The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Narrated by Andy Serkis

Unabridged — 22 hours, 38 minutes

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Narrated by Andy Serkis

Unabridged — 22 hours, 38 minutes

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In a quiet village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins is about to receive a gift that will change his life forever.

Thought lost centuries ago, it is the One Ring, an object of terrifying power once used by the Dark Lord to enslave Middle-earth. Now darkness is rising, and Frodo must travel deep into the Dark Lord's realm, to the one place the Ring can be destroyed: Mount Doom.

The journey will test Frodo's courage, his friendships and his heart. Because the Ring corrupts all who bear it-can Frodo destroy it, or will it destroy him?This brand-new unabridged recording is narrated by the acclaimed actor, director and author, Andy Serkis.

Editorial Reviews

In this masterful audio edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, skillful narrator Rob Inglis leads the listener through the breathtaking beauty and blackest evil of Tolkien's ageless realm. The first part of the only completely unabridged recording of one of the most magical tales of all time, this audio adventure includes Tolkien's original Foreword and Prologue to The Lord of the Rings.

New York Herald-Tribune

Destined to outlast our time.

Boston Herald

A masterful story — an epic in its own way — with elements of high adventure, suspense, mystery, poetry and fantasy..

Sunday Telegraph

Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.

New Republic

One of the very few works of genius in recent literature.

W.H. Auden

Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." — C. S. Lewis "Exciting...Tolkien's invention is unflagging.


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


A remarkable book.

Time Magazine

One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature.

C.S. Lewis

Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron.

New York Times

An extraordinary work—pure excitement...

New York Herald Tribune

Destined to outlast our time.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly

J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Silmarillion (1977), published four years after his death, continued the saga of the mythological kingdom of Middle-Earth, begun in his epic trilogy Lord of the Rings. Christopher Tolkien, son of the English novelist and medievalist, here reconstructs the evolution of The Silmarillion using his father's manuscripts and notes and adding his own extensive commentaries and annotations. Picking up where this massive study left off, he reprints the entire text of the unfinished Grey Annals (begun around 1930, reworked in the 1950s, and largely incorporated in The Silmarillion). Amid momentous battles and heroic deeds, we learn how Hurin the Steadfast, released after 28 years of captivity in Morgoth's fortress, journeys among the forest people of Brethril, spreading disaster, and follow the exploits of his son Turin Turambar and daughter Nienor. Included also are J.R.R. Tolkien's discussion of his characters' motives, his detailed maps of imaginary realism, and his essays on the origins and meanings of elvish words and the Dwarves' elaborate gestural language. For hard-core Tolkien devotees and scholars. (Dec.)

From the Publisher

A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of Time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning.” — New York Times

DEC/JAN 02 - AudioFile

During his eleventy-first birthday celebration (hobbits have their own way of counting), Bilbo Baggins reluctantly agrees to give up the powerful but corrupt Ring of Power he found years before in THE HOBBIT. But getting rid of the ring turns out to be no easy task. In this first installment of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Inglis’s skilled narration manages to retain the old-fashioned, fairy tale quality of the original text but is also well in tune with the story’s darker aspects. As Bilbo’s nephew, Frodo, and his friends take center stage to help dispose of the ring before some truly unsavory characters can obtain it, Inglis demonstrates he is up to the task of relating the original story’s drama, suspense, and dark mysticism. J.P.M. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940173246769
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/16/2021
Series: Lord of the Rings Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 200,067

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A full-cast dramatization
approx. 4 hours
4 cassettes

J.R.R. Tolkien's
The Fellowship of the Ring

Order the audiobook today before the feature film release this holiday season.
J. R. R. Tolkien's groundbreaking epic of good versus evil, extraordinary heroes, wondrous creatures and dark armies of terror will be presented in a trilogy of feature films.

The Fellowship of the Ring - December 19, 2001
The Two Towers - Holiday 2002The Return of the King - Holiday 2003
This first book in the classic trilogy will be available for the first time as a stand alone audio program. The full cast BBC dramatization complete with music and sound effects features Ian Holm, who stars as Bilbo Baggins in the motion picture.

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