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The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings Paperback – September 18, 2012
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New Line Cinema will be releasing "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy in three separate installments, and Houghton Mifflin Tolkien's U.S. publisher since the release of The Hobbit in 1938 will be re-releasing each volume of the trilogy separately and in a boxed set (ISBN 0-618-15397-7. $22; pap. ISBN 0-618-15396-9. $12).
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"Destined to outlast our time." The New York Herald-Tribune
"Exciting... Mr. Tolkien's invention is unflagging" -- W.H. Auden
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My only issue is that with the Kindle version, the footnotes seemed to be messed up. Many of them only bring up a page number (with no link), which may be how it was in the original books, but others seem to apply to footnotes further down the page, or just not at all to the thing they're noted from. Frustrating.
Given the choice, I would have ordered two sets just to give one to a friend.
This volume of TLOTR is lovely! My only "complaint" is that it is a bit heavy to hold when you are reading it for a long period of time (maybe I am just weak! ;-) ), but it is really nice to have all three books in one softcover. There is also a good amount of introductory material and a huge appendix section.
As for the story itself: INCREDIBLE! There is a reason Tolkien is renowned as a writer. His style is simple and very detailed, but contains no "filler" whatsoever. Every word seems carefully selected for its purpose. As an English major, this was a great study in writing that "captures" the audience!
All the artwork is wonderful to look at. Some of the drawings are very light, but a close look reveals so much intricate line work. There are very ethereal images, but also beautiful examples of architecture and engineering, and even mundane objects. Alan Lee mentions at one point that he is still "trying to prove something" to his former professor of technical drawing, who was less than impressed with his school efforts---I think he has succeeded.
The book itself is very nicely made. If you hate dustjackets, you can remove this one and still have a lovely book cover with glossy type and illustration on a matte background. The little golden bookmark-ribbon is a nice touch as well. Inside front and back cover show map drawings---although it's the same both front and back, a minor disappointment. It would have been nice to have this book in a larger size as well.