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Lord of the Rings Library Binding – Mar 2001


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  • Library Binding
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613395085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613395083
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,243 customer reviews)

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Let's face it--even some adults find Tolkien's mammoth fantasy a daunting mouthful but children now have this special seven-book box set of The Lord of The Rings to make the epic tale just that bit easier to chew on. Split into its seven constituent parts, these slim volumes tell the ageless tale of young Frodo's quest to destroy The Ring and defeat the forces of evil. It's beautifully presented in a black presentation box with the movie logo and an illustration on the side and the spines of the books also form the movie logo. A contemporary look and plenty of "cool appeal" will grab kids' interest and ensure they don't miss out on reading this classic of the genre. --Jonathan Weir --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of Time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning." The New York Times "Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." --- Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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293 of 307 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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sep 2001
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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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7 of 7 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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By roy.bishop@easynet.co.uk on 10 Feb 2002
Format: Misc. Supplies
This radio adaptation of Tolkien's work needs no additional praise other than to say 'it's the best'.
Here's why (for me at any rate):
It is remarabley faithful to the book. No small achievement considering the complexity of the plot and number of charachters involved. Only in one instance (Bombadil) does it stray from the story-line. Apart from that - what you hear is exactly the way the story unfolds.
The cast are excellent. Each selected for their natural qualities of voice. They 'sound' like the charachters they are portraying. So, Gimli: gruff, tenacious; Aragorn: noble, resiliant; Gandalf: benevolence, with a strong undercurrent of power tending to swift action. With around 13 hours of dialogue there is such a richness of tone, emotion and interaction to be heard. 'Effects' are (thankfully) minimal and leave the best to ones imagination.
As an added bonus, the 14th CD is a collection of the songs and incidental music used in the episodes. These create an atmosphere of timelessnes and wonder, punctuating the story-line to marvelleous effect. There's also a booklet on the making of the series and the seemingly obligatory map of middle-earth to make sense of the quest.
Two small criticisms. The CD set dosn't cover events in the appendices that come at the end of the third volume of LoTR. This particulalry affects the charachter of Arwen because her relationship with Aragorn (central to his motivation in the war of the ring) is only fully brought out in one of those Appendices. This adaptation could have made more of the time they share at Rivendell to highlight her charachter.
And the other criticism? One Tolkien himself would have shared; the story - and hence this CD set of the radio adaptation - is too short.
Enjoy!
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