The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition

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Despite some of its failings the book (or books) are very engrossing, and Tolkien does a brilliant job of creating a very rich and believable Middle Earth. It's definitely something that most people should have a look at but be prepared for a very long read!
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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

This new edition includes the fiftieth-anniversary fully corrected text setting and, for the first time, an extensive new index.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but while he studied classic works of the past, he was creating a set of his own.
 

About J. R. R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
 
Published February 15, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 442 pages
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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Ms Aggie on Jan 28 2014

It is filled with heroic and valiant deeds and lots of exhilarating action. The prose is lyrical and beautiful. There is a reverent rendering of the legends and lore of Middle-earth, mainly in songs and poems, which are the backbone to the story.

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Patheos

Excellent
Reviewed by JOSEPH RENINGER on Oct 14 2014

The Lord of the Rings is a triumph of narrative fiction and is, in my opinion, the greatest novel ever written.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Floresiensis on Jan 28 2014

It is hard to put into words the happiness that can be felt when reading a fantasy book as good as this and anybody who has never read it should set aside some time to do so. Is it the best fantasy book of all time? In my opinion, yes...The Lord of the Rings is timeless because it's the product of a truly top-shelf mind.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Sayan Mukherjee on Oct 08 2014

One of my most favourite books, appropriate for all ages as I first read it nearly ten years ago and re-read it at least once a year since then. The author has interspersed the book with poetry and songs both in english as well as the languages he invented for the universe of characters in his book.

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Above average
Reviewed by Vex on Feb 26 2004

Despite some of its failings the book (or books) are very engrossing, and Tolkien does a brilliant job of creating a very rich and believable Middle Earth. It's definitely something that most people should have a look at but be prepared for a very long read!

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Good
Reviewed by Elisabeth Carey on Jan 28 2014

The Lord of the Rings remains immensely popular a half-century after its original publication because it delivers, not just an exciting story--as important as that is--but a story that resonates strongly with events and issues that have affected at least the entire Western world, and that turns on moral choices that still matter today.

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Zombie Parent's Guide

Excellent
Reviewed by Joseph Reniger on Nov 01 2014

The novel is an amazing work of world-building. Middle Earth is a vast expanse populated by a wide variety of races who all have distinct histories...The Lord of the Rings is a triumph of narrative fiction and is, in my opinion, the greatest novel ever written.

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