The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

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Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, all three parts of the epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, in one paperback. Features the definitive edition of the text, fold-out flaps with the original two-colour maps, and a revised and expanded index. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - 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 Crack 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. Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. This single-volume paperback edition is the definitive text, fully restored with almost 400 corrections - with the full co-operation of Christopher Tolkien - and features a striking new cover.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 1995, c1990
ISBN: 9780261103252
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Tol
Characteristics: xviii, 1137 p. :,ill., maps


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Burned in Alamagordo, NM (2001) outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels as satanic.

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Jan 02, 2020

This book series is amazing. I love these books so much. They’re written so beautifully, so intricately. I can only aspire to write as good as Tolkien. I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever seen more devotion to world building in a book before. The sheer amount of detail in these books makes your imagination run wild.

I don’t think I can give this book enough justice for what it is. It’s the kind of book that you stay up till 12:00AM to read. It’s just such an epic fantasy, one so epic and beloved that it’s inspired so many other authors. There’s jsut a feeling you get reading about this world, this story, these characters.

On a side note, I can’t say I know much about the movie, because I’ve never watched it. The book is probably better though. One thing I would like to warn people about is how hard it is to get past the beginning. The beginning kinda makes you wonder if the Middle-earth was too well built, because it covers a lot of random stuff (like, stuff we don’t really need to know, but just do afterwards). But after that it gets real good real fast.

BTW, you don’t have to read The Hobbit before these, even though it’s connected to this story and explains how Bilbo had the ring in the first place. I read it afterward and it was totally fine.

AmandaW_KCMO Nov 29, 2019

Lord of the Rings is a must-read for lovers of high fantasy everywhere. The world Tolkien created has inspired an entire genre of fantastical intrigue, and deserves to be experienced first-hand. Tolkien was a scholar. His love of lore and language makes itself known from the first page. The text is often dense and detailed, a hallmark of this classic trilogy. Beautifully imagined and richly drawn, it is a literary journey.

At its core, it is the tale of the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, and his journey to destroy the One Ring of the evil Sauron, whose awakening in Mordor threatens to cast the world of Middle-Earth into darkness.

At turns romantic, funny, dark, and inspirational, Lord of the Rings has something for everyone.

Oct 31, 2019

Annual re-reading! Can picture the places now and also see things I hadn't before.

Feb 15, 2019

Yeah I read it in the 60's. Bought the third book and about a third of the way in figured out I needed to read it all so I went out and got the first book and began and finished the series in a very short amount of time. Then straight through again. I feel that the movies kind of ruined it for me. Or maybe it was getting old and jaded and too mature for the fantasy. I used to read them all in the spring to pull me out of my Northwest winter funk and into the spring. Too many times to count. I'm sure it shaped me lots of ways. I'd love to run into another series that could hook me as this one did in my youth but can you imagine having that kind of time to read.

Jan 29, 2019

One of my all time favorite! I've read the trilogy three times and certainly will read it again. I love the way Tolkien creates a whole universe, which is actually based on some real facts or beliefs, and makes you (at least me) feel that the various characters' feelings and desires.

In The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains there are seven basic narrative frames upon which stories are based: "overcoming the monster", "rags to riches", "the quest", "voyage and return", "comedy", "tragedy" and "rebirth". The Lord of the Rings masterfully include six of these seven plots (there is little or no comedy).

acardona305 Jan 13, 2018

A classic of fantasy literature. The amount of detail and the scope of the story set the bar high for those who followed in Tolkien's foot steps. This is easily one of my favorite stories of all time. It becomes difficult to not fall in love with the various characters and wish for all to return to peace. Tolkien's writing style does much to draw the reader in and keep you hooked to see what lies in store for the Fellowship of the Ring. A must read.

kkerfoot_0 Jul 06, 2017

Hands down, Tolkien is the Father of Modern Fantasy. Literally. Without him, the genre wouldn't look anything like what it does. "The Lord of the Rings" is his masterpiece. He spent 17 years crafting the story- and the background- and it shows. Middle Earth becomes alive; characters defy stereotypes; and who really is the villain? If you love elves and dwarves, epic love stories and intense battles, and world-changing quests, this book is for you. Well, I'd recommend "The Lord of the Rings" to anyone, anywhere, anytime. It's a classic for me. And you should really give it a try.

This may be the only story I've ever come across that I can honestly describe as "epic". It's simply, solidly good on all levels, and it would take a Tolkien to give it the review it deserves! It's not for everyone, though, due in part to some lengthy description. Some may think it's full of already overused character types, but the truth is, The Lord of the Rings is the ORIGINAL fantasy, to which pretty much all medieval-world fantasy (spreading even beyond books and movies into D&D and things of that nature) owes a debt that can never be repaid.

Jan 21, 2017

This timeless, classic, epic fantasy took me on a wild ride. For some reason I couldn't put it down. Looking back, I mean, a lot of it seems rather dull, just a lot of scenery description and constant, week-long travels. But in the moment, I really became engrossed in the story.
I've never seen the Lord of the Rings movies all the way through, though I have pieced together the main story from the snippets and chunks I <i> have </i> seen, so this was a really cool experience. Some parts of the book I recognized and could see the movie version running in my head as I read the written version, while others were completely new to me. Characters I'd never previously heard of became important on Frodo's quest, which was pretty cool. The Fellowship of the Ring was a very good book, but probably not for those who get bored with a story if it isn't fast-paced. It takes some patience to read it, but so far it's been worth it, for me at least. I'm excited to read the next two!

Jan 03, 2016

I came to the novel after seeing the Peter Jackson film. The scene in the film where Gandalf and Sarumon blast away at each other with their staffs seemed very Harry Potter, and rather silly. There is nothing like it in the film, where Gandalf is simply put in detention by Sarumon’s retinue who greatly outnumber him. The Balrog who confronts Gandalf in the novel is only a little bigger than an NHL defenceman. In the film, he is as tall as a high-rise building and one really wonders why Gandalf confronts him. If he had retreated with the others the monster’s weight by itself would have been enough to bring down the bridge. Boromir scares Frodo into ending the fellowship of the ring and trying to slip away by himself in the direction of Mordor. He doesn’t die valiantly defending the fellowship against an Orc attack in the novel as he does in the film. Reading the book made me wonder if the film, good as it is, shouldn’t get a remake that would be truer to Tolkien, less dramatic perhaps, but also less silly.

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May 29, 2015

All that is gold does not glitter,
not all those who wander are lost,
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring.
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king.

Jul 23, 2014

"“Even now my heart desires to test my will upon it, to see if I could not wrench it from him and turn it where I would- to look across the wide seas of water and time to Tirion the Fair, and perceive the unimaginable hand and mind of Feanor at their work, while both the White Tree and the Golden were in flower!” - TTT, The Palantir

Mar 17, 2014

All that is gold does not glitter,
All that wander are not lost...


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Mar 17, 2014

The grand-daddy of all high fantasy novels.

Aug 11, 2011

fantastic starter set for new Tolkien fans or readers interested in rediscovering the magic of Middle-earth, this three-volume box set features paperback editions of the complete trilogy -- The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King -- each with art from the New Line Productions feature film on the cover.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built. 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 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 Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well.


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