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The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Part 2
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2003
Definatly the best version of the Lord of the Rings I have seen so far. Because it's printed long before the movies were made it has an unspoiled look on it. The Uruk Hai and the Fellowship doesnt not resemble to the cast of the film. What I think is wonderfull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2001
Believe the rest of the reviews on this page- this book truely is the greatest ever written. Admittedly the beginning is a little slow, but persevere and you will be rewarded with the most epic, beautifully written book imaginable. Everything about this book is magnificent and is a true testament to the genius of Tolkein. It may be long, but it is utterly engrosing and completely relevant to the story-telling. This really is one of the few books that everyone, no matter who they are, should have read. And the best part is, it is just the tip of the iceberg- the whole of Tolkein's mythical `Middle Earth` is out there, just waiting to be explored.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2005
I have been an avid reader of Tolkien for many years, picking up and reading The Lord of the Rings at the age of eight. I have read it every year since and never grow tired of it. I have gone through several copies in that time, many going to friends as a loan, but not getting them back because they love it so much. I also lost a lot to being over read and falling to pieces. So as a treat, I decided to by the hardcover 50th Aniversary piece. This is not to be read as I am too scared to break the spine. This is more of a display piece for me. It is a beautifully bound piece with pull out maps of the areas visited by the fellowship, either together or in their disected bands. Definately a piece to keep for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 1998
This book is virtually unsurpassed by any book of any topic, tolkien not only had a great imagination but the way he transferred that on to page was incredible, you actually feel you are in a world where things are happening in other places, even though your concentrating on one characters exploits at a certain time you know things are happening somewhere else and you almost cant wait to turn the page to find out what another characters been up to since the last time. im not a big reader, only occasional, but if i knew every book drew me into a story the way this one did, i would be buying a hell of a lot more books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2011
This is a splendid version of The Lord of The Rings, although I thought the book was hardcover on the outside, with the pictures somewhat engraved, like a version of an H.P Lovecraft edition I have. Maybe I was hoping for too much, but it is indeed a hardback, with a paper cover, which annoyed me, but the quality of the paper set things right, and is far superior to any other versions of this book I have seen. The pull-out maps are excellent, and are divided into being near the middle of the tale and the end of the tale.

That's about it, this is an excellent edition of this story, that you can keep for a long time.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2002
The book is awesome, I don't need to tell you that.
But what's important now is the edition. This edition is better than those flimsy paperback ones, it's got thick paper, and it has got very good illustrations every few pages. If you can afford it, buy it NOW.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2000
I can understand the thought of paying £80 for a book is going frighten a few, I can even understand the cynical view that the publishers are just trying to cash in on the latest wave of Tolkien enthusiasm. But, I love books, whats more I love Tolkien' works and I have always said that if ever get the chance to own an edition that does the work justice, I will not miss out. Yes, I would have liked full leather, yes the pages are very fragile, but this is not an edition to read on the train! It is a collectors item and is stunning. Yes the price is high but can be justified as this is a limited edition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2004
I have never really been a fan of books but after reading 'The Lord of The Rings' i began to think differently. It was an amazing read and has inspired me to read other books.
i had watched the films before i read these and prefered the book to the film. it made me realise that the film had so much missing which could have made it even better. If you have never seen the films before i sugest reading these books before you do. and even if you have seen the films i recon you should read these to get the full fantastic story. you will definatly enjoy the books much more than the films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2012
Listening to Rob Inglis reading "The Lord of the Rings" feels like what it may have been to listen to Professor Tolkien sitting at the fireside reading to his grandchildren. Rob Inglis has a wonderfully "oldfashioned" voice and style. I think he does the book justice. But I do doubt the wisdom of the decision to actually sing the songs. Well, he can sing, but to tell the truth it's an old man's singing voice, and it ranges from just bearable (the song of Bilbo, for example) to plainly embarrassing (all the songs sung by women and elves). But apart from that it's a great audiobook!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2004
I loved the films and, although had my qualms, thought they did a fairly decent job, as lets face it, it could have been done much worse. I read the book a few years back, thankfully before the films were released, and fell in love with it. I think it was the second proper book I picked up, and read for myself, and found that reading is actually more fun than television. I think television is very evil in some respects and embodies the devil in disguise. It has done so much to dumb down society and kill of such things as reading a book. Most people who don't enjoy books don't have much of an imagination, as that what reading requires. The story teller is laying a tale in front of your eyes and you interpret what he/she is telling you. Admittedly some are better than others however Tolkien is a master at it and spent his whole life writing almost completely about the same mystical world.
I picked the book up a few times and kept reading about the infamous Mr Baggins of Bag end and it all seemed very magical and fantastical, but three attempts never got me past the first page as I kept going off to watch telly! Then I lay in bed and after the first few pages literally dove into the book and was never to be seen again. The Fellowship of the Ring for me is my favourite as it is all about the hobbits. All you hear are stories about this dangerous world outside the shire and wild rangers, men, wizards, elves, dwarves, eagles, bears, wolves, orcs, goblins and of course Sauoron (amongst others). In many respects you are actually like a hobbit going on the adventure with them yet just watching, like the wolf that stumbles across them before they leave the shire without there knowledge.
If you have not already read the book and have seen the film it's a shame as I can't help but feel you'll keep comparing the characters and events and your imagination will be polluted on how the characters look and how places look. However it is essential reading as the book holds so much more. Take for example when the Hobbits are chased of by farmer Maggott, there is a whole chapter on this and they're not actually chased off by him but go to visit him and actually feast on gorgeous mushrooms that his wife makes, hence the expression "mushrooms!" in the film. There is Entmoot which lasts for a lot longer than what is given off in the film and the characters are allowed to develop much more, in your own imagination.
I cannot stress enough that if you are able to read, read this book, novel, story, tale and most of all adventure. I feel so protective of this book that I felt pity as well as joy when the film came out as I knew it was to become even more popular instead of just some dusty old tale of the past. In fact it does as I hear people talking about the films like experts on the story and to someone who has read the book they sound completly stupid! You'll get the joke when you have read it I'm sure.
This is where I'll leave you to spend you well earned and soon to be well spent cash, and tank one Mr John Ronald Reul Tolkien for one amazing story. I do this as, as he explained after 1066 England has no real history as far as tales and myths are concerned, so he wrote one and what a story it is!
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