The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Book - 1993
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Lord of the Rings
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A one-volume edition of the trilogy which tells of the quest undertaken by the hobbit Frodo and his companions to journey across Middle-earth and cast the evil One Ring, into the Cracks of Doom. Includes fifty specially commissioned paintings by Alan Lee.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1993
ISBN: 0395595118
9780395595114
Branch Call Number: FICTION TOLKIEN 1993
Characteristics: 1193 p., [48 p. of plates] :,col. ill., maps ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: Lee, Alan

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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.


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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.

Jun 04, 2014

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.

Feb 18, 2014

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!

Apr 12, 2013

FRODO LIVES!

Feb 26, 2013

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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Mar 03, 2014
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Jul 23, 2014

"“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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Mar 28, 2013

Other: There are swords in this book.

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

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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