- Paperback: 1168 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Film tie-in edition edition (6 Nov. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007172001
- ISBN-13: 978-0007172009
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5,154 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Lord of the Rings Paperback – 6 Nov 2003
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A Christian can be forgiven for not reading the Bible--heck, it's a pretty big book after all. But there's no salvation for a fantasy fan who hasn't read the gospel of the genre, J.R.R. Tolkien's definitive three-book epic, The Lord of the Rings (encompassing The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King), and its charming precursor, The Hobbit. That many (if not most) fantasy works are in some way derivative of Tolkien is understood, but the influence of The Lord of the Rings is so universal that everybody from George Lucas to Led Zeppelin has appropriated it for one purpose or another.
Not just revolutionary because it was groundbreaking, The Lord of the Rings is timeless because it's the product of a truly top-shelf mind. Tolkien was a distinguished linguist and Oxford scholar of dead languages, with strong ideas about the importance of myth and story and a deep appreciation of nature. His epic, 10 years in the making, recounts the Great War of the Ring and the closing of Middle-Earth's Third Age, a time when magic begins to fade from the world and men rise to dominance. Tolkien carefully details this transition with tremendous skill and love, creating in The Lord of the Rings a universal and all-embracing tale, a justly celebrated classic. --Paul Hughes, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Masterpiece? Oh yes, I’ve no doubt about that.’
‘Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the 20th century.’
‘An extraordinarily imaginative work, part saga, part allegory, and wholly exciting.’
‘When it comes to the nation’s favourite books, one title runs rings round all the others. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was chosen by an astonishing 20 per cent of readers in the survey conducted by W H Smith.’
Daily Mail, 4 August 2000
Top Customer Reviews
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The original 'world-builder' from which all modern fantasy has gained inspiration - probably. Vast sweeping history, and landscapes matched with intimate stories of friendship and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by RBamping
I read it at the same time as I read a current edition to see the differences. It was a trip. The original was a great read.Published 1 day ago by Greg Dickinson
I can't wait to read this, it wasn't the same cover as shown but still goodPublished 2 days ago by paige.
The story overall is fantastic and a classic, but there's something about the writing that makes this book a bit hard going at times. Read morePublished 15 days ago by C. Green
Great read dude
Loved the elves and their pointy ears, they really made it for me. The stars must have smelt by the end though...