[Thoughts in Haiku] The Fellowship of the Ring

Book Summary and Thoughts in Haiku on: The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings Vol. 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo left a ring
To Frodo Baggins, his heir
Ring, must keep secret

Gandalf reveals Ring
Turns bearer corrupt, evil
Forged by the Dark Lord

Dark Lord has risen
The One Ring he lost, must find
He wants to rule all

Hobbits on journey
To Rivendell they must go
Fate of Ring, decide

Imperiled hobbits
Aragorn met along way
To destination

Nazgul attacks them
Wounds Frodo but he is saved
Once in Rivendell

The Ring, must destroy
Fiery pit of Mount Doom, throw
To Mordor they go

Fellowship of nine
Dangerous quest they must take
Middle-earth, to save

Corrupt creatures try
To thwart their plan and take Ring
The Fellowship breaks

To each his own now
Frodo to Mordor with Sam
Volume 2 awaits!

This haiku thing seems to be getting longer as I go along… But this is Lord of the Rings! Even the films were longer than long 😀

I remember reading this book a few months before the first of the movie trilogy came out years ago (but I think I read The Hobbit first). I had a huge, leather-bound dictionary (the large kind you find in libraries) close at hand to help me out with the big words and old words. I even wrote some of the commonly appearing words in Post-its and stuck them inside the book cover and pages for easy reference while reading.

Man, Tolkien loooved to describe stuff and landscapes, eh? 😆 (sometimes I skipped some of those parts… shh) His epic is amazing, though. So detailed. I can only imagine all the work that went into creating Middle-earth, characters, languages, etc.


  • One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
  • “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
  • “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” – Gandalf
  • All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost
  • “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” – Bilbo Baggins
  • “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” – Gimli
  • “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.” – Gandalf
  • “Fool of a Took!” he [Gandalf] growled. “This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party. Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance.”
  • “All shall love me and despair.” – Galadriel
  • “Despair, or folly?” said Gandalf. “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.”
  • “Do not trouble your hearts overmuch with thought of the road tonight. Maybe the paths that you shall each tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not see them.” – Galadriel

4 thoughts on “[Thoughts in Haiku] The Fellowship of the Ring

  1. They should seriously use your haikus on Wikipedia for the synopsis. Really liked this one. Well put together.

    And Tolkien did like to describe. The professor skipped parts too. I should have read it with a dictionary too.

    • Thank you, kind sir! It was enjoyable to haiku my way to its synopsis.

      I’m a bit relieved to hear I wasn’t the only one who skipped parts. 😀 Dictionaries are very helpful indeed.

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