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- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18,049 customer reviews)
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The Lord of the Rings [Box set] 1st (first) edition Text Only Paperback – 2002
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I know that annotated books can be difficult to navigate, filled with useless, pointless, or just plain boring information, and can be grossly oversized. That is not the case here.
So - here's the scoop.
The original story is very nicely presented, with all original illustrations in color when possible, and in black and white elsewhere. The type is nice and clear, very easy to read. (Many cheaper editions are also rather hard on the eyes. Check the print before you buy, folks!)
The illustrations are printed very clearly, and with very good notes on what they are.
And then the annotations - useful, engaging, and very well done. You will WANT to read these. We discover how the book was written, and what was changed between editions. (There were many changes made so that The Hobbit would conform more easily to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.) There are fascinating tidbits about Tolkien's life and the experiences that made their way into the story.
The forward tells about the writing of the novel, and the appedices give additional details about the text.
There are also many illustrations from other editions of the book. These are varied, from thought-provoking to not-provoking.
And the book is not too big. Some editions are simply too big to be read, but this book is reasonably sized so that you can actually READ IT! In fact, I have not read any other edition of The Hobbit for years, since the original annotated version came out.
The new edition is very much worthwhile. Enjoy!
The illustrations that are presented in the book are a thing of beauty. Not only are there a great many (every two or three pages or so) but they are incredibly colorful and really pop when you look at them. I do think the illustrator's style is to appear more colorful and simple at first glance, but at the same time you will look at the illustrations carefully and see the amount of time and effort that she put into this work. I love this style of simplicity and use of color.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice and inexpensive hardcover, with original illustrations by Alan Lee. A pleasure.Published 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome price and great condition the one minor flaw was stated and worth the substantial discount I got on this beautiful book! Seller has integrity! Thanks! Read morePublished 7 hours ago by brenda
Actually I don`t like fantasy, but this book is great. First I have seen the movie, but the book more interesting. Recommend it!Published 7 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A beautiful edition! However, I dislike have a painting wrapping around the cover and much prefer the 50th Anniversary edition cover. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by X. Allen Smith
It was my first time reading this book. I can see why it is such an inspiration to so many authors!Published 10 hours ago by jason thomas newby
The Hobbit is a great classic of literature, and the kernel from which the amazingly complex milieu of Middle Earth arose. Much is presented in a form that would change later. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Peter E. Von Groote
This is a great book worth reading multiple times. It leaves you wanting more. I would highly recommend this book!Published 18 hours ago by SD
What can I say, its the great Lord of The Rings. A truly great tale full of imagination and I guess you could say beauty. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Corbin