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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.
Given the choice, I would have ordered two sets just to give one to a friend.
The kindle version is very good, as far as kindle versions go, and the latest price of $10.00 is pretty much a steal. The index is correct, and I believe the corrections are all up to date. For anyone who is interested, look up 'Lord of the Rings edits' in your search engine of choice to see the many, many years of errors and corrections that JRR and later his son Christopher went through to get to the final edition. The next best version of the Trilogy I know of is the illustrated edition, and that will set you back about $90.00 or so.
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.