The only (semi-) negatives I could place on the book were the descriptions of the lands and the writing style itself. The landscape descriptions got quite confusing and slowed down my reading pace but at the same time it wasn’t a negative because of Tolkien's ability to imagine an entirely new world. With that in mind, I was willing enough to push through the slower parts where the woods and mountains are being described. Now about the writing--I’m neutral about at best. It is really simple writing, but the poetry and songs interwoven throughout the text is what makes The Fellowship of the Ring. such a great read. The songs and lore tie in so beautifully that I find myself reading them aloud because that’s the only way to appreciate it.
What I recommend for you, my curious reader, is to pick up The Fellowship of the Ring, then pick up the next two because you’re not going to want this tantalizing journey to end.