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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings [Paperback]

J.R.R Tolkien
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22 Nov 2012 Hobbit

Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien’s classic masterpieces behind the films, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring.

When they were first published, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings became instant classics. Treasured by readers young and old, these works of sweeping fantasy, steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness have sold more than 150 million copies around the world.

This new boxed gift set, published to celebrate the release of the first of Peter Jackson’s three-part film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, contains both titles and features cover images from both films.

It offers readers a new opportunity to discover Tolkien’s remarkable world of Middle-earth and to follow the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ part in the epic quest for the Ring – beginning with Bilbo’s fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 2064 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Film tie-in edition edition (22 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007509847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007509843
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13.5 x 11.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘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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A beautiful illustrated boxed set collecting the two most popular Tolkien hardbacks - the Centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings and the 60th Anniversary edition of The Hobbit, both illustrated by Alan Lee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classics 17 Nov 2000
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly presented and beautifully illustrated 31 Jan 2002
By A Customer
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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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, not so great publication 22 Dec 2005
By s_l_clay VINE VOICE
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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very beautiful editions of my favourite series of all time, I have always wanted to own a nice edition of these books and these are very nice. Good quality of paper and great detail of Tolkien's drawings makes this a great purchase. I'll admit that I would have liked an attached ribbon to use as a bookmark but this only a small problem and obviously does not ruin the quality of the books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great special edition 3 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
These books are a great addition to any bookshelf.

No need to speak about the fantastic story as everyone will have at least heard of the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings by now.

These books have lovely illustrated maps and also come with the original introductions which give you an insight into how Tolkien came to write these books in the first place.

A must have for book lovers
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing, Average Quality Edition 22 Feb 2012
I bought this box set but always felt I wanted the illustrated set, so I bought that as well!

This set is printed on yellowy paper with very small print (too small in my opinion).

The illustrated set has better quality paper (whiter) and more pages (bigger print).

My advice is buy the illustrated set and pay the extra 10 quid. Well worth it. The images and better paper / type are definitely worth it.

By the way, I really enjoyed the Hobbit. The quickest I've read a book in years. Now on to the rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books, currently in the hobbit. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a gift. The recipient was well chuffed.
Published 2 days ago by Fozzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Can read over and over
Though I don't think Tolkien is the greatest writer in British history... he is in my top five

If you love books then these are must read
Published 2 days ago by Gav
5.0 out of 5 stars I love them!
I bought these as a replacement copy for my books that have seen better days. Great box set.
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Well done.......Prompt delivery
Published 4 days ago by Onengiyeofori Davies
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A must read. Tolkein inspired the entire genre of role play, altered the face of fantasy forever. There are loads of copies, but noone has come close to the master. Read more
Published 6 days ago by bushcraftrelf
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcover rocks!
Hardcover version is amazing. Books are very well looking and well decorated. It's pleasure to read them.
Published 6 days ago by Boyan Zhelyazkov
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
looks nice and fast delivery
Published 7 days ago by Mr. David Beckwith
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Hobbit encourages reading habit
Bought this for my 13 year old daughter. She is a bookworm but found them hard going. The books are good quality and value for money.
Published 8 days ago by Aidan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best books ever written..got the set to replace my old tired ones
Published 10 days ago by Sue Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent purchase.
This classic series is superbly written and goes into more depth and detail than the films alone. An excellent purchase.
Published 13 days ago by Nick R DAVIES
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