The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.
Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My name is Sojourner. I’m 17, and my favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.
What book did you read and why did you choose it?
Lord of the Rings. Because I love how open the world is, it has a lot of characters and I love their personalities, and how cool they are.
Can you describe this book in one word? I think of the series as one long book, it’s vast and magnificent.
What was your favorite part of this story? The cave troll part in the mines of Moria. I love how the cave troll builds suspense and you don’t know what’s going to happen.
If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do? I would throw the ring somewhere secluded, and hidden. I’d probably dig a deep hole and save it for me.
What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book? It’s good, so many things happen. There are elves, and orcs and hobbits, and many other races. So many things can happen, and do happen.
What do you think about the book's cover? I like it. This is the cover of the book I have, only with a black background. The eye represents Sauron, the necromancer. It also has the ring on top with fire, and cool stuff on the sides, and the words that are written on the ring. It pretty much describes everything in the book.
Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not? Yes, because I love the characters. You become attached to them.
Can you name another book that reminds you of this one? It wasn’t a book first, but probably Star Wars. It reminds me of TLOR. It’s the same, characters you bond to, many races, and battles. It’s just the future version.
If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be? If JRR Tolkien were still alive I’d ask: When Frodo had the Mithril vest on, how was Shelob, the spider, able to stab him? (In the third book)
I looked into this, and it turns out that the spider Shelob stabbed Frodo in the neck, according to the book Return of the King.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.