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The Lord of The Rings Paperback – 17 Apr 2007
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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
‘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 StandardSee all Product description
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This edition includes all 50 of Alan Lee’s beautiful watercolour paintings that have been scanned by the artist himself, together with his stunning frontispiece painting that appears in full, for the very first time, as a three-page fold-out sheet. The text has been reset using the definitive 50th anniversary text and is printed on high-quality paper, and this is accompanied by Tolkien’s own maps, which are printed in red & black as endpapers. The unjacketed book features illustrated boards and includes a silk ribbon marker, and is housed in a special transparent slipcase; together with Alan’s beautiful paintings, this presentation of this landmark work provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first publication.
The Lord of The Rings
A sumptuous one-volume edition of Tolkien’s classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated throughout in watercolour by the acclaimed artist, Alan Lee, and housed in a special transparent slipcase.
Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors editions become prized and valuable items of publishing.
With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed billion-dollar success, images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers. Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee’s paintings, giving this sumptuous edition of Tolkien’s great work new relevance for the ever-growing number of fans.
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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 :(