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Poems from The Lord of the Rings [Hardcover]

J. R. R. Tolkien
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16 Sep 2002

Hardback volume containing the well-loved poems from Tolkien’s literary masterpiece The Lord of The Rings, featuring a cover illustrated by celebrated Tolkien artist Alan Lee.

Featuring poems written in Tolkien’s inimitable style – each of which add to the magic, mystery and lyricism of the epic saga The Lord of The Rings.

These poems can also be enjoyed as a separate entity, apart from the main body of the text , with each stanza giving an insight into the mythology and sagas of Tolkien’s parallel universe of Middle-earth.

Trying to furnish England with a mythology he felt it hitherto lacked, and drawing on his own studies of epic poems of the past, including classics such as Beowulf, it could be argued that Tolkien’s poetry is at the heart of the saga that was to become the Book of the Century.


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (16 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261103121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261103122
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,771 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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For millions of readers of 'The Lord of the Rings', and for its author J.R.R. Tolkien, the poems and songs which appear in the book are an essential part of its overall magnificence. Trying to furnish England with a mythology he felt it hitherto lacked, and drawing on his own studies of epic poems of the past, including classics such as Beowulf, Tolkien used poetry to add to the magic, mystery and lyricism at the heart of this epic saga.

Bringing together all the poems from the work, this expanded edition demonstrates Tolkien's consummate skill as a poet as well as a storyteller. Set apart from the main body of the text, these poems prove delightful in their own right, with each stanza giving an insight into the creation of Tolkien's parallel universe of Middle-earth.

About the Author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A True Collectors Book 12 Mar 2003
Format:Hardcover
I received this book as a birthday present and found it to be very charming and beautiful. The book gathers together all the different poems and songs that are found throughout The Lord of the Rings and also includes wonderful illustrations alongside. If you are a fan of the drawings by Alan Lee that were to be found in the illustrated version of Lord of the Rings then you should buy this book for that reason alone.
If you found in reading The Lord of the Rings that the songs and poems were long winded and boring this is definitely not the book for you.
Ultimately this book should be seen as an extra alongside the Lord of the Rings and as a book that fans would want in order to keep their collection up to date.
People who have not read The Lord of the Rings would probably not understand the poems and Songs with them being out of context.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, but could have been more... 20 Oct 2003
Format:Hardcover
Some lovely poems, but only one in a non-English tongue (which, with all the Sindarin and Quenya in there, is a waste). The book looks great, and the production is high quality but it's very short. Didn't contain all the songs I was after, but still perfect for a romantic present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this book 14 Sep 2010
By Navy Wife 15 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love the poems from Lord of the Rings and was always marking the pages where they were. Now I don't have to hunt. It is also a lovely way to enjoy Allen Lee's work if you can't afford to buy the complete illustrated version. It is also small enough to fit in a purse for reading at a Doctor's office or on a lunch break.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but Incomplete 29 Aug 2012
By Bethany Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First, I'll say that this is a wonderful idea. I know some people who read the Lord of the Rings (and/or The Hobbit and The Silmarillion) who skip over the songs and poems and chants, in order to "get on" with the story. Personally, I relish these sometimes beautiful, sometimes funny or folksy, sometimes heartbreaking works. I sincerely love Tolkien's poetry, though I know it is not at all in the styles that are popular today. What I would really like is to find a book that brings together all of Tolkien's Middle Earth poetry and songs (if you know of such a work, please leave me a comment. You will be my hero.) As it is, I was so excited to find a book that promised it was (and I am quoting from the inside flap of the dust-jacket) "Bringing together *all* the poems from the work [The Lord of the Rings]..." Of course, I realized that I would get no Hobbit poetry or any of the lays in The Silmarillion, but I was delighted none the less.

The illustrations, done by Alan Lee, are gorgeous. The book is small, but really a nice size for carrying around with you. The poems and songs that are included are, to the best of my knowledge, free of typos and omissions...unless you call the absence of ten separate songs or poems from the work an omission. Yes, it's not a complete work. I knew after going through it that something was wrong. I have read The Lord of the Rings too many times, no doubt, but I realized very soon after receiving it that several poems were missing; including one or two personal favorites. Perhaps I am taking this too seriously, but what I can't understand is WHY they are missing. They aren't exceptionally short (some of the included works are shorter or of the same length), they aren't (to my mind) unimportant, or uninteresting or inferior. They just aren't there.

Now, if the book had not made the claim that they were all present, I would have continued my search, I admit. And this is a lovely little volume, even with the absent work, so maybe that would have been a shame. I will read this, I've been unable to find a complete one, after all...but every time I pick it up I'll know that some are missing. It's just disappointing (and false advertisement). In case you are interested, here is a list of the missing works:

1. O! Wanderer's in the shadowed land (The Old Forest chapter, sung by Frodo)

2. O slender as a willow-wand! O clearer than clear water! (In the House of of Tom Bombadil chapter, sung by Frodo)

3. Cold be hand and heart and bone (Fog on the Burrow-Downs chapter, chanted by Barrow-wight) *I know this isn't a happy, pretty piece, but I really think it's well written...so frustrating that it's not included

4. Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind (Farewell to Lorien chapter, sung by Galadriel) *This is given both in Elvish and English, and it's absolutely enchanting

5. Gondor! Gondor, between the Mountains and the Sea! (The Riders of Rohan chapter, spoken by Aragorn)

6. Learn now the lore of Living Creatures! (Treebeard chapter, chanted by Treebeard) *This is the first poem I missed after I had read through and found I had not seen it.

7. Where now are the Dunedain, Elessar, Elessar? (The White Rider chapter, spoken by Gandalf)

8. Ere iron was found or tree was hewn, (The Road to Isengard, spoken by Gandalf) *This one is only four sentences; I suppose that might be why it was discounted.

9. Tall ships and tall kings (The Palantir, sung by Gandalf) *Again, short, but I think it's important.

10. Arise, arise, Riders of Theoden! (The Ride of the Rohirrim, chanted by Theoden King) *I can't believe they left this out. It's short, but full of passion and strength and heartbreak.

*There are also stanzas of Tom Bombadil's songs missing, though they were mostly complete

I hope this helps!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Tolkien readers should have a copy of this. 5 Nov 2011
By David C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am glad to find a nifty book such as this which has all the poems, walking songs, and riddles from the Lord of the Rings under one cover. To note, it does not include anything from The Hobbit. I'd find a way to give it 6 stars if it had. Drawings are nice as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 24 Mar 2014
By Dawn Trumbull9999 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I received it fast and in great condition my rating is high and to the point I love the poems from JRR Tolkien
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