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Collins Modern Classics - The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit - Boxed Set of Four Books in Slip-case: AND The Hobbit [Paperback]

J. R. R. Tolkien
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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7 Oct 2002

Collins Modern Classic editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings collected in a beautiful boxed set.

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure undertaken by a company of dwarves, in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving and unambitious hobbit. Filled with encounters with trolls, goblins, elves and giant spiders, riddles and the discovery of a Ring, this wonderful story also forms a prelude to The Lord of the Rings. It is here that we learn of the nature of this ring and travel with Frodo Baggins and his eight companions on their terrifying quest to destroy the Ring of Power in Mount Doom.

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  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books; New edition edition (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007144083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007144082
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.2 x 10 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A flawless masterpiece” The Times

Extraordinarily imaginative, and wholly exciting.’ The Times

‘The story itself is superb.’ Observer

‘A most remarkable feat.’ Guardian

‘An astonishing imaginative tour de force.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Tolkien was a storyteller of genius.’ Literary Review

‘Amongst the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.’ Sunday Telegraph

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A beautiful illustrated boxed set collecting the two most popular Tolkien hardbacks - the Centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings and the 60th Anniversary edition of The Hobbit, both illustrated by Alan Lee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classics 17 Nov 2000
The effect of these books upon the reader is unique. Certainly the only books I have ever read that draw me back to re-read them again and again. They are more than just literature, they are priceless works of art. The gift of a brilliant writer possessed of an imagination that has no parallel in the history of literature to a world finding itself sadly bereft of tales of beauty and of wonder.
Drawing upon Tolkien's ancient histories and legends of Middle-earth, these tales tell of The War of the Ring and the events leading to the end of the Third Age. Tales that will bring unimaginable vistas vividly before your eyes and characters that will haunt your imagination for the rest of your life.
You simply must read these books--and what better editions? These are superbly illustrated with water-colour paintings by Alan Lee. Mr Lee is one of the conceptual artists currently assisting Peter Jackson bring The Lord of the Rings to the big screen in New Zealand.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly presented and beautifully illustrated 31 Jan 2002
By A Customer
I bought this book set for my grandsons as an introduction to Tolkien. The typeface is clear, the paper good quality and the illustrations are mystical. My grandsons love it.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, not so great publication 22 Dec 2005
By s_l_clay VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Obviously, I don't need to blather on about how amazing the LOTR is or how much of a genius Tolkien is... there are many reviews that have already done that. Instead, I would like to comment on the actual edition of this book set - something I think will be a little more helpful to those of you deciding which set of LOTR books to buy.
Advantages of this edition are:
1. This 4-book paperback set includes "The Hobbit", which is a must-read before starting the LOTR trilogy.
2. I would describe the paper as "normal" paperback quality.
3. The presentation box is nice and sturdy.
4. The cover artwork (though not from the film) is really nice.
However, there is ONE major disadvantage of this edition:
1. THE TYPSET. The typset of "The Hobbit" is great - nicely spaced and easy to read, but don't let that fool you... The publisher has made the decision to make each of the 4 books in this set the same size (I assume for aesthetic purposes). Therefore, as each book of the trilogy is much longer than "The Hobbit", the typset for each of these 3 books is very small and very close together. Make sure you have a good pair of spectacles and/or a very well lit room and you'll be fine!
All in all a good price for a box set of 4 books. However, if you're looking for paperbacks that will get worn after re-reading many times, I would suggest purchasing the books individually in a more "eye-friendly" edition!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very beautiful editions of my favourite series of all time, I have always wanted to own a nice edition of these books and these are very nice. Good quality of paper and great detail of Tolkien's drawings makes this a great purchase. I'll admit that I would have liked an attached ribbon to use as a bookmark but this only a small problem and obviously does not ruin the quality of the books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great special edition 3 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
These books are a great addition to any bookshelf.

No need to speak about the fantastic story as everyone will have at least heard of the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings by now.

These books have lovely illustrated maps and also come with the original introductions which give you an insight into how Tolkien came to write these books in the first place.

A must have for book lovers
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing, Average Quality Edition 22 Feb 2012
I bought this box set but always felt I wanted the illustrated set, so I bought that as well!

This set is printed on yellowy paper with very small print (too small in my opinion).

The illustrated set has better quality paper (whiter) and more pages (bigger print).

My advice is buy the illustrated set and pay the extra 10 quid. Well worth it. The images and better paper / type are definitely worth it.

By the way, I really enjoyed the Hobbit. The quickest I've read a book in years. Now on to the rest.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to Beowulf. 21 Jan 2003
J. R. R. Tolkien did his homework before writing these books. One of the Poems he studied was [Beowulf]. He even wrote a book on the subject [Beowulf: the monsters and the critics]
These stories can be read on many levels. They are no more children's stories than Alice in Wonderland is. However children can read these stories and enjoy them. They contain a lot of symbolism and if it is not evident then you may want to obtain [J.R.R. Tolkien's the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (Barrons Book Notes)]
There is a definite style change between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I found that due to the more simplistic form of the Hobbit and the fact that the stories are not as fleshed out, that it worked out better for me to read The Lord of the Rings first. Then when the mysterious creatures came to tea in The Hobbit, I could better understand who they were and why they were there.
The only real drawback to this set is that there isn't more. Where do you go from here?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a bit small 26 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The text and the paper it is written on is very good, but as I look at these books they are just a bit small. This means that the text size is tiny in the LOTR books to allow them to keep the books as thin as possible. It's a shame, though they are still readable and a good purchase as long as size doesn't matter for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars happy :)
a little later than they said but excellent condition, thank you :)
Published 10 hours ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Glossary
Very interesting set of books. Sometimes I read it from the dawn till the sunset. Despite the fact that the film "The Lord of the Rings" was, say, not my cup of tea, books... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mihails
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My husband is about to watch them for the 2nd time
Published 5 days ago by Eileen
5.0 out of 5 stars I had these productions on tape as a kid, ...
I had these productions on tape as a kid, and listened to it on countless long car journeys. Those tapes long since wore out, so I was frilled to find them on CDs.
Published 6 days ago by Martin
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Amazing book!
Published 7 days ago by Emma Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome, Rob Inglis shines with skill and conviction as ...
If I could give this ten stars I would!

Totally Awesome, Rob Inglis shines with skill and conviction as he reads this outloud in a voice that could have been Tolkien's... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Elite One :0)
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lord of the rings........... what more can be said.
Published 21 days ago by Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Arrived with one corner of the slip case, and hence one of the books, crushed.
Published 24 days ago by AJN3
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift.
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my Tolkien obsessed boyfriend and he really loved them. The quality of the books are amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlie
1.0 out of 5 stars Sent the wrong book.
I ordered this boxed set labouring under the apparent delusion that I was going to receive "The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings boxed set" in the post. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexandra Stewart
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