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The Lord of The Rings (Based on the 50th Anniversary Single volume edition 2004) [Paperback]

J. R. R. Tolkien
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5 Jun 2007

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, all three parts of the epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, in one paperback. Features the definitive edition of the text, fold-out flaps with the original two-colour maps, and a revised and expanded index.

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 the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike.

This single-volume paperback edition is the definitive text, fully restored with almost 400 corrections – with the full co-operation of Christopher Tolkien – and features a striking new cover.

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  • Paperback: 1178 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (5 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261103253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261103252
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 6.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (953 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Christian can be forgiven for not reading the Bible--heck, it's a pretty big book after all. But there's no salvation for a fantasy fan who hasn't read the gospel of the genre, J.R.R. Tolkien's definitive three-book epic, The Lord of the Rings (encompassing The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King), and its charming precursor, The Hobbit. That many (if not most) fantasy works are in some way derivative of Tolkien is understood, but the influence of The Lord of the Rings is so universal that everybody from George Lucas to Led Zeppelin has appropriated it for one purpose or another.

Not just revolutionary because it was groundbreaking, The Lord of the Rings is timeless because it's the product of a truly top-shelf mind. Tolkien was a distinguished linguist and Oxford scholar of dead languages, with strong ideas about the importance of myth and story and a deep appreciation of nature. His epic, 10 years in the making, recounts the Great War of the Ring and the closing of Middle-Earth's Third Age, a time when magic begins to fade from the world and men rise to dominance. Tolkien carefully details this transition with tremendous skill and love, creating in The Lord of the Rings a universal and all-embracing tale, a justly celebrated classic. --Paul Hughes,


‘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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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trully unbelievable ! 26 Feb 2000
By A Customer
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I know, this might look like an expensive buy, but believe me, once you get to the last CD of this brilliant dramatisation of Lord of the Rings, you won't even care about the money you've spent ! This is how good this radio version is. I would give it 1000 stars if i could !
After listening to this 14 hours of incredible High Fantasy atmosphere, i only wish all the books from Tolkien were available in this form. I know the Lord of the Rings movies are being filmed at this moment, but after listening to this brilliant radio adaptation, i can't believe the movies will be better than this radio series. This is the perfect buy for anyone who loves Fantasy, no matter what age you are. Excelent for Tolien fans, and perfect to introduce the Tolkien world to anyone who never eard of it.
For a start, the actors are perfect, specialy, the voices of Sam, Gollum and Gandalf, wich are fantastic. And the cast it's huuuuuuge with plenty of voices everywhere.
The sound effects are powerfull, altough a bit to much early eighties electronics some times, but very ,very good nevertheless, specialy in the battle scenes and in the countryside atmospheres.
But to me the most impressive thing in all this adaptation , is the music soundtrack. This radio adaptation of Lord of the Rings, has one of the most beautiful music soundtracks i ever eard, and the way in wich the music is used to create emotion and carry the listener into the Midlle Earth is incredible. Listen to the battle preparation scenes in the dark , and you'll get imediately transported into this amazing world, just by the power of sound.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound approach to Middle-Earth 15 Sep 2001
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I must have read J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings at least 30 times over the same number of years.
I have seen two films come and go, that did not 'reach' me in the same way as the books (it is usually the same with pictures/drawings etc).
The Lord of the Rings is one of those rare books who's impressions given are personal to that reader.
In this way the CD's (taken from the BBC Radio adaptation of the early 1980's), do not intrude on ones personal 'mind pictures' for the story. In a number of respects they enhance previous reading experience. The voices are particularly good, striking, in terms of Gandalf and the late/great Sir Michael Hordern.
Admittedly, some scenes have had to be passed over,especially earlier on in the story i.e the old forest, Tom Bombadil, the barrow downs (due to the sheer size of the work), other than these areas, the story is very much intact.
This is a story (we found) best played on a winters night around the fire (it can make television almost seem a basic and vulgar entertainment). But however heard, it will inspire, thrill, and endear all to the great man's master work.
The 13 CD package is attractively packaged, including a map, and a CD of music from this adaptation.
I believe this sort of experience/entertainment is ideal for children of all ages, particularly really grown up children (adults) !
These CD's will compliment your Tolkien collection and continue the pure magic of this classic tale for years/generations to come.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette
I remember reading the Fellowship of the Ring at school. My friend had the three volume book, but I thought I would start with the first and see how it went. I was captured, and have been enchanted ever since with the mythological world of Middle Earth. But, it was not until I had listened to this box set that I realised, for instance, how great was the suffering of Frodo, and indeed how bittersweet the ending really is. I don't think that this can replace the text, but owning it will compliment the books tremendously, and act as an appetizer to the upcoming movies. Enjoy!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of audio dramatisation 9 Sep 2001
By A Customer
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Having read and loved the book I really had doubts that a 13 hour audio full dramatised version could do it justice but any doubts I had were quashed when I heard the first few minutes and that haunting main theme kicked in. Assuming if you're reading this you've already read the book I won't need to go into specifics but Gollum was just so...perfect. Loathsome and quite pitiful at the same time. Ian Holm as Frodo was magnificent, the leading role of a talented cast, special praise going to those actors portraying Bilbo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Pippin, Merry, Sam, Legolas, Gimli and Boromir. The music was equal parts moving, exciting and awe-inspring, and how nice of the CD makers to include a 14th disc with nearly an hour of the score, my fave parts being the main score and the fan-bloody-tastic March of the Ents. Every single part of this version of the book to end all books is honed to perfection, but the standouts go to the Prancing Pony section of disc 2 and the entire Mines of Moria sequence of Disc 4, which is a triumph of sound in a scene where visuals are all. I could babble on forever about this, but, it may seem costly, but it's worth it. Empty your wallets, go home, put this on and be entranced.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Lord of the Rings ! 30 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I was lent this recording by a friend at the age of 11 and I knew I had to get my own copy as soon as possible . What can I say - the atmosphere of Middle-Earth is conjured up brilliantly with help from a superb soundtrack , and despite others' gripes about the omission of certain chapters , I really do believe that this cannot be bettered . The stunning performances from a cast of Britain's finest actors really make Tolkien's epic tale come alive - the only problem now is that nothing will measure up to it ! Much as I am looking forward to the film version , it's just a shame this cast can't be used - each of the actors IS their character as far as I'm concerned , and anyone else just wouldn't seem right . Buy it now - you won't regret it . 13 hours of high-class , gripping drama - what more can I say ? Tolkien would be proud .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than lord of the rings the movie!
The fact that somebody has at last written a book about the movie Lord of the rings is brilliant whoever this Tolkien guy is he is a genius this book is even better than the actual... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sherry Shrewbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Changed or unchanged
I have read this book many times in my lifetime and it remains and will always be a very great favourite always finding something new each time I read it. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sylvia Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic made easier to read on the Kindle
What more can I say? I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite for my 16 year old daughter and loaded The Lord of The Rings onto it as a surprise. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Rowena Parker
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrongly Advertised !
The reason I gave it a low rating is that I did not not receive this item in the post and what I received
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Published 15 days ago by Steve Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Intaantly Addicted!!!
When I first started to read the Fellowship I kinda liked it nut as it went on I got addicted! I have recently started reading the Return of the King again as it is the end one. Read more
Published 20 days ago by G. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book was in very good condition and very interesting!
I would recommend it to any Tolkien fans or anyone who likes fantasy.
Published 20 days ago by Luke Comer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This book was amazing when I read it. Anyone who likes books set in the Middle Ages, this is the book for you. Five stars!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brill
Published 21 days ago by Liz Chippenham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great condition
Quick delivery and great condition, just wished it was in three different books as in the picture and not a big one... Still, can't complain for the price. Would order again.
Published 24 days ago by Indiana Jojo
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware this is not the BBC version
Extraordinarily disappointed this is a 1970's American version if you are looking for the BBC classic version as I was you will be disappointed
Published 26 days ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect little book
Brilliantly packaged, easy to read, the pages and font are both so neat and tidy. I love the new take on the earlier designs, I have both a 90's version of this very trilogy, all... Read more
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