The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. TolkienThe Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord Of The Rings

byJ. R. R. Tolkien

Hardcover | July 22, 2014

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A sumptuous new one-volume edition of Tolkien's classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated throughout in watercolour by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee, and housed in a special transparent slipcase.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.This new edition includes all 50 of Alan Lee's beautiful watercolour paintings that have been newly scanned by the artist himself, together with his stunning frontispiece painting that appears in full, for the very first time, as a three-page foldout sheet. The text has been reset using the definitive 50th anniversary text and is printed on high-quality paper, and this is accompanied by Tolkien's own maps, which are printed in red & black as endpapers. The unjacketed book features illustrated boards and includes a silk ribbon marker, and is housed in a special transparent slipcase; together with Alan's beautiful paintings, this new presentation of this landmark work provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first publication.
J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
Title:The Lord Of The RingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1244 pagesPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Date published: 2016-11-21
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Date published: 2016-11-12
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-blowing! This was a captivating read that I found myself falling in love with. Once I started with the hobbit, I count not help but continue on with the rest. This could not have gone any better and still has the same effect on me every time I read it again-which is a lot.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Illustrated Edition This 3-volume hardcover illustrated by Alan Lee is a classic. It's one of the best editions ever published. The artwork is stunning to say the least. There is also a hardcover edition of The Silmarillion that matches this one perfectly. Search 9780618391110 to find it. I highly recommend getting both this set, and that book together. There is also an illustrated Hobbit [search 9780261103306] to complete your illustrated Tolkien set.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Edition This edition, the single-volume hardcover edition with the black cover (in case Chapter bunches reviews of all the editions of a book together like Amazon....) is highly recommended. For starts, it features the correct text (if a copy of The Lord of the Ring was published 2004 or later, you'll be set), features extendable maps, as well as a special plate section. It also matches very well with The Hobbit (search "Hobbit 2nd Ed" here on Chapters for the matching edition) and Harper Collins' hardback editions of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, which sadly aren't listed on Chapters. You can get them easily enough off of or [The Silmarillion features a mountain, and Unfinished Tales shows a dragon coming out of a cave.] Really, though, it'll look awesome on your shelf, either on its own, or with hardback editions of The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to compliment it. It's also well-priced, as you get the complete Lord of the Rings story, in hardcover, for under $80.
Date published: 2016-11-06
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Date published: 2016-11-04
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Date published: 2016-11-04
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Editorial Reviews

'Alan Lee's artwork has a beauty and lyricism about it. His art captured what I hoped to capture with the films.'Peter Jackson'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