Item description for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Boxed Set (Lord Of The Rings) by J. R. R. Tolkien...
Overview This four-volume, deluxe paperback boxed set contains 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 from the motion pictures.
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 from the motion pictures. 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, 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: Del Rey
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.2" Width: 4.4" Height: 4.3" Weight: 2 lbs.
Binding Boxed Sets
Release Date Sep 12, 1986
Publisher Del Rey
Series Lord Of The Rings
ISBN 0345340426 ISBN13 9780345340429
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.
J. R. R. Tolkien has published or released items in the following series...
Histories of Middle-Earth
History of Middle-Earth (Hardcover)
History of Middle-Earth (Paperback)
History of Middle-Earth; The History of the Lord of the Ring
History of the Lord of the Rings; The History of Middle-Eart
Reviews - What do customers think about Tolkien 4 copy Box Set?
The hard cover illustrated version Mar 30, 2007
The hardcover version illustrated by Ann Lee is sensational! If you can, purchase the version where the books are divided into the original 3 seperate books, it just makes it easier on your wrists when reading.
powerful myths - weak editions Mar 27, 2007
This is J.R.R. Tolkien at his best if you can look beyond the weakness of the edition. He creates worlds full of life, and song, and color like no other. His personae are lovingly detailed, with their own characteristics and habits, born out of medieval Nordic sagas that have proven so fruitful an inspiration for modern literatuThe Woman and The Ravenre.
The quality of these books is aweful Feb 13, 2007
No, I'm not referring to Tolkien (of course!). The reading content is fantastic. However, I recommend you not buy the boxed set printed by Houghton Mifflin. I've only read my copies twice and the pages are already falling out of the spine. These are put together very badly. Pay a little more and buy the hardcover if you plan on re-reading (and you will, trust me).
The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Jan 21, 2007
The Hobbit is a nice prequel to LOTR but was actually written with no sequel in mind. This story derives from a mythological world that Tolkien had in his mind long before The Hobbit was written. Even 20 years or so before he wrote The Hobbit he was doing writings on this world of his. When The Hobbit was successful he was asked to do a sequel. His plan was to put out the Silmarillion and LOTR as one giant book so that his whole world could be explained. This caused problems for himself and LOTR ended up taking many years to write. He worked on the Silmarillion for the entire rest of his life and it was never fully completed. Luckily LOTR came out and we at least have that fully published. Christopher Tolkien decided to publish The Silmarillion after his father passed since he knew there was so much information in there. He took historical records his father had written on Middle-Earth, other writings that he had written throughout his life like structures of how The Silmarillion should be done, many poems on Middle-Earth, and combined them to make the most complete Silmarillion book that he possibly could. He did a good job but it still seemed too short. Next he published The History of Middle-Earth books(1-12) to try and help people get as much understanding of his father's world as they can. You may think that it would be better to read The Silmarillion first since it is pre-LOTR and you would be right. Here is the exact order I would read the Middle-Earth books if I just would have known how deep this world was before I started.
1-start with The Silmarillion and stop when you hit the chapter 'The Fall of Gondolin' AND DON'T READ IT YET. 2-in the 'Unfinished Tales' book read the first chapter 'Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin'. 3-after that in 'The Book of Lost Tales 2' read the chapter 'The Fall of Gondolin'' 4-now pick up 'The Silmarillion' where you left off and it will give you a breif recap of what you just read and the recap will help get you back into the exact names that 'The Silmarillion' uses. You will see name changes because Tolkien was always redoing his stories and changing names. Also, the last chapter called 'Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age' SHOULD NOT BE READ YET. It is a very good writing, but it would spoil the entire Lord of the Rings experience. 5-After you finish 'The Silmarillion' I would read 'The Hobbit'. It is a quick read and then you can move on to The LOTR and get a lot more out of it.
If this seems a bit much and you don't want to have to get 3 or 4 other books then just pick up LOTR, and 'The Hobbit' if you want. If you have seen the movie and loved it then you may like the books even more. The ending is a lot different and overall LOTR remains my favorite book ever. I kind of wish I would have never read it because every single book I have ever read now I always say that it was nowhere near as good as The Lord of the Rings.
Great Boxed Set Nov 11, 2006
Enjoy the future classics of Tolkien with this boxed set. Young and Adult Readers alike will lose themselves in the journey of the brave Hobbits and friends as they fight to save Middle Earth.