Item description for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Lord Of The Rings) by J. R. R. Tolkien...
Overview Presents a boxed set of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterworks in their definitive text settings, with maps and cover illustrations by artist Alan Lee.
Publishers Description This four volume, deluxe paperback boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterworks THE HOBBIT and the three volumes of THE LORD OF THE RINGS (THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, and THE RETURN OF THE KING) in their definitive text settings complete with maps and cover illustrations by the celebrated artist Alan Lee. In THE HOBBIT, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in Hobbiton by the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves. He finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a THE LORD OF THE RINGS tells of the great and dangerous quest undertaken by Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the dwarf; Legolas the elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider. J.R.R. Tolkien's three volume masterpiece is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale -- a story of high and heroic adventure set in the unforgettable landscape of Middle-Earth.
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Format: Box set
Studio: Houghton Mifflin
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.47" Width: 5.58" Height: 3.79" Weight: 3.54 lbs.
Binding Boxed Sets
Release Date Sep 15, 1999
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Series Lord Of The Rings
ISBN 0618002251 ISBN13 9780618002252 UPC 046442002257
Availability 0 units.
More About J. R. R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit andThe Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of eighty-one.
J. R. R. Tolkien was born in 1892 and died in 1973.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings?
Lord of the Rings Trilogy & The Hobbit May 28, 2008
Saw the movies, loved them. Read the first book, hard to follow but good. Glad I saw the movies first.
The source by which all other fantasy is judged.... May 27, 2008
There isn't much that I could say about Tolkien's masterpiece that hasn't already been said, and while the movie's pacing was much stronger, one can't deny the power that these books have had over readers for all these years. Tolkien's wit and intelligence comes through brilliantly and he paints a vivid picture of heroism and adventure that no one has yet topped. While the first 100 or so pages are a bit to drudge through and the plot just stews, once you get past those pages, the rest of the read is worth the time. I would say that this work could easily rank among the few books that I have read that could be considered good literature. Tolkien's expertise of languages and education really shine in this trilogy and he manages to delve into characters and situations that were alluded to in The Hobbit. The adventure of Frodo and Samwise is long and arduous and readers will be greatly rewarded for sticking through the book when they reach Mt. Doom. The writing is superb and some of the scenes seem to jump right out of the book and into your living room. For anyone looking for an epic adventure of high fantasy, this is the trilogy for you!
Classics and a must read for any serious reader Apr 18, 2008
When you've read all about Middle Earth, you'll wish for nothing more magical. From the cozy Shire to the mines of Moria, I was entranced and so will you be. The fantasy of a whole other world is amazing. Tolkien created another world, languages, history, and cultures. The Hobbit is an enjoyable story,and it can be more fun to read than the Lord of the Rings. Now don't get me wrong, I love the Lord of the Rings. They are intense action/adventure fantasies and bring out the hero in all of us and even show that the ones we don't expect to be heroes can be heroes. These four books deserve the highest regard. They are exceptional.
Fascinating! Mar 25, 2008
I never watched the films. Friends kept telling me too, but I just couldn't get into them. I decided to get the books and read them first. Luckily, I got a boxed set, so I can go from one to the other. I love the books!! The writing is so wonderful, it just pulls you into the story. You become almost like an unseen observer, traveling with the characters. I recommend this to anyone. A fascinating read!!
British version of 3-volume box set (red cloth) Feb 29, 2008
The photo this site provides for this set is misleading. It shows a book that is very tall and narrow, perhaps a ratio of 2.5:1. Look at the dimensions given in the publication data section and you will see that this is simply the UK/HarperCollins edition of a virtually identical boxed set offered by Houghton Mifflin in the US. Both sets have identical jackets and Alan Lee color illustrations, and the box/slipcase also is identical. They are both very nice books, bound in red cloth with gold foil stamping, crisply printed on coated matte paper. But the this site price for the Houghton Mifflin is $48-$50, while this import runs more than 3 times the price at $154. Do the math and choose the US edition (they are both printed and bound in the same print shop/bindery, and since they look identical, are identical, save for details on the copyright page, why pay more, unless you are a dedicated collector with deep pockets?).