The Lord of the Rings

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

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Book description

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…

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A classic, I know, and nowadays everyone is familiar with Lord of the Rings, but when I read the first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring, there were no films, and everything was left to your imagination. I became hooked on the epic fantasy genre, swept up in the adventure, the interplay between characters, my emotional involvement with them, and the clash between good and evil. It was my first introduction to elves and their enchanted kingdom, to evil at its monstrous worst, and to the idea of a quest that changes the character and beliefs of the…

A common favourite amongst many people but for good reason. For me, this is Tolkien’s masterpiece. He has created a world that I imagine to be his own personal utopia. I personally love the depth of this world, from its languages to the cultures of the many beings within it. This story taught me the importance of responsibility, friendship, and above all, the need to do the right thing. Whenever I finish reading this story, I will always feel a sense of longing to return to the beautiful world that Tolkien created.

For the first time ever, a very special edition of the classic masterpiece, illustrated throughout in color by the author himself and with the complete text printed in two colors.

This one-volume hardback edition contains, for the very first time, thirty color illustrations, maps, and sketches drawn by Tolkien himself as he composed this epic work. These include the pages from the Book of Mazarbul, marvelous facsimiles created by Tolkien to accompany the famous ‘Bridge of Khazad-dum’ chapter. Also appearing are two removable fold-out maps drawn by Christopher Tolkien revealing all the detail of Middle-earth.

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Frodo Baggins. Who doesn’t know Frodo Baggins, the wee hobbit who inherited a powerful gold ring from his uncle Bilbo, not realising the immense task placed upon him by the ‘trinket’. And so, along with his trustee pals, Sam, Merry, and Pippin, Frodo sets off on an adventure, leaving his home—The Shire—for the first time, to embark on what turns out to be the most treacherous and dangerous journey of his life. But Frodo isn’t alone. When a band of unusual characters, including a wizard, a dwarf, and an elf, are chosen to accompany Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring…

I’d be lying to say Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series hasn’t been one of the most important elements of my development as a person. Since early adolescence, I have carried ideas first encountered in these books. First and foremost, Elves are hugely influential to me, their sacred treatment of plant life and their unerring ethics. They have no interest in a capitalist value system. They can heal and create wondrous things with their minds. They are a thing of beauty to me. I think they are well set off by the wicked Soron and the hominess of the Hobbits…

The writings of Tolkien I believe to be too vast to be contained in the category of “fantasy”; he belongs in the categories of “epic” and “myth”. This does not mean he is superficial or impersonal in his characterizations; on the contrary, his capturing of good and evil are enduringly human. The characters of The Lord of the Rings in particular are so vibrant and real that I have spent long hours glorying in their goodness and grieving in their suffering or death. Gandalf, Aragorn, Faramir, and the hobbits are perhaps closest to my heart—and the scene of the Bridge…

No list of influences on our knowledge and enjoyment of Dark Ages and Viking culture would be complete without a mention of Tolkien. He has made obscure, dusty, half-forgotten North European myths mainstream in the 21st century and pretty much invented the fantasy genre. My Viking novels are historical, but they have all been massively influenced by Tolkien’s works. Every hero I write is compared in my mind to Aragorn; every villain measured against the treacherous Grima Wormtongue; each decent, humble everyman is a Hobbit. Tolkien’s enormous shadow still falls over every novel set in the Dark Ages or the…

From Angus' list on Dark Ages and Vikings.

J.R.R. Tolkien creates an interestingly different world with his hobbits. His characters are likeable, interesting, and the story is one of discovery. Discovery of the fortitude we carry inside us as we maneuver our way through the hardships and joys of life, love, friendship, and loss. This book, like most of my recommendations, has been around for quite a while. Do yourself a favor and settle in for an adventure, especially if you like battles between good and evil. 

Not a fantasy fan as such, and having read the three volumes as a single paperback tome, I’m pleased I got through it. My private struggle aside, what remains with me of the story is how people from all walks of life, some people naive, some experienced with the bad in life, came together and cohesively tackled the end of the world, no less, even with different personal aims and ambitions. What I found truly worthy about LOR as a work of literature, though, was how easy it was to embed oneself, me the reader, into the author’s style of…

From Joe's list on buddies in a bind.

This book holds a special place in my heart. I didn’t enjoy reading as a kid. I associated books with classroom classics and the painful scrawling of book reports. It wasn’t until I was thirteen that I picked up The Hobbit. Tolkien literally changed my life. The Lord of the Rings drew me deeply into the beauty of language. I lost myself in the trilogy and felt a deep sense of loss when I finished the last page. Fortunately, my foray into fantasy books had only begun. The Lord of the Rings opened a magical doorway that never closed…

This book teaches the reader about defying all odds and achievements and doing what is right. It explores the imagination by taking the reader into a different world with hobbits, elves, and dwarfs. It provides escapism and teaches about values included in day-to-day living which connects with the reader, for example the destruction of greed and the destruction of the environment and the power of friendship.

From Kathryn's list on exploring the imagination.

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