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The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien, J. R. R.

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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. Praise for The Lord of the Rings "An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review "One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature." -- Time "A remarkable book." -- Newsweek "One of the very few works of genius in recent literature." -- New Republic "A work of immense narrative power that can sweep the reader up and hold him enthralled for days and weeks." -- The Nation "Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." -- C. S. Lewis "The first thing one asks of an adventure story is that the adventure should be various and exciting . . . Tolkien's invention is unflagging." -- W. H. Auden "J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy remains the ultimate quest, the ultimate battle between good and evil, the ultimate chronicle of stewardship of the earth. Endlessly imitated, it never has been surpassed." -- Kansas City Star "A masterful story . . . an epic in its own way . . . with elements of high adventure, suspense, mystery, poetry, and fantasy." -- Boston Sunday Herald
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2005]
Edition: 50th anniversary 1 vol. ed.
ISBN: 0618645616
9780618645619
Characteristics: xxv, 1178 p. :,maps ;,22 cm.

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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. Enough said.

A small band of brave adventurers, centered around a group of four Hobbits, quests to destroy dark lord Sauron's ring of power before he conquers all of Middle-Earth.

List - Series for Teenage Boy by: JCLAngelD Dec 12, 2011

Book 2: The Fellowship of the Ring

Book 3: The Two Towers

Book 4: The Return of the King


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Sep 24, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a classic for a reason. Middle Earth feels like a real world with history. I love the high drama of this book - noble characters struggling valiantly against evil despite an extreme disadvantage. This is an uplifting, gorgeous work.

One of the best books ever!

Apr 17, 2014
  • TSUKUANYANG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As my teacher would declare, "Greatest work in English literature of all times."
Shakespeare?, pah! Tolkien far surpasses that gibberer.

Mar 17, 2014
  • test_test_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved Peter Jackson's movie visions

Mar 13, 2014
  • MarioEnriqueRiosPinot rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was so into this book that I was spooked and had to put the book down when I got to Bombadil. And then I finished it. Wonderful.

This book is taking FOREVER to get to me!!!

Jun 08, 2013
  • squinton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favourite story by far! A lot of my friends say it was too long and dry for them, but as long as you can get past that you will find a treasure trove of adventure and inspiration. This story has changed my life time and time again. It may sound very unexpected, but this book holds a lot of deeper meaning: there is some good in this world--good that no darkness can ever conquer, and no matter what, there will be people who defend it. I could go on all day. :D But I'll let it suffice to say that is a beautiful, heart-wrenching tale of the ultimate battle between good and evil...and it's definitely worth the read!

one of my fave books, own them all. I read them all the time and its something I really dont want to put down. Love it!!

Jan 21, 2013
  • ks_puggle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stunning and heartbreakingly beautiful. This story will stay with you forever. This epic tale of good versus evil takes place against an incredibly rich backdrop. The whole world and all the characters are SO real.

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Jun 05, 2014
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"“Even now my heart desires to test my will upon it, to see if I could not wrench it from him and turn it where I would- to look across the wide seas of water and time to Tirion the Fair, and perceive the unimaginable hand and mind of Feanor at their work, while both the White Tree and the Golden were in flower!” - TTT, The Palantir

Mar 17, 2014
  • test_test_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All that is gold does not glitter,
All that wander are not lost...

Jun 08, 2013
  • squinton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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
  • squinton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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
  • squinton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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
  • squinton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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Other: There are swords in this book.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Frightening creatures and disturbing images.

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

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.

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Mar 17, 2014
  • test_test_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The grand-daddy of all high fantasy novels.

Aug 11, 2011
  • henein rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

fantastic starter set for new Tolkien fans or readers interested in rediscovering the magic of Middle-earth, this three-volume box set features paperback editions of the complete trilogy -- The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King -- each with art from the New Line Productions feature film on the cover.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built. Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring -- created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier -- is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron's lair. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well.

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