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The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition (original 1954; edition 2005)

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Title:The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
Authors:J.R.R. Tolkien
Info:Mariner Books (2005), Paperback, 1216 pages
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The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author) (1954)

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I read it once every couple years. Need I say more? No, I really don't think so. No really it's that good. Enough said. But seriously it's awesome. ( )
  DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 2014 |
Classic in a way. Fantasy at it's best... Raymond Feist is the closest author to come close as far as fantasy goes. Need I say more? nah. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings very much. I was surprised at how closly the movie stayed with the book, including dialogue. The book carried things further including Aragons death. It gave a history of all the kings. I would recomment this book to anyone that enjoys fantasy. ( )
  ShirleyMcLain930 | Aug 3, 2014 |
I read this book when I was eighteen and needed a week’s recovery to get over my wisdom teeth coming out. As such this novel was ideal, stretching on as it did in its picaresque way across the Middle World.

I’m not so sure I’d enjoy rereading it now. Even back when I did read it, I remember there were passages which just seemed to go on for too long, Tolkien’s love of Old English and the sound of words not being shared to the same extent by myself. Of course, Frodo with his human frailties engages the reader ad there are periods of excitement. But while the tone of the novel is so evocative, the reduction of characters, by and large, to being on the side of good or evil is too great a simplification. Yes, Gollum’s history reveals greater complexity and we have even Gandalf acknowledging temptation but for the most part we’re in little doubt about where the characters stand.

What I will say, though, is that at least Tolkien, having set some rules in this fantasy, sticks by them. Fantasies like the Harry Potter series, where there’s a deus ex machine round every corner sap my interest faster than burst balloon. I guess, thinking about it, this genre just doesn’t appeal to me. ( )
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Epigraph
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,

Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,

One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
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When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
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I regret to announce that—though, as I said, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to spend among you—this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE!
The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far away the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too quick to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's complete work The Lord of the Rings consists of six Books, frequently bound in three Volumes, as follow:

Volume I: The Fellowship of the Ring, consisting of Book 1, "The Ring Sets Out" and Book 2, "The Ring Goes South";
Volume II: The Two Towers, consisting of Book 3, "The Treason of Isengard," and Book 4, "The Ring Goes East"; and
Volume III: The Return of the King, consisting of Book 5, "The War of the Ring," and Book 6, "The End of the Third Age," with Appendices.

This LT Work consists of Tolkien's complete work; please do not combine it with any constituent part(s), each of which have LT Works pages of their own.

Also, do not combine with the BBC Radio dramatization (while straight audiobooks are generally considered the same work as the original - dramatizations are often regarded as abridgements that should be kept separate.).

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Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power -- the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
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Halfling bears the Ring
from Bag End womb to Mount Doom,
hence Return of King.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0618640150, Paperback)

A Christian can almost be forgiven for not reading the Bible, 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

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Presents the epic depicting the Great War of the Ring, a struggle between good and evil in Middle-earth, following the odyssey of Frodo the hobbit and his companions on a quest to destroy the Ring of Power.

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