The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1

The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 : Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien's three-volume epic, is set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth - home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving "little people," cheerful and shy. Since its original British publication in 1954-55, the saga has entranced readers of all ages. It is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale. Critic Michael Straight has hailed it as one of the "very few works of genius in recent literature." Middle-earth is a world receptive to poets, scholars, children, and all other people of good will. Donald Barr has described it as "a scrubbed morning world, and a ringing nightmare world...especially sunlit, and shadowed by perils very fundamental, of a peculiarly uncompounded darkness." The story of ths world is one of high and heroic adventure. Barr compared it to Beowulf, C.S. Lewis to Orlando Furioso, W.H. Auden to The Thirty-nine Steps. In fact the saga is sui generis - a triumph of imagination which springs to life within its own framework and on its own terms.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 191 x 249 x 33mm | 1,497g
  • Boston, MA, China
  • English
  • 114th ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 061826051X
  • 9780618260515
  • 91,769

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Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron. -- C.S. Lewis Destined to outlast our time. The New York Herald-Tribune Exciting... Mr. Tolkien's invention is unflagging -- W.H. Auden
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