The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

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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.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin, [2005]
Edition: 50th anniversary, one-volume edition.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780544273443
Branch Call Number: FANTASY TOLKIEN
Characteristics: xxv, 1178 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 22 cm


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If you have read "The Hobbit" and liked it then prepare for this epic book on Frodo's journey to save "Middle Earth".

Jul 26, 2020

We read these books over 2 years. I was 8 when we finished. I was hoping that Lord Sauron was going to fight.

Dec 09, 2019

it took a bit of discipline to get through the beginning, but if you can make it past the prologue. you will be richly rewarded. it was a fascinating story causing me to laugh, hold my breathe, and weep all in turn. I like how almost all the loose ends were tied up at the end, although I still wonder what happened to the ent wives. the appendixes a-b contained some useful info, but unless you are interested in learning the languages feel free to skip appendixes c-f

Sep 23, 2019

A captivating fantasy read that any fan of Harry Potter will love! But remember... read the books first, then watch the movies!

Nov 26, 2018

Well, this doesn’t really need an introduction, does it? THE classic of the fantasy genre (some would say, erroneously, its founder), mother of countless similar books and whole worlds, video games, album covers, Led Zep songs, symphonies, parodies, stage plays, conlangs, and two movie versions. It’s nice to re-read it again, and to experience where all of this comes from. And yes – it IS quite an experience. (...And no, it's not really a trilogy.) Obviously there’s the contrast of the human (or hobbit) drama versus the mythic sweep of the narrative – partly supported by some of the characters’ homespun speech on one hand and the grand archaic language on the other (though the latter, not based on any actual historical form of English, gets a little overwrought in the Gondor section). Almost as obvious, there’s the allegory: Christian (there are three archetypal Christ-figures, if you think about it, as well as discussions on the nature of good and evil); WWII (obvious references to Nazism); environmentalist; possible others – part of the novel’s strength is its refusal to be shoved into a single interpretation. (In a development that would have left Tolkien aghast, some have claimed it to be satanic and/or a manifesto for white supremacy – both claims are as absurd as the philosophies that spawned them.) BUT – all of these interpretations (including the bad ones, I suppose) can be assigned to most fantasy novels, or novels of any genre. LOTR still stands apart. I think part of what’s compelling about it (even decades after its publication) is the comprehensiveness of the world that it creates and the fact that the characters are an intrinsic part of that world. Often a character (or the narrator!) refers to the mythology or long history of Middle Earth (which, obviously, a reader would not know) and makes no further comment – and the other characters immediately know the reference. We readers know the reference too, somewhere in our hearts and not our conscious minds. Middle Earth is completely self-referential in that way, but, in Tolkien’s own words, still refers to “things higher and deeper and darker” than mundane reality. These multiple layers indicate many ways to enjoy the tale, and therein lies its secret. Read and enjoy.

Oct 28, 2018

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Jul 14, 2018

Oh my gosh, where do I even begin with Tolkien? He is one of my favorite authors, along with C. S. Lewis. The thought that Tolkien put into the landscape and history is just amazing. I am in 8th grade and read this a few years ago. It is LONG, but lemme tell you, this is a great book.

ArapahoeStaff20 Nov 17, 2017

L.O.T.R. buried me so deeply in rich descriptions of setting, plot, and internal dialogue. I wanted to stay lost in this world far longer than the 1,100 pages allowed me to.

Aug 02, 2017

How does one even begin to review this seminal work. Tolkien's depth of story is mind blowing. Every time I read it I find something new I didn't see before. Its a book that's meant to be enjoyed again and again. It brings such a great feeling that Tolkien coined his own term for it. "I coined the word 'eucatastrophe': the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy-stories to produce)."

mabrazeau Jun 04, 2017

A very engaging and rich text.
This trilogy had me traveling to another world.

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Jun 14, 2016

Violence: Bashing off people's heads,Ect.Ect.

Mar 28, 2013

Coarse Language: The writing is in high English so at times can be coarse and hard to read, one of the main reasons that Twilight is sooooooo good is because it uses simple, easy to understand language for a mom.

Mar 28, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Frightening creatures and disturbing images.

Mar 28, 2013

Violence: Decapitations, slaying of orcs and men, and death.

Mar 28, 2013

Other: There are swords in this book.


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Jun 08, 2013

“Eomer said, 'How is a man to judge what to do in such times?'
As he has ever judged,' said Aragorn. 'Good and evil have not changed since yesteryear, nor are they one thing among Elves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.” -The Two Towers

Jun 08, 2013

“For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” -The Return of the King

Jun 08, 2013

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” -The Fellowship of the Ring

Jun 08, 2013

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” -The Fellowship of the Ring


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