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The Lord of the Rings [Hardcover]

J.R.R Tolkien
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,262 customer reviews)

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33 of 33 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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 The Lord of the Rings et all. June 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great Review. The Lord of the Rings et all:
Wonderful DVD's. Clean, crisp and all additional material included. Excellent purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 22 2014
By Rickard
I had to try three times before I could get into this book, but it was worth it. Lots of details which I like in fantasy stories. Was sad when I reached the end. A classic. Definitely worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing deal! March 20 2014
By Angela
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great price for a beautiful book I haven't seen it cheaper anywhere else! Lightweight and easy to hold and read!
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Published 4 months ago by robert hartl
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Good and Evil
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR D MCMILLAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Book Reviews - Novel Review
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Review: The Two Towers was a fantastic continuation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt Hageman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good litterature.
Item shipped promptly and was well packaged.
Read it in french many years ago and own all three movies.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Paquette
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 8 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 11 months ago by Karim Keshavjee
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet book!!!!!!!!!!
the book was a blast! The hobbits are funny,especially Samwise.It is a little violent but I still enjoyed it.Can't wait to buy the next book……! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lynae Yankee
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 12 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 13 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 14 months ago by Brittany Finn
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