The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien, J. R. R.

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Lord of the Rings
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
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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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!!!

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.

Wow, BTVS must've been retired for a long time if he read this in the 1060s! Did they even have 401k back then? That's probably older than Gandalf!

Jul 09, 2012
  • Indigomoody rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The writing in this book is just not something you can find these days and that's what makes this book such a timeless classic!

May 04, 2012
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I can't believe I enjoyed reading this in the 1060's. It is a simplistic plot, overly written and pretentious. Great literature for young people but not so great for retired readers


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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


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