000) Lord of the Rings, Chapter by Chapter

A Study of Tolkien’s Fellowship


I’ve made a detailed study of  how Gandalf identified the One Ring.  Also six separate sections on the first six chapters of Book One:

The remaining chapters I am still working on, with the intention of completing two a month.

  • VII       In the House of Tom Bombadil
  • VIII      Fog on the Barrow-downs
  • IX        At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
  • X          Strider
  • XI        A Knife in the Dark
  • XII       Flight to the Ford

Why am I doing this?

Back in August 2017, Dominic Russell took the initiative in forming a Coventry local branch (Smial) of the Tolkien Society.  I attended the first meeting of what became Rangers Of Mordor Minor (Coventry Smial).  We met on 7th September at a café and second-hand bookshop called The Big Comfy Bookshop, whose owners are Tolkien fans.

On that occasion, we discussed the poem Mewlips.  We also agreed to meet monthly, and in October we would begin a read-through of both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.  This soon switched to two chapters per month of Lord of the Rings.

The intention is to study the whole book.  If things go well, we should be studying the early chapters of The Two Towers by the end of 2018.  We are of course aware that the ‘trilogy’ format was the publisher’s idea, in part to limit expense on a book that was quite different from most.  The basic format is six ‘books’ in a complete work.

I myself prepared written notes.  I decided that these were worth putting on my website, though tidied and including some interesting comments made by other members.  And with various extra thoughts I have had since.  Some of them have expanded considerably.