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"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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"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.
Saga of a group heroes who set forth to save their world from evil. A brotherhood of 'hobbits,' elves, dwarves, and people is formed to combat evil forces. Tolkien drew on his extensive knowledge of folklore and the classics to create the worlds and creatures described in the trilogy, which includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.
CONTENTS NOTE ON THE TEXT 0 FOREWORD TO THE SECOND EDITION 0 PROLOGUE CONCERNING HOBBITS, AND OTHER MATTERS 00 1. Concerning Hobbits 00 2. Concerning Pipe-weed 00 3. Of the Ordering of the Shire 00 4. Of the Finding of the Ring 00 NOTE ON THE SHIRE RECORDS 00 BOOK ONE 00 I A Long-expected Party 00 II The Shadow of the Past 00 III Three is Company 000 IV A Short Cut to Mushrooms 000 V A Conspiracy Unmasked 000 VI The Old Forest 000 VII In the House of Tom Bombadil 000 VIII Fog on the Barrow-Downs 000 IX At the Sign of The Prancing Pony 000 X Strider 000 XI A Knife in the Dark 000 XII Flight to the Ford 000 BOOK TWO 000 I Many Meetings 000 II The Council of Elrond 000 III The Ring Goes South 000 IV A Journey in the Dark 000 V The Bridge of Khazad-dum 000 VI Lothlórien 000 VII The Mirror of Galadriel 000 VIII Farewell to Lórien 000 IX The Great River 000 X The Breaking of the Fellowship 000 SYNOPSIS 000 BOOK THREE 000 I The Departure of Boromir 000 II The Riders of Rohan 000 III The Uruk-Hai 000 IV Treebeard 000 V The White Rider 000 VI The King of the Golden Hall 000 VII Helm’s Deep 000 VIII The Road to Isengard 000 IX Flotsam and Jetsam 000 X The Voice of Saruman 1111 XI The Palantír BOOK FOUR 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 BOOK FIVE 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 BOOK SIX 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 APPENDICES A ANNALS OF THE KINGS AND RULERS I The Númenorean Kings II The House of Eorl III Durin’s Folk B THE TALE OF YEARS (CHRONOLOGY OF THE WESTLANDS) C FAMILY TREES (HOBBITS) D CALENDARS E WRITING AND SPELLING I Pronunciation of Words and Names II Writing F I The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age II On Translation INDEXES I Songs and Verses II Persons, Beasts and Monsters III Places IV Things
Posted March 7, 2012
Posted May 25, 2011
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.
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Posted March 7, 2008
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.
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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.
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Posted August 2, 2009
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.
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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.
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Posted December 13, 2006
Folks, What I'm really looking for in a review here is your opinion of this particular printing of the books, not your opinion of the story. Is is worth $52 for this edition? What is the quality of the paper, print, maps, illustrations, etc. This work is pretty well known these days so I don't need another review of the story.
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Posted March 29, 2012
I've enjoyed these books for years in printed form. These are a replacement for loaned and never returned books, it is a joy to read them on my Nookcolor.
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Posted June 27, 2010
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.
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This is an all time classic. I have read this book about once every 1-2 years now, and I love it!<BR/>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.<BR/>I'm not one for long reviews, so here are just a couple things I like about it.<BR/>Its beautifuly done and has a rich storyline not to mention the amazing artwork detail they have on this edition.<BR/>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.).<BR/>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.<BR/>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.<BR/>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.
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Posted October 5, 2005
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.
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Posted September 24, 2012
Posted October 15, 2012
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.
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Posted September 12, 2012
Does not include all three books. So if youre looking for that dont buy. On the plus side they will refund your money. They should really fix it so that you know youre only buyimg volume one.
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Posted May 16, 2005
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).
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Posted October 14, 2009
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*!!
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Posted February 16, 2009
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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.
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Posted January 7, 2013
Yes it does contain all three books. The words, " boxed set" and the fact that the title doesnt specify any book in the series and instead just putting the name of the series itself are just a few clues to look for to make sure it contains all three. This, however only contains, "the fellowship of the ring, the two towers, and the return of the king" . It does not contain, "the hobbit" . So if you were expecting it to include that, well, too bad.
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Posted June 28, 2005
This exciting trilogy is even better in this beautiful collectors set! A must have for an fan or collector!
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