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The Lord of the Rings is a three-book compilation that includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of The King. The book follows the struggles that a simple hobbit, Frodo, and his friends encounter while trying to destroy an all-powerful ring to save Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings takes place in a fantasy world that is not too unlike the English countryside, though it has characters that range from hobbits to Elven creatures.
The author, J.R.R. Tolkien, uses his command of the English language to beautifully weave a tale like no other, which has laid the groundwork for many of the most popular fantasy books today. Widely regarded as one of the genre's most loved works, The Lord of the Rings has garnered worldwide acclaim and praise from critics and fans alike. The book has been adapted into movies, games, radio, artwork, and many other media.
The Lord of the Rings is the third-best-selling novel of all time and should be required reading for all fans of the namesake movie series.
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- Publication Date : February 15, 2012
- File Size : 10998 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 1209 pages
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 50th Anniversary ed. Edition (February 15, 2012)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B007978OY6
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #958 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I added as many photos as i thought were needed to give everyone more insight on this version.
The box was beautiful and well glued together, no peeling. The books themselves feel sturdy, nothing ripped, and the covers are also beautiful. The Print is large and legible without glasses (because wear reading glasses).
Overall, if this is the set that appears before you, I'd not hesitate on buying this.
The maps & images in the One Volume are very low quality. Some text in the maps is completely unreadable, and some elvish script is very tiny. And file size isn't an issue today--Oathbringer is 5x bigger than the One Volume and looks great. Anyone else bothered by this please click "report poor quality" and set the issue as "Has low quality images or tables" at the bottom of the product page. Perhaps with enough feedback it'll be fixed.
But, the One Volume has links between appendices and the main text, is cheaper, and is the way Tolkien intended anyways (LOTR is a single novel often published in three volumes, not an omnibus of a trilogy). So I'd still recommend it over the 3 separate volumes for Kindle. If high quality images is more important to you, get the HMH editions of the separate volumes, they have the highest quality and look great.
Far less important is that on e-ink devices, the go-to menu only supports 2 layers of nesting, but the One Volume has 3 layers: volume, book, chapter. This means you can only jump directly to a book, but have to go through the table of contents to get to a specific chapter. This isn't an issue for the app. Admittedly this is minor, but I wish they had not separated the volumes (Fellowship, Towers, Return) in the One Volume, since it isn't a trilogy anyways, and gotten around this issue. Or that Kindle would update their software to support 3 layers of nesting in the go-to menu.
I'll keep it brief, this is not a review of the actual story but of this specific edition. I have attached many pictures that I hope help you decide if this is an edition you want to buy.
- The font is big and easy to read.
- 65 beautiful illustrations by Alan Lee that bring the story to life.
- Slipcover is an opaque plastic, whit a modern look that I think doesn't complement the book.
- One or two blank pages before and/or after each illustration.
Overall I think this is a great edition and it's worth buying.
My only issue is that with the Kindle version, the footnotes seemed to be messed up. Many of them only bring up a page number (with no link), which may be how it was in the original books, but others seem to apply to footnotes further down the page, or just not at all to the thing they're noted from. Frustrating.
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This hardcover edition is a single volume print, and l think the description refers to a paperback 3 volume version.
It is frustrating that there are so many versions and yet the reviews are all lumped together on the Amazon website.
Although disappointingly only one volume this is still not bad value for money. Size wise it is slightly easier to handle for reading than the single volume 1991 edition with the Alan Lee illustrations.
However, the print is smaller and some may find it too small to read comfortably, even though the book is attractively presented on white paper pages. There are only the original maps and in-text rune illustrations (some in red print) in this 50th anniversary special edition, ie no additional illustrations. The text has been emended in consultation with Christopher Tolkien to reflect his father's original wishes which were apparently sometimes over-ridden by the publishers!
In summary, might suit if you want a single volume hardcover edition and are not bothered by fairly small print or the lack of additional illustrations.
Otherwise, if looking for something easier to handle and read you may want to go for a 3 volume set, although a new 3 volume hardcover set will probably set you back considerably more than this edition.
Needless to say the book itself is a masterpiece which is well worth reading if you are not daunted by the length of it.
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them.
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
- Zwar besitze ich schon ein paar verschiedene englische Ausgaben, doch diese schicke Taschenbuchausgabe samt Schuber fehlte mir noch in meine Sammlung -
Der schwarze Schuber ist schlicht aber dennoch mit einem stimmungsvollen glänzenden Prägedrucken verziert (das gilt auch für dich Bücher) und präsentiert so die drei Romane THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (Gelber Ring), THE TWO TOWERS (Roter Ring) und THE RETURN OF THE KING (Grüner Ring), und macht schon neugierig sich die Bücher zu krallen, die ebenso stimmungsvoll umgesetzt worden sind.
Neben dem obligatorischen Roman gibt es natürlich auch Tolkiens berühmten Vorworte (den Contents), den Appendices (hier in Deutschland als "Der Herr der Ringe - Die Anhänge" erschienen) und den abschließenden Indexes. Und natürlich nicht zuvergessen auch die nützlichen Landkarten von Shire, Middle-Earth und Mordor/Gondor/Rohan.
Die Buchseiten haben eine angenehme Dicke und die Schrift auch Abends im Bett mittels einer Nachttischlampe gut lesbar.
1997 war das Jahr, in dem ich durch DER HOBBIT und DER HERR DER RINGE das erste Mal meinen Rucksack schnürte um das sagenhafte Mittelerde zu erkunden.
Später von Heimweh geplagt wie der gute alte Bilbo Beutlin, erfährt mich doch auch heute noch öfters das Fernweh und somit die Rückkehr nach Mittelerde - anscheinend habe ich wohl auch eine verwandte Tuk-Seite in mir?!
Inside the packaging by Amazon, there's a cardboard box by Harper Collins that stores the book. The book is also protected by the slipcase, which is of good-quality plastic. The binding is very sturdy. The cover and back designs are beautiful, and the spine is a beauty to look at.
There are 50 illustrations by Alan Lee printed on high quality paper. In fact, the pages of the book feel very superior and letter size is perfect to read.
To anyone interested in buying this edition, go for it! You won't regret it one bit.
A edição é de muito boa qualidade, com capa flexível e revestida de material com textura agradável. O papel é amarelado e as folhas não são finas demais, o que deixa a leitura bem confortável.
Um ponto importante é que, embora seja uma edição americana (editora HMH), e não britânica, o texto está na sua forma original escrita por Tolkien (inglês britânico), sem adaptação da ortografia, o que eu acho muito bom. Assim, vemos a grafia “colour” e “grey”, em vez de “color” e “gray”, por exemplo.
O texto também incorpora a revisão feita para edição de aniversário de 50 anos da obra, em 2005, na qual muitos erros editoriais das versões anteriores foram corrigidos. Que eu saiba, só existe uma edição mais recente, que é a de 60 anos, mas a maioria das correções já tinha sido feita na de 2005.
Fiquei muito satisfeito com essa edição e acho que é a opção em inglês com o melhor custo-benefício.