments

Have you read The Lord of the Rings or at least watched the movies? If not, do you plan to? Who is your favourite among the Fellowship? Did you think the prompts were interesting? Let me know in the comments section below.

41 thoughts on “The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag [Original]

  1. Awwww, thank you for nominating me, Nandini! And what an awesomely clever idea for a book tag. Good job with pairing “category” of books with each major Fellowship member! Oh, and Gollum, too. *lol*

    I won’t share what I’d answer for each category, since I will definitely do this tag in the future (though I’m not sure when, since I have another tag to tackle as well). But regarding yours, I loved your choices of Harry Potter and the Shades of Magic series. And you don’t like the original cover for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns?? I actually prefer it over the new one, tbh.

    Did you review Even the Darkest Stars? I remember that book catching my eye when I first heard about it, but I haven’t actually checked out any reviews for it…

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  2. What a wonderful tag – thank you so much for tagging me! ❀
    I'm so happy you enjoyed Crown of wishes so much, this makes me really impatient to read it, I hope I'll love it! I liked The Star Touched Queen and I am curious to read more from the author now. And YAY for Malcolm and Alice's friendship in the book of dust! I really enjoyed this book, even if I still love the original series better, for now πŸ™‚
    Lovely post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Marie! 😊 Yes, I feel like ACOW was definitely an improvement from TSTQ and I hope you enjoy it better as well. ❀ I loved Lyra as a child and I’m so glad that in the next one in the Book of Dust series will be following her again. This was quite good, except the plot sometimes was too strange to follow. I’m hoping it’ll get better though! 😊

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  3. This is one of the most creative tags I’ve seen – I love it (and the fact that I’m obsessed with Lord of the RIngs has NOTHING to do with my opinion, right). Joking aside though, I thought the prompts were really good and matched their books nicely. LOTR books were what I grew up on, and I love the movies too. I can’t pick a favorite Fellowship member anymore than I could pick a favorite sibling, but Frodo and Boromir have always held a special place in my heart because of the way that their greatest enemy are themselves and their own weaknesses.

    But back to the tag – I’ve only read The “Shades of Magic” Series, “The Star-Touched Queen,” and Harry Potter (of course) – other than LOTR. I felt similarly about TSTQ – beautiful writing and world-building but I didn’t connect with the characters or the plot. I might check out “A Crown of Wishes” though when I get the time. “The Poppy War” sounds like my type of book and I’m adding it to my must-reads right now.

    I’m so glad I stumbled across this πŸ™‚

    Rebekah H.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rebekah! 😊 Please consider doing the tag yourself as I created it fot LotR fans just like me on the Internet. ❀ Ooh, interesting picks with Boromir and Frodo – they’re both such complex characters!

      I’m so glad you agree with my opinions! Yes, The Poppy War is an amazing, diverse adult fantasy that I’d recommend to all fans of speculative fiction! 😍 Thank you so much for this comment. It made my day! ❀

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      1. I think I will definitely do the tag – thank you! I am easing myself back into blogging after a two-year hiatus (due to school and life).
        Yes – I always passionately defended Boromir to my fellow LOTR nerd friends. I think he is the most relatable member of the fellowship because he is basically everyman/everywoman. He may be a big, tough warrior – but his concerns are for his people, land, and family. To him, the ring is a way to turn a tide that has been against his people for generations. I think most people could justify a power grab with family as their excuse, lol. And Frodo is basically the “holier” version – he doesn’t want power, has no use for the ring, but no matter how strong he is, the temptation still breaks him. Because he isn’t perfect. So the “Frodo is boring” argument never worked for me.
        AAAAnd, that was a long reply.
        I’m happy my comment made your day. Your tag made my day and I will def let you know if/when I do it πŸ™‚

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      2. I’m so happy that this could potentially be your “comeback post”! It’s always nice to have a LotR-loving book blogger for company.
        Haha, this is such an amazing comment because I totally agree with you on all accounts. There is a stupid argument that Tolkien’s characters are boring/one-dimensional, mostly by fans of GRRM and I just go on an internal rant every time I see that because they are most definitely flawed.
        Thank you so much! I’m really looking forward to your post. πŸ™‚

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    1. The series isn’t for everyone because it has a lot of vivid descriptions that slow the pace of the story, but if you enjoy that kind of writing, you will definitely love it! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad my post is encouraging you to pick up not one but two series. That’s so nice to hear! Thank you so much, Ayunda. πŸ™‚

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  5. Thanks for the tag!! I would have done this one even if you hadn’t tagged me, haha. I’ve seen so many creative tags this year that I want to try – I have to stop collecting them and start posting them. πŸ˜† I will schedule this one in for the next two weeks so it coincides with Tolkien Reading Month πŸ™‚ I especially agree with your picks for the Sam and Boromir prompts – even just 50 pages more of any of the Wayward Children books would be amazing, and I would read whole books about just Rhy or Alucard or Holland.

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