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This is a single-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which the hobbit Frodo and his elfish friends get swept up in a mighty conflict with 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 book's 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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The official movie tie-in volume with cover art of a Nazg?l perched upon its black steed offers the complete story in a single volume, as the author intended.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I loved the movies, had to read the books. Of course they're even more amazing. Nice to have them all together in a digital copy tooPublished 13 hours ago by rebecca a flores
It's the classic standard. Very slow getting started, you could almost skip the first third of The Fellowship and not miss much, but it's quite engaging once they finally get... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Razorstorm
Just read again after many years. Still a classic! Characters are more complex than I remembered. Now on to Return of the King.Published 2 days ago by R E Bowie
Review for The Lord of the Rings.
I'll keep it brief, this is not a review of the actual story but of this specific edition. Read more