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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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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I'd heard of this before, but never read it. As a parent now myself, I decided it was time to try it, and in December, the timing was perfect.Read more
What got delivered was not as advertised...not a watercolour in sight. Additionally be aware that the print is ridiculously small.Read more
My Daughter said it was the most beautiful book she'd ever seen. TICK.
This book is great quality for the price. Buy this if you would like to read the Lord of the Rings but do not have a particular large budget.Read more
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