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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1) Audio CD – Unabridged, Audiobook
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During his eleventy-[first] birthday celebration (hobbits have their own way of counting), Bilbo Baggins reluctantly agrees to give up the powerful but corrupt Ring of Power he found years before in The Hobbit. But getting rid of the ring turns out to be no easy task. In this first installment of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, Inglis's skilled narration manages to retain the old-fashioned, fairy tale quality of the original text but is also well in tune with the story's darker aspects. As Bilbo's nephew, Frodo, and his friends take center stage to help dispose of the ring before some truly unsavory characters can obtain it, Inglis demonstrates he is up to the task of relating the original story's drama, suspense, and dark mysticism. J.P.M. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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For those who care about such things, the printing is based on the 2004 corrected text, with even further corrections. There are updated introductions/forwards by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, authors of the authoritative "LOTR Readers Companion," as well as by Douglas A. Anderson, who provides a detailed publication history of the Lord of the Rings. The full appendices are included.
Two-page red and black maps of Middle Earth and of Gondor/Rohan/Mordor adorn the front and back covers, with a map of the Shire before the first chapter. Also present are other essentials such as the Doors of Moria and the Tomb of Balin. The only drawback is that the facsimile pages of the Book of Mazarbul was not included, which I found to be surprising and a bit disappointing Also, the ring inscription and the Gandalf "rune" are printed in black rather than silver and red. Probably the main issue is the clear plastic slipcover, which is barely bigger than the book itself, and it is difficult to slip the book back inside it after taking it out. You are more likely to scuff the corners of the book. That being said, these are far from dealbreakers, and the joy to be received from owning this edition far outweighs these issues.
This book was written to be a read for children, as I see it. It is of fantasy adventure, Goblins, Spiders, Elves, Dragons, Orcs and various other evil entities which prove to be obstacles for the little hobbit fellow, Bilbo Baggins and his crew of Dwarfs who set off on the quest to restore a home inside a mountain, for the dwarfs who were forced to flee their home, as Smaug the dragon takes possession of their gold and dwellings, inside the mountain. It is a trying read, as the first of the magical series of books by J. R. R. Tolkien, but well worth the difficulties of his early style of description, of written song and lyrics to describe and portray the adventures, history and travels of this mystic world of Middle Earth.
Love reading it, and am finishing it at a rapid pace. Will need to re-read it like I did the English Version when my daughter was the same age.
The Amazon rating for this item contains the question 'Is there sexual content?' The answer, of course is 'no', but there is a deep love story there between Aragorn and Arwen.
The Amazon rating also asks 'Is there violence?' The answer, of course, is 'yes', but it is not highlighted like the movies/DVDs produced by Peter Jackson. The story actually develops personal relationships that were forged by the opportunities produced by conflict.
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