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The Lord Of The Rings

by Jrr Tolkien

Harpercollins (uk) | July 14, 2014 | Hardcover

The Lord Of The Rings is rated 4.7439 out of 5 by 82.

A sumptuous new one-volume edition of Tolkien''s classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated in watercolour throughout by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee.

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. Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors'' editions become prized and valuable items of publishing.

With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed, award-winning and billion-dollar success, images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers. Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee''s paintings, giving this sumptuous new edition of Tolkien''s great work new relevance for the ever-growing number of fans.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1200 pages, 11.25 × 7.38 × 2.67 in

Published: July 14, 2014

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007525540

ISBN - 13: 9780007525546

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Warning: Incredibly Boring! I never thought there would be a fantasy novel I would hate. That was until I read LOTR. The writing is incredibly old and hard to grasp. Tolkein spends a huge chunk of time with descriptions. Even supposedly intense, life & death scenes are extremely boring because you are aware of the narrator describing the battle bit by bit. I have an extremely hard time understanding why Tolkein is still such a highly acclaimed author today.
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mythology for Great Britain What an epic tale! It's not a light read but well worth it. What an amazing vision Tolkien had for his ancient homeland.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A wonderful journey through a world that might have been As a teenager I tried to read this book and The Hobbit, by the same author, but I just couldn't get into them. However, a year or so before the movie version of Lord of the Rings came out, I got wind that Peter Jackson, the director of one of my favourite films at the time (Heavenly Creatures) was working on a film adaptation of Lord of the Rings. Being an admirer of his other film work, I knew I would want to see the film. I also knew that if I saw the film without first reading the book, my future reading of the book would be forever coloured by the film adaptation. So, I did a little research on Tolkien and discovered that there were three main books that dealt with Middle-Earth and the events of Lord of the Rings--as well as a whole bunch of books of previously unpublished writings about Middle-Earth. I found out that the story really begins in The Silmarillion, a book published after Lord of the Rings, but containing tales that were the foundation of Lord of the Rings. Next in chronological order came The Hobbit, which is a direct prequel to Lord of the Rings. I decided to begin with The Silmarillion and read all three books as one great volume. I was absolutely blown away by The Silmarillion. It fired my imagination in a way that The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings failed to do when I was a teen. Next I read the Hobbit. I found the juvenile tone disappointing after the genius of The Silmarillion, but I pressed on and read Lord of the Rings. I definitely enjoyed reading, and recently re-reading, Lord of the Rings. The story is grand and sweeping, but in many ways lacks context and history. Without The Silmarillion and The Hobbit, you really only have half the story. Sauron is a terribly undeveloped antagonist--unless you have read about his exploits in The Silmarillion. The differences between the races of Elves, Dwarves, and Men seem somewhat arbitrary unless you know their origins and the history of their interactions. Of the three books, Lord of the Rings is certainly the most accessible for adults and teens. The story is pretty straightforward. Destroy the source of the enemy's power before the enemy destroys you. Of course, the themes run deeper than that, but the plot is nothing new. The Silmarillion, on the other hand is a challenging read, but ultimately very satisfying in its breadth and depth. I suspect that I will not read Lord of the Rings more than twice--unless I end up reading it to my daughter. She has already made me read The Hobbit to her (we are going through it for a second time--fourth time now for me), so it is inevitable that we will also read Lord of the Rings together too. What I am really anticipating is the day she is old enough to appreciate The Silmarillion!
Date published: 2009-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The greatest work of fiction ever devised. If you have not read The Lord of the Rings, you are not a fantasy fan, and I'll probably refuse to talk to you.
Date published: 2008-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolutely must read book! This is definitely the best book ever written. I have read them every year since I was 10, and I have never gotten tired of them. Tolkien writes in such a way that you cannot put the book down. You have to read this book!!
Date published: 2008-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The classic I really got into I have to admit that I was a convert fan of Lord of the Rings. I saw the first movie before I read the books. I didn't like it. It was boring, I didn't understand the story. Then one day my sister hands me this old, worn, and completely tattered copy of the first book. It was brilliant. I finally understood! For Christmas I got the box set. Now I have already read through each book about 3 or 4 times, including the Hobbit, but I loved it.
Date published: 2008-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutey Boring ! When it takes about a hundred pages to cross a bloody feild it cant be a good book ! I read the trilogy after my grandfather gave it to me for christmas and i was completely bored ! and you barely see me without a book in my hand. Some say that Christopher Paolini's Eldest is a rip off of these books but they're wrong, because Christopher Paolini's books are much more interesting. If you,like me, dont like these books i suggest you check out Eragon,and Eldest by Cristopher Paolini as they are a much better read. I have to Give J.R.R Tolkien credit though. His books did make a great movie
Date published: 2007-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book ever written... I have read Tolkien's books dozens of times and I never get sick of them. Every time I read them I find something new in the stories that I had never noticed before. Tolkien has created books so rich in culture and history that I can never get enough of them. If you're going to read one book, read the Lord of the Rings.
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The crown jewel for any LOTR fan This single volume contains, 'Fellowship of the Ring', 'Two Towers' and 'Return of the King' along with 'The Book of Mazarbul,' from which Gandalf reads in Balin's Tomb in the Mines of Moria, an appendix that enables readers to decipher the dwarfish script, two-color foil stamping; a protective box with inset panels; a fully corrected text; two large-format two-color fold-out maps; and a ribbon place-marker. The book is well constructed with leather hardcover and beautiful binding that is sure to last through many readings. A great investment for any Tolkien fan.
Date published: 2006-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Only True Classic In the world of literature, few books have touched me in so many ways, as the Lord of the Rings has. Should I be trapped on a desert island, I only hope that I can have this book to keep me company! This year I read it for the 10th time in less than 6 years and I never fail to take away something new with each reading. Tolkien has infused his text with such life and love that one cannot help but be drawn in and absorbed into Middle Earth. There are many books out there that are considered classics - but this is the one TRUE classic. It is both a joy to read and the story and language are truly everlasting.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspiring Deep in the depths of the heart, there lies a longing for love. The love of someone can enable us to defeat evil even in the darkest of times. The knowledge that no matter what sort of pain and tragedy you will face, that friend will be there to hold your heart...and hand. JRR Tolkien's world has changed my life. I read his books about 6 years ago now, and everytime i read them over, i am in awe of how beautiful tolkiens imagination was, and still is on the pages he has left behind. This tale of unreal triumphs, and unsurpassable tension, leaves the reader wanting so much more, and thankfully, Tolkien has given it to us in his other works! All of the realationships in this story are incredible. Each friend has risked death for one another, each race has fought for eachother, and each love has withstood adversity beyond all hope. Middlearth, at first glance, would seem to be unbelieveable...just fiction, but once you read each page, you come to realize that this place is alive and real in all of our hearts.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspirational Deep in the depths of the heart, there is a longing for love. The love of a friend, and the knowledge that no matter what sort of pain and tragedy you might face, that friend will always be there to hold your hand, and heart. This extrodinary piece of literature by JRR Tolkien has changed my life. I first read it about 6 years ago, and ever since then, i have found a peace through Tolkiens words. The characters in this book are so devoted to their companions, that they risk their lives for the good of not only one race, but all. A tale of unreal strength, and a fight against evil, leaves the reader wanting to know so much more about the history...and thankfully, Tolkien has provided it for us in his other works! Each family and race has a tie to eachother, each friend has fought for one another and each love has withstood adversity beyond all hope. This world that Tolkien has created, at first glance would be unbeliveable, and simply fiction...but once you have read each page, you come to realize, that middlearth is alive, and real...in all of our hearts.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top rated! I HIGHLY recommend this series of books, for anyone to immerse themselves in Tolkien's imaginative world of Middle Earth.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultimate Book! This is easily the best book ever read. If you don't read it or don't like it when you did, you are officially insane. Enough said.
Date published: 2006-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 10 Well, I am a ringer, so I am a bit biased, hehe. For those of you who have never picked up the book or seen the movies, you don't know what you are missing. For those of you who loved the movies, but haven't read the books, read them! They will definitely further open the doors to Middle Earth. There is so much depth to this story and world and the books are a great starting place or next step to anyone who is remotely interested. I opened this book 5 years ago and now I am even learning Elvish! I love this book and the story has so many morals and is so emotional. Some find the beginning dry, but the heart of the story, the actual struggles and relations of the characters are so amazing. Middle Earth is deeper than the depths of Khazad-Dum. Everytime I open a book of Middle Earth, I learn something new and a smile is brought upon my face. The actions of the characters, the cultures of Ennorath, and the little details of this world all inspire me, both in my daily life and in my dreams. One of the books to read before you die.
Date published: 2005-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Novel Of The Millenium This is without doubt the best thing written in the twentieth century but, also in my opinion, in the last 1000 years. No one will ever come close to the sheer amount of information about an imaginary world that Tolkien has. The scope and breadth of the novel are beyond the word Epic . It is a book that should relate to anyone; adults and children alike. There are profound values in there: loyalty, friendship, courage, pity, resourcefulness, love, trust, compassion and, as Gandalf puts it: Hope without guarantees . Everything is perfect and in the end, nothing is quite the same. The ending is a happy one but not in the classic sense of the word. It ends in bittersweetness rather than perfect happiness. Enjoy your reading!!!
Date published: 2005-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Novel Of The Millenium Read it; it is incredible!
Date published: 2005-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Novel Of The Millenium What's to say? Too much! This is without doubt - though this is only a personal opinion - the greatest thing - though THING is a weak word for this book - ever written. There is no word in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for such greatness. This book is beyond the word EPIC . It is of BIBLICAL proportions. Just look at those Appendices: all the lines of all the Kings of Gondor, Numenor, Rohan, Elven Kingdoms, Dwarven Kingdoms, Gondorian Stewards; and a little history for almost all of them, including their births and deaths. Then, there are the genealogical trees of all Hobbit-families, too. There is also a great account of the second AND third ages, with their chronology in the section: The Tale Of Years, which recounts all the major events of those two ages and a lot of minor ones, in great depth and in chronological order; so that we do not get confused in the vastness of this major work of art. But the greatest thing about this novel, is that you completely embrace it. One you've gotten through the first pages, you actually believe that you are really reading HISTORY rather than FANTASY. You completely forget that you are reading something that has never happened. As Peter Jackson has said: When you read The Lord Of The Rings, you actually get the feeling that this could actually have happened in some other time of history. And that, we owe to the fact that his characters are so alive. They all have their own personality, and that helps you to get through all the names that are difficult to pronounce and you embrace them for what they are: real people with real feelings. This novel is the most intricate, exciting, and touching story of all time. It is a voyage to the heart of every human being and when you are done reading it, though you may only be of Hobbit-size in body, you end up of Oliphaunt-size, in heart and mind. It is a self-discovery of the human spirit in all its splendour: the good and the evil in all of us. You even end up wondering what you would do in Frodo's place: Would I kill Gollum; would I throw the Ring away; would I go to Mordor; would I take Sam with me; is it desperate; is it worth it? And in the end, the answer is: well I'm not gonna tell you, in case you haven't read it yet! But the book is worth it, that's for sure. This book, is about two things above all: friendship (hence the title The Fellowship Of The Ring ), and finding your own wisdom, even when it seems impossible to be wise in the situation they are thrown in. Now, I won't tell you more but, GO AND BUY IT! Trust me, you ain't going to regret it. Don't even borrow it; BUY IT! 'Cause you're going to want to read over and over again, anyway! I have read it six times since I first bought it (I only bought it in late September 2003, and we're in the first weeks of June 2005; so I haven't had it two years yet), and I'm reading it a seventh time now. Trust me, you'll like it!
Date published: 2005-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Rings Biggest Fan The Lord of the Rings is the best book I've ever read. Tolkien is a very good author. He can easily display pictures into a readers head and allow them to enter the world of his books. His imagination brings things to life! I love reading his books. I also enjoy the movies. I agree with the other reviews they are awesome. And if you haven't read them or you dislike them you must be living ina cave or under a rock. These are great books. I hope that everone can read these books. They are very enjoyable. They are aewsome. I've read them 10 times.
Date published: 2005-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why can't you rate books at 100? Absolutely nothing to say but..... no other book made or going to be made can compare!!!
Date published: 2005-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever Best book ever written.
Date published: 2005-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing These books are all amazing, J.R.R Tolkein is an amazing author and I recommend them to everyone.
Date published: 2004-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent so far Wow! I started reading this book and it is awesome!! I can't wait to finish it! I also LOVE the films! I can't wait for Return of the King Extended Edition DVD to come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2004-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great mythology. The Lord of the Rings would probably have to be one of the greater pieces of literature that I have read. Tolkien had a magical way of telling his stories. With endless detailed descriptions of the geography of Arda and its rich history, that somehow left room for the reader to create this world, with their own imagination however the saw fit, events taking place however they felt they should.
Date published: 2004-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I have never read a book with more depth and intricacy. It is a beautiful story of the powers of hope and friendship in the fascinating world Tolkien has created. A definate must read!
Date published: 2004-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Books Ever I'm 15 and I think LOTR are the best books ever written. I have read the trilogy 12 times and I'm on my 13 time right now! J.R.R Tolkien is the most talented writer. I have read a few of his book...The Hobbit, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, The Silmarillion, and a few more. These are truly the best books ever written. They paint pictures in your mind of what each place should look like...and the movies are fantastic as well!
Date published: 2004-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely, Fantastic J.R.R Tolkien has an unique style of writing. Something that pulls the reader right into his world. He makes everything so believable in the Hobbit and LOTR 1-3. It's amazing how you can picture the setting in your mind. This is a must have!!
Date published: 2004-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The few that can... Very few people you talk to on the street can make you appreciate what they are trying to explain. Even more remote are the people that can actually pull you into another world for an instant of a moment. And then there are the few that are capable of making you believe that during a time that has been now almost completely forgotten, except in myth and lore, a quest was taken by the most unlikely of persons against a being of pure evil. Professor Tolkien has taken the written word to new hieghts, but not by an extensive vocabulary but by means of writing in its most pure form. With all the theories about the books, with all the battles and adventures, with all the sadness and joy, people who haven't read this book think it to be an epic that only a serious reader will have the ability to undertake. But it is more. In it's core there are trees and plants, mountains and rivers that are explained in such a way that you don't even realize that you are reading. You think you are in Middle Earth. You see the spirit of good, you see the darkest vaults in the world, you feel pain and sadness and fear and anger and resentment. You are on a journey with Frodo and Sam and Merry and Pippin. Gandalf puts his hand on your shoulder and pursuades you that your time will come. If you love these books as much as I do( I've read each more than 5 times a piece) then you'll love the Simarillion. A book that invokes even more history and love for middle earth. And if the Professor Tolkien bug still has you, Unfinished Tales is a book of stories and commentary on parts of the history of Middle Earth prior to the Hobbit and after the the epic finishes. The best series of writing/history/fantasy/enjoyment that I have ever read.
Date published: 2004-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh This book is horrible, good god don't buy it!!! And definetely don't go see those overblown movies. What a waste of time!
Date published: 2004-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best These are the best books ever!!!! if you havn't read them i dont know where you have been for the past 50 years!!
Date published: 2004-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some of the best books ever! Words of a grade 7: At first being a Harry Potter fan I shunned the Lord of the Rings books. But curiosity took over in the end. I started reading 'The Hobbit' and moved on to 'The Fellowship of the Ring' a few days later. I am now reading 'The Silmarillion'. Thank you for giving me a new obsession J.R.R. Tolkien!
Date published: 2003-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No doubt one of the best books ever written! I think Lord of the Rings is one of the best, if not the best, books ever written. I find myself being absorbed by the world Tolkien has created, and often it amazes me that this world is not real. It's a very interesting, exciting adventure!
Date published: 2003-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why I think people should read these! I think that people should read these because J.R.R. Tolkien is an excellent auther and had spent many long years making these books the best they can be. These books are very well writen and are fun to read no matter what age you are! So please, go and by these books and I promise you that you will not be disapointed!
Date published: 2003-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but..... These are by far the best books i have ever read and i love them very much. I had just one problem with them. I'm in grade 7 and i was in English. For the first time i opened the book and half of the pages fell out. I had never opened it before and was quite disapointed. Of course i love the book itself and i think that they are the best written books ever. Thank you J.R.R. Tolkien for writing this masterpeice.
Date published: 2003-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Rings These books are very well wrote and I love them.Very descriptive.Tolkien is a very gifed author.
Date published: 2003-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Rings (audio version) This superior, dramatized, audio version of the Lord of the Rings (13 hours)is from BBC. Absolutely the best audio book of any I've heard and will keep you occupied on a long journey (although you may become too occupied!). The acting is superb, the music awesome. The Hobbit by much the same group is also very good.
Date published: 2003-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable The hobbit and the lord of the rings are excellent and the world that tolkien has written about gives the readers a reality that makes you believe that you are a part of that world and makes you want to be there for yourself.
Date published: 2003-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOTR RULES!!! These are what I think the GREATEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN!!! If you don't like these Tolkien books than I don't know what planet you are from. I would think anyone over 12 would like or even love these books and want to see their movie counter-parts.
Date published: 2003-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever This book is an unbelievable experience that should not be missed by anyone. A fantastic tale in an unbelievable book presentation form. I am reading this book for the fourth time and am still as excited as I was the first time. You should not miss this experience.
Date published: 2002-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZINGLY AMAZING Wow what can I say it is the best book EVER I cannot believe how good it is I just can't explain it. I have read it now 5 times and I cannot get away from it. It is just awesome you've gotta read it or else you'll just not know what you're missing. Its excellent!
Date published: 2002-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I have to say is *WOW* The Lord of the Rings has got to be the best book in HISTORY!!!!It covers everything!Good vs. Evil, war, wizards and like thousands of original ideas from Tolkien his self. If you don't read it, your missing out on a wonderful thing, the movie is excelent to!!!
Date published: 2002-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best This is the best book I've ever read in my life. If you havn't read it your are missing out on one of the greatest pieces of literature.
Date published: 2002-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lord of all fiction What can one say that hasn't already been said about the most epic battle of good vs. evil? Immortalized for the generations to come, Lord Of The Rings is amusing, amazing, fun, scary and suspenseful and surely the work of a master writer. The characters are alive, the events real and the landcape ever so uniquely convincing. Perhaps, for once, the legend lives up to its reputation. Never before has the choice of the best work in a given genre been such an easy and universal win.
Date published: 2002-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh my god!!! the trilogy is amazing!! I couldn't put it down until i was finished! buy it!! its is so well written, the best book (trilogy) ive ever read. check out other books by tolkien, he was a fantastic writer.
Date published: 2002-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great book, terrible edition This is an awful edition. The paper is thin, practically newsprint, and the book itself is too large to read comfortably. Buy the 3 individual books, not this omnibus edition.
Date published: 2002-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tolkien has invented a knockout! These books are very interesting and well thought of. (Much more orginal than Harry Potter) This triliogy is not to be read for a bit of light reading. Only read these books if you are serious about it. You cannot put thrse books down for a month and then pick them up and expect to remember what has been happening. PAY ATTENTION!!!! Basically what I want to say is READ THIS TRILIOGY!!!! ITS ONE OF THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2001-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best ever this is the best novel on tape ever!!!!!
Date published: 2001-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Book Ever Written Having read this masterpiece first when I was 15 year old, it was, and continues to be, 30 years later, the greatest novel I have ever read, bar none. There are no equals....
Date published: 2001-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The King Of Literature The book is too mesmerizing and indescribable for words. The greatest book ever written of Dwarfs, Elves, or any work of literature... with The Godfather of course!
Date published: 2001-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!!! This book, the Lord of the rings is, in my oppinion and many of my friends opinion, the best book of all time. I believe that Tolien, the master, no, the lord of fantasy has put his talents into this book and has made a beutiful peace of writing. In my opinion this book makes all other fantasy novels(and I have ready many) pail in comparison. I highly recomend this book to all who have the time to read. Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2001-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book Of The Century The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien is a Masterpiece. You can through yourself Into a whole new World and take a perilous journey across the west of middle earth.Several new languages will be introduced along with a calendar for the animals and people who dwell across the land. Tolkien has forged a novel so great, that it will continue to inspire readers across the world for centuries to come.(I recommend that you read THE HOBBIT before you dive into The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit gives you the background for the novel along with a great story line)
Date published: 2001-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy At It's best If you are into fantasy than you have to read this book. The premier work of fantasy in literature, Tolkien weaves a unforgettable story filled with amazing creatures and mythical settings. When I read it as kid I was a bit wary of reading such a LONG book but after reading the first few chapters I wished the book would never end. I recommend this book for anyone who has ever been interested in fantasy/adventure or if you are just looking for a great read. A big thumbs up for this book!
Date published: 2001-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of the Century They call this book, "The Book of the Century" and they are right. This book was the first epic I ever read. It left me thinking that everyone wrote as well as Tolkien did. When I discovered my error, it only increased my appreciation for this book. It has been said that fans of The Lord of the Rings do not read the book just once: they read it once a year. Although I have fallen short of that average, I have, however, read this book twenty times and I am still finding new previously undiscovered revelations each and every time I read it! This book is a keeper and well worth buying a hardcover version if you find that you can slip yourself into Tolkien's world as easily as I first did at age 10.
Date published: 2001-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from enchanting It is no wonder that this book is commonly referred to as the Book of the 20th Century. Tolkien is a master storyteller at his best. He takes us to an enchanting world where the presence of evil is as real as it is in ours and the struggle of the good as difficult, sorrowful and never-ending. The different inhabitants and the landscape of Tolkien's imaginary and yet so real world are all described with color and pure genius. The sense of journey that Tolkien exerts in the story is overwhelming and a unique feature of the book. In Lord of the Rings, Frodo the Hobbit is given the seemingly hopeless task of destroying the One Ring possessing unimaginable power and evil and must travel to the very heart of darkness to do so. He is not however alone in his quest and is accompanied by characters so powerfully created that their memory is sure to remain with the reader for many years to come. To say that the book is hence highly recommended is a gross understatement and to site the incredible feat of imagination and the enchanting storytelling that has made Lord of the Rings the classic that it truly is, still belittles the fabulous experience that is reading it.
Date published: 2001-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Classic I am rereading 'The Lord of the Rings' yet again. I have the original books I purchased more than 25 years ago. (printed in 1974) They've been read so many times the pages have come loose from the binding. I cannot count the number of times I've relived this classic adventure. If you haven't read it you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again. Professor Tolkien gave us a wonderful gift with this majestic tale. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2001-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best. As anyone who has read this astounding book will know; "The Lord of the Rings" is the definitive novel of the fantasy genera. It was one of the first of its kind, and it helped shape and mold fantasy to come; so that Tolkien's legacy lives on in the novels of today. It has stood the test of time, and has been a favorite among many for almost 50 years - and will continue to be for as many more. Theres no denying "The Lord of the Rings."
Date published: 2001-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Rings Tolkiens's Lord of the Rings is the defining standard against which all other fantasy works, in my opinion, must be measured. It has now been twenty-two years since it first captured my imagination as a schoolboy, and I have returned to savour it countless times. Tolkien's creation of the noble Elves and their epic struggle against their ancient foe Sauron alongside the tragic men of the forgotten realm of Numenor, and the merry Shire hobbits is as rich and historic a world as our own. Frodo the hobbit must leave his peaceful home on a mission to destroy the Ring, which the Dark Lord needs to conquer Middle-Earth, and journeying with Frodo are the mysterious wizard Gandalf, the stern Lord Aragorn, Ranger of the North and many other characters, the like of which the literary world has yet to see again. Magical swords, the mystical Elf Queen of the Lorien Woods, the terrifying Black Riders who pursue Frodo throughout Middle-Earth, and the wretched Gollum are all unforgettable pieces of the puzzle. Any lover of the fantasy genre cannot call themselves so without first delving in the Lord of the Rings.
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SHEER GENIUS How do I begin? Well, this book is pure imagination genius. The fact that he made many different cultures within his world of complete magic and splendour is truly amazing. All of the races of Middle Earth are as real as the book in front of your face. They are so elaborately real that they have there own belief system. You can feel yourself drawn into Middle Earth the minute you start reading. Throughout this miraculous adventure you can feel the character's grief, joy, excitement, or any emotion that the endless, extravagantly crafted mind of Tolkien can portray. The amazing adventure will bring along with it through the many fantastic realms of Tolkien's endless imagination. This is one the most magnificent book in history and should be read by one and all. So please if you haven't read this I highly suggest getting yourself a copy and indulge in the most beautiful experience a book can ever, and will ever give a person.
Date published: 2001-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lord of the Rings Likely, many words about this book have been written, but it is truly one of the most remarkable pieces of literature that has been created. The Lord of the Rings is a tale about the fight between good and evil in a world described so realistically, that one wonders whether this book should be classified as a "fantasy" or rather, as a "non-fiction" history book. In fact, after reading this book one may wish to be transported into Tolkien's world in order to participate in the adventures of Hobbits, Knights, wizards and orcs. A "must read" for everyone who enjoys a great book!
Date published: 2000-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I first read the LOTR books during exam time in my fourth year of engineering. I was so engrossed in the story I almost failed. I even brought the books to my exams. I recommend staying away from LOTR if you have exams but otherwise READ THEM!!!!
Date published: 2000-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord Of The Rings The book of the century, and the story that started a new genre of literature.The Lord Of The Rings has continually proven that it is a masterpiece of modern storytelling. This epic will forever be the heart of any book readers collection.
Date published: 2000-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graduated Student After reading the Hobbit, reading the Lord of the Rings was a must. I found the book entertaining and captivating. It wasn't enough to simply pause after the first section for a snack break or some sleep, I couldn't put this book down. There was one run in with danger after another, risk, denial, mystery, self discovery, this book includes everything inside its covers, which makes it so compelling. This book, will make the greatest Christmas present, which I am in fact giving to my best friend since he hasn't read it yet. A warm thank you goes t J.R.R. Tolkien for writing such an inspirational book for both adults and children. A book which has symbolic significance to our lives as well as a remarkable story away from reality.
Date published: 2000-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A work of Magic I cannot recall how many times I have now read this book. It is one that I treat my self to every once in a while on a job well done. Its litererary mastery is something that one cannot ignore. Its imagery is one that picks you up and does not let you go. Frodo and his friends weave their readers into the story until the last page. Your lives and their lives become intertwined for an exaulting but brief period of time. This book promises the best... and it delivers.
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The First Masterpiece of Modern Fantasy The Lord of the Rings started the modern fantasy genre with a bang. It has been my favorite book since I first read it in grade 6 and stimulates my imagination every time I read it. The scope and scale of the book is beyond belief until you've read it.
Date published: 2000-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~Greatest Book Ever~ Quoting the back cover of the Lord of the Rings "The English speaking world is divided into two parts, those who have read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring and those who are going to read them, Sunday Times". This could not be more true. I will feel priviliged if I ever stumble upon a trilogy so captivating!. I read the second book (The Two Towers) in less than a day the first time I read the trilogy. Now as I begin to read the same trilogy for the 3rd time I still feel the same sense of awe as I did when I read the book for the first time. An exellent buy!
Date published: 2000-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece that is gauranteed your approval! This book is a must have for fantasy lovers! Complete with illustrated maps and family trees involving the characters. Travel along with Frodo and his company to destroy a magical ring! They must journey beyond their beloved Shire, and into the Cracks of Doom. Will the Hobbits succeed let alone survive? Find out with this Trilogy. Order this book now!
Date published: 2000-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best... book i have ever read in my life!!!! i am so hooked on this series. everyone should read it at least once.
Date published: 2000-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Series Ever! This series is the pinnacle and the standard of Fantasy/Fiction. It is this series and the Hobbit that all current writers of this genre look to as their basic building block. I can not recommend or urge you to buy this and read it enough. Words can't quite describe this masterpiece. There is only one slow point in this and that is in the fourth book(Book 2 of The Two Towers) It gets a bit slow in my opinion, but it doesn't last long, or it is forgotten in the last two books which are the best words I have ever seen put together. Everytime I read this series I lose myself in its descriptions. I feel as if I am in that world and that this is our actual history at moments. It is that good. I only wish there could have been a fourth part. I don't know what could really happen in it, but anything that Tolkien would write would have been great, judging by this series and the Hobbit. This book was not rated the book of the Millennium for nothing. The only other writers which I could say rival Tolkien are Robert Jordan with his Wheel of Time series and Terry Brookes with the Shannarra series. Both of which have many similar occurences, object, etc. in them. I strongly suggest you read all of these novels.
Date published: 2000-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must buy This novel is an amazing clasic. J.R.R. Tolkien created a masterpeice of a novel. If you are interested in Fantasy, Frodo and the fellowship will keep you at the edge of your seat. It starts with the joining of the fellowship and ends with the destruction of the ring and the end of the 3rd era. It is a must buy.
Date published: 2000-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is all To review the Lord Of the Rings would require more than 200 words. It would include every positive adjective that the English language could offer. With an intuitive plot (the story goes much deeper than young Frodo trying to destoy the ring) and lovable characters, this books depth goes beyond any other. It is marvelous in that not only the story itself is rich, but the world it takes place in is miraculously imaginable. For all readers, and especially for all fantasy lovers, I recommend this masterpiece of epic grandeur. It has everything to make itself perfect.
Date published: 2000-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lord of the rings i am but 15 but i am certain of one thing the power and complexity of that novel is truly spell binding. the author has a way to bring you into the story and make you think if this civilization really did exist. all these components make it one of the greatest works of human litturature of the century
Date published: 2000-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lord of the Rings This book was very good. It was about a distant land that was always in competition of good versus evil. The dark lord Sauron created a ring which was pure evil and it was lost. If the dark lord got the ring back, he would have the most terrifying power over all of the land. The catch, however was that the ring could only be destroyed in the fire which it was created. If you are to read this excellent book series, you should probably first reat "THE HOBBIT" also written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Date published: 2000-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lord of the Rings This book was very good. It was about a distant land that was always in competition of good versus evil. The dark lord Sauron created a ring which was pure evil and it was lost. If the dark lord got the ring back, he would have the most terrifying power over all of the land. The catch, however was that the ring could only be destroyed in the fire which it was created. If you are to read this excellent book series, you should probably first reat "THE HOBBIT" also written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Date published: 2000-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Rings, The Tempted to read the novel described as "THE book of the 20th century"? LOTR is not for everyone. Reactions range from "transcendantly magnificant" to "boring and pointless". Read 100 pages, (it does start a bit slowly!), and if you find it boring-and-pointless, quit and never touch it again. Otherwise read on. I first read LOTR 35 years ago. Since then I've read it seven or eight times and 'The Hobbit' and 'The Silmarillion' each four or five times.
Date published: 2000-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Series Ever Written This trilogy has to be one of the best ever written. Also, the writer (J.R.R. Tolkein) must be one of the most ingenious authors in the world. When I read this book I travelled into a whole different world. With its vast history and description I just couldn't stop reading. I am in Grade 8 and I didn't even like reading before I read this book for a book report. Now I love these books and am starting on the second one already. I just finished the first book yesterday! I really recommend these books. You will love them!! So go down to your library or book store and read them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2000-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord Of The Rings (BBC Audio Version) A trully stirring rendition of this classic book. All characterization is bang-on and sound quality was very good. Although this is a dramatized version and thereby quite abridged the only significant thread of the story left out is that of Tom Bombadil. At thirteen hours long this audio book would make any cross country trip go by much faster.
Date published: 2000-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What? You never read LotR? To review "The Lord of the Rings" in detail would be to exhaust every superlative compliment ever written in the English language. These books are beyond words. Tolkien has created a world of such vastness, such intricacy, such complexity and such beauty that it seems an impossible task for any group of mortal men, let alone one; his exploit goes unrivalled, and I doubt anyone will ever equal him. If you ever read fantasy other than Tolkien's works, be aware it is probably copied almost in its entirety on Middle-Earth, and poorly at that. Once you've read "The Lord of the Rings", no other fantasy book will ever hold up to the comparison.
Date published: 1999-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best I first read this book 20 years ago and lived in a world of such immagination that I was in awe and wished I never had to leave it. It was great the first time I read it and I believe 20 years later it holds the same wonder. Try it and I know you will not regret it
Date published: 1999-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of The Rings Written by the author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, this massive and colossal piece of fiction illustrates the ultimate, most grandiose conflict between good and evil. It is not as much a work of fiction as it is the embodiement of a history : J.R.R. Tolkien has poured so much detail within every page that the reader believes what he says to be true. A complete analysis of the novels (vol. 1, 2, 3) would reveal countless symbolisms between it and our own history. Also, the characters are very rich with emotion and personality, and it is very difficult not be captivated by how they evolve from farmers into warriors, or from scavengers into leaders. With all these points in mind, i nominate this as one of the very, very best works of literary fiction i have yet read.
Date published: 1999-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A powerful trilogy This classic trilogy of fantasy fiction probably stands as one of the most influencial pieces of litterature of our times. A deeply compelling tale of the struggle between good and evil, borrowing themes from Arthurian Legend and Celtic mythology, it is the base upon which much of our modern vision of Science-Fiction and Fantasy is built.
Date published: 1999-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Rings This Trilogy was recently voted best book of the 20th Century! You will understand why after your first read. If you like fantasy, adventure, romance, humour and suspense, this series has it all. Very rarely can you read a more rewarding book which holds you spellbound hour after hour in anticipation.
Date published: 1999-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amaizing Book This book is the classic fantasy book of all time. Everybody should read it, not just fantasy readers. If you don't read this book, you can't understand yourself or modern literature!
Date published: 1999-03-12

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The Lord Of The Rings

by Jrr Tolkien

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1200 pages, 11.25 × 7.38 × 2.67 in

Published: July 14, 2014

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007525540

ISBN - 13: 9780007525546

From the Publisher

A sumptuous new one-volume edition of Tolkien''s classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated in watercolour throughout by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee.

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. Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors'' editions become prized and valuable items of publishing.

With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed, award-winning and billion-dollar success, images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers. Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee''s paintings, giving this sumptuous new edition of Tolkien''s great work new relevance for the ever-growing number of fans.

About the Author

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher.

Editorial Reviews

"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them." - Sunday Times

"A story magnificently told, with every kind of colour and movement and greatness." - New Statesman

"Masterpiece? Oh yes, I''ve no doubt about that." - Evening Standard

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