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The Lord of the Rings: One Volume [Kindle Edition]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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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 new edition includes the fiftieth-anniversary fully corrected text setting and, for the first time, an extensive new 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.


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The Lord of the Rings is a must-read for all fantasy genre fans. Those who have previously read The Hobbit will find The Lord of the Rings as a familiar time and place to return to. This epic fantasy book centers on a hobbit named Frodo Baggins and his loyal group of companions, called The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Lord of the Rings is a three-book compilation that includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of The King. The book follows the struggles that a simple hobbit, Frodo, and his friends encounter while trying to destroy an all-powerful ring to save Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings takes place in a fantasy world that is not too unlike the English countryside, though it has characters that range from hobbits to Elven creatures.

The author, J.R.R. Tolkien, uses his command of the English language to beautifully weave a tale like no other, which has laid the groundwork for many of the most popular fantasy books today. Widely regarded as one of the genre's most loved works, The Lord of the Rings has garnered worldwide acclaim and praise from critics and fans alike. The book has been adapted into movies, games, radio, artwork, and many other media.

The Lord of the Rings is the third-best-selling novel of all time and should be required reading for all fans of the namesake movie series.

From Publishers Weekly

Originally broadcast in 1981 on BBC Radio, this full-cast adaptation of Tolkien's epic trilogy is justifiably regarded as a classic; unfortunately, in 2008, it faces inevitable comparison with Peter Jackson's films. While Jackson had stunning visuals, purists may find this simpler adaptation more to their taste. The radio version remains, in some ways, more faithful to the original trilogy. The extensive cuts to the narrative mean that much of Tolkien's poetic description and a degree of emotional resonance are lost, but narrator Gerard Murphy gives what remains the appropriate gravity. Most of the dialogue is pure Tolkien, and the fine cast does it justice. Ian Holm (who appeared as Bilbo in the films) offers a mature, nuanced portrayal of Frodo that is far truer to the text than Elijah Wood's wide-eyed innocent approach. (On the other hand, Sean Astin's accent and inflections as Sam are so similar to the audiobook's Bill Nighy's, one might suspect that Astin studied this recording before filming.) The 12th CD is devoted to a selection of songs from the books, set to original music. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 4333 KB
  • Print Length: 1220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0618640150
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007978OY6
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284 of 300 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb dramatisation on CD at last ! January 12, 2000
By Kwaile
Format:Audio CD
I bought the audio-cassette edition of this years ago, before the days of CD and online shopping, and I've long been hoping that it would one day be released on CD. It really is a magnificent achievement - the thought, planning, respect and sheer professionalism that have gone into creating this is simply remarkable. What a contrast to the execrable Mind's Eye edition ! The BBC version is not a complete reading of the book, but rather a (judiciously) abridged and compact dramatisation. Having said that, it's still very long. It's like listening to a really good, long (13 hours!) film of LOTR with your eyes closed. The atmosphere and feeling of the book has been captured wonderfully, with great, stirring performances from internationally-known and respected actors like Ian Holm, Michael Horden and Robert Stephens. The music and songs are haunting and dramatic, and the sound effects are so authentic that you really feel like you're there with the Company on its quest to destroy the ring. Even the packaging is of the highest quality, another thing the people that made the Mind's Eye version should take note of. The CDs come in a very nicely designed box with artwork, maps, and other information. Quite a few people have been asking which CD edition to buy - if you want an amateurish, cartoon-style version this isn't for you. If, however, you are looking for excitement, intelligence, humour, a sense of wonder, and faithfulness to the spirit of Tolkien's masterpiece, then the BBC edition shouldn't disappoint.
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1,052 of 1,147 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this edition December 21, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Everyone knows the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings are wonderful stories, and I fully agree. The reason for my bad rating of this PARTICULAR edition of JRR Tolkien's works is that the books are riddled with typographical errors, some so severe that they change the meaning of sentences, effectively reversing the author's intent. One example: "The Breelanders locked their doors at night, which was also not unusual in the Shire." The word "unusual" should have been "usual"--i.e., the Shire Hobbits don't usually lock their doors at night. But exactly the opposite idea is conveyed by this typographical error! And there are many more errors where that one came from. I counted THREE errors on ONE PAGE! AVOID THIS EDITION at all costs!
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898 of 979 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak Maps, spelling errors, don't do justice December 29, 2000
By Tal
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As someone else mentioned, we all know the Lord of the Rings to be by the far one of the greatest works of writing of the 20th century. It is all a game we play with Tolkien, for he too took it much more seriously then any other Fantasy of Science Fiction writer ever has. He made up languages that existed in relationship to languages and dialects that we have in english, and thus created a nightmare for Translators. He told stories of all sorts of perils of creation, and made sure everything was done right. Thus, when an edition like this comes out, it is truly painful. For one, originally, Tolkien created some of the most beautiful maps of Middle Earth, spending time making sure that all of the proportions were accurate. He didn't just jumble down some lines for the coast line, for example. He spent many hours making sure everything was proportinate and made sense. However, sometime after 1988, Ballantine started to release editions of the triliogy with completely new maps, all signed by some Shelly Shapiro. In either case, these new maps were plauged with problems, from being too cartoony and unproportinate to having names of locations from the original maps done away with. The maps, from the very beginning, have been essential to the LoTR books, and having cheap maps made is annoying beyond belief. It shows a sign of disrespect from the editors. To me, it says, "People won't notice anyway. Lets make a smaller sized book with less detailed maps and save some money." If you truly want to expierience this epic (or history, more accurately) as Tolkien envisioned it (not some editor at Ballantine), spend some extra cash and either get a different edition or buy a good map (there is currently an excellent one made by Christopher Tolkien, which is much larger and detailed). Of course, were the map adequate, this edition still suffers from annoying miscopies and misprints and so on. Don't sell out for cheap editions. You've been warned.
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923 of 1,007 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest edition of LOTR ever published October 26, 2004
Format:Hardcover
While the price of this book is steep, this is easily the best version of this book in print. The gilded pages and high-quality leather look, smell and feel wonderful. This is not the questionable quality leather used on previous versions, this is the real deal. More importantly, this version has, as J.R.R. recorded in letters, reproductions of the Book of Marzubul. These are the pages from the Dwarven book found in the Mines of Moria by Gandalf and the Fellowship. In the begining and ending of the book are also included maps that fold out to render Middle-earth for the reader, again as the author originally wanted.

This is the book that Tolkien dreamed of having published but couldn't due to the realities of post-WWII publishing costs and questions about a 400,000 word publication.

For me, there is an emtoional response to this book for two reasons. One, it is as fine or better than the book the author originally wished to have published and two, it is a beautiful piece of art all on its own, suitable for display. If you love books or love Tolkien or both, this is a must have and the centerpiece of any worthy collection.

(Some are commenting that the book isn't actually leather. Be sure to check your version as there are others available, but the information provided to me stated my copy was leather and if it is fake, it fooled me.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory
Arrived a bit late, book was not the same book as shown in picture. It was the same publisher but had a different cover. Which is fine. Just not as cool.
Published 41 minutes ago by thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful set at a great price
I really wanted a nice hardbound edition of LOTR for my forever bookshelf. There are so many different editions out there it was really tough going through them all, especially... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Malcontent
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book
This is the 6th time I've read Lord of the Rings. This was my first read of the one volume version. What a great adventure story.
Published 15 hours ago by Glenn Westover
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
lots of action and fighting. great book for boys who like tales which involve war and fighting. Good for ages 10+
Published 16 hours ago by John Dhanraj
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version is great!
i read all 3 books in paperback as a teenager. Much enjoyed the Kindle version. Great story. Kindle is the best!
Published 17 hours ago by Fred Happel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story!!!
Tolkien makes the characters and story come alive! His depth and use of language is second to none. A masterful storyteller.
Published 1 day ago by Jason Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Better a 2nd time - worth reading on a kindle
I tried to read these books many years ago and never made it through them, this time around, they were addictive and fun. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic classic of the middle earth
JRR Tolkien was a master storyteller! His descriptive narrative and amazing storytelling is legendary! A book that every age can thoroughly enjoy.
Published 2 days ago by Celeste Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
Excellent book. Foreward explains how JRR Tolkien & his son Christopher made corrections to editions. Looking forward to reading Christipher Tolkien's work next.
Published 2 days ago by Mimi Mathis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story; Tolkien is a master of language and storytelling.
LOTR is a great tale, good for all ages, and finds a way to capture you after even the tenth read of the tale.
Published 4 days ago by Ira Flannery Jr
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Appendices
I have just downloaded it to my kindle. The following appendices are included:
A: Annals of the kings and rulers
B: The tale of years
C: Family trees
D: Shire calendar for use in all years
E: Writing and spelling
F: The languages and peoples of the third age

FYI the "look inside" link... Read more
Dec 26, 2012 by N. T. Davis |  See all 7 posts
Does this include all 3 books?
Yes. I got the sample and it lists the complete book (it's not actually 3 different books, just one ginormous book that because of its size is broken down into 3 parts)
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