Wednesday 10 July 2013

#TheBookThatMadeMe: The Fellowship of the Ring

Waterstones has started a campaign to find the books that inspired people, roping in celebrities and authors to aid the cause.

The Book That Made Me encourages everyone to go and share their story about the book that has had the biggest impact on their lives. People like Terry Pratchett, Ricky Tomlinson and Alice Walker have already shared their tales and are well worth a read.

In light of this, I wanted to share The Book That Made Me. Stuart Lloyd has already done an excellent job on his over at Lloyd of Gamebooks, which is well worth your time.

The book that pretty much made who I am today is The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is one of those books that just about everyone has heard of and many have read, but it holds a special significance to me. The tale of a group of hobbits up against all odds in their darkest hour is one of the reasons I'm writing this blog. It really cemented my love for the fantasy genre and showed me even the most seemingly insignificant person can make a difference to the world. I find that a comforting thought.

Of course, on top of that it's a bloody great adventure story where wraiths stalk the nights, bad-ass heroes hew monsters limb-from-limb and there's always something unexpected around every corner.

I would have put the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy in here, but I wanted to focus on the book I read first, which is what had the biggest impact on me.

I encourage you to share your own stories, either in the comments or on your own blog. If you send me a link once you've posted it I'll put together a summary post of all the books that have changed bloggers in this community.


  1. Heh. That's an interesting survey. I would hope that they would collect the data at the end and reveal which books came up the most. I will post my own answer to this on Vargold. Thanks!

    1. I believe they may be doing that, which would be awesome. Great stuff- looking forward to seeing your answer :)