The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary Edition

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The Fellowship of the Ring, part one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, first reached these shores on October 21, 1954, arriving, as C. S. Lewis proclaimed, “like lightning from a clear sky.” Fifty years and nearly one hundred million American readers later comes a beautiful new one-volume collector’s edition befitting the stature of this crown jewel of our list. With a text fully corrected under the supervision of Christopher Tolkien to meet the author’s exacting wishes, two large-format fold-out maps, a ...

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Overview

The Fellowship of the Ring, part one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, first reached these shores on October 21, 1954, arriving, as C. S. Lewis proclaimed, “like lightning from a clear sky.” Fifty years and nearly one hundred million American readers later comes a beautiful new one-volume collector’s edition befitting the stature of this crown jewel of our list. With a text fully corrected under the supervision of Christopher Tolkien to meet the author’s exacting wishes, two large-format fold-out maps, a ribbon placemarker, gilded page edges, a color insert depicting Tolkien's own paintings of the Book of Mazarbul and exceptionally elegant and sturdy overall packaging housed within an attractive slipcase, this edition is the finest we’ve ever produced.

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On the golden anniversary of The Lord of the Rings, Houghton Mifflin is releasing the finest one-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy. The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary Edition is truly unique: It contains for the first time "The Book of Mazarbul," from which Gandalf reads in Balin's Tomb in the Mines of Moria. The author himself painstakingly drew, stained, burned, and scarred the pages of this book to enhance their effect, and he repeatedly expressed his disappointment that their inclusion was deemed impractical. In addition to the facsimile book, this edition includes an appendix that enables readers to decipher the dwarfish script. This edition includes two-color foil stamping; a protective box with inset panels; a fully corrected text; two large-format two-color fold-out maps; and a ribbon place-marker.
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"An extraordinary work—pure excitement..." The New York Times Book Review

“A work of immense narrative power that can sweep the reader up and hold him enthralled for days and weeks.” The Nation

"J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy remains the ultimate quest, the ultimate battle between good and evil, the ultimate chronicle of stewardship of the earth. Endlessly imitated, it has never been surpassed." Kansas City Star

"For many, it is a book like no other, to be read and reread, discussed and treasured." Los Angeles Times

“A remarkable book” Newsweek

“One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature” Time Magazine

"A sustained feat of imagination that has entranced millions" The Chicago Tribune

“Tolkien’s stories take place against a background of measureless depth…That background is ever-present in the creator’s mind and it gives Frodo and company a three-dimensional reality that is seldom found in this kind of writing.” The Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618517657
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/21/2004
  • Series: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Edition description: 50th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 1184
  • Sales rank: 79,279
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion . His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    All three books in one

    Since others were asking, it is all three books in one.

    441 out of 449 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Books vs. Movies

    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.

    87 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    This is the most thrilling piece of literature known to the English language.

    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.

    55 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    Lord of the Rings is the Best Book Ever Written

    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.

    36 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

    Excellent Quality

    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.

    28 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    Highest Recommendation Possible

    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.

    25 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    What I really need from a review

    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.

    23 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Recommend highly

    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.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

    Great new release of one of the world's greatest novels of all time

    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.

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2008

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    ALL TIME CLASSIC

    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.

    12 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    PRECIOUS

    MY PRECIOUS

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Good read

    the best fantasy book there is. definitely a classic

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    ...One Book to Bind them All!

    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.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    My favorite classic epic tale

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    Tolkien's primary work a masterpiece

    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*!!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Great for the Collectors

    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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    A Must Have

    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).

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    A must have for any Lord of the Rings fan!

    This exciting trilogy is even better in this beautiful collectors set! A must have for an fan or collector!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    To question.u

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Falsely advertised

    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.

    5 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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