The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Gift Set

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Now an epic motion picture trilogy from New Line Cinema, this edition of The Lord of the Rings has film art on the cover.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 ...
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Now an epic motion picture trilogy from New Line Cinema, this edition of The Lord of the Rings has film art on the cover.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 his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. On his eleventy-first birthday Bilbo 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, Merry, Pippin, and Sam, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Elf, Boromir of Gondor, and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

Author Biography: J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He is the renowned creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, The Hobbit, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Other works by J.R.R. Tolkien include The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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This quick-shipping book may be on your shelves already, but we can't resist praising it as one of the most masterful epics of all time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402516276
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Series: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 46 CDs, 52 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 5.40 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien
It seems an unlikely formula for success: an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon, and a book that begins with a little man who lives in a hole in the ground. But The Hobbit, followed by The Lord of the Rings, created the modern genre of heroic fantasy and made J.R.R. Tolkien one of the most widely-read authors in the world.

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 December 7, 2002

    Best Read Aloud

    Bob Inglis is the best for reading the Lord of the Rings aloud (although James Earl Jones would be cool also). Are you reading this series to your children or going on a long drive? This set is a must purchase! My voice gave out and I'm thankful for the back up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2002

    The best thing I've ever bought

    This is great for people who find it hard to read. I've tried to read the Book 'Lord of the Rings' and failed but this Cd set has opened the Tolkien world up to me. Also the great thing is it's 52 hours long, which means your money is well spent. I would recommend this to anyone, it's excellent

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    Tolkien is Hobbit Forming!

    In 1967 I was introduced to The Hobbit. Halfway through that book I knew I had to find The Lord of the Rings. I soon found myself drawn into the realm of Middle Earth with all its intricacies. Since that first reading I have re-read the books a number of times. Through the years I have collected several "dramatized" versions of this timeless classic. I have always looked for, but was unable to find, an unabridged rendition of the books until now. Bob Inglis' masterful reading makes each character spring to life as your imagination is stirred with colorful images of the unfolding war of the ring. This is a must for all fans of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2007

    Lord of the Rings Review

    I have been reading these books over and over for 30 years. I like Tolkien's books better than any books I've ever read in my life. Mr. Inglis, while he gets a lot right, doesn't have the emotional attachment to the story that I do. At some parts, especially the really good parts, I am disappointed with how he misses the gravity of the situation, and reads it like it is any other part of the book. Also, during Pippin's oath to Lord Denethor of Minis Tirith, he reads Denethor's part of the oath in Pippin's voice, kind of taking me out of the story. It's kind of like getting splashed unexpectedly with cold water when sunbathing. However, he gets Gollum so right that it is scary. I don't like the way he gives Merry and Pippin the poorer dialect. They should both be posh, like Frodo and Bilbo. He could do better on Gandalf's voice as well. But the story is amazing, and to hear it unabridged is very wonderful. I recommend it, though I can think of other people who might read it better. Wouldn't Sean Connery be excellent?

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    A great epic

    I can say enough about this series. I love everyone of this book and the many characters in it. Elves... I love Tolkien elves... They are the most awesome race and a very uplifting people. Their beauty and characteristic are of nobles heroes. The places and their description are mystical. The kings and kingdoms are written in an awesome way. I highly recommend all Tolkien books.

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