Lord of the Rings / Edition 1

Lord of the Rings / Edition 1

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by J. R. R. Tolkien

ISBN-10: 0618129022

ISBN-13: 2900618129026

Pub. Date: 07/29/2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The 50th anniversary one-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic

"An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review
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,

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The 50th anniversary one-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic

"An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review
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 by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

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Table of Contents

1. Concerning Hobbits
2. Concerning Pipe-weed
3. Of the Ordering of the Shire
4. Of the Finding of the Ring
I A Long-expected Party
II The Shadow of the Past
III Three is Company
IV A Short Cut to Mushrooms
V A Conspiracy Unmasked
VI The Old Forest
VII In the House of Tom Bombadil
VIII Fog on the Barrow-Downs
IX At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
X Strider
XI A Knife in the Dark
XII Flight to the Ford
I Many Meetings
II The Council of Elrond
III The Ring Goes South
IV A Journey in the Dark
V The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
VI Lothlórien
VII The Mirror of Galadriel
VIII Farewell to Lórien
IX The Great River
X The Breaking of the Fellowship
I The Departure of Boromir
II The Riders of Rohan
III The Uruk-Hai
IV Treebeard
V The White Rider
VI The King of the Golden Hall
VII Helm's Deep
VIII The Road to Isengard
IX Flotsam and Jetsam
X The Voice of Saruman 1111
XI The Palantír
I The Taming of Sméagol
II The Passage of the Marshes
III The Black Gate is Closed
IV Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
V The Window on the West
VI The Forbidden Pool
VII Journey to the Cross-roads
VIII The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
IX Shelob's Lair
X The Choices of Master Samwise
I Minas Tirith
II The Passing of the Grey Company
III The Muster of Rohan
IV The Siege of Gondor
V The Ride of the Rohirrim
VI The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
VII The Pyre of Denethor
VIII The Houses of Healing
IX The Last Debate
X The Black Gate Opens
I The Tower of Cirith Ungol
II The Land of Shadow
III Mount Doom
IV The Field of Cormallen
V The Steward and the King
VI Many Partings
VII Homeward Bound
VIII The Scouring of the Shire
IX The Grey Havens
I The Númenorean Kings
II The House of Eorl
III Durin's Folk
I Pronunciation of Words and Names
II Writing
I The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age
II On Translation
I Songs and Verses
II Persons, Beasts and Monsters
III Places
IV Things

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Ifrost More than 1 year ago
I recently completed a course at a community college in California where we reviewed The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, and the movies (all four movies, if you count the animated hobbit film as a movie, which I do only begrudgingly). This post is the final assignment in the class. We learned a bit about the author in the class, and I have more respect for Tolkien now. What I didn't know before was that Tolkien had already created middle earth in his mind, unlike many modern fantasy writers who seem to just throw together a generic map and give it some crazy name. In Tolkien's work there is a sense that the world is much older than the stories he is telling, it is less so with other writers who sometimes create two or more worlds, which seem only as a place for the story to take place. Middle Earth has a quality that makes it more than that, it's almost a character rather than a location. My first exposure to Tolkien was in anticipation of the first movie in 2000. I read the first book before the first movie came out, then completed the other two books before the second movie came out. I also read The Hobbit at some point. I enjoyed the movies enough that I only watched them a couple of times so as to preserve the enchantment. I was a young teenager when I first read the books, and I was too young to appreciate the good writing. At the time I preferred the movies over the books because I found the names and locations to be difficult to distinguish in reading, but easy to visualize with the movies. Having taken this course I now have a reversed opinion of the books and movies. I believe the movies are as good as can be done, but the literary work is much better. However, I am not a purist when it comes to movies vs. books. Reading and watching Lord of the Rings in conjunction with each other was a great experience because it gave two points of view of the same story. I would recommend that everyone with an interest in the series compare the two. It is pretty well accepted that movie renditions are never as good as the book they are based on, and out of necessity there are things altered to fit budget and time restraints, but if you can take those facts as read there are some interesting comparisons that can be made between the two media sources. For example, the character Faramir is completely different in the movie. Some people are content to say that the movie ruined Faramir, but getting past the differences helps to get a new view of the character. I used this practice with any apparant discrepancies between the book and movies. After ranting about how they messed up in the movie, I took an objective view and it helped me to value both works higher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read The Lord of the Rings when I was nine years old. I am, however, twelve years old now and have read it twice every year since. This is, by far, the most compelling book-nay work of art-that I have ever been able to come upon. The sheer depth and rich detail, alongside the intelectual storyline, are the basic characteristics to why this amazing piece of literature shall remain a masterpiece for the rest of the existence of Modern English. Thus, the lessons and moral values that can be deciphered from the within the text itself can also be considered timeless.
OZackO More than 1 year ago
If you are reading this, then I am sure this isn't the first time you've heard about the LOTR "Trilogy". Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 60 years or so, you know what the hype is all about. I have about 4 different printings of the LOTR series spanning back to about 1964, and this ebook version is my favorite one to read. Many of the annotated places and people have a link sending you to the footnote to read and an easy back button so you don't lose your page. The Elven script is reproduced flawlessly. The only thing I miss are the maps that are printed in the paperback versions of the story.
LotRthebest More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Rings, a powerful title for a powerful book. The best masterpiece of all times Lord of the Rings takes you to a different world where anything is possible. Lord of the Rings takes you to an accurately depicted land called Middle-Earth (he even draws a map for you). Here any imaginary creature imagined can be located (metaphor) including creatures like orcs, elves, dwarves, and wizards. They are cleverly described in there own unique form, and are made real in front of your eyes. He makes you hate, love, admire, and pity the characters to such extent that you won't be able to put the book down. This book contains everything: tragedy, love, treachery, action, adventure, etc., and is a book that must be read. This book has been made a movie, and may be discouraged to reading it, but this would be a GREAT MISTAKE. The movie is great, I don't deny it, but it doesn't explain the whole book. The book is in the top ten best sellers, and the movies also. J.R.R. Tolkien put his life in this work (it even includes songs and poems), I have never seen a more complete work in my life, nothing is missing. This is truly a masterpiece full of characters, places, and stories.
stevaleelee More than 1 year ago
I am very pleased with this edition and would heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a single volume edition of The Lord of The Rings. Starting with the down side - there is very little wrong with this volume. I just finished reading the novels (not the appendixes) and found only two typos. This is much better than average for texts scanned from a paper original. I would also have preferred to have more of Tolkien's original illustrations included. The exterior of my copy had rubber cement drips from the glueing of the fold out maps. They came off but were a little disappointing in a book of this quality. On the positive side - The binding of the volume is consistent with its price. The leather is soft and pleasant to the touch. The ribbon page marker is a nice convenience for such a large volume. The fold out maps are very nice and a big plus for a first time reader trying to understand Middle Earth. The high gloss photographs depicting the book of Mazarbul are a nice bonus. The weight and substance of the book are fitting for the chapters of long and dreary walking. The leather and the gilt edges lend to the sense of majesty and consequence captured by the writing. A fitting tribute to the text itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is all three volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic in one eBook. It is one of my favorite book series of all time. The characters are engaging, Middle Earth seems as real as our own wold, the story arc is exciting and well-told, and his poetry is magnificent. Everyone should read the whole thing at some point.
ColinB More than 1 year ago
This hardcover one-volume edition of Lord of the Rings was released for the 50th anniversary of its publication (1954). Over the years, numerous "corrections" in the spelling of certain words by well-intentioned publishers and printers led to some confusion among readers. They weren't really serious mistakes but some readers were left confused by the lack of consistency in the text. They never really took away from the beauty of the novel, but Tolkien was constantly frustrated by these constantly reoccurring errors. This is supposed to be the definitive edition with all mistakes corrected, without altering anything significant in the text or really changing what the author himself wrote. It's printed on good glossyish paper and the type is easy to read. I've carried the book around for a while and it isn't falling apart at the seams. It seems to be bound well enough to last a while. The *only* shortcoming that this edition of the Lord of the Rings has, in my opinion, is the lack of fold-out maps that appear in the collectors editions and the three volume editions of the novel (and that is what it is: a novel and NOT a trilogy). Instead, it shows four different maps, as if the original map of middle earth were divided into quarters at the center, but they overlap for convenience. It's not a bad thing but I think for the price the publisher really could have included a fold-out map or two. But that's the only drawback whatsoever and his original map of the Shire at the beginning of book one is still there intact. As for the novel itself, what a great, epic tale. I really only wanted this review to explain the new edition and what makes it good since so many already know the story behind the Lord of the Rings. The movies, to get off topic for a moment, were actually pretty faithful to the book in many respects. But even if you've seen the movies you haven't seen nothin' yet until you have read the book (which is quite often the case with great novels that get made into movies). My favorite character is Sam, Frodo's faithful companion. While book one starts out a bit slow, it picks up the pace considerably in book two and really gets into the action. Yes, it's long, but it's as just about as long as it needs to be. This hardcover edition is well worth the price, and more convenient to read than a three volume edition, where you'd have to keep flipping from one volume to the next if you were to refer to the index or appendices that follow volume three. I recommend getting this 50th anniversary hardcover edition (or at a lesser cost, the paperback version of it). I do not regret a single penny I paid for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the best books that was ever written. Tolkien, may he rest in peace, was one of the best fantasy writers that ever lived, and Lord of the Rings is definitely the finest piece of work he wrote. Finally, it is honored with this beautiful edition, that is worthy of such a great series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This exciting trilogy is even better in this beautiful collectors set! A must have for an fan or collector!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, that I just had to get the Red Leather Edition and the New 50th Ann. Black edition(Though I thought it was blue from the small photo online). I also have the great green leather 'There and Back Again' (The Hobbit). When other J.R.R. books come along in Leather, I'll add that to my collection... which I hope other books such as 'The Silmarillion' will be shortly. I suggest reading the book before seeing the movie, or do somewhat of a review book/movie (i.e. to see what they left out - think of your own reasons why, besides the movie would have been more than 3 hours long per 'episode' and odd characters).
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
the best fantasy book there is. definitely a classic
Mechen More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely stunning, and it is without a doubt one of my favorite books that I own. The book has the Lord of the Rings put together as Tolkien originally meant for it to be. Its a timeless classic in the epic novels. I highly recommend that any person who enjoyed the series picks this book up. Its priced a little high, but if you collect the books at all it is well worth the price for what you get.
CharlotteWolfe More than 1 year ago
About three or four years ago, I was most certainly *not* a lover of fantasy. Sure, I had a vague interest in "Narnia" but for the most part, it wasn't a daily part of my life....until I read "The Lord of the Rings". I became intrigued when I saw the films and was surprised to discover they were originally books. I read them and was promptly hooked. Tolkien has such a unique style, and he goes into enough detail that it draws you in instead of boring you. I marvel at how his Christian faith is clearly revealed in this novel, even thought that was not his intent in the least. It goes to show how rooted he was in his faith in God. His plot, character development, originality, and creativity concerning the extensive geography involved in this book is phenomenal. I loved every sentence and would recommend this novel to *anyone*!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an all time classic. I have read this book about once every 1-2 years now, and I love it!
This is a beautiful edition that I got about a 2 years ago from Barnes and thought, that since I loved it so much, I would write a review about.
I'm not one for long reviews, so here are just a couple things I like about it.
Its beautifuly done and has a rich storyline not to mention the amazing artwork detail they have on this edition.
It quite deeply draws you into the world of middle-earth making you want to read J.R.R. Tolkien's other works on this topic that are so richly rewarding (Hobbit, Silmarillion ect.).
Well, I really don't want to type anymore since I'm a lazy typer, but if you think that you will like this and want to read these books, then this is for you.
On the other hand, if you already have read and love these books, and want a sweet edition of all 3 books in one, then I strongly recommend it.
I myself get many long hard hours of enjoyment reading it almost every year! Can't wait until my little ones will be old enough to appreciate it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tolkien has amazed me with his language and literature. The Lord of the Rings is just one of many examples of his superb ability as an author. The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, as well as The Histories of Middle Earth are all great books, but none can compare with the characterization, plot, and setting of the Lord of the Rings.
In this book, the use of characters and their roles in the overall effect of the book is outstanding. Not only the protagonists, but also the antagonists, make up the foundation of Tolkien's land known as Middle Earth. I was amazed at the characterization and the depth at which Tolkien displays each and every character. The book portrays the ideal story of good versus evil, the story of an innocent character shaped and developed by the trials of reality and the unknown world.
I am not one who usually gives five stars to a book, but this novel deserves more than five. I recommend this book to any reader in search for a story of adventure, action, and magic. Five stars, well earned. hIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of all time. Incredible. Simply amazing. Thats the only way to express it in words.
bubby555 More than 1 year ago
omg i love this book it is awesome my fave character is aragorn =
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tolkien creates a world so deep and complex you start to believe he really thinks it's real. These books are excellent gifts!Especially this set, the artwork and the books are beautiful!I recommend this to anyone fantasy lover!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy when I was 18 years old - I am now 50. I've been in a book club for 10 years and am an avid reader: nothing has topped these books so far. Tolkien creates a whole new world for the reader: truly an epic tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read The Lord of the Rings since I was very young and really love this story which is the epitome of all modern epic fantasy. I was excited to see that it was being presented in this luxurious format and quickly bought it to find it was more than I expected. This isn't some flimsy paperback that will fall apart after your fifth read... this particular volume is quite a good investment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is great although I have only read the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two towers I love this book and can't wait till I am done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this when i was little and it was so stunning i still remember it
Sw0rd45 More than 1 year ago
I have read many classics in my time, from the Iliad to the Catcher in the Rye, but none has stood out more than this novel. Dismised by most literary critics as pure childish escape reading, I find this book is actually better than other famous works. As many before me has said, this is a must read.
DarthMaul More than 1 year ago
awesome novel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ercassiel43 More than 1 year ago
I started reading the four book when I was 13 years old, and I could not put them down. Now, as a student at a community college in California, I have had the opportunity to take a class revolving around The Lord of the Rings. In this class, we read all four books (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), and watched the extended movie versions by Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema. For our last assignment, we have to write this review and post it to the web. I would recommend these books to anyone willing to take the time to enjoy what is probably the most creative fantasy fiction book of all time. J. R. R. Tolkien's writing is very inspirational to those who are open minded. The descriptions in the books all combine to form an wondrous journey. The films were extremely well done, but I recommend reading all the books first. And if you get a change, read The Silmarilion, because that tells background stories of many things that Tolkien describes in The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit is about a Hobbit's journey to defeat a dragon from the Lonely Mountain, accompanied by a gang of dwarves. This book was originally published for children, but I recommend it for any age group. Even as an adult, I love to re-read this book; it sparks the imaginative part of me, and makes me feel the age that I first read it. The Lord of the Rings is about the journey of another hobbit, Frodo Baggins, who needs to destroy the One Ring of Power in the fires of Mount Doom. The Fellowship of the Rings is the beginning of this journey, which introduces the main characters of the Fellowship. This book could be dry for the first one hundred pages or so because of the various description details not involving any action of the story. However, the books get better. The Two Towers involves more action, and more themes involving friendship, love, and battle. The Return of the King is definitely a tear-jerker at the end. It is highly recommended to read the books before seeing the movies. That way, you use more of your imagination for the appearances of the characters and the different settings. Also, there are many scenes and characters in the books that are not in the movies, such as Tom Bombadil, which are a delight to have knowledge of. Personally, I think The Lord of the Rings should be a requirement reading for middle school to high school students. The writing is so genuine and academic, along with themes that can help change a person's perspective on many things and issues.