His Dark Materials Trilogy. Side Note: Don't think about the religious implications as you read this book. If you do think about them, you will find yourself either upset or questioning a lot of your personal beliefs (unless, of course, you already believe what is being written).
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy are fantastic novels about the journey of the One Ring, and the Hobbits' quest to return it to its place of creation. Great stories and great imagery, a wonderful fantasy tale.
Original cover art for the first book. Gives a pretty good feel for what I'm wanting, as well as a good picture of the bell bandolier, and a reference to the river of death. The wikipedia page for the series can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Kingdom_%28book_series%29 It can give a decent rundown far better than I could.
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