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The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

Mistakenly called a trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, The Lord of the Rings, grew in the telling such that its publishers chose to split it into three volumes, each containing two books, for the sake of both convenience and economy. Over the years, the three parts, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1955), and The Return of the King (1955) have been published both individually and together as a single volume. With sales of more than 50 million copies, published in 25 languages, and in almost every country, The Lord of the Rings is truly one of the greatest works of the 20th century.


Synopsis

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

From his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

On his eleventy-first birthday Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest -- to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo 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.

Related titles: The Hobbit, The Silmarillion


Interesting Editions


The Lord of the Rings The Lord of the Rings (Paperback)
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Available from: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

The Lord of the Rings (Illustrated by Alan Lee) The Lord of the Rings (Hardcover)
by J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee (Illustrator)
Available from: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

The Lord of the Rings: Millennium Edition The Lord of the Rings (Millennium Edition) (Hardcover, 7 Volumes)
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Available from: Amazon.com

The Lord of the Rings (Leather Bound) The Lord of the Rings (Leatherbound Collectors Edition)
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Available from: Amazon.com

The Lord of the Rings (DVD; Animated) Lord of the Rings (DVD; Animated)
by Ralph Bakshi
Available from: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

The Return of the King (DVD; Animated) Return of the King (DVD; Animated)
by Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
Available from: Amazon.com

The Lord of the Rings (Audio CD) The Lord of the Rings : Audio CD Box Set (Audio CD, Boxed Edition)
by J. R. R. Tolkien, Ian Holm (Reader)
Available from: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

The Lord of the Rings Poster Collection Lord of the Rings Poster Collection (6 Paintings by Alan Lee)
by Alan Lee
Available from: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Paperback; 4 Volume Boxed Set)
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Available from: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.co.uk

Note that editions published in the US and UK genereally differ. The above links to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are to the same (where possible) or similar editions