The Lord of the Rings
Originally published as:
- The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
- The Two Towers (1954)
- The Return of the King (1955)
Prometheus Award Hall of Fame 2009.
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 an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon 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.
Tolkien is the creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.
Also known as LOTR.
Lord of the Rings follows Frodo's adventures in Middle-earth through J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. When the hobbit Frodo receives the One Ring, forged by the evil Sauron, he joins Sam, Pippin, Merry, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Boromir, and Gimli on a dangerous quest to cast the ring into the fires of Mount Doom.
The Lord of the Rings consists of three primary works, and includes one additional book that complement the series but is not considered mandatory reads. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.
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This omnibus edition of The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an excellent fantasy book. It contains all three books (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King), so the reader can easily read the whole trilogy from start to finish. There are lots of omnibus editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some editions are illustrated, but others aren't. All editions are good books, but the best editions contain beautiful illustrations and paintings by Alan Lee. No matter which edition you read or buy, you can be sure that they're all worth reading. The Lord of the Rings has always been one of my favourite fantasy books. It's a timeless classic, which hasn't lost its appeal over the years. The Lord of the Rings has had an enormous effect on the fantasy genre and many fantasy authors owe a lot to it, because it has inspired several authors to write their own fantasy books. I think that every fantasy reader should read this book, because it's the cornerstone of traditional fantasy. Some readers, who are used to modern fantasy, may say that the story is too traditional, but in my opinion the story is very good and fascinating (I've always been fascinated by Tolkien's world and the history of Middle-earth). If you haven't read this book already, you should definitely read it.