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Collins Modern Classics - The Return of the King: Return of the King Vol 3 Paperback – 3 Sep 2001


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; Reprint edition (3 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007129726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007129720
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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‘The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them.’ Sunday Times

‘A story magnificently told, with every kind of colour and movement and greatness.’ New Statesman

‘Masterpiece? Oh yes, I’ve no doubt about that.’ Evening Standard

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This is the third part of a 3 book edition in A format paperback which reproduces the complete unabridged text of the three books, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, that together make up The Lord of the Rings. The Appendices and Index are included in The Return of the King. This reset edition contains newly drawn maps by Stephen Raw, based on original maps by Chistopher Tolkien's original maps. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pol Haegeman on 3 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book recently, and I won't be reviewing the story here, which everyone knows is great...

When you look for the 50th anniversary edition of this by harper collins(not houghton mifflin from the US edition) on the internet you'll only find information about the deluxe edition of this.
Don't expect this book to come bound in leather, and in the slip-on mentioned on the internet, it's just a standard hardcover, with a dustjacket. The dustjacket is made out this thick parchment paper. Which doesn't feel high quality to me, but is stamped in two colors, gold and red, as seen on the image of this book. The book itself is red, with golden stamping on the spine of the book. Which I must say is done rather high class. The book is nicely bound, and feels firm, so no worrying about pages ending up loose. The paper used for this book is not as thick as a similar sized book (not pages, but actual size), cause I own some books who are about the same size, but only contain half of the pages (Harry Potter). But it still feels good, not weak, and made sure the book could be published in a one-volume edition. The book also contains fold-out maps, which are about the size of an A4, which is pretty dissapointing, because the houghton-mifflin edition of this book contains full sized, non-scaled maps, which are bigger than these. The book does have the all books of the the lord of the rings saga, the appendices, and even contains replica reprints of tolkien's handdrawings of pages out of the "Book of Mazarbul", which should be pretty cool for the collector. As I've just started to read this story, and only seen the movies before this, I can not comment on this as much now.
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321 of 339 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. A. Seffen on 3 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
To all the people who've given this a low mark, and all seem to have the same gripe with it - you all fail to understand that this is not a novel in the sense we've come to understand as a fantasy novel these days, so it's not fair to judge it as such.
Tolkien was not a career author, he didn't set out to write a searing page-turner, a wizzbang tale of derring-do in 500 sizzling chapters. Gandalf doesn't hurl raging fireballs at enemies, Aragorn doesn't have a sex scene with Arwen while doing Eowyn behind her back, there's no pandering to the lowest common denominator to flog a few more copies.
Tolkien barely cared if no one ever read it. He was writing it largely for himself and his friends and family.
You're all guilty of confusing the result of Tolkien's legacy and influence (virtually every other fantasy novel, movie or game) with his actual work, and expecting to see in the father what you've seen in his unruly children.

Judge it for what it is, not for what you wanted it to be as a modern fantasy reader.
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By T. Bobley on 11 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Then Rob Inglis will read you the best story ever written.

Story telling is a tradition that predates book writing and reading by thousands of years. These days it's a luxury to be able to listen to the story teller. I've read Lord of the Rings too many times to be able to remember but up to now, nobody has ever read it to me. Rob Inglis has remedied that sad deficit. It took me a short while to get into the unfamiliar 'listener' state of mind because listening is a different discipline, a different skill, to reading. Somehow, it takes more concentration but perhaps that's just because of lack of practise. Once the right level of concentration was achieved, Rob Inglis's voice and the images it conjured, filled my mind to the exclusion of all else. It's hard to imagine the craft of story telling being executed any better than this.

This story teller managed to reproduce the voices of hobbits, men, elves, dwarves, wizards, eagles, nazgul, orcs and Gollum - all different and all very fitting for the characters represented. Not only that but he sang each song from the book, unaccompanied and they all sounded good.

It's the best present anyone has given me and I expect to listen to it at least as many times as I've read the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
Over the past several decades, THE LORD OF THE RINGS has sold millions of copies and is commonly regarded as one of the most influential fantasy novels ever published. Many first time readers have began their trek into Middle-earth with Frodo and the Company of the Ring in recent years. What they will encounter there has been loved by millions of readers before them, and if they allow themselves to respond to Tolkien and his Myth will doubtless become a loyal and ardent fan of Tolkien and those furry-footed hobbits. What's also notable about THE LORD OF THE RINGS is, for a book as long as it is, many of its readers reread the novel many times over. Yet despite its enduring popularity, Tolkien is often held in complete disregard by the literary establishment.

The real question is why? In the literary climate that is characterized by modernism and post-modernism where the twentieth and twenty first century is a wasteland why does a "series" of fantasy novels become one of the most beloved works in modern times?

It's because the power of myth over the human imagination works wonders, creating a longing and a hunger that, Tolkien argues, is met by the Christian religion. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis are the flip-sides of the same coin, with Lewis giving us accounts of the longing and Tolkien providing the books that would create that longing. And what about the longing? It's that longing for Myth, that love for those beauties which Tolkien shows us in THE LORD OF THE RINGS. It's that longing that sets man apart from all other creatures in the universe: a craving for beauty and for joy. The German word for this longing is "senhsucht".
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