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

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Series: The Lord of the Rings (Omnibus 1-3)

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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 his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. On Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday, he disapeared, 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.… (more)
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Read back in the late 60s/early 70s, it's one of my lasting favorites. ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
Ich lese den HdR jetzt etwa zum drölfzigsten Mal. Angefangen habe ich irgendwann in der Mittelstufe, es folgte die manische Kultphase, in der ich mit einigen Kumpels das Buch rauf und runter und wieder von vorne gelesen habe - und so ziemlich alles, was Tolkien noch geschrieben hat. In den Jahren darauf wurden die Abstände immer größer, aber so alle paar Jahre hole ich ihn dann doch mal wieder hervor. Es stellt sich mittlerweile dieses wohlig-nostalgische Gefühl ein, das ich von meinen (immer seltener werdenden) Besuchen in meiner Heimat-Kleinstadt kenne: man kennt jede Ecke, freut sich, dass der alte Fahrradladen immer noch an der gleichen Stelle ist, aber irgendwie wirkte früher alles größer. Dieses mal lese ich das Buch auch ein wenig mit den Augen meines zweiten Sohnes (12 Jahre), den ich ich schon länger drängel, es zu lesen, damit wir auch mal den Film sehen können. Aber zunehmend kann ich seine Startprobleme verstehen: es stammt halt wirklich aus einer anderen Zeit, die Sprache mag tatsächlich (besonders in der Carroux Übersetzung) etwas angestaubt wirken (Beispiel: auf ihrer Fahrt den Anduin hinunter machen die Gefährten Halt auf einem "Werder"; als studierter Geograph weiß ich, dass das eine Flußinsel ist, aber wer bitteschön sonst weiß das noch), und das Tempo der Erzählung ist für junge Leser sicherlich etwas "gemächlich". Alles kein Grund, es nicht auch heute zu lesen, aber ich werde ihn zunächst mal weniger drängeln - mir hat damals auch niemand gesagt, dass ich das Buch lesen MUSS. ( )
  MrKillick-Read | Apr 4, 2021 |
One of my favorite series of all time - I reread this series regularly and pick up on some nuance or something that I have previously missed each time.

The main theme that I have come to enjoy is the relationships between Frodo, Sam, and Smeagol-Gollum. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
I spent so long feeling bad that I'd never read this as a kid. And then I read it, and I know that as a kid I would in no way have enjoyed and appreciated it as much as I did reading it as an adult. Having had it hyped so much as a part of 'nerd' culture I was wary of bringing a bunch of preconceived notions of 'goodness' into it and tried to just enjoy it as a book - and as a book it's thoroughly lovely and magical and just what I hoped it would be. ( )
  ashelocke | Feb 17, 2021 |
I never read this (or The Hobbit) as a kid, but when all the movies started coming out a few years ago, I read in preparation for them. I've since read The Lord of the Rings at least twice more, aloud to my family. So this was probably my third time through the books. I really enjoyed it this time through. There's a lot of lyricism in the book, and I especially enjoyed finding sort of hidden rhythms or other poetry even in the prose. I also liked the songs and poems that followed sort of the old Anglo Saxon poetic mode (alliterative verse with caesuras). The variety of landscape words and descriptions can seem tedious but also makes the books pretty richly described. There's heroism here, and courtliness, and admiration of beauty (Gimli's description of the caverns in Rohan is dazzling, for example). It's long, and at times a little slow, and Frodo is a pill, but this to me really is a delight to revisit. I started rereading The Hobbit right afterward, and the quality of the books is markedly different (The Hobbit being the lesser book). ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
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All volumes are accompanied with maps, and Dr. Tolkien, who is a philologist, professor at Merton College of English Language and Literature, has equipped the last volume with a scholarly apparatus of appendices, explaining the alphabets and grammars of the various tongues spoken by his characters, and giving full genealogies and tables of historical chronology. Dr. Tolkien has announced that this series - the hypertrophic sequel to The Hobbit - is intended for adults rather than children, and it has had a resounding reception at the hands of a number of critics who are certainly grown-up in years. Mr. Richard Hughes, for example, has written of it that nothing of the kind on such a scale has been attempted since The Faerie Queen, and that « for width of imagination it almost beggars parallel."...

Now, how is it that these long-winded volumes of what looks to this reviewer like balderdash have elicited such tributes as those above? The answer is, I believe, that certain people - especially, perhaps, in Britain - have a lifelong appetite for juvenile trash. They would not accept adult trash, but, confronted with the pre-teen-age article, they revert to the mental phase which delighted in Elsie Dinsmore and Little Lord Fauntleroy and which seems to have made of Billy Bunter, in England, almost a national figure. You can see it in the tone they fall into when they talk about Tolkien in print: they bubble, they squeal, they coo; they go on about Malory and Spenser - both of whom have a charm and a distinction that Tolkien has never touched.
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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.
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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 his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. On Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday, he disapeared, 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.

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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.
(ed.pendragon)
Take ring to Mordor!
Why did they walk all the way?
Should have used eagles.

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