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The Lord of The Rings Paperback – 2 Aug 1995
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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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The box itself contains, as many others do, copies of 'The Hobbit' and all three volumes of 'The Lord of The Rings'. The quality of the literature goes without saying. The only things worth talking about with any released version of these books is the physical quality of each edition. These ones look great, and for their intended purpose (travel-sized editions only 16cm heigh, that are a little more durable than an ordinary paperback, but not as heavy as a hardcover), they're perfect, but they've got a lot wrong with them too.
As nice as the leatherette feels, it is too soft. So soft in fact, that even the seam of the cellophane wrapping dents it. The paper of the pages is also very thin (aiding the light weight), meaning the books aren't at all rigid. Not even as rigid as a paperback. The box is a little wider than the combined thickness of the books - which is good for not squashing them - but the books aren't rigid enough to stand up straight under their own weight. They therefore bulge outwards as they slouch into the spare space. The back cover of 'The Hobbit' and the front cover of 'The Return of The King', being the two outer-most sides, stay flat as they're against the sides of the box, but all of the other covers, and large chunks of pages, end up wavy the instant they're removed from the box for the first time.
The covers and pages are soft enough that they can probably be flattened out again by storing them flat, but as soon as they're put back into the box and stood up, they'll do the same thing again.
This set is well worth a look for anyone who wants some travel copies of these books, but they are not a viable option as a deluxe, bookshelf set for posterity.
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