J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

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THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRED THE EPIC MOTION PICTURES

J.R.R. TOLKIEN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS

THE HOBBIT
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
THE TWO TOWERS
THE RETURN OF THE KING

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Overview

THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRED THE EPIC MOTION PICTURES

J.R.R. TOLKIEN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS

THE HOBBIT
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
THE TWO TOWERS
THE RETURN OF THE KING

© New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc. (s12)
Motion Picture Artwork © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345538376
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Movie Tie-in
  • Pages: 1728
  • Sales rank: 301
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 3.98 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of eighty-one.

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Not as Big as it LOOKS!

    I have a giant love for hard cover books, but with this economy you sometimes have to cut back. I thought this was gonna be average sized book collection. Instead I got 4 miniature books that look more like cassettes than anything else. There should seriously be a size meter or something so buyers can see books are not child size.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2014

    Best Covers Since Tolkien's Own Artwork in 1973

    I have first read Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in 1973-74. It was a series of books I didn't want to put down, and I have read them eleven more times since then. I've read this book more than any other, and that says a lot.
    I won't get into too much detail, because I don't want to spoil it for you, but if you haven't read it yet, do so, and start with The Hobbit.
    The Hobbit itself is a children's book. Quite briefly, if covers a quest of 13 dwarves trying to recover a lost treasure stolen from them ages ago by a dragon. That dragon was still there, but the dwarves, aided by a wizard, Gandalf, helps them on their journey. What they needed was a burglar, and they stop at the place of an unsuspecting hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, a sheltered, peace loving hobbit who like to garden and eat food. He is coerced on the quest and encounters many adventures with the dwarves to recapture the treasure from the dragon, Smaug.
    On the way, the dwarves are captured by goblins in the Misty Mountains. Bilbo gets lost, and finds a ring; a magic ring that makes him invisible. A creature named Gollum had it, but Bilbo uses it to escape the goblins and keeps the rings, to Gollum's ire. "Thief, Baggins, thief. We hates it, forever."
    The story continues, and after his adventure, Bilbo returns home with his magic ring, thinking his adventure has come to an end.
    The Lord of the Rings is an adult book. It is 50 years later, and BIlbo has taken in his nephew, Frodo Baggins, to live with him. It is discovered that the ring has powers way beyond making one invisible, and that was not the purpose of its making. When Gandalf finds out its true nature, he tells Frodo, and Frodo, surprised, realizes that he, and the Shire where he lives is in grave danger, and that he must undertake a quest to save the Shire...and the rest of Middle Earth.
    I will leave it here, but read the books, in their proper order. You'll be amazed.
    The reason I bought these were that I liked the covers. When the series first came out in paperback, the covers were colorfully illustrated by Barbara Remington, and that's how I imagined them. In 1973, after Tolkien died, they changed them to include his own drawings. From 1979 onwards, they would change the covers again and again, but I never liked any of them. Now, a new artist caught the feel of the story, and did some excellent painting, each corresponding and fitting each volume: Bilbo leaving his hobbit hole, boating down the River Anduin, the two towers of Isengard and Morder, and Mt. Doom itself, all colorfully and lavishly illustrated in their front covers.
    I hope they keep these for a long time to come. This is an excellent edition to buy.
    Again, if you haven't read the series, do so. You'll be taken away to another world.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Conveniently Packaged

    This is a must for those that desire to give a gift to those that love epic stories and want the set in one conveniently packaged box set.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    What nitwit hasn't read The Hobbit? I would argue that no book,

    What nitwit hasn't read The Hobbit?

    I would argue that no book, novel, novella or Sunday cartoon has ever been written by man or beast that does not derive directly from J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” Except my own works, of course, like “The Spoils of Babylon” which is entirely original, distinctive, soul-crushing, tent-raising and writ in good ‘ole American English to boot. My works aside, I challenge the readers of this website to find a single novel of any literary value that does not contain Tolkien’s literary revelations such as opening with a relatable character, embarking on a journey, monsters (symbolic?), mountains, meals, love of inanimate objects, conflict, more characters, flashbacks and, most importantly, barrels. 

    “The Catcher in Rye?” A direct rip-off. “1984?” A copy, made carbon. Try reading “Jane Eyre” after a stint in Middle Earth. You’ll feel like you never left. “The Grapes of Wrath.” “Sweet Valley High.” “Oedipus Rex.” “Winnie the Pooh.” “Deliverance.” The list stretches longer than that chubby Hobbit road to The Lonely Mountain. Where in hellfire has all mankind’s creativity gone? 

    However, when I learned that Tolkien had devised an entirely unique alphabet for his Elvish hermaphrodite creations, I felt compelled to create my lexicon for an unbelievable, yet entirely believable alien race. What sprung forth in a moment of scotch-induced brilliance was a series of glyphs and scribbles that would later be used in the blockbuster film, Stargate. It is a combination of wingdings and consonants that remains one of the most maddeningly indecipherable codes to date. 

    So here’s a hearty pour of Bagpipes O’Toole for the dearly departed and his Hobbit, the veritable blueprint of dramatic archetype, the foundation for narrative masterpiecery, not including any of my own great works which could never be pigeonholed by a linear plot or even anything remotely replicatable, due to their deep catharsis and sheer, disgusting ingenuity.

    With undbound appreciation and wonder,

    Eric Jonrosh, author, director, team leader of “The Spoils of Babylon,” airing on IFC, January the 9th, 2014

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    highly recomended

    Great Books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    If you are a true book lover, story lover, you will love these b

    If you are a true book lover, story lover, you will love these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Despite the fact that most people like this series, I don't like

    Despite the fact that most people like this series, I don't like it at all.

    It was a good idea, but the execution is terrible. 
    The dull conversations go on for pages, making it difficult to remember what they are doing/where they are/what they are talking about.
    I wouldn't recommend any of these books if you are looking for a good read.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    highly recommended

    jrr tolkien keeps things intriging and able to follow the story line... i love fantasy.......
    my rating of 5 stars actually goes to barnes & noble for taking the extra time and getting these books mailed to my son who is unfortantly locked up in a state prison facility...i have found no other bookstore that goes the extra mile to provide the service of direct shipping to my son... state of texas allows no other way for him to get good books to read....
    KUDOS TO YALL BARNES & NOBLE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    this book set is action packed with awesome books. the hobbit is

    this book set is action packed with awesome books. the hobbit is wonderful.i love all the lord of the 
    rings books and couldn't believe it when the hobbit came out. loved it. just loved it.

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    Posted January 13, 2013

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    Posted December 30, 2012

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