The Lord Of The Rings: One Volume

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HarperCollins, Feb 15, 2012 - Fiction - 1216 pages
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

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

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he 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.

This new edition includes the fiftieth-anniversary fully corrected text setting and, for the first time, an extensive new index.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but while he studied classic works of the past, he was creating a set of his own.

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User Review  - quinton.baran - LibraryThing

One of my favorite series of all time - I reread this series regularly and pick up on some nuance or something that I have previously missed each time. The main theme that I have come to enjoy is the relationships between Frodo, Sam, and Smeagol-Gollum. Read full review

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This was my second time reading "The Lord of the Rings." My first time was in middle school, when my dad read it aloud. That said, the only thing that stands out to me from my memory of the books is ... Read full review

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The Palantír
Book Four
The Taming Of Sméagol
The Passage of the Marshes
The Black Gate Is Closed
Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
The Window on the West
The Forbidden Pool

Three is Company
A Short Cut to Mushrooms
A Conspiracy Unmasked
the Old Forest
In the House of Tom Bombadil
Fog on the Barrowdowns
At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
A Knife in the Dark
Flight to the Ford
Many Meetings
The Council Of Elrond
The Ring Goes South
A Journey in the Dark
The Bridge Of Khazaddûm
The Mirror Of Galadriel
Farewell To Lórien
The Great River
The Breaking of the Fellowship
The Two Towers
Book Three
The Departure Of Boromir
The Riders Of Rohan
The Urukhai
The White Rider
The King of the Golden Hall
Helms Deep
The Road To Isengard
Flotsam and Jetsam
The Voice Of Saruman
Journey to the Crossroads
The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
Shelobs Lair
The Choices of Master Samwise
The Return of the King
Minas Tirith
The Passing of the Grey Company
The Muster Of Rohan
The Siege Of Gondor
The Ride of the Rohirrim
The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
The Pyre Of Denethor
The Houses Of Healing
The Last Debate
The Black Gate Opens
The Tower of Cirith Ungol
The Land Of Shadow
Mount Doom
The Field Of Cormallen
The Steward and the King
Many Partings
Homeward Bound
The Scouring of the Shire
The Grey Havens
Annals of the Kings and Rulers
The Tale Of Years
Family Trees
Shire Calendar for Use in All Years
Writing and Spelling
The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age Index Maps
Works by J R R Tolkien
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J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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