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The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set Paperback – Special Edition, 17 Oct 2005
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Extraordinarily imaginative, and wholly exciting.’ The Times
‘The story itself is superb.’ Observer
‘A most remarkable feat.’ Guardian
‘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 TelegraphSee 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!
The story itself needs no introduction, so what do you get with this deluxe commemorative edition? Not much in the way of thrills. Just a beautiful hardback copy containing all 3 books and appendixes in one volume (along with fairly brief notes on the text (assuring you this is the most accurate edition etc.) and the prologue--"Concerning hobbits etc."). The print is crystal clear, the paper good quality and the 3 maps (two of which--but not the first map of The Shire--fully fold-out) are beautifully printed in black and red. The ring inscription (in "The Shadow of the Past") is also in nice red. The cover sleeve is soft and somewhat felt-like, with strong lettering on the spine, Tolkeins art beautifully embossed on the front and a suitably classy (minimal) feel to it. The hard cover itself is quality red (with no image on the front, but the same quality styled writing on the spine) and the binding is of good quality.
If you're looking for a definitive copy to read year after year, this is probably the one. If, on the other hand, you're looking for something with more illustrations there are better options out there (if you can get hold of the ones with Alan Lee's illustrations in, they are beautiful). This is a lean, but high quality edition, that allows you to concentrate on the text alone.