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The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition Paperback – October 12, 2005

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"A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of Time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning." The New York Times —

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mariner Books; 50th Anniversary ed. edition (October 12, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 1178 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0618640150
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0618640157
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.6 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.51 x 1.74 x 8.27 inches
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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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When I pre-ordered this copy of Lord of the Rings, I literally asked myself whether I needed another copy. After all, the fantastic Hobbit & Lord of the Rings illustrated box-set is fantastic and is literally all I'll ever need in a fine box. However, I am a right sucker for leather bound books and this one is a right beauty. I bit my tongue and made an impulse buy. £108 later and I've got possibly the finest Tolkien book I've ever seen.

Everyone at this point knows the Hobbits tale. The one about that shiny gold ring that contains some life essence of the great dark evil Sauron. He needs the ring to retain his physical form and return to his former strength. The little guy (with their friends) go on a lengthy journey to rid Middle Earth of this evil by tossing this one ring into the fiery hell it was forged in. It's one of the finest books ever conceived and was adapted into a fantastic trilogy of movies by Peter Jackson. It's extremely influential and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who didn't know about it.

I would think with that, it would be safe to assume that most people who are buying this lovely expensive copy have already read the book and own a copy (or a few). There's been some nice versions out there but none that quite matched this edition. It's a beautiful thick hard back book with a gorgeous leather spine. It has been printed in two colours on acid free paper, has gilt edging and the usual ribbon marker. It's housed in a lovely red hard back sleeve, with one of Tolkien's own designs on the front and a cardboard box covered in the original Middle Earth map. Inside the book, there are illustrations from Tolkien himself, thirty in total. There's a tonne of extras including some maps of Middle Earth and Mordor, a fantastic "Kings Letter" from the rejected epilogue for the book and some pages from the Book of Mazarbul.

As a package, you can see why this is a little expensive. The quality of the pages are good. They're not thick like the illustrated collection but not thin enough that the pages appear transparent. The book isn't too heavy and the pages open up flat, which makes it perfect for this who enjoy reading for long periods of time. The extras features don't feel cheap and are great little things to put on display.

I now have three big copies of this book and this quite easily the best. Sure, it did cost me an arm and a leg but this I believe is a copy that will do me until the day I die. It's made to be sturdy, to last and I can't wait to properly get stuck into it. This book is a must have for Tolkien fans who want that ONE copy. The previous illustrated editions are fantastic but this is just that one step higher. Check it out, you won't regret it!
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This is the second copy of The Lord Of The Rings I've bought this week that surprisingly came in a presentation box, the box is glorious, any Tolkien fan will recognise the image.
The book itself is equally stunning, the elvish lettering on the page ends is sublime, everybody knows how good the book is - it now has packaging worthy of the books greatness.
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This book is very beautiful as you can see in other reviews, and it has some nice items and features that come with it. In this review I will instead discuss some of this book's blemishes.

This is the illustrated deluxe slipcased 2021 edition, a single volume of the Lord of the Rings series that includes the books The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, along with the appendices and now illustrations by Tolkien.

ISBN: 979-0-00-847129-3

I pre-ordered this book some time ago, and a few days before I received my copy I learned that some people received theirs with awful printing errors, in some cases making certain pages quite unreadable. When I finally got the chance to look at mine, I was thankful to find that my copy didn't have the same errors. Yet, it did have some blemishes and a few disappointments.

One disappointment was the quality of the paper. The paper is thin and not as white as I expected it to be. I can peronally ignore it, but I have found that people in other circles more familiar with collecting books and assessing production value were left disappointed. Personally, I think I can enjoy the book despite the lack of quality.

A big disappointment with the book is that the paper the illustrations were printed on were the same kind of paper that the text is printed on. For purchasing a deluxe illustrated book, you would expect that the illustrations would be printed on a paper of greater quality - one that is thick, glossy, and shows off the colors of each image. An example of a good book that does this is the 2004 illustrated edition of the Silmarillion by Ted Nasmith. Honestly, you could go on the web, download an image of one of Tolkien's illustrations, and use a cheap printer and expect the same quality of image. The most exciting thing about this edition was the illustrations, and they were given no special treatment as expected for a deluxe edition of the book.

Finally, the blemishes. For whatever reason, the publisher HarperCollins did not ensure that all of these copies were held up to quality standards before sending them out. Some people have received a perfectly fine copy, and others like me have found gross printing errors for such an expensive book. You can see them in the photos, and you might be inclined to think I am nitpicking, but know also that I and many others have spent about £140 on this book or more, or around $200+. I have cheap mass paperback editions of this story and there are no printing errors or blemishes in them. That's why I pre-ordered this "deluxe" book! You can find a list of the errors I have found corresponding with the photos I posted below.

If you want to purchase this edition because you are a collector, or because you want to show it off, then you should consider purchasing it. On the outside this is a very beautiful book, and it has a great slipcover as you can see in other reviews. However, if you intend to read this book (like me), I would wait for a considerable discount and for some better made copies.

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cover page, yellow spot

v, The Ring Verse (slightly faded image, might not be the fault of a printer)

xvii, "no" partly italicized (underlined digitally by me)

Cover of the Fellowship of the Ring (example of an illustration)

731, yellow spot top middle

734, pink spot bottom left

736, black spot lower left

756, faint blue spot bottom left

828, black smudge in text
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