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The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set Paperback – 27 Oct 2011
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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
This boxed set contains the three volumes which comprise J.R.R. Tolkien's classic "The Lord of the Rings" and his fantasy "The Hobbit". Tolkien created a vast new mythology in an invented world in these fantasies of heroic romance and high adventure.See all Product description
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As others have mentioned, the first edition of The Hobbit is not within most folks budget and so I was quite excited to see this offered many years ago. I'm not sure I am going to actual pore over it and check to see what the differences between the first edition and subsequent ones (Rateliff's The History of the Hobbit does that). But just to look at it and page through it is worth the purchase price.
It is a wonderful addition to my bookcase!
This hardcover edition is a single volume print, and l think the description refers to a paperback 3 volume version.
It is frustrating that there are so many versions and yet the reviews are all lumped together on the Amazon website.
Although disappointingly only one volume this is still not bad value for money. Size wise it is slightly easier to handle for reading than the single volume 1991 edition with the Alan Lee illustrations.
However, the print is smaller and some may find it too small to read comfortably, even though the book is attractively presented on white paper pages. There are only the original maps and in-text rune illustrations (some in red print) in this 50th anniversary special edition, ie no additional illustrations. The text has been emended in consultation with Christopher Tolkien to reflect his father's original wishes which were apparently sometimes over-ridden by the publishers!
In summary, might suit if you want a single volume hardcover edition and are not bothered by fairly small print or the lack of additional illustrations.
Otherwise, if looking for something easier to handle and read you may want to go for a 3 volume set, although a new 3 volume hardcover set will probably set you back considerably more than this edition.
Needless to say the book itself is a masterpiece which is well worth reading if you are not daunted by the length of it.
This is a version as it appeared in 1937. It was not cheap. You have got to be a bit of a freak to want this. SO..... if you are still with me., this is an intriguing version. It's so much easier to read this aloud to children as the references are less specific - you won't have to stop and explain a few diehard details and background information to a curious child. It's definitely more whimsical and less dark as well. If you don't know about one of the principal character re-writes that Tolkien did to fit this story into Lord of the Rings then I won't add it here: except to say that was the reason I purchased this copy.
I am of course enjoying it: it's like a different flavour ice cream - I was bound to like it.
To be fair this version also adds in a CD of readings from the Hobbit by JRRT himself and a cute mini map, all in a nice good quality presentation box with a visual effect on the cover. (The box and box cover are nice enough but both mean very little to me btw. )
If you are strongly into this stuff, go ahead and buy it, you know you will enjoy it. If not, then it is a lot of cash for this story....
Btw I did get that frequently talked about mark at the front of the holder due to the shrink wrap :(