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 ...Read MoreSauron, 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. Impossible to describe in a few words, JRR Tolkien's great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail. Tolkien created a vast new mythology in an invented world which has proved timeless in its appeal.Read Less
I have read the series multiple times - am a big fan. This edition with Alan Lee illustrations is terrific and the paperback is a solid, usable shape and size. It's perfect for pre-bedtime read-aloud with my 10 year old boys. It's fun to go on the journey through Middle Earth again, but this time with my sons and Alan Lee along!
Apr 23, 2007
Better than the movie!
If you loved the film versions (and who doesn't?) then you must read the original. This book has it all: enduring characters, lush settings, action, suspense, romance. If you've been daunted by the size or complexity of this volume, plunge in. This is the original source for elves and dwarves and fantasy creatures we know and love today. Tolkien was a pioneer in the field and his books only improve with each reread. And if you've never read Fellowship of the Ring before, you'll be treated to deleted scenes and bonus characters. Just think of it as the EXTENDED, extended version.
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