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

J. R. R. Tolkien
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3 Sep 2001 The Lord of the Rings

The first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring an exclusive cover image from the film

Impossible to describe in a few words, JRR Tolkien’s great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail. Tolkien created a vast new mythology in an invented world which has proved timeless in its appeal.

To celebrate the release of the major motion picture trilogy, we will be reissuing the A-format paperbacks with exclusive images from the films on the covers, the first of which being The Fellowship of the Ring, in which the young hobbit, Frodo, is bequeathed a magical ring from his Uncle Bilbo, and learns that he must take it into the land of the Dark Lord, Sauron, and cast it into the Cracks of Doom.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Film tie-in edition edition (3 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007123825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007123827
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,717 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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‘An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent, in a region where everything is invented, forest, moor, river, wilderness, town and the races which inhabit them.’
The Observer

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

‘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

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.

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13 of 13 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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10 of 10 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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good way to enjoy Tolkien's Master-piece 7 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I won't comment on the quality of the Lord of the Rings text as such, because that is well documented elsewhere. What I will say is that Rob Inglis does it justice. It is nice to have the full work presented with prologue; the voices are, whilst not entirely convincing, by no means offensive, the songs are performed in an easy to listen format and are less intrusive than other versions I have heard. All together this is the best recording that I have encountered, and is therefore highly recommended.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
If you like Tolkein then buy this book. Must have read the trilogy 5 or 6 times. Every time I find something new. It is not really about Wizards and Goblins.
Published 1 day ago by K I MCCREDIE
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic fantasy adventure
The Lord of the Rings is a great classic of the fantastic genre and probably the best known fantasy book of the 20th century. The book certainly lives up to its reputation. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Luis F.
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect books
I had wanted this book set for years, but didn't find a cover I liked this set was perfect. They came quickly and were in mint condition, and the price was great too.
Published 4 days ago by Charlotte Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fellowship of the Rings
Having read the Hobbit I moved onto this first part of Lord of the Rings. It was a great read and I could not wait to start the next book.
Published 9 days ago by What I Think
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This book is a well written piece of writing. I can feel the characters presence similar to the first book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Thomas Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
this book includes a whole new concept to the word fairy tale it creates a whole atmosphere of amazing creativity it grinds your skin explaining the evil foreclosures characters... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality book(s)
Not going to say anything about the story. The production quality of the hardback book is superb. It feels fantastic in hand and looks fabulous on the bookshelf ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars One fantasy novel to rule them all
Peerless classic . It was once said, there are two types of people in the civilised world , those who have read lord of the rings and those who are going to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beatlestargazer
1.0 out of 5 stars A Hard read!
you think lord of the rings and expect the book to be as fast paced as the films it's not... this is the hardest read I have ever done, it's long it's extremely boring at times and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I first read this book when I was a teenager.
I have seen the film on numerous occasions, and it is great to re-read the book (in Kindle version)
Also reading on the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Ellul
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