The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

Book - 2005
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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

This edition includes the fiftieth-anniversary fully corrected text setting and an extensive index.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but while he studied classic works of the past, he was creating a set of his own.

Praise for The Lord of the Rings

"An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review

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

"A remarkable book." -- Newsweek

"One of the very few works of genius in recent literature." -- New Republic

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

"Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." -- C. S. Lewis

"The first thing one asks of an adventure story is that the adventure should be various and exciting . . . Tolkien's invention is unflagging." -- W. H. Auden

"J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy remains the ultimate quest, the ultimate battle between good and evil, the ultimate chronicle of stewardship of the earth. Endlessly imitated, it never has been surpassed." -- Kansas City Star

"A masterful story . . . an epic in its own way . . . with elements of high adventure, suspense, mystery, poetry, and fantasy." -- Boston Sunday Herald
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2005]
Edition: 50th anniversary 1 vol. ed.
ISBN: 9780618645619
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tolkien J.R.R.
Characteristics: xxv, 1178 p. :,maps ;,22 cm.


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JCLJuliaB Oct 20, 2016

Tolkien's beautiful, magical world and tales of friendship and heroism never fail to move me. This epic masterpiece will always have a place on my shelf.

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JCLAbbeyL Jul 09, 2018

As Sauron's power grows, an unlikely group of heroes takes up a quest to destroy the One Ring. It is the one thing Sauron needs to rule over all, and the forces of good must work together to fight him. A group of hobbits, a dwarf, an elf, a wizard, and a few humans set out in this epic fantasy ad... Read More »

Tolkien, a writer not known for his brevity in the first place, here combines the three books that make up the story of a certain troublesome magical ring into a single work of 1179 pages.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Enough said.

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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.

Dec 21, 2015

"I think it's boring because there's not enough action in it." Review submitted by Kira Robinson for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.

Aug 14, 2015

A classic! Must read. These books allow the reader to fully submerge himself into their world- a wonderful read.

Aug 14, 2015

!!!! SPOILERS !!!!

You've been warned.

As with any Tolkien work, he goes in depth with detail. The images that it invoked with the paragraphs and paragraphs of a setting could lead one to skip a bit just to find that for the past pages were about the same location.

But in all honesty, we read these books to see how far away the movies swayed. Well in all honesty, the 3rd movie should have been shorter. They should have followed the books in ending "The Two Towers".

In the book "The Two Towers" we have the ending at where Frodo is stung by the giant spider, and later captured by the orcs. Sam looks helplessly at the tower at which he must venture to save his dearest friend. This would have been a great ending for the 2nd movie. It, like within the book, would have given the audience that yearning to see the conclusion to this epic tale. Also, it would have shaved 30 mins off from the ridiculously long "The Return of the King" movie.

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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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