The Lord of the Rings trilogy - one volume paperback (movie cover) Paperback – 3 Sep 2001
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‘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
From the Back Cover
"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."
Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him the Rings of Power – the means by which he will be able to rule the world. All he lacks in his plan for dominion is the Ruling Ring, which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Bagggins.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
"A Story magnificently told, with every kind of colour and movement and greatness."See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
What does great literature need? A plot helps. Great characters. Tension - something to make you turn the page. Excitement, dismay, joy. And at the end, your should be sorry that it is over - and be tempted to start again from the beginning.
Not every great book has all of these virtues. But The Lord of the Rings does - and more.
It would be impossible to improve on the plot, the narrative flow, the brilliant pacing and masterly movement from scene to scene - many of which happen concurrently. And all this from a simple, single premise - destroy that ring!
The characters (of which there are legion) are immediately involving, fully drawn - but the simple old fashioned hooks are there as well. Good guys are likeable, bold, brave, honourable. The bad guys get what they deserve. Some of the Hobbits in particular grow enormously in depth as the book goes on, growing up before your eyes, their personalities re-drawn by the great trials they go through.
Tension, excitement, dismay, joy - you bet. Many parts of all three books are utterly rivetting, veering from edge of the seat, last ditch combat, through great chase scenes, to tense and draining treks through darkness and horror.
And the ending - greatly extended compared to the average work of fiction, and correctly so - is at once uplifting, joyous, beautiful and achingly sad. The sense of greatness and beauty lost, even in victory, is truly remarkable.Read more ›
One note to add - DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION - A hardback copy of the collected trilogy would be a wiser investment, or the three paperback editions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King. This is a book you will keep and treasure for ever. Seriously, it's that good.
All I can say is read it. However you might ask why 4 stars and not 5 stars.... having looked at this book in the book shop I was rather narked to note the poor quality of the book itself... It looked like it could stand being read a few times then it would fall to bits... I would personaly advise either getting the seperate novels or getting a hard backed version if you want to be able to re-read this book.... and you will.
Tolkein paints his pictures with just the right amount of detail, sending the imagination of his reader soaring on an epic journey, which, if you have the stamina to complete, will stay with you forever.The real beauty of it is; you can repeat it,over & over again.I'm about to buy my 4th copy,having read it for the first time more than 30 years ago!
If fantasy is not your scene, or your imagination is on holiday, forget this one. But if you love a good story, well told, stick with it.The first few chapters are a transition from The Hobbit, & if you're not already a fan they are a bit hard going but well worth the effort, as the story gathers pace & takes on epic proportions.Adventure,horror, humour, romance, they're all there.
Don't be put off the cheap paperback either There's nothing wrong with a cheap & battered copy to take the knocks whilst the more expensive big brother stays at home for Sunday Best. That's where mine's going.
I have the big, hardcover, beautifully illustrated, two-hundredweight version; this is the portable compact, lightweight (in terms of ounces) version for those of us who read in bed without the aid of a lectern.
Forget every impression you might have had from the movie trilogy and read the real thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my son who is comparing the trilogy for his A levels. Good condition. RecommendedPublished 1 month ago by EGreen
Arrived on time but not brilliant quality, a bit more battered than I would expect.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Blimey, what I can say about Lord Of The Rings that hasn't been said before? Ok so the Tom Bombadil may well "wind you up" (and I bet that's been said before as well, note... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steve Antony Williams