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Hobbits and wizards and Sauron--oh, my! Mild-mannered Oxford scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had little inkling when he published The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again in 1937 that, once hobbits were unleashed upon the world, there would be no turning back. Hobbits are, of course, small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elfish friends get swept up into a mighty conflict with the dragon Smaug, the dark lord Sauron (who owes much to proud Satan in Paradise Lost), the monstrous Gollum, the Cracks of Doom, and the awful power of the magical Ring. The four books' characters--good and evil--are recognizably human, and the realism is deepened by the magnificent detail of the vast parallel world Tolkien devised, inspired partly by his influential Anglo-Saxon scholarship and his Christian beliefs. (He disapproved of the relative sparseness of detail in the comparable allegorical fantasy his friend C.S. Lewis dreamed up in The Chronicles of Narnia, though he knew Lewis had spun a page-turning yarn.) It has been estimated that one-tenth of all paperbacks sold can trace their ancestry to J.R.R. Tolkien. But even if we had never gotten Robert Jordan's The Path of Daggers and the whole fantasy genre Tolkien inadvertently created by bringing the hobbits so richly to life, Tolkien's epic about the Ring would have left our world enhanced by enchantment. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
'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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I loved them. Tolkien is such a great writer. I read them once when I was in the 7th grade now I'm 26 and got a lot more out of them.Published 13 hours ago by Matt W Read
Not enough good things can be said about TLOtR. It's not like anything else. Everything is perfect, including the 50th anniversary EditionPublished 2 days ago by Th.J.Lover
My daughter love this books! They are compact. And she takes them everywhere we go.Published 3 days ago by Gulya
The book is perfect! The story as you probably already know is great, the presentation is awesome too.Published 4 days ago by Frida Morales
This is the fourth time I have reading The Lord of the Rings. Each time I have learned something new, because it is written on more than one level. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lovee
Theatrical performance. I ended up returning this because the first disc would not play in my car CD player.Published 6 days ago by elsanford
This edition is handy as a way to carry LoTR around and read it. Unfortunately the books are really to big to be bound together in one volume, the spine will start to split. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Wrolf Courtney
I have read the book many times over the years and continue to enjoy having this hard cover edition, in addition to the Kindle e-book and audio book copy.Published 6 days ago by Susan A. Thatcher