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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

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by J. R. R. Tolkien

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This four-volume, deluxe paperback boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King).
In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life


This four-volume, deluxe paperback boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King).
In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in Hobbiton by the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves. He finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo Baggins 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. J.R.R. Tolkien's three volume masterpiece is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale—a story of high and heroic adventure set in the unforgettable landscape of Middle-earth.

Editorial Reviews

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) -- plus the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, as told in the trilogy's classic prelude, The Hobbit -- is a genuine masterpiece. More than the most widely read and influential fantasy story of all time, it is arguably the most memorable and endearing tale ever written. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework from which all epic/quest fantasy since has built upon. Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring -- created, and then lost, by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier -- is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron so desperately wants returned to him; with the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-Earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed; unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron's lair. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well.

--Andrew LeCount

Gale Research
J. R. R. Tolkien is best known to most readers as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, regarded by Charles Moorman in Tolkien and the Critics as "unique in modern fiction," and by Augustus M. Kolich in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as "the most important fantasy stories of the modern period." From 1914 until his death in 1973, Tolkien drew on his familiarity with Northern and other ancient literatures and his own invented languages to create not just his own story, but his own world: Middle-earth, complete with its own history, myths, legends, epics and heroes.
From the Publisher
"The Lord of the Rings is an extraordinary work—pure excitement".
The New York Times

"The Hobbit is a flawless masterpiece".
The Times of London

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Lord of the Rings Series
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Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.28(h) x 3.93(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 3, 1892
Date of Death:
September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:
Oxford, England
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 212 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection contains the two most famous works of J.R.R. Tolkien--The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. When we read through the pages of these books, we discover a living world of wonder. We watch as an initially unwilling Hobbit traveler (Bilbo Baggins) searches for treasure with a company of Dwarves, and comes across a ring--a Ring of Power, filled with evil, and one which could lead to the rule of darkness if it ever returns to its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. Now some few people who really think they are so 'intellectually superior', or 'have more demanding taste', or whatever title of arrogance they try to give themselves, often dismiss this fascinating myth as 'children's stories', and that if one was to read a real novel, they would never return to such 'rubbish'. Well, I pity them, for they (like the Cynic in Hawthorne's 'The Great Carbuncle')must look at everything through dark spectacles, not allowing themselves to experience the beauty of this myth. It is not just a tale of magic and imaginary creatures. It is a tale of good and evil, and not just a 'Guy in White vs. Guy in Black' kind of story. It shows the subtlety of evil, how it can worm its way into even the hearts of the most honest person. It shows how good can strengthen a person, and how love can allow one to bear a multitude of burdens. I have read many novels (A Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Flies, The Scarlet Letter, and On his Own being some of the finer examples), and although good ones are compelling, none that I have read would make me turn away from Middle-Earth. It is not just a 'children's story' (though most children enjoy it), but an enthralling study in the nature of mankind, and the forces that shape him. Now, on to this particular presentation of these books! This boxed set by Houghton Mifflin is very nice. The design (with its beautiful cover illustrations by Alan Lee) and the layout of the books is fitting, and the size is convenient, and yet conveys a sense of expansiveness. This all adds to the experience of the legend, and I am grateful that such a fine edition has been released. ----Ryan Robledo Author of the Aelnathan
jfkjr41 More than 1 year ago
The stories speak for themselves, A-1! But as for the product, I gave it as a gift and the receiver, a history buff, was absolutely ecstatic! The product presents beautifully and the size of the books is perfect for travel. I would recommend this boxed set to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the greatest book(besides the Bible) that has ever been written. Some people say the bagging's of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings are a bit boring, but I myself think them some of the best parts. They are the parts that introduce you to the characters of the story and tell you a lot about the author himself. If you ever wanted to read a fantasy this world be the one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! These books are absolutely amazing! The beginning of The Hobbit as well as The Fellowship of the Ring are a bit boring, but once you work your way through the beginning it's amazing the entire rest of the book! You'll never be able to put any of them down! I'm not a person that can read books more than once, but no matter how many times I read The Lord of the Rings I always leanr something new from the incredible detail. I recommend this to everyone and anyone. Much better than the movies. Even if you don't like the movies you will like the books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is quite simply the best book ever written and I've read hundreds and hundreds of books. The Lord of The Rings is not only detailed, and hugely entertaining, but it has a very important message of what life could be without the evils of modern corporate capitalism, industry, pollution, and the many other evils that exist in today's poisoned world. While the book is a work of fiction, it is loaded with themes which are enormously relevant and the book in the end has a message that is hopeful. The Lord of the Rings is completely unique. There is no other piece of literature like it and it is also fun to read and incredibly entertaining which is why so many people love this story and read the book over and over during their lifetime (not to mention have their kids read it). People will still be reading and talking about this book a thousand years from now. Count on that! Okay so the Lord of the Rings is the best piece of fiction ever written. The only other thousand plus page books that come close to this amazing story are The Count of Monte Crisco (2nd best book ever), The Stand, and The Witching Hour. While these other over 1000 page books are great, they are a very distant 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. The Lord of The Rings is in a class by itself and a timeless literary masterpiece. Anybody who tells you otherwise has no taste. W.H Auden said that, not me. He said that he would never trust the literary taste or opinion of a person who did not enjoy reading The Lord of The Rings. By the way, Peter Jackson's movies are great...phenomenal in fact,but they pale in comparison to Tolkiens books. My hunch is that Peter Jackson would be the first to agree with me on this point as he made the movies as a tribute to his favorite book, The Lord of The Rings. If I am correct the 3rd movie, The Return of The King won a best picture academy award, and all of the LOTR movies were nominated. Again these great movies do not even begin to capture the detail and greatness of the book. Tolkien was a genius and his books have brought joy and hope to millions of people. The world has too many men and women in positions of power and authority whose values are similar to that of Sauroman and Sauron. There are not enough people like Gandalf, Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn, Elrond, Galadriel and TreeBeard. Perhaps the most human of all of the charachters in the Lord of The Rings is Boromir who despite all of his flaws in the end finds his way back on to the path of redemption. We can learn so much from his story as well as the stories of all of the wonderful main charachters (both good and evil). Middle earth(the natural world which God created and man destroyed) is no longer here and The Ents have been destroyed(nobody loves the woods anymore), Tolkien's great book reminds of us that there was a time when middle earth was real and gives readers the hope that even the smallest of people can change the course of the future. The importance of fellowship and frienship are continually stressed by Tolkien. This is also hugely relevant and something we can all learn from! There are so many other great messages and quotes from this book. In spite of its literary genius, what keeps people reading this book again and again is it simply put is an amazing, marvelous story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While at times these magnificent works can be a bit dry, overall these books are a must read for anyone who considers themselves a lover of literature. This review is part of an 18-week class that I am taking at Crafton Hills Community College in Southern California in hopes of depicting the benefits of both reading the books and watching the movies. While this fast paced class does not exactly let a student really sit down and pick apart the books, it still allowed us to study how much an author can put into his works. I have read all four books twice and seen the movies, both theatrical and extended edition, multiple times. Tolkein takes his readers into an in-depth world that has something for everyone. Whether your cup of tea is the heroic battles of Helms Deep or Minith Tirith, the romance between fair Arwen and the rugged Aragorn, or the constant devotion of friends seen throughout the entire series, there is something for you! The structures of the books themselves can be a bit difficult to follow because of their lack of chronological order and that is why the film adaptations of Peter Jackson make understanding the books a great deal easier. There are a few liberties they took with the films, but following each book exactly would lead to several tedious movies that spanned over six hours each. I personally feel that watching the movies first is a bit more helpful as one can take what they have seen on screen and put an image to it when they read the books. The story lines are not identical in certain places, but it is not hard to find your way through the books by any means if one has seen the films. Tolkein created in-depth characters that everyone can relate to in some shape or form even though he includes foreign races of elves, dwarves, orcs, and ents. The books do give, unfortunately, such great detail that at times it can be a little repetitive and monotonous. They are large books and take a bit of time to read. There is no breezing through them. Even The Hobbit, which is supposed to be a children's book, is quite long. Keeping that in mind, the movies are also very long especially when one watches the extended versions but they do a wonderful job of grabbing one's attention and never letting go. I highly recommend reading the books and watching the movies to understand the vastness of this world that Tolkein created. They take some time but in the end are well worth it, leaving the reader wanting more or the viewer wanting to watch the films again and again. They are truly a timeless work of art that will carry on through the years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to begin. This is simply one of the most amazing trilogies it has ever been my immense pleasure to read. Young or old, this is a series everyone should read. The strange, foreign world of Middle Earth, so distant and yet so much like our own, ensnares everyone's attention from the pulse-pounding first page right to the incredible conclusion.
Leslie30 More than 1 year ago
We all know that these stories are great, but this collection in particular makes for a beautiful gift and I love seeing it on my bookshelf.
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The best epic fantasy ever written. Simply amazing. 
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Recieved in a timely matter and my son loves the all the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evil goblins, beautiful elves,magic wizards, and much more! Thats what's in store for anyone who reads J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. Reading them has been very enjoyable, a true classic. I highly recommend these books for anyone who loves adventure, comedy, and magic.
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book_me More than 1 year ago
These books are fantastic and I highly recommend them. The story is in depth and the characters are the kind that you feel a connection with. However many people find these book hard to read through and the first time I read them was in middle school. I admit I was the kind of person to skip, what I thought at the time were, the boring parts. But as I recently read these books again I read every line and I have to say I'm glad I did. These books are so detailed that you feel this could have actually been a true story. So if you are the kind of person who has the time to really read every line then I recommend you read it. And if you are the person who was like me in middle school, then read it anyway. It's worth it no matter what. Tolkien has created a world unlike any other and everyone should be a part of it.