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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Paperback – Box set, September 15, 1999
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Hobbits and wizards and Sauron--oh, my! Mild-mannered Oxford scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had little inkling when he published The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again in 1937 that, once hobbits were unleashed upon the world, there would be no turning back. Hobbits are, of course, small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elvish friends get swept up into a mighty conflict with the dragon Smaug, 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 four books' 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
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"The Hobbit is a flawless masterpiece".
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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.
Perhaps it is the fact that the story is deceptively complex. Aided by a wizard Gandalf the dwarvish king Thorin Oakenshield seeks to drive a dragon out of his ancestral home. He and his companions hire a burglar, to help. The chosen burgler, Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, a diminutive creature half the size of a human who knows a lot more about comfort, rest and good food than burgling. They set out on a journey, beset by trolls, goblins and bad weather, but aided by luck, elves, eagles and a shape shifter who can turn into a bear. Along the way Bilbo burgles, among other things, a magic ring which will turn him invisible.
There is friendship, betrayal, excitement, battle, all the makings of a great story... there is even a real thief.
This Amazon copy is about the tenth one I've bought. There seems to be an osmosis effect going on so that whenever I get a copy it ends up going home with one of my relatives or house guests. I have a sister who is related by marriage to Lobelia Sackville-Baggins (I know its hard to believe since she is so tall and wide, but it it), who's been banned from my house for nearly a decade. So I don't know who keeps borrowing copies.
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Amazon has a free version for prime members. Ended up paying thirty for this on my kindle. Very disappointing.
Idk why just rated this book a five, just trust me about that - I need more words so I