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The Lord of the Rings [Paperback]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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May 22 1995

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him the Rings of Power - the means by which he will be able to rule the world. All he lacks in his plan for dominion is the Ruling Ring, which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, deep inside the territories of the dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

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Hobbits and wizards and Sauron--oh, my! Mild-mannered Oxford scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had little inkling when he published The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again in 1937 that, once hobbits were unleashed upon the world, there would be no turning back. Hobbits are, of course, small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elfish friends get swept up into a mighty conflict with the dragon Smaug, the dark lord Sauron (who owes much to proud Satan in Paradise Lost), the monstrous Gollum, the Cracks of Doom, and the awful power of the magical Ring. The four books' characters--good and evil--are recognizably human, and the realism is deepened by the magnificent detail of the vast parallel world Tolkien devised, inspired partly by his influential Anglo-Saxon scholarship and his Christian beliefs. (He disapproved of the relative sparseness of detail in the comparable allegorical fantasy his friend C.S. Lewis dreamed up in The Chronicles of Narnia, though he knew Lewis had spun a page-turning yarn.) It has been estimated that one-tenth of all paperbacks sold can trace their ancestry to J.R.R. Tolkien. But even if we had never gotten Robert Jordan's The Path of Daggers and the whole fantasy genre Tolkien inadvertently created by bringing the hobbits so richly to life, Tolkien's epic about the Ring would have left our world enhanced by enchantment. --Tim Appelo

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Grade 4-9-This trilogy of Tolkien's Middle Earth is presented in dramatization from the BBC, with original music and sound effects.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comment on the product Oct. 11 2006
While a Lord of the Rings fanatic myself, I don't see a reason to write an extensive commentary on the trilogy. If you want a review on the book there are more than sufficient amounts of widely varied opinions below my own that should satiate one's curiosity as to the virtues (or lack thereof) of Tolkien's most acclaimed work.

I feel it more important to note that the item you will be receiving is NOT the one portrayed in the image, but rather a boxset of the three individual novels from the relatively recent Harper Collins reprinting. These three novels are the mass market stylized black ones which have a ring of yellow, red or green on the covers, distinguishing one novel from the next, as well as the glossy black background markings. Unfortunately, I had ordered this item thinking that it was a different printing (due to cover art) that I didn't yet possess and upon receiving the product, I was a little put out to discover that I now have two identical boxsets of black covers. The second will still make a great gift for someone else, but you should be aware that this item is inconsistent with the picture.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Edition Nov. 15 2004
As an owner of numerous editions, I welcome this latest revision in honour of the 50th anniversary. The soft leather cover is quite nice to the touch and the printing quality is superlative. The numerous revisions to the text are welcome and the two-coloured printing in spots is similar to the deluxe editions from 30 years ago.
If you desire an excellent edition at a very affordable price, this is the one to get. Highly recommended.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but *not* leather binding Feb. 9 2010
By mcewin TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Only an balrog could object to an revised 50th anniversary edition, with corrections beyond those in the the standard revised version. BUT...

This edition is *not* "leather bound:" it's a less-than-ordinary hardcover binding with paper-thin faux-leather glued over paper boards. The bookmark ribbon breaks the binding. Signatures are glued rather than sewn together, not held together by the 'leather', but glued onto the paper end sheets, which are separated from the paper spine. Poor production generally: end papers badly centred, more than a little random glue and rubber cement on the covers that really mars the appearance. [See annotated Customer Image #2]. Reviewers elsewhere have commented on uneven type quality; this 2nd printing does not have that problem.

It's an OK one-volume edition, given the revisions. *Not* a 'collectible', definitely not worth the CDN$86 list, barely worth the discounted $56 given the disappointment factor. Don't give this as a gift to a Tolkien fan, expecting rapture. I kept mine for the revisions, first-time readers look elsewhere.

Amazon: please *stop* advertising this edition as 'leather bound': it is *serious* misrepresentation of the product.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Nov. 30 2008
This is a beautiful edition of an already supremely amazing publication that any true Tolkien fan shouldn't be without. It combines all three parts of the trilogy, including all prefaces and appendices, into a drool-inspiring leatherbound single edition with gold-gilded pages. Simply the nicest edition of Lord of the Rings to date, though since they have published the three books again with many full colour illustrations, which I am going to need to add to my collection...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From one Tolkien fan to another ... Dec 18 2004
By Deena
For anyone who is a true fan of Professor Tolkien's works, this is a must-have book. The quality of the pages is fabulous and the case and cover are first-class. I have the paperback version of the book, which I will continue to use for reading purposes ... This beautiful 50th edition book needs to be put on your bookshelf on display. It is a collector's edition that will be passed on from generation to generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good price March 4 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sometimes its a pain to find books in a book store but Amazon makes it easy to get those ones that you want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Good and Evil Jan. 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The films have introduced a new generation to the books. The first hundred pages are a continuation of The Hobbit but it is well worth ploughing your way through them to read the rest of the Lord of the Rings which is a more adult novel. The concepts of evil are fully explored in the book and the good characters have enough reality to them to make the narrative interesting. Good characters often appear insipid beside evil ones in fiction but that is not the case here.

It is a heavy book so the kindle version might be preferable :)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good litterature. Oct. 25 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Item shipped promptly and was well packaged.
Read it in french many years ago and own all three movies..
Bought it in English for the purpose of rereading it simultaneously in French and English in order to improve my fluency in English.
Since it is high end littérature, the vocabulary is elaborate, both in French and in English, which provides for an excellent learning opportunity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tolkien
the best of this genre. start by reading "the hobbit" then go into the trilogy. Tolkien also has a variety of other books worth reading.
Published 5 months ago by ken annett
5.0 out of 5 stars Completed for the 18th time
I first read LOTR when I was 18. Thirty years later I have just completed it for the 18th time. The only other book I have read more than twice is Dune. Enough said.
Published 8 months ago by Karim Keshavjee
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificient Box Set
I was really surprised at the quality of the product. It's beautiful and the quality amazing. I bought it to read it again, since the first time I read the story the book didn't... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Its more complete than the movies of course, and it clarified some questions that I had about the story. I'm happy with all of it.
Published 10 months ago by comcom6723
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boxed set
Love the books, and I love the packaging of the set. They look great on display around the house. Arrived very quickly and I am very pleased.
Published 11 months ago by Brittany Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listening
This is the unabridged recording with Robert Inglis and is well read and paced appropriately. However, I later found out that you can get this on iTunes for less if you are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mylene
5.0 out of 5 stars the lord of the rings
i like this book and i am reading it. it is a good choice to read it when you are free.
Published 13 months ago by wen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
How can you not like this book, it is the foundation where most of the ideas come from for these types of books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Aubrey Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I give it a 5 stars because of the great story. I had to read the books after seeing thr trilogy.
Published 15 months ago by sylvain
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book!
I bought this for my Son, who is a collector and huge fan of the Lord of the Rings and he was just ecstatic, He loved the overall quality of the book. He was very pleased.
Published 15 months ago by Annette Siddle
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