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The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings Vol.1) [Paperback]

J. R. R. Tolkien
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9 Mar 1981

Classic hardback edition of the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, featuring Tolkien’s original unused dust-jacket design. Includes special packaging and the definitive edition of the text with fold-out map and colour plate section.

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power – the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring – the ring that rules them all – which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

Now, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first publication, the text has been fully restored with almost 400 corrections – with the full co-operation of Christopher Tolkien – making it the definitive version, and as close as possible to the version that J.R.R. Tolkien intended. Also included is the original red and black map of the Shire and – for the first time – a special plate section containing the pages from the Book of Mazarbul.

This 50th anniversary hardback features Tolkien’s original unused dust-jacket design, which has been reworked to celebrate this special anniversary.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton; New edition edition (9 Mar 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0048231851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0048231857
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,392,644 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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‘Extraordinarily imaginative, and wholly exciting’
The Times

‘The story itself is superb’

‘A most remarkable feat’

‘Masterpiece? Oh yes’
Evening Standard

‘An astonishing imaginative tour de force’
Daily Telegraph

‘A story magnificently told’
New Statesman

‘Tolkien was a storyteller of genius’
Literary Review

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

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

This is the first part of a three 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 Christopher Tolkien's original maps. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellowship embarks 6 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A new wave of readers have discovered "The Fellowship of the Ring," thanks to the arrival of the epic movie hits. And that is definitely a good thing, because this trilogy not only spurred the fantasy genre into a respectable position, but also provided the template for virtually every elf, dwarf, lost king, and medieval fantasy world since. It's also a wicked good read.

We open some sixty years after the events of "The Hobbit" -- Bilbo Baggins is older, not much wiser, substantially wealthier, and quite eccentric (one not-so-affectionate nickname is "Mad Baggins"). He has also adopted his bright young cousin Frodo, who was orphaned at a young age and had led a rather fractured life since then. On his 111th birthday, Bilbo suddenly vanishes, leaving behind all his possessions to Frodo -- including the golden ring that allows its wearer to become invisible.

Seventeen years later, Gandalf the wizard shows up again on Frodo's doorstep, and informs the young hobbit that his ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron. It inevitably corrupts those who have it, and most of Sauron's power is invested in it. Trying to deflect danger from the Shire, Frodo leaves with his best friend Sam and his loyal cousins Merry and Pippin. But Frodo has only the slightest idea of the hideous and dangerous journey ahead of him, that will take him across Middle-Earth to the evil land of Mordor.

Many fantasy cliches were spawned from this book (although they weren't cliches when Tolkien used them). Orcs, elves, dwarves, halflings, sprawling medieval kingdoms, dethroned kings, gray-bearded wizards and evil Dark Lords. But no one will feel that these are stale; on the contrary, they feel fresh and unused, because that is what they were when the book was first penned.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 26 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Obviously with the hype of the movies slowing, it's time to really appreciate these books again. I was given the whole trilogy of books a couple of months before the first movie came out, but I didn't start reading them until after the second movie was out on DVD. I now realise what a fool I was.
The books are simply brilliant. I don't think anyone with a slight hint of intelligence could speak badly about Tolkien's work. His books have never ceased to amaze audiences around the world, and they may or may not be more popular after the movies than what they have ever been. I'm now re-reading the trilogy for the forth time now, and I can barely put it down. If you have seen the movies and have not yet read the books, I stronlgy reccommend you do. It tells alot more of the story, and many many pages were left out of the movie. Nothing against Peter Jackson, of course. I worship his movies, but nothing will ever match this amazing work by Tolkien.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lord of the rings trilogy 29 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Never has a book been so full of joy friendship, sorrow,loyalty,courage,glowing with the absolute pleasure of nature,so much so you are there,breathing and living every moment an excellent book written by a remarkable person, thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Firstly, i was one of those people who thought of Lord of The Rings as a pure fantasy book with no meaning and that it would suck you into a world that was beyond comprehension. HOW WRONG WAS I. The 4 books 1.the hobbit 2. The Fellowship of the Ring 3. The Two Towers and 4. The Return of the King and the prequal to all of those 'The Silmarillion'.
After Reading all the Lord of The Rings books, the whole conecept was unforgetable,. The context of the books was truley amazing ot say the least! The bundle put together by J.R.R. Tolkein, where BRAVEREY, CHIVALRY, BETRAYAL, LOVE, HONOUR, SACRIFICE and how good over comes evil in such away that you will think about it unto the day that you die.
The story (no story is too short a word, epoch) isnt told like a modern day novel like today, the book can lift you up with hope one minute and throw it down again like a rag doll. You will be filled with anxiety when need be and fury when betrayal comes to play it part, for those who feel then cant get into the Lord of the Rings saga then you eill be missing out on what is English literatures greatest achievment.
"The Lord of The Rings"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 27 Dec 2013
By Plank
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book along with the Two Towers and Return of the King Special Editions. The pattern on the spines of the three books match up to form an image of the White Tree of Gondor - it certainly looks good on the bookshelf!

This book is presented in a green/yellow coloured cloth bound hardcover that looks both attractive and durable. Inside, the first thing you come across is a beautiful map of Middle Earth in black and white (and red) before the story begins. I won't say anything about the story itself as we all know about it and there are in depth reviews floating around on the web (both critical and applauding!). This review is for this particular edition of the book, and I think it is fantastic.

It's worth noting that this "special edition" is available as part of a box set with the other two books in the trilogy, along with a cloth bound version of the Hobbit.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased 5 Aug 2003
By A Customer
I decided to replace my battered copies of these books, and wanted to go for the set of three (Yes, I know I am excluding the Hobbit here) rather than the single volume edition. This is of course the first of them. The reason I like this particular edition is of course because it is illustrated by Alan Lee, whose illustrations are both hugely popular and also what inspired and informed what we see in the movies directed by Peter Jackson. Alan Lee has also illustrated many other great pieces of work, not only J.R.R Tolkien books, for example, there is a wonderful edition of the Mabinogion that he illustrated.
A second reason to buy these is in the bigger-size of the books. They are large :) And of course, the best bit is that they are hardback, so I do not have to worry about them falling apart like my other ones did.
If you have not read these books, but always wanted to, I would suggest picking up this version of them. The illustrations are wonderful, and the division into three parts combined with the size of the books themselves, make the story very approachable :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
After reading The Hobbit and watching the first Lord of the Rings film I thought I would love to read this book. How wrong I was. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mrs G K Thacker (Bekah's Kindle)
5.0 out of 5 stars What is there left to say?
Tolkien is right up there with Shakespeare, Einstein, Plato and all the other greats who contributed so much to our species that they deserve better than to be critiqued by the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by David J Plummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading, I could just relax
Wonderful reading, I could just relax, & get in to this great book which is an amazing start to a wonderful
story, which you wont want to put down, or want it to end.!
Published 10 days ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read well written book clasic
Published 11 days ago by jeff53
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very good. Certainly the perfect start to the series as it explains everything. Good for ages 9 And above. Excellent
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 15 days ago by keith holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
Favourite book from childhood. Hold up in adulthood. Love it from start to finish.
Published 16 days ago by ShannonMcN
5.0 out of 5 stars read it its worth it
Entertaining gripping adventure
Published 18 days ago by esther trigwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
Amazing Book. Cleverly Written and enjoyed every page
Would recommend this to all people aged 10+
But sad When Gandalf Dies
Published 21 days ago by El Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Master storytelling!
What a wonderfully woven story by J.R.R. Tolkein. The world he created, the characters, the life he breathed into this story is enough to make me speechless to tell you the truth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Shamma
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