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 ...
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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This first part of the "Ring" trilogy is well presented in this edition, in large, readable format on high-quality paper, with a handful of suitable illustrations. If you wish to own the trilogy as a set, this is the one to buy.
Alas, those illustrations are uninspired and conventional, as are those in most editions. Even jaded imaginations can picture the interactions and adventures of hobbits, dwarves (Tolkien's spelling), orcs, elves, good and evil wizards, and the redoubtable Gollum better than the attempts presented here.
Barring that minor cavil, these are excellent volumes presenting an excellent tale; don't settle for less.
Feb 5, 2010
Loved it !
hard cover old is the way to go
great story the movies did not come close to the book
loved the fold out map in the back
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