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Lord of the Rings (Boxed Set) Paperback – 31 Dec 1999


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Box edition (31 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618002251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618002252
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,731,636 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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This CD box set contains the highly-acclaimed BBC Radio dramatisations of The Lord of the Rings and its fantastic prelude The Hobbit, along with two CDs of thrilling music. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Robinson on 17 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 31 Jan 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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85 of 96 people found the following review helpful By s_l_clay VINE VOICE on 22 Dec 2005
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 By sheenaholden on 10 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought these books after watching the Lord of The Rings films, so, they arrived very quickly, although I picked super saver delivery. I was slightly reluctant, when they arrived, as I heard they are slightly hard to read, and that they have slightly different language from then today, as I am only 13, I am 1/3 through the hobbit, which fantastic, the travelling parts, can get a little bit boring, but the suspense, and wanting to read more at the action bits, make up for that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2013
Format: Paperback
I got this handsome set for my eldest nephew, as other reviewers have commented this is good way to introduce anyone to Tolkien's work; they are nicely bound with really classic pictorials. Like other reviewers have remarked the narrative is unique and I have never tired from re-reading this epic narrative every year, since I first read the saga. Every re-reading has been a joyful experience, and I have come away learning something new on each occasion. You can really feel the magic of Tolkien's' word on the page. This is a unique literary fantasy, borne out his affection for Anglo-Saxon folklore and heritage. I hope that my nephew has the same experience. I also got him to use a dictionary along with his reading, as some of the language, or shall we say word usage is not as common these days. So far he has really enjoyed the read and the magical world that Tolkien created.

My nephew gives this a full 5 star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Kinniburgh Kid on 2 Dec 2014
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The book needs no introduction or endorsement from me and these unabridged readings of Tolkien by Rob Inglis are perhaps the greatest advert for audiobooks. His performance of the many character voices and songs perfectly matches the words and tone of the books. The recordings date back some 25 years, well before the hype of the movies and the modern audiobook boom. They take even longer than the movies to listen to (The Hobbit alone is 10 CDs) but it's time well invested.

Inglis'voice is warm, the pace perfect to keep up with the odd names and married to the text the overall effect is to draw you in. I listened in the car, but I imagine a quiet room with a comfy chair by a fire with a big book of Middle Earth maps and drawings on your lap would make for a deeply satisfying multimedia experience. All you'd need is a regular supply of tea, fruit cake and mince pies for sustenance.

I'd listened to The Lord of The Rings a dozen or so years ago but somehow never The Hobbit until now. What a corking take, action from the off and a pace that belies the age of the original text (mid 1930s). Being familiar with the characters and world from LOTR may colour my judgement, but I felt I could tell this was the lighter, more accessible book, which is to say the one aimed at children, albeit the patient, literate children from almost 100 years ago who had attention spans vastly in excess of today's breed of smartphone wielding ADHD fidgets. In fact, part of the attraction of these books is the whole idea of shorts and pullover wearing children sitting quietly while being read to.
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