The Lord of the Rings

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: 9780739408254
0739408259
9780395595114
0395595118
Characteristics: 1,170 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Lee, Alan

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AL_JOSHUAS Aug 02, 2017

How does one even begin to review this seminal work. Tolkien's depth of story is mind blowing. Every time I read it I find something new I didn't see before. Its a book that's meant to be enjoyed again and again. It brings such a great feeling that Tolkien coined his own term for it. "I coined the word 'eucatastrophe': the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy-stories to produce)."

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Gidgers
Apr 17, 2017

J.R.R. Tolkien's literature is exceptional. This series of books is long, sometimes slow, but altogether a masterpiece. This series is my recommendation for someone who wants to read a good book. I would recommend ages 10 and up. Good books. Read them.

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Ismael_2509
Mar 13, 2017

When I read the Hobbit, i managed to finish it within two weeks, I really enjoyed.

But for The Lord of the Rings, it's an on and off again read. I read several chapters, I burn out and stop reading, read a different book, and come back to TLotR.

*sigh* I really want to finish the story. I'm currently at the part when Gandalf fell into a chasm after fighting the Balrog. It was an epic moment in the book.

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Kirby11330055
Nov 23, 2016

My inner nerd trembles to even touch Lord of the Rings.

DCPL_JohnB Nov 10, 2016

It's hard to review a classic that's pervaded our entire culture and basically established the modern fantasy.

Suffice it to say, The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece of high fantasy fiction. Some readers might find parts a bit dry since some passages read more like a history or classic epic compared to more modern fantasy.

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Futurvue
Jul 01, 2016

After trying, in middle school, to read LOTR following The Hobbit (which I liked a lot), and just not getting into it, I put it back on the shelf. Then in my late 30s/early 40s, when my kids were maybe eight and five, or maybe a little older, I began reading a bit of LOTR to them at bedtime because they'd liked The Hobbit so much. At that pace, I could handle the extended descriptions. It took us from October to May to get through it--coincidentally, the exact timeframe of the story in the trilogy--at 20-30 minutes of reading a day. Tales of adventure and courage! The only thing missing is real romance, but kids don't seem to mind that exclusion. (Hint: as a bedtime story, don't conclude the night's reading at a very scary part; press on to a description of landscape or something less charged.)

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groveridge
Jun 18, 2016

A book everyone must read. Loyality, trust, teamwork, honor all while battling evil in Middle Earth.

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Hip_Hop_Canary
Jun 14, 2016

Omigosh!!!This book is so good!Too bad J.R.R. Tolkien wasn't born in U.S.A,because if he was he would have gotten a Newbery Medal for sure!Anybody agree with me?

P.S. this book is based on the Bible.Really!

mvkramer Sep 24, 2014

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.

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KEVIN BROWN
Jun 04, 2014

One of the best books ever!

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Hip_Hop_Canary
Jun 14, 2016

Violence: Bashing off people's heads,Ect.Ect.

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twilightmom
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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twilightmom
Mar 28, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Frightening creatures and disturbing images.

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twilightmom
Mar 28, 2013

Violence: Decapitations, slaying of orcs and men, and death.

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twilightmom
Mar 28, 2013

Other: There are swords in this book.

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“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

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“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

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“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

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“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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