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.
A masterful story an epic in its own way with elements of high adventure, suspense, mystery, poetry and fantasy..
Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.
One of the very few works of genius in recent literature.
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.
One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature.
Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron.
New York Times
An extraordinary workpure 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.)
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"Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." C.S. Lewis
"Destined to outlast our time." The New York Herald-Tribune
"Exciting... Mr. Tolkien's invention is unflagging" W.H. Auden —
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