Is The Fellowship of the Ring a sequel?

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, the events of the trilogy occur after the events of The Hobbit which Tolkien published 17 years before he published the trilogy. While it is not necessary to read The Hobbit before you read The Lord of the Rings, there are references to The Hobbit in the trilogy.

Why is Aragorn called “Strider”?

Aragorn is the son of Arathorn and is the heir to the throne of Gondor. He is also a ranger from the North. Aragorn goes by the name Strider when he introduces himself as a ranger in order to conceal his lineage. Aragorn goes by Strider when he first introduces himself to Frodo but he soon gives the Hobbits his real name. 

What is the meaning of the line “The Crownless again shall be king”?

This is the final line in the poem that Gandalf records in his note to Frodo telling him to start his journey. This part of the poem is a reference to Aragorn who should one day claim his birthright and rule as the King of Gondor. Gandalf includes this passage in his note because he intends for Aragorn to join Frodo on his journey.

Why is there an emphasis on the natural world?

One of the text’s main themes is the corrupting influence of power. Throughout the novel, Tolkien uses the decline of natural spaces to symbolize the way that power infects everything it touches. Characters who do not desire the Ring, like Elves and Hobbits, are characterized as being at one with nature whereas characters who have been seduced by the Ring, like Saruman and the Orcs, are not.

Who is Gollum?

Gollum was in the possession of the Ring until Bilbo took it from him during the events of The Hobbit. Gollum never speaks in The Fellowship of the Ring nor does he interact with any of the characters. Instead, he lurks in the background as he tails the Fellowship on their journey, presumably waiting for the right moment to take the Ring back. Gollum will go on to play a much more prominent role in the next two books in the trilogy.