- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Second American Edition edition (1993)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007RECEUQ
- Package Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.5 x 4.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19,008 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 3 Volumes boxed Set Hardcover – Box set, 1993
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Tolkien's epic The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set! Follow Frodo has he travels to Mordor with his companions. This is the three volume hard bound Houghton Mifflin 1993 reprint of the 1965 second edition with illustrations by Alan Lee.
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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.
Independent of its role in Tolkien's wider Middle-earth legendarium, The Hobbit is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. Though many of Bilbo's experiences are fantastical, Tolkien's description of action and scenery in his fictional world will make you thirst for adventure, and at the same time appreciate your comfort.
The content of The Hobbit might be deemed childish or nerdy by some. I won't disagree. But Tolkien's works also have a certain literary quality, so don't be embarrassed to give this a go.
The only thing I didn't enjoy was that the book didn't come with a slip cover. They tend to get lost anyway, but it's nice to start out with one!
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By LPHR a 10 year old.