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  • Paperback: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (17 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261102389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261102385
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those who have not read Tolkien's epic fantasy, or for those looking to replace a worn and battered copy, this three-volume The Lord of the Rings box set is a great place to start. Comprising the three novels that make up the Lord of the Rings sequence--The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King--the whole set is presented in matching matt black packaging with embossed runes and coloured rings. Of course, beneath the fancy covers lies a great epic story of good versus evil, perhaps one of the greatest stories ever told. Attractively presented--and at a great price--there really is no excuse not to have this in your collection. So go on, give it a try; once you've entered Tolkien's fantastic imagination, you'll find it hard to leave. --Jonathan Weir

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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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314 of 328 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Simply wonderful; but it has some structural flaws. The slip case is very tight holding the book, which is good but the rough cloth on the inside of the case may scratch up the leather half of the cover in time. The leather half is well bound and confortable to touch and hold. The cloth half has some quality faults in the edge's, the edge stitching is loose and in time may fray badly. It would have been nice if Harper Collins had numbered each copy due to the fact that there were only 1,000 copies produced, but you can't have everything =).
Other than that there are no other problems, and this copy of LOTR met my every expectation.
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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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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By T. Bobley on 11 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Then Rob Inglis will read you the best story ever written.

Story telling is a tradition that predates book writing and reading by thousands of years. These days it's a luxury to be able to listen to the story teller. I've read Lord of the Rings too many times to be able to remember but up to now, nobody has ever read it to me. Rob Inglis has remedied that sad deficit. It took me a short while to get into the unfamiliar 'listener' state of mind because listening is a different discipline, a different skill, to reading. Somehow, it takes more concentration but perhaps that's just because of lack of practise. Once the right level of concentration was achieved, Rob Inglis's voice and the images it conjured, filled my mind to the exclusion of all else. It's hard to imagine the craft of story telling being executed any better than this.

This story teller managed to reproduce the voices of hobbits, men, elves, dwarves, wizards, eagles, nazgul, orcs and Gollum - all different and all very fitting for the characters represented. Not only that but he sang each song from the book, unaccompanied and they all sounded good.

It's the best present anyone has given me and I expect to listen to it at least as many times as I've read the book.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
JRR Tolkien's book "The Lord of the Rings" needs no introduction. It's a timeless classic that should at least be given a try by absolutley everyone! That said, this edition is just great! I was quite surprised when I first saw this edition with my own eyes. The books are large, pages are thick, the covers and the illustrations are a feast to look at and the text is big and clear. If you are looking for an edition of "The Lord of the Rings" that is a bit more special than the cheaper ones, this is the one to get!
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