Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein, loved by Karl
The Lord of the Rings was published between 1954 and 1955 as the long awaited sequel to the Hobbit and contains the adventures surrounding the War of the Ring and the end of the Third Age as Frodo carries the ring from Hobbiton-across-the-Water all the way to the fires of Mount Doom deep in the heart of Mordor along with his trusty gardener Samwise Gamgee and his untrustworthy guide Gollum.
The Lord of the Rings is a story of bravery and betrayal, love and war, free-will and power, as the fate of Middle Earth lies on the shoulders of one who is beyond all help.The Lord of the Rings is set in Middle Earth, one of the most detailed fictional worlds ever created (including over 11,000 years of history and back story) , providing great amounts of pleasure as you re-read (or even re-re-read) the books again and again.
Within the Lord of the Rings my favourite character is Sam, the ‘unsung hero’ of the tale, who refuses to leave his ‘master’ no matter where he goes and remains loyal to a fault.
This book has remained as a firm favourite for most of my life because of the huge wealth of detail you can easily get lost in (2 fully documented languages, 3 styles of scripts and approximately 6,500 pages of additional detail in the rest of Tolkien’s work), as well as the multitude of themes included in the book (self-sacrifice, free will etc.).