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The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition Paperback – October 12, 2005
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This is a single-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which the hobbit Frodo and his elfish friends get swept up in a mighty conflict with 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 book's 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The official movie tie-in volume with cover art of a Nazg?l perched upon its black steed offers the complete story in a single volume, as the author intended.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
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!
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. 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 but he is the chosen burglar. 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 appears to be related to Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, but she's been banned from my house for nearly a decade. So I don't know who keeps borrowing copies.