- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 240mm x 36mm | 699g
- Publication date: 17 October 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007203543
- ISBN 13: 9780007203543
- Edition: Special edition
- Edition statement: 50th Anniversary ed
- Illustrations note: 2 b/w, 2 col illus, 3 col plates
- Sales rank: 18,380
Classic hardback edition of the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, featuring Tolkien's original unused dust-jacket design. Includes special packaging and the definitive edition of the text with fold-out map and colour plate section. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. This classic hardback features Tolkien's original unused dust-jacket design, and its text has been fully restored with almost 400 corrections - with the full co-operation of Christopher Tolkien - making it the definitive version, and as close as possible to the version that J.R.R. Tolkien intended. Also included is the original red and black map of the Shire and - for the first time - a special plate section containing the pages from the Book of Mazarbul.
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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into more than 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
By Almira Thaliph 30 Aug 2010
It takes a certain skill to be able to read a Tolkein book. A strong sense of concentration and an ability to keep a firm grasp of complicated plots is definitely needed.
After reading this book, my belief that books are always better than (superior to) their big screen counterparts is even stronger. Whilst Bilbo's birthday party, and I'm assuming here that you've watched the movie, only takes five minutes to describe on screen, Tolkein's written description takes a mere fifty pages to flick through. Each detail is painstakingly recorded, down to the littlest hair on the head of the littlest hobbit child. The history of the Hobbits alone requires at least an hour's reading pleasure.
If you feel a little in need of literary revival, then the Fellowship of the Rings is only one step of three towards your goal.
Well worth the time and effort if you're into book series (trilogies), your appreciation for the ultimate fantasy master will grow a hundred fold.
'Extraordinarily imaginative, and wholly exciting' The Times 'The story itself is superb' Observer 'A most remarkable feat' Guardian