The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings

ISBN: 0345538374
ISBN 13: 9780345538376
By: J.R.R. Tolkien

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This four volume, deluxe paperback boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord Of The Rings (The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King) in their definitive text settings complete with maps and cover illustrations from the motion pictures. In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in Hobbiton by the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves. He finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, The Lord Of The Rings tells of the great and dangerous quest undertaken by Frodo Baggins 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. J.R.R. Tolkien's three volume masterpiece is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale - a story of high and heroic adventure set in the unforgettable landscape of Middle-Earth.

Reader's Thoughts

Rose

This series was fantastic. The artwork by Alan Lee was beautiful too. That Tolkien imagined this wonderful world so long ago is amazing! He was ahead of his time in creativity & imagination. Seems to me he paved the way for other writers to embrace & run with their imaginations & creativity & even bogus ideas. My beloved Harry Potter series for example is a definite distant relative to Lord of the Rings. They always compare Harry Potter to the Twilight saga but they aren't similar in the least. It is however evident to me that J.K. Rowling has definitely read, & most definitely enjoyed, LOTR. & since Harry Potter is my favorite series ever I also enjoyed LOTR. I recommend this series to anyone wanting to defy reality for a while & enter a magical world full of brave souls full of heart & wonderful senses of humor that will bring a smile to your face every few pages. I shall now give the movies a chance & see how well they fared in comparison to these wonderful books.

Tom

My third time to read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I read all the poetry and verse this time. I loved these books. They are so different from the typical fiction of this genre. These were so well written, so well thought through. I love how they teach loyalty, fidelity, duty, and love of things more than self. They connect back to the greatness of the past. One other thing, we see that evil gets nervous also and that it will eventually collapse in on itself. In many pieces that show good and evil, good win almost by luck and by "tricking" evil in some way. Good will always win as long as there are good men and women willing to give of self for the better good.

Lena

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

Arthur Graham

See my review of Narnia, yo.

Madelene Shepherd

It might be a classic, but there are many who have stern reservations about reading this series, partially I suspect due to its length... Well my answer to this is simply: DON'T BE LAZY!My journey within Middle Earth stated as young teenager - my parents gave me 'The Hobbit' as a Christmas present one year and my father and I decided we'd enjoy it together. I think it was the last book he ever read me as a 'bedtime story', but we embarked on the adventures of Bilbo Baggins together and absolutely loved every minute of it! The Hobbit was a stunning example of fantasy and adventure writing at its best. One event after another, crisis after epic excitement, wonder at the enormity of the main character's daring and courage.I am only sorry it took me so long to pursue the ongoing tale of the hobbits at Bagend. The Lord of the Rings was definitely a further step up the scale though. I will not deny that The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a difficult read in terms of perseverance (hence 4 stars). I have always been an avid reader and there were a couple of times as I went through my teens that I picked up the Fellowship of the Ring and gave up before I could really get my teeth into it. Indeed, I didn't finish the trilogy until I was in my early 20s and I'm not ashamed to admit that I was actually quite proud of myself for having finally completed this mammoth journey with Frodo and his companions. I read about 2/3rds of the trilogy in one block in the end as I decided to forbid myself to watch the epic films again until I was done with the books because I knew that every time I grew impatient for the story to continue without wanting to spend the time or the energy reading it, I'd watch the films and that would result in me not feeling the need to continue the book for a good while. I say all this to illustrate a point - don't give up! It's totally worth it!The Lord of the Rings is filled with new troubles and adventures. At first the idea of following several characters quite separately may be quite unusual, even a little daunting. But it truly brings the world of Middle Earth to life! You get a true feel for the scale and even the politics of such a creation by journeying through it with different companions, each with a different purpose. The struggles and hardships are of such importance and value to both the reader and the characters by the end of the journey, Tolkien has spoken volumes about friendship, love, bravery, honour, loyalty, deceit...you name it, its all there.These books are a must read, wherever you are in your lifetime.

Tim Vandenberg

The only problem with this audio recording of Tolkien *HIMSELF* reading his own works is that it will only make you wish you had a recording of him reading the ENTIRE Middle Earth canon aloud to you. Tolkien is an excellent, passionate voice actor--though unpolished, he reads with the GENUINE character interpretation (since he IS the author) and does so with GREAT PASSION!!! Just listen to him read the Golem parts in "Riddles in the Dark", and you'll be HOOKED!VERY recommended for ALL Tolkien fans!

Bryn

I agree with Michael Moorcock: racist petit-bourgeois bullshit.

Amanda

I first read The Hobbit at the ripe old age of 12, and remember having to really concentrate to finish it. (I was probably still emerging from a really heavy Judy Blume phase at the time.) Even then I already had a true sense of loyalty of Tolkien, thanks to that great animated cartoon I watched as a little kid. When I later read the trilogy in high school, it was far easier to immerse myself in Tolkien's writing. Though I love all of the books, by far my favorite is The Two Towers. I think it shows the most interesting character development (especially in Frodo, Samwise, and Gollum) and Tolkien's tactic of writing two separate storylines in one book is always exciting. Just when you finish one storyline and are left jonesing for the next installment, you realize there is an entire other half to the story you forgot about. Everyone knows the dramatic impact Tolkien's writing has had on modern literature (can you say Harry Potter?) but no one does it better.

Riju Ganguly

This is not the first edition of this book that I had read. I had LOTR & The Hobbit long-back, in different editions, at different stages of mind. Before the movies had been released, LOTR/H used to be our own secret garden where we could have escaped any time we liked, but now oue own images have been replaced or landscaped by Peter Jackson. Nevertheless, if you think that G.R.R. martin is the last word in terms of writing fantastically entertaining fantasy, then read this book, and change your opinion, for ever. Highly recommended (esp. this version, since it brings together everything in a rather convenient and yet pleasant manner).

Cods Cordery

Awesome. Of course.

Anastasiia Skittles

Book ReviewName : “The Lord of The Rings”Author : J.R.R. TolkienPublished date : 1937Type of book : High fantasy, AdventurePublishing information : Publisher: George Allen & UnwinPublished : 21 July 1954 and October 1955Characters : Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli, Boromir, Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins, Legolas. Theme : Friendship, peace & unity.Background: The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War 2 . It is the third best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold.(Warning: Spoiler Alert!)"The Lord of the Rings" is the greatest trilogy, and it immortalized the name of its creator. It consists of three parts: " The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King". The plot is based on the struggle for the Ring of Power, which was forged by Sauron, the Dark Lord, long long ago. Long before the events of the novel, the Dark Lord Sauron forges the One Ring to dominate the other Rings of Power and corrupt those who wear them: the leaders of Men, Elves and Dwarves. He is vanquished in battle by an alliance of Elves and Men. Isildur cuts the One Ring from Sauron's finger, claiming it as an heirloom for his line, and Sauron loses his physical form. Isildur is later ambushed and killed by Orcs, and the Ring is lost in the River Anduin. Over two thousand years later, the Ring is found by 2 hobbits one of them :Sméagol, immediately falls under the Ring's spell. Sméagol is banished and hides under the Misty Mountains, where the Ring extends his lifespan and transforms him over the course of hundreds of years into a twisted, corrupted creature called Gollum. He loses the Ring, his precious, and, as recounted in The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins finds it.The 1st book “The Fellowship of the Ring", is one of the best books I’ve ever read. When you’re reading it you just falling in this time and you’re living with them every second. This book need time but it worth it! I totally agree with author because I really love the way he shows us how pretty , interesting & dangerous magic world is! I love in this book everything : from names of characters to their adventures! This book gives us a chance to imagine how peaceful world can be without evil things. It helps an adult become a child for a minute and believe in a fairy tail ! It helps a child to find out what is good and what is bad…This book helped me realize that we need to try to make our life’s more peaceful and to don’t be mean to each other! Also it helped me to understand that sometimes we can be under pressure of something but we need to stay ourselves !

Tevin Johnson

The book The Hobbit was AWESOME. J.R.R Tolkien did an excellent job of action and suspense he even wrote his own LANGUAGE for the dwarfs and the orcs and the elves and any other creature. I like how he wrote it to be before the Lord of the Rings so it goes right into the next three books. I like how he described Bilbo to be a curious and exiting character. Every single time i read about the orcs I could imagine what they look like and what they sound like. There adventure to go to smaug was crazy it kept me reading like a mad man. His cliff hangers made me so mad i could hardly stand it. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS.

Jd Ferries-rowe

Just went through the trilogy plus hobbit on audiobook. Great narration and even singing! Interesting to visualize and made me want to watch the movies again to see some of those epic battles.

Pushkar Kulkarni

One of the best Fantasy

Scott

This series is the Yardstick by which I measure all Fantasy stories. Fantastic story-telling, far ahead of its time in the genre. Many an author has stood on the shoulders of Tolkien to try to weave their magic, though few have done so in a way that have equaled his work. Two series have, in my opinion rivaled and one surpassed Tolkien's tales. Though both stood upon his shoulders to get there. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series struck me and began to rival and then surpass Tolkien as I read it. Something I did not believe would ever be possible. Though the series flagged a bit and is now being finished by Brandon Sanderson.The Series I believe has TRULY SURPASSED Tolkien(while standing upon his shoulders, among others) is The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. The series blew me away! It left me with the same feeling I had after reading Tolkien, that this was it. The apotheosis of all stories, and that there would never be another that would carry me away so fully and be so deeply rewarding.

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