- Mass Market Paperback: 1728 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (September 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345538374
- ISBN-13: 978-0345538376
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19,014 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of eighty-one.
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Speaking of the books I got the paperback version and they are beautiful. Although they are simple and the covers are one plain color per book it still has that sense of style and simplicity. They covers and case are thick and well made. Although their were points in the books where the words were slightly faded I still has no problem reading them.
I'm not even going to talk about the story since just trust me when I say its one of the best series ever. I have never read or even considered reading a series twice but I honestly think that I might read this one a second time that's how much I liked it.
So if you liked the movies and aren't sure about reading the books I would say go for it and get them since you wont be disappointed. If you never watched the movies then get both them and the books:)
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.
If I ever figure out how to add a picture to a review I will take a picture of my first copy of this book, the paperback version of the 50th anniversary edition, and add it to this review. It is split completely in half, the spine is ripped almost entirely off, and there are pages trying desperately to escape the confines of the super industrial-strength rubber band holding everything intact. (FYI: Do not try to use hot glue to reattach sections of a book back to a book's spine. It does not work.) I truly believe if potential readers could see how well-used my book is from all the times I've read it those readers would be frantically hitting the One-Click Purchase button on Amazon.
Of course, if seeing my beautifully wrecked paperback didn't convince them to read it, then maybe the fact that I eventually had to replace it with the same edition, only hardcover, would do it. Or the fact that for those times I just can't lug around the real deal, I also had to download the ebook (though a different edition which my OCD thinks sorta sucks).
In an interview with Christopher Lee, the actor who portrayed Saruman in the Peter Jackson film adaptations, he shared how he re-reads The Lord of the Rings each year. If I could get you to read it even once in your life I would be happy. And so would you!
P.S. For those people who think video games are the root of all evil, I would have to beg them to make an exception for an Xbox game called Shadow of Mordor. Now, I know diddly squat about gaming but my hubby and our son play that game together. Imagine my thrill when my 10 year old came asking all kinds of questions that had us mining the appendices at the end of the book for answers. He's not up for reading the book just yet, but the spark is there. Of course, it didn't hurt that I earned some massive cool points for knowing what was going on in his game world!